MASON CITY, Iowa – Mid-August is just around the corner, and when ice returns to the Mason City Multipurpose Arena, the North Iowa Bulls’ Youth Development Clinic will return with it. This year’s clinic is scheduled for August 16-19 in downtown Mason City, providing ice time and time for developing off-ice skills to players in the 8-and-under to 18-and-under age groups.
Players in the 8U, 10U and 12U age groups will hit the ice bright and early at 9 a.m. each day, and wrap up at 12:45 p.m. 14U, 16U and 18U players will start their camp day at 1:15 p.m., and finish at 5 p.m. Two-and-a-half hours each day will be spent on the ice, making for 10 hours of ice time and four hours of off-ice development for each player over the course of the week.
A number of important skills will be taught during the week. Puck skills included in the camp include using change of pace and direction, increasing range of motion with the puck, using fakes and dekes to beat defenders and more. Situational skills like even- and out-numbered situations, offensive zone play and zone entry, and containing, pressuring and positioning on defense will also be taught.
Players will also learn the Perfect Skating platform developed by NHL skills coach Shawn Allard, who currently serves as a skills coach for the Colorado Avalanche. Many of the world’s top hockey players have improved their skating abilities through Allard’s program.
The camp will be directed by Phil Huynh, a professional skills coach assisting both the North Iowa Bulls NAHL team and the organization’s yet-to-be-announced NA3HL team that will make its debut this fall.
The cost of the camp is $425 per player, and Mason City Youth Hockey players will receive a $25 discount on their registration. All participating players will receive two tickets to a future North Iowa Bulls home game. For more information, call the North Iowa Bulls front office at 641-423-4625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.