Or Is It Simply The Way Of The Future?????



One of the sure ways of improving the attitude of young boys and girls towards both hockey and their education is to combine them. Imagine the potential of a school system which takes children from Grade 3 to Grade 12 and incorporates hockey into the curriculum.

Besides daily on-ice skills sessions, off-ice training programs, and classroom instruction on the philosophy and rules of the game, the students can be placed on teams and participate in an intra-mural league. This can go on all year long with the school entering an enriched club in the local high school league.

The goal upon graduation would be to secure a full hockey or academic scholarship to a Canadian or American university. With the emphasis on both academics and sports, graduates will come out of the school with a well-rounded education and be physically fit as well.

The ultimate school would be a "boarding campus" where students would remain on site all week long, following an evening and weekend program which would complement the school program.

I think hockey schools are a great way to go.  We recently watched Cushing
Academy (Midgets - most were high school seniors) play in our area.  Their
kids were great skaters, very skilled, and absolutely comfortable on the
ice.  The games we watched at Thanksgiving were their first games of the
year - to that point they had only practiced.  They spend we heard an
average of 18 hours per week on the ice, and they absolutely dominated the
tournament they were here to play in.

We recently went to a presentation by a group of 10 north eastern prep
schools to see what their hockey programs were.  They each had great
academic programs and the combination with onsite ice rinks is a real
winner.  We are starting now reviewing schools in search of a school with a
good hockey/academic combination.  Most of the schools we look at are from
8th on up, but I don't see why it wouldn't be the same for younger teams.
Our current school for our son doesn't offer hockey because there are no
teams to play here.  They have flag football, volleyball, and track, none of
which are near the play level of clubs in the area.

You add the advantage of the tight friendships due to time spent together as
well as the additional time in the sport because the rink is so close and so

A friend of ours out here had planned to buy an ice rink and combine it with
home schooling.  I think that would be a winner, especially for the figure

Sharon Kilborn-Keeney of California





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