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The sport project IHC "Vasilchenko" – school of ice-hockey skills.
To be a man – means to be a champion.
Life is a constant fight with yourself: with your own problems and laziness!
A good sportsman is not a talented sportsman. A good sportsman is a hard-working person, with stubborn and powerful character.
Ice-hockey is that kind of sport that requires complicated movements and technique at high speed and in the condition of intensive physical contact. This game requires muscle bulk and great force at the aggressive collision with the rival. At the same time the player must move effectively, keep balance at high speed and be ready for a speed-up. To pay ice-hockey, the game that demonstrates high demand to the players, a good physical training is needed.
Your general potential to do sport
Sport brings up the necessity of charge: physical, mental, psychological and emotional. When a child understands that he wants to play ice-hockey, the coaches’ aim is to cultivate love of ice-hockey. Coaches should show children how to take monotonous hard work in all spheres of this game, like skating, puck technique, coordination and balance. First the accent is put on the skating skills and balance. The training are planned in order to let children show their whole potential. The effectiveness of trainings system depends much on developmental age regularities taking into consideration abilities on each age level. The coaching staff of IHC Vasilchenko never stays on the same place. That’s why at least twice a year we visit different seminars in different ice-hockey schools around the world. All new methods and techniques are implemented into our work.
What are you taught at IHC Vasilchenko?
The fundamental part. From the very beginning our coaching staff has marked three key-elements of the training process:
The project’s aim consists of: individual training, skills development at both children and adults.
The main principles of the training system are:
IHC Vasilchenko trainings targets
Our coaches tell you and show you what the length of an ice-hockey stick must be for children (both being in skates and without skates). We also show how to put the insulating tape around the upper part of a stick and the blade. The coaches also show how to hold the stick correctly. Speaking about the uniform the coaches will show how to dress your child in the uniform and how to do-up shoelaces in the skates.
Homework and exercises
Young ice-hockey players must train at least twice a week on their own. They must do the acrobatics, stretch their bodies, work on plasticity (30 minutes a day is enough for all these exercises). Swimming is the case you must be very particular with. Swimming is very important for general fitness development (at least twice a week).
General trainings on the beginner’s level cannot perfect skating and dribbling in 95 per cent of cases. The incorrect training plan forms the wrong skating and technique. To correct the mistakes you need time, patience and time again!
Our aim is to captivate children, form skills and passion to further ice-hockey trainings, form the wish to come to trainings with the feeling of love and proudness.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Is it worth playing hockey for children?
If you have decided to send your children to an ice-hockey school be find a lot of time for ice-hockey. At the age of 5 or 6, that child trains 5 or 6 times a week. You need also hockey unifeorm which is not that cheap. But there are lots of advantages in ice-hockey: hockey forms and gives good physical form, strong immune system, it gives your child good team and good friends where he will find many like-minded fellows. If you want to see if your child likes ice hockey and if it is worth playing this game for him, send him to an ice-hockey school just for curiosity. Give your child the possibility to make a choice and take a decision. Parents’ doubts will disappear when they see their children with cups and medals. As time goes, you will understand if it is worth continuing for your child to play ice-hockey on a professional level or just it is better to stop at some point. Either way – ice-hockey is one of the most popular games in the world.
At what age is it better to start playing ice-hockey?
A child can start skating at the age of three. During the first several months it is strongly recommended either to organize individual trainings or trainings in small groups. Then, depending on coach’s vision and parents’ suggestions the child can continue training individually with a coach or continue training in a team. And at the age of 4 or 5 your child will manage to start training the game of ice-hockey.
What is the children’s age at your school?
Our school accepts children from the age of three, as well as adult amateur players at any age.
What do you teach at your school?
Our ice-hockey school teaches skating technique at all aspects and levels as well as all aspects of playing ice-hockey. The most important are: skating technique, puck control, pass technique, shoots, speed and stamina, playing technique, game thinking ability.
How many times should children train?
The best variant is three times a week, depending in children’s health condition.
In what period of time will a child become confident on the ice rink?
Approximately in three months, providing regular trainings.
Why are individual trainings good?
At individual trainings your child gets 100 per cent of coach’s attention. The coach is concentrated only on your child and the result is achieved more quickly.
Why are team trainings good?
Hockey is not an individual game, it is a team sport, that’s why it is impossible to practice many exercises without team mates.
What are extra trainings and why is it so problematic to go further without clinics in ice hockey?
In the modern language the word "clinic" means extra individual trainings or extra trainings in mini groups. They are aimed to better puck technique and puck control. Usually clinics are organized twice or three times a week.
Usually it is only one or maximum two coaches for 40 or 60 children. And the coach of course cannot pay attention to every child. It is calculated that in such situation each child gets less than 5 minutes of coach’s attention. That’s why clinics are needed. The coach trains a child individually or in mini groups, and children get maximum of attention.
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