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Body Play, Safety, & Checking Camp


Camp Dates

Aug 13-17 @ Patterson Ice Center

Morning and afternoon session.

For afternoon session - NOTE: Coach Baum and East Kentwood varsity coach Shawn Jensen will co-lead this session.  Coach  Baum will be on the ice for the first session.

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Eligible Players

Pee-Wee and Bantam age players


Although checking does not begin until the Bantam age level, this program is a MUST for every Pee Wee & Bantam hockey player. In fact, we highly recommend at least two sessions, in successive summers, in order for players to learn how to be safe as physical play and the speed of the game increases. During the four hours of daily, on-ice instruction, players will learn how to take and receive stick and body checks and how to become stable on their skates in body play situations. This camp will significantly improve every player's confidence level and help them enjoy the physical parts of the game as they move from Squirt to Pee Wee and on to Bantam and High School levels.  A daily, off-ice training session to help players remember the techniques we teach on the ice, an individualized player evaluation and camp jersey are part of this program. From a safety aspect alone … this 20 hour ice program cannot be matched anywhere in Michigan!

Major Skills Emphasized

  • How to protect yourself when being checked, going into the boards, glass, and net.

  • Hip, shoulder, and stick checking

  • Skating for balance and stability, especially in contact situations. (1 hr/day)

  • On-ice safety, fore-checking, and angling

  • Body play along the boards while playing the puck



Morning Session

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

8:30 - 9:30am              On ice                        

9:30 - 9:40 am             Short break         (Resurface)

9:40 - 10:30 am           On ice                        

10:30 – noon               Lunch, Seminar & Off-ice             

12:10 – 1:00 pm           On ice               (Power skating for body contact)

1:00 - 1:10 pm             Short break        (Resurface)

1:10 – 2:00 pm            On ice               (Skills review & scrimmages)


8:30 -  9:30  am           On ice                        

9:30 -  9:40  am           Short break        (Resurface)

9:40 - 10:30 am           On ice                        

10:30 - 11:00 am         Snack & break    (Resurface)

11:00 – noon               Game 1             Camp ends for players in Game #1: younger age group            

12:10 – 1:00 pm          Game  2             Camp ends for players in Game #2: older age group                


Parent – Player – Coaches meeting on Monday, August 13th at 7:45 am.

NOTE: After our short meeting on Monday, players will get dressed in their hockey gear.

Afternoon session

Monday*, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

2:10 -  3:30 pm                  On ice                Body contact & safety skills             

3:30 -  3:40 pm                  Break                  Resurface

3:40 -  4:30 pm                  On ice                Skating skills for body contact         

4:30 -  5:05 pm                  Break                  Snack & Seminar

5:05 -  5:30 pm                  Off-ice                Balance & body play skills     

5:40 -  7:00 pm                  On ice                Skills review & scrimmages


2:10 -  3:00 pm            On ice                Skills evaluation & review            

3:00 -  3:10 pm            Break                  Resurface

3:10 -  4:00 pm           On ice                 Skills evaluation & review                      

4:00 -  4:30 pm           Break                   Snack & resurface

4:30 -  5:20 pm           Game 1               Camp ends for players in Game #1:  Younger age group

5:30 – 6:20 pm           Game 2                Camp ends for players in Game #2:  Older age group


* Parent – Player – Coaches meeting on Monday, August 13th, at 1:15 pm.   

NOTE: Coach Baum and East Kentwood varsity coach Shawn Jensen will co-lead the afternoon session.  Coach  Baum will be on the ice for the first session.