All Offence Frequently Asked Questions
How many players are in a session?
There are anywhere between 12-18 players per session.
How many instructors? Who are they?
In addition to myself, I have one other qualified instructor, and 2 helpers on the ice.
The additional instructors have all played and/or coached hockey at higher levels and help to reinforce good habits and techniques.
The instructors include Frank Kovacs, Todd Ripplinger, Todd Liskowich, Tony Vogel, Bill Roach (Regina); Dave Ferguson (Saskatoon); Dan Hart (Edmonton); Rob Friesen (Winnipeg).
Are the clinics beneficial for defenseman too?
Yes, this clinic would be good for defensemen. The clinic's main focus is on good hockey habits. We work on hockey skills such as passing, shooting, deking, puck protection etc., which are skills that players of all positions need to work on daily. The good habits are reinforced through our drills, which focus on goal scoring. Fun stuff!! Who doesn't want to score!?!
How are the sessions run with players of different skill levels?
At the beginning of each on-ice session, the players run through a couple drills.
From that, I divide them into 2 groups with like-skilled players.
They generally remain in those groups throughout the clinic on opposite ends of the ice, with little, if any, competition between the two groups.
Is there much direct competition between players?
There is very little, if any, direct competition between players in the 2-hour clinics.
During multi-day camps, there are a few fun games that we play that involve competition between players.
Do you run the same drills in each session or do the drills change?
Many of the drills change from session to session, especially when there are clinics scheduled on back-to-back days.
On day 1, the focus is more on individual skills such as passing, shooting, puck protection, rebounds and dekes.
Day 2 focuses more on drills with a partner, 2 on 0, 2 on 1's, fake passes with a shot, fake shots with a pass, etc.
For this reason, we have a number of players who register for multiple sessions.
Are there benefits to taking the clinic more than once?
The main purpose of this clinic is to enhance players’ existing skills with specific drills and expertise in the offensive area of the game. Correctly repeating these skills will give a player confidence and lead to more success on the offensive side of the game.
What is involved when you come out to run a practice?
I typically run an abbreviated version of the All Offence Clinic with a 20 minute whiteboard session in the dressing room to start, followed by 1 hour on-ice.
If there is a specific area that the coach would like me to concentrate on, I will adjust the practice and drills accordingly.
At times, coaches have asked that I run a few practices, in which case, I go out with a team once every few weeks to reinforce previously performed drills and add on additional components.
Do you accept novice players in an atom session?
I generally allow Novice players to register in an Atom clinic if they are second year and are playing tier 1.
That being said, if an Atom session is full and there are more Atom inquiries, the Novice players may be asked to give up their spot to allow for an Atom player to register.
Is there a way that I can be notified of upcoming clinics and camps?
Absolutely. Just send us your email address through the “Contact Us” page of the website and you will be added to the email list.