What is Cross Ice Hockey?
Cross Ice hockey is a far superior training and developmental game. The traditional ice hockey game provides little benefit from an improvement standpoint for virtually all children. The main reason being most 50 minute games provide each player with approximately 15 minutes of skating time, 20 seconds of puck control time & only one shot on net!
No player will achieve any meaningful improvement from these games. However, a cross ice game (the game is compressed) of 2-on-2 or 3-on-2 or 3-on-3 gives the children exponentially more “touches” of the puck, more shots on net, more passes and because there is no stoppage of play, significantly more skating. The children will need to condition themselves to skate, stickhandle and shoot much quicker. It is a form of “overspeed” training! Even more important, this “overspeed” training is not just physical but mental! The players must think, react, and make their decisions much quicker than in a traditional game. The mind and body must work together to create optimal performance.
Cross ice hockey is a game of speed! Playing in smaller areas forces the children to skate quicker, stickhandle quicker, shoot quicker, and most importantly think and react quicker. It conditions the children for improved speed in all aspects of the game. The play never stops (see rules), the excitement never ends. Each participating player will experience exponentially more touches of the puck, more scoring opportunities, more quick changes in direction (skate edges & weight transfer) and repetition … repetition … repetition; the key to improvement.
Pirelli Veterans Memorial Rink Franklin, MA Tuesday Nights 5:30PM & 6:30PM
9 Game Season June 13 - August 15, 2017 (no games on July 4th)
Pee Wee - Squirts - Mites - Learn to Play Hockey - Learn to Skate Boys & Girls
Players will be assigned to teams by Cross Ice Hockey management based on current playing level and age. The teams will be further balanced during the first two weeks as the players are evaluated. Team rosters & schedules will be posted ASAP depending on the registration numbers.