The Valley Forge Minutemen will be holding 2 FREE Tryouts for a Bantam Major American Team. This team is for 1997 Birth Year players.
Saturday April 9th 4:15-5:30 PM
Sunday April 10th 4:15-5:30 PM
Bantam Major American Team Fee: $3,500
Head Coach: William Kolar Email: email@example.com
Spring/Summer Practice Schedule
Ø April: 18, 20, 25, 27
Ø May: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
Ø June: 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27
Ø August: 2, 9, 16, 18, 30 Mini Camp 1: August 12-14 Mini Camp 2: August 19-21
Winter Practice Schedule
September – February: Tuesday, Thursday
Ø 2 Team Practices per Week (1 Full) and (1 Shared)
Ø Off Ice Skills Training throughout season
Ø 25 Strength and Conditioning Sessions @ Speed Elite
AYHL: Bantam AAA Schedule
Estimated total of 50 games (30 AYHL, Non-League and Tournaments)
4 Showcase Tournaments
Ø Player Development: Skills, Position, System Concepts/Knowledge, Physical Strength
Ø Teach skills and concepts of the game through classroom like instruction and video analysis
Ø Estimated 70 Practices April-March
Coach Kolar's Background:
William captained Massachusetts' State Champion Marshfield High School, MA for four years before playing Juniors for the South Shore Kings and at The University of Denver. He has been involved in local youth hockey for the last eight years with Glaciers, Wildcats and CB East. He emphasizes individual skill development, team play and hard work. His teams have been competitive and rewarded with a playoff berth every season as a coach.
Nice skate. We didn't know what to expect but it was well run; kept the kids moving, working and having fun. I thought there was a good turnout of surprisingly talented players today. I think there were 14 players and the goalies were great. We'll be back for another look at tomorrows skate (4-5:30pm); they felt that we will need some more players at tomorrows skate in order to make this viable. It has our interest with no downside.
Good point if you mean no downside to the skates.
Question: The Minutemen already have a 98s team. So, is this new 97/98 team going to get that team's best players or the kids that team cut?
I was impressed by the Minutemen, they had both coaches there and both stated that they were unified with their decisions. Their '98 team had finished their evals yesterday morning and that team was picked; that team was not going to be touched to maintain the integrity of that process. They said that this was a '97 team. If there were '98s who came, they would have to come from outside. The coaches were very realistic that in order to have any chance of being competitive, they would need '97 players. I asked if they thought they were going to be competitive? Again, they were very realistic and said that as a startup team, their goal would be skill development and to be competitive in games, they weren't all that concerned with league standings. It was refreshing that they followed this up by saying, "Listen, this is your team. You are not here for us, we are here for you and your kid."
The Sunday skate went well also. Unfortunately, Coach Kolar felt that there weren't enough Tier I players there to foeld a competitive team. He was good a communicated well with both the players and the families, as well as running a good skate.