For 2022-23, Sherwood Park Minor Hockey and the Sherwood Park King's Athletic Club are continuing their partnering to offer a competitive stream option for U11 athletes in Tiers 1 & 2.
This program aims to attract and retain top athletes & coaches in Sherwood Park and progress them to true AA & AAA elite-stream hockey through enhanced development and program awareness.
Players eligible for the Junior Kings program will be provided with an information session prior to team creation. This information session will include an detailed outline of the program and respective additional team costs.
The competitive stream structure is broken down into five components, SPKAC Apprenticeship, Player Development, Goaltender Development, Coach Development, and Community Presence.
The U11 competitive stream program is offered to Tier 1 & 2 teams which feature more advanced and experienced players that will be pushing for elite-stream hockey in older age categories. Everything noted in our U11 Community Stream applies with the following enhancements.
- Active working relationship with SPKAC Coaches, Players & Technical Director
- Players wear SPMHA Junior Kings branded game apparel
- Players will be partnered with older SPKAC "Big King"
- Curriculum support to aid progression of player skills
- Integrated & coordinated on & off-ice skills training with qualified skill providers
- Minimum of 60 practices/skill sessions per season
- Increased ratio of full-ice vs shared practices
- Access to expanding inventory of player development tools
- Dedicated and certified goalie coaches
- Additional goalie education and resources provided to goalies and goalie coaches
- Minimum of 20 group goalie training sessions
- Partnership with Kurtis Mucha Goalie Consulting
- Seasonal skill progression plan
- Additional coach certification opportunities.
- SPKAC support for setting seasonal training scope & sequence
- Regular check-ins with SPKAC Technical Director
- Enrollment in SPMHA Coach Mentorship Program
- Focus on character building and community leadership
- Team-led volunteer activities that allow players to give back to the community
- Leadership training opportunities through pairing up with younger division teams
- Players are able to take pride in representing Sherwood Park both locally and around the province through legacy team names. (Arrows, Barons, Archers, Lancers)