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Tier Hockey In Montana


THE PLAN AND SEASON VISION

Attention: Montana Hockey Families, Tier AA/AAA hockey development, has finally come to Montana for regular in-season play. North American Prep is proud to announce their partnership with the Premier Hockey League (PHL), in the effort to give your player the ultimate developmental experience.

Before we begin, let's discuss the big elephant in the room, COVID-19 and the Border. NA Prep has formulated two different season plans (Plan A and Plan B), in the event the borders do not open up. 

PLAN A

Currently, NA Prep has signed up three teams (U10, U12, and U14) in the Premier Hockey League (PHL) out of Lethbridge, Alberta, this upcoming 2020-2021 season. Our majority of games will be played in Canada. One weekend out of each month, NA Prep teams will participate in a league series tournament where each team will play 4-5 league games. Practices will be held in Butte every weekend (Saturday or Sunday). NA Prep will also participate in an additional 3-4 tournaments. This schedule will allow players to play in 30-40 games this season and the freedom to focus on school. NA Prep's new season schedule will be less intrusive on your player's academic schedule and allow for more quality family time. In addition, the U14 age division will have the opportunity to attend the USA Hockey Nationals this season.

PLAN B

In the event, the borders do not open or are closed during the season, NA Prep has two possible scenarios.

A) The PHL has offered to allow NA Prep to makeup any games canceled due to border closings. Upon reopening on the borders, NA Prep will play all makeup games. This option will require flexibility among our teams, and organization, we should anticipate possible multi-week travel to participate. 

B) NA Prep has put together a similar travel schedule to the PHL and will compete in the necessary number of USA sanctioned tournaments to meet our 30-40 games objective for the 2020-2021 season. Tournaments that NA Prep attends will be held in the surrounding area (example: Idaho, Utah, Montana, Las Vegas, Colorado, California) in the US. Practices will be held in Butte every weekend (Saturday or Sunday). NA Prep will also participate in an additional 3-4 tournaments. This schedule will allow players to play in 30-40 games this season and the freedom to focus on school. NA Prep's new season schedule will be less intrusive on your player's academic schedule and allow for more quality family time. In addition, the U14 age division will have the opportunity to attend the USA Hockey Nationals this season.

DEMO WEEKLY OUTLINE

Saturday or Sunday: On-Ice Training: two, 2-hour sessions (Butte, MT), one, Off-ice training session (incorporating plyometrics, strength training, conditioning, and foundational concepts and intro to Olympic weightlifting for approved age groups)

Monday/Wednesday: Online Off-Ice Training - (two new live or recorded team workouts weekly, incorporating plyometrics, strength training, conditioning, and foundational concepts and intro to Olympic weightlifting for approved age groups)

Tuesday: On-Line Classroom (aspects to cover, leadership packets, team tactics, sport psychology, nutrition, team building and, player empowerment.)

CLUB OVERVIEW

Currently, we have openings at the U10AA/AAA (Atom, Squirt) Level, U12AA/AAA (Pee Wee) Level, U14AA/AAA (Bantam) Level. NA Prep will have five to six league series weekends for the 2020/2021 season for all divisions, which will consist of each team playing four, full ice games that count towards league standings once per month. We are currently working with the league to incorporation NA Prep club travel to our league series weekends, which will allow all teams to travel to the same location during our league series weekends.  

PLAYER SELECTION

Player selection will be based on players' hockey merit, skill, skating, competition proficiency, attitude, and work ethic. All teams are comprised of players selected through the evaluation process. Evaluations are scheduled for September 19-20, 2020 in Butte and are open to all players interested in playing AA hockey. Please feel free to email us at academy@northamericanprep.com if you feel that your player is a fit and is ready for the Tier hockey level.

ROSTER SIZE

9 Forwards, 6 Defensemen and 1-2 Goalies

TEAM OVERVIEW

Players selected for NA Prep's academy teams are expected to be at all scheduled team and club events. This program is NOT a supplemental hockey program. This is a full season, Tier AA development program dedicated to developing Montana players who display exceptional ability and drive with the opportunity to develop their skills at a high-level. NA Prep will provide players, and their parents, the chance to experience hockey at the advanced levels. 

  • NA Prep Hockey season will begin September 2020 and end March 2021

  • League Series Weekend format will comprise of 4- 5, 1.5-hour full ice games.

  • The North American Prep, per player season registration Fee of $2868.00 (Approximately), will include Track Suits, Hoodies, Hat, Game Jersey, Game Socks, On-ice training, Off-ice training, Classroom, Coaching stipend, Coaches travel, 1st tournament series, three tournaments.

  • Each player must register with USA Hockey.

  • Rosters will be completed by September 15, 2020

  • Teams will provide a minimum of 96 hours of practice ice development throughout the season.

  • Teams will compete in five PHL regular-League Series tournaments. (4-games per weekend per month).

  • Teams will compete in the 6th PHL championship tournament that will consist of semi-finals and finals to crown a season champion.

AA/AAA Divisions: 

  • U10/Atom: 2011/2010 born players. (Full Ice Hybrid Model)

  • U12/Peewee: 2009/2008 born players. (Modified Contact division).

  • U14/Bantam: 2007/2006 born players. (Contact division).

  • U16 team coming 2021-2022 Season

Further information available at academy@northamericanprep.com or call 406-212-9778

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