PROGRAM OUTLINE @JrCougarsHockey
JR COUGARS Hockey Mission Statement The Junior Cougars program is a Tier 1 hockey development program and the first true “pathway” program showing a direct pathway from 4 yrs old to the Burlington Cougars Junior A Hockey Club and then hopefully the ultimate goal of playing NCAA Division 1 College Hockey on a fully paid hockey scholarship. We have many players who have gone on to play in the NHL. Most recently Cory Conacher and Josh Jooris followed this pathway into the NHL. Our Mission: To do all things possible to help develop the skills and abilities of each and every player To instill sportsmanship and encourage fair play, while developing a healthy competitive attitude in a fun and supportive environment To advocate, on behalf of players and families, the ability to play hockey where they choose, without boundary restrictions To support, advocate and represent our players as developing elite athletes, aspiring to play hockey at the highest levels To use hockey as a training tool to help players become better people, instilling upon them hard work, respect, cooperation and dedication To encourage academic excellence, stressing to our players the importance of education and helping them potentially reach their hockey goals
Hockey without boundaries The CIHF deeply believes players should play where they choose to. They welcome players from across Canada and Internationally who feel the same way. You do not need a release form from anyone to attend tryouts. Teams are not forced to carry 17 players which allows more opportunity for players to play and develop their game skills.
Our Advantage The Jr Cougars Hockey Club integrates professionally instructed high-performance skating, shooting, stickhandling and dryland training, as well as our skating treadmill into the team fees. This provides one stop shopping, as our facility allows for all of these activities to happen under one roof. Wave Twin Rinks, located in Burlington, Ontario, acts as our world class training facility and a Clubhouse for all our Jr Cougars players, providing an environment of fun, respect, commitment and team unity. We offer teams the opportunity to do an unlimited amount of fundraising, which has resulted in some teams reducing their team fees to zero in the past. In addition our overall cost per hour is much lower than other Rep hockey programs due to our relationship with the Wave Hockey facility allowing for savings to be passed on to our players. Jr Cougars will also receive jerseys, gloves, pants, socks and an apparel package included in team fees. Another unique advantage of our program is our focus on Education. We are members of the Canadian Independent Hockey Federation, the CIHF. They understand the importance of Education to their players and mandate that there are no league games during the week on Monday to Thursday. All other Rep hockey organizations schedule league games during the week forcing players to travel sometimes hours to play one game on a weeknight. The CIHF also has a “Late Quarter Babies” rule allowing players born in October, November or December to choose to play up with their birth year or play down with the younger birth year. Some players born late in the year are much smaller and less developed than those born early in the year.
Professional Coaching and Training Our staff includes personnel who have played and/or coached professionally in CANADA, the USA and EUROPE at the highest levels. We use Professional paid coaches and development partners who are carefully selected to ensure unmatched skill development and game instruction. In addition to our instructors’ professional qualifications, we select great people who put the kids first. The Jr Cougars organization works very hard to combine fun, professionalism and development as the key principles to our success. Our focus on a higher practice to game ratio will result in all our athletes being better hockey players at the end of the season.
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