Spirit Hockey Camp FAQs
We've assembled some of the most commonly asked questions that Spirit Hockey receives. If after reviewing these you still have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org. Also remember, if your child does not enjoy the camp after the first day, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee! We're that confident in our program!
What professional hockey players will attend the camp?
We have invited multiple professionals to join our camp this summer and will be releasing names throughout the months leading up to the camp. The post season will dictate many of our camp's professionals' schedules. Thank you for your patience on this.
What is the camper age range?
Does the participant need to be Catholic to attend?
No. We welcome camp participants of all religious backgrounds and affiliations and all faith formation activities are optional for each camp attendee.
What is the agenda of the camps (Darien & Springfield)?
Both camps have similar agendas. They both open with a familly night the night before of camp.
SPRINGFIELD's camp starts by celebrating a Mass at St. Agnes (245 N Amos Ave., Springfield, IL) on June 17th at 5 PM and then a pizza party and registration that begins at 6 PM. SPRINGFIELD's camp runs daily from 8 AM to 4 PM from June 18th through June 20th.
DARIEN's camp starts by celebrating a Mass at the Darien Sportsplex (451 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL 60561) on July 15th at 5 PM and then a pizza party and registration that begins at 6 PM. DARIEN's camp runs daily from 8 AM to 4 PM from July 16th through 19th. Darien's camp is a four day camp hence the extra cost ($300 for Darien's registration fee compared to Springfield's $250 fee).
What daily benefits does the cost of registration provide?
As a parent can I stay?
We would prefer that ALL parents stay to partake in the faith and fitness formation activities, and will have an entire program assembled for the parents.
When will I know that my child is registered?
You will receive an email confirmation to the address provided on the form.
Is it possible to receive sponsorship for my child to go to camp?
Sponsorship is available for players in certain financial situations. For those asking for financial aid, we request an application form along with a deposit for the camp and a letter detailing their unique financial situation. Sponsorship will be assessed based on the funds available and number of requests received.
What does the on-ice sessions look like?
During the on-ice segment, skaters will be taught the importance of agility, power skating, edgework, stickhandling, transitions, body control, and how to play the game as a team player of faith. The on-ice sessions will be age and skill appropriate and generally follow the USA Hockey American Development Model.
What do the off-ice sessions look like?
The off-ice segment will focus on workouts and games that promote the tools needed in hockey including stability, balance, speed, strength, and core. Off-ice sessions will also provide opportunities of general camp comradery (playing soccer, throwing a football) to help facilitate both a serious commitment to the game of hockey, as well as the importance of a family culture to thrive as a team.
What is faith formation?
Faith formation will be presented in a variety of formats. Camp participants will participate in Catholic sacraments (mass, adoration, and confession) in-addition to less formal activities such as witnesses from camp counselors. Faith formation activities are meant to meet each camp participant where they are in their spiritual journey while allowing the time, space, and quiet to allow the participants to hear the voice of God in their hearts, mind, and soul.
What should my child wear to camp?
Clothing that is light weight and gym shoes. Clothing should be similar to what a child wears to gym class since they will be exercising during the off-ice segment of the camp.
Will my child need spending money?
It is not necessary, although there are vending machines at the Darien Sportsplex in-case they want something after the on-ice segment.
Is lunch served?
Yes, it is included with the registration cost. Snacks will be provided throughout the day to ensure proper nutrition given the multitude of physical activities. It is encouraged for participants to bring their own water bottle.
How long should I expect my child at camp each day?
Camp will start with Mass at 7:45AM. We ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of Mass while also leaving time to drop-off your child’s equipment at the Darien Sportsplex prior to Mass. Parents are encouraged to attend Mass with their child.
Camp will end between 4PM and 5:30PM depending on the age of your child.
Is full equipment required?
Yes. Full equipment for players is mandatory. This includes:
Does my child need to wear a special jersey?
Spirit Hockey Camp jerseys are included with registration and will be given out on the first day.
Do you offer various discounts?
Yes, Spirit Hockey offers a sibling discount consisting of the following for the Darien 2018 Camp (4 day camp):
Yes, Spirit Hockey offers a sibling discount consisting of the following for the Springfield 2018 Camp (3 day camp):
What is your refund policy?
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. All payments are due four weeks prior to the start date of camp. Deposits are non-refundable after July 1st. A $75.00 cancellation fee will be charged for all cancellations. Refunds or credits will not be issued for campers not showing up to camp or leaving on their own unless of an injury or a doctor’s note.
Where is your camp and how do I get there?
The hockey portion of camp will be held at the Darien Sportsplex: 451 Plainfield Road, Darien, IL, 60561.
Certain portions of camp will be held at Our Lady of Peace Parish and School located next to the Darien Sportsplex: 701 Plainfield Road, Darien, IL, 60561.
Will my player fit into your camp, skill wise?
On the first day of camp we will break-up players into separate groups on the ice. Players are put into groups with players of the same ability and not necessarily by age. The drills are designed to push the advanced players while helping beginner player’s foster their skills in a supportive environment. We strive to teach everyone with the same enthusiasm, technique, and work ethic.
Do you have camps just for female hockey players?
No, the camp is broken up by skill level, not gender.
Is there a goalie coach at your camp?
Yes, multiple. Goalies are a huge part of a team; we do not believe in putting goalies on the ice just to "take shots," but rather to develop their skating technique as it relates to movement, balance, agility, and angling.