We are excited to announce National Sport Academy Hockey – North!

The National Sport Academy is offering a unique training opportunity that uses the flexible timetabling within Calgary Board of Education high schools to train student athletes in grade 10, 11 and 12 during the school day but not at the expense of missing school or course credits.

  • Train with the National Sport Academy during the school day.
  • Use the National Sport Academy training toward achieving the learning outcomes in Phys Ed 10 – 5 credits, 20 – 5 credits and 30- 5 credits.
  • The National Sport Academy facilitates the successful completion of Phys Ed by the student athletes.
  • No impact on your regular core classes and course load.


  • October 1 to January 31, 2018 from 8:45 – 9:45 am.
    • Location: Triwood Arena.
  • April 1 to June 28, 2018 from 2:45 – 5:00 pm (Monday & Wednesday) and 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Friday).
    • Location: University of Calgary.

Why is additional training required?

Practice analytics

In a well executed 60 minute practice for Bantam / Midget AA / AAA that focuses solely on skill development, an individual player may:

  • Have 8 – 12 minutes of purposeful movement in the practice.
  • Have 25 – 30 repetitions in the formal part of the practice – average 15 – 22 seconds per repetition.
  • Have 1 – 2 minutes of puck possession.

These numbers will decrease significantly if team systems are practiced for a portion of or the entire practice.

Play Like You Practice

Straight line skating with minimal or no traffic and pressure, lots of time and space requiring little focus to develop vision and awareness of teammates or opposition defensive positioning won’t develop the high level individual or team skills and tactics to play at the highest level. Players need to learn to apply their skills and tactics in the chaos of the game.

The National Sport Academy failing forward philosophy is critical to a player’s development

Players need an environment to fail forward – make the necessary mistakes in a safe, trusting learning environment without the fear of getting pulled off the ice, having their ice time reduced / benched, being made to feel guilty or given the impression that you cost the team the win. With these coaching tactics, player learning can stop or at best, the improvement will be minimal. Players must have the environment supported by quality coaches that allow them to learn, practice, fail and continue to learn how to make the great play. Learning can’t stop at 14 years of age. Success can’t be defined by coming off the ice and not getting yelled at.

Without the opportunity to train in the best learning environment, players won’t learn high level individual and team skills and tactics. They won’t learn how to make the great play. Find a coach who helps players manage their mistakes and you’ll find players who are inspired to learn how to make great plays.

Scott Frost, Head Coach, University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team talks about his philosophy on making mistakes, fear of failure and making the great play. It is nice to know the National Sport Academy philosophy is in good company.

National Sport Academy Training Competitions

  • AA / AAA games can be high pressure – creativity may be encouraged but mistakes are often not tolerated. Players get confused.
  • Mistakes must be managed and when managed properly and effectively, significant player development can occur. Good coaching to identify these mistakes and help the player manage them is essential.
  • Players need the opportunity to learn to execute….small and big game plays in game situations without the fear of losing ice time or getting benched. Playing safe to avoid negative consequences won’t produce the desired results.
  • Mike Babcock’s Circle of Success describes the need to properly prepare and execute.

Circle of Success Process

Preparation drives execution
Execution leads to success
Success gets reinforced
Reinforcement grows confidence
Confidence raises expectations
Expectations drives excellence
Excellence demands greater preparation

Mike Babcock

  • Using the flexibility in Calgary Board of Education high school timetabling, student athletes in this program will have the same timetable as National Sport Academy student athletes in the National Sport Academy Hockey – Central Memorial High School.  This will easily allow the two programs to compete against each other or combine the players from the two programs to make two teams in order to compete, train and develop in order to make the “great play.” The National Sport Academy Hockey – North program will also train independently.

Who can train in this group of athletes?

Student athletes in grade 10, 11 and 12 from any school (for example: Bowness High School, Queen Elizabeth High School, Sir Winston Churchill School, William Aberhart School etc.) with a timetable that allows them to attend the ice sessions.

How it works?

William Aberhart bell schedule as a sample.

Similar to National Sport Academy Hockey student athletes at Central Memorial High School, student athletes request their school to register them in Phys Ed online through CBe-learn. Use your National Sport Academy Hockey training along with your club training to achieve the learning outcomes in Physical Education 10 (5 credits), 20 (5 credits) and 30 (5 credits). Student athletes request William Aberhart School (or whichever school they may be attending) to schedule CBe-learn Phys Ed in period 2 in the first semester and period 4 in the second semester. This allows the student athletes to have period 2 and 4 available to train with the National Sport Academy. National Sport Academy coaches facilitate and monitor the student work to complete the CBe-learn Phys Ed. Over the last several years, the National Sport Academy coaches and student athletes have found this to be the best way for focused, busy student athletes to achieve the learning outcomes and credits for Phys Ed. It works well!

As a result of this scheduling, student athletes will also have the opportunity for self directed learning – complete assignments and log activities for Phys. Ed., catch up or get ahead on homework due to a busy hockey schedule after school and into the evening and road trips on the weekend.

First Semester – Period 2

  • September 2018 – January 2019

  • Ice Sessions

First Semester Fee: $2,000.00 + GST (including National Sport Academy jersey)

In September, after you are settled in the school and team evaluations are complete, it is time to get back to work. Increase purposeful practice and repetitions by training with the National Sport Academy.

  • Request to take Phys Ed 10 – 5 credits (online through CBe-learn) in period 2.
  • Train at 8:45 – 9:45 am.
  • Location: Triwood Arena.
  • 32 Ice Sessions: October – 9, November – 9, December – 6, January – 8.

Second Semester – Period 4

  • February – June 2019

  • Off Season Training

Second Semester Fee: $1,950.00 + GST (includes National Sport Academy workout clothes)

  • Request to take Phys Ed 20 – 5 credits (online through CBe-learn) in period 4. Prepare for off season strength and conditioning in April to June.
  • No training in February and March due to preparation and focus on the end of the regular season and playoffs.

Second Semester – Part 1 – February and March 2019

  • Preparing for the final games of the regular season and playoffs.
  • Working on CBe-learn Phys Ed. Accessing NSA coaches.
  • NSA coaches monitoring Phys Ed course work.


Second Semester – Part 2 – April to June 2019

Train Monday & Wednesday at 2:45 – 5:00 pm and Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

  • Location: University of Calgary.
  • 34 Strength & Conditioning Sessions – April – 10, May – 12. June – 12.

Strength and Conditioning at the U of C

The facilities at the University of Calgary are some of the best in the city of Calgary. A great athlete’s gym fully equipped with everything you could ask for as well as full changing rooms, showers, sauna and food court for the smoothie after the workout. Combined with access to Foothills Athletic Park and the world class track for speed, agility and quickness workouts the facilities to train are second to none – everything you could ask for.

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Foothills Athletic Park – sprints, plyometrics and speed agility training.
University of Calgary – an athlete’s gym for high performing student athletes, this facility has the equipment and environment for athletes who are striving to be the best.

Spaces are limited. Register early.

For more information contact (403-689-3646 – cell) or email Roger Wolfe using the link below.