Adapted From The State Of Hockey:
Young hockey players are suddenly finding themselves with a lot of time on their hands. Here are some things to focus on during this time that can keep the mind, body and spirit in shape for when the puck drops again:
-Fire pucks - In the driveway, basement, wherever you can, your shot might be good but can always be better. And don't forget to work on your backhand. While you always want to be in position to fire a wrister, sometimes you often find yourself in tight spaces where you are forced to use your backhand. Make sure you can get some zip on the puck. The only way to do it is to work on it at home because chances are you're not spending a lot of time on it in practice.
-Work the core - Your core muscles may be the most important muscles in your body. There are several exercises you can do to strengthen your core and you don't have to spend 45 minutes to an hour doing it. Fifteen minutes a day can vastly improve your core strength. Research some quick core exercises you can pull off in no time. Start first with the simple plank, either on your elbows or hands. Do it twice a day. Track the amount of time you are able to hold it. Notice your improvement from day-to-day and week to week. Set a goal. By Christmas your should improve immensely.
Here are five core exercises specific to hockey players we found on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3wAisxacUc
-Stretch - It is probably the most important thing young athletes don't do enough of. We spend so much time trying to make our muscles bigger and stronger, but we forget about stretching those muscles so they recuperate faster. Plus your flexibility will vastly increase which could improve your stride, which could improve your speed. Stretching every day will prevent injuries, increase flexibility, promote relaxation in the body and provide balance between the workouts and the rest.
-Maintain a healthy diet - When you're not busy driving to and from practice or games and spend more time at home, it's easy to get away from a healthy athlete's diet. It's easier to reach for sugary snacks and soda. Be mindful that you will be back on the ice soon and when you are you want to be in the best shape possible. In order to achieve that you have to eat and drink every day like you are playing a big game tomorrow.
-Watch hockey - No, the NHL isn't playing right now. But college hockey is. There's an old saying that you can learn a lot by watching. Some of the best hockey players aren't great because they are the fastest or the most skilled. It's because they are smart. They know where to be on the ice and more importantly where to go on the ice. They understand angles and systems and the little things that can make an average player good and a good player great. When watching, try and watch the players without the puck, especially if they play the same position as you. What are they doing? Where are they going? The game isn't just about scoring goals and having a signature celly. There are so many little things within a hockey game that determine the outcome. The players who understand these little things can turn them into big things that can help their team score a goal. One goal can determine a game and one game can determine a season. Watch as much hockey as you can – and make sure you pay attention to the little things -- because they can make a big difference in your game.
Here is a video highlighting players play without the puck that leads to scoring opportunities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjCctRQQkVk
-More than likely you are in front of a screen most of the day. Take time out of your day to read. Even just 30 minutes a day of reading can be just as beneficial as a 30-minute cardio workout. Keep training your brain and make it as healthy and strong as it can be. There are so many great books out there about athletes and hockey players you can learn so much from. And even if you'd rather read Harry Potter, do it. Just read. Training your brain is just as important as training any other part of your body.
Here is a recent column from LPH columnist Josh Levine on the importance of reading: https://www.stateofhockey.com/news_article/show/1136403
-Be Grateful - The time is rough. We get it. You want to be back on the ice and playing with your friends. We all want to be back on the ice and return to a level of normalcy we haven't seen since the state high school tourney last season. While it's okay to be frustrated, it is also important to be grateful. Be grateful you have the opportunity to play the great sport of hockey because a lot of kids don't. Be grateful you are healthy enough to play hockey because a lot of kids aren't. Be grateful your parents have afforded you the opportunity to play hockey because a lot of families can't afford it. Be grateful you have the skills to keep playing hockey, because a lot of players don't. Be grateful for your coaches, the officials, the penalty box crew, the concession workers, the Zamboni driver and most importantly your parents. Without any of them you would' be playing the greatest game on earth. Most importantly, be thankful you are healthy and alive. Life is a gift. Use it wisely. And don’t forget to smile. You're a hockey player!
IDHL Hockey Families,
As many of you are already aware, Illinois entered Tier 3 COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation on Friday, November 20th. This obviously affects our hockey program as a “pause” has been applied to indoor sporting activities which was tentatively slated for a two-week period to end 12/4 which is this Friday. After listening to our state government the last couple of days, it does not appear that we will be going back to where we were 2 weeks ago. It seems highly likely that we will remain at Tier 3 and need to continue the current pause. We are delaying the IDHL for this weekend Dec 5th and 6th and hoping for better news next week.
Please stay safe and keep positive.
Hello Glacier Skating Families,
We are wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. This has been quite a year and has forever changed the world as we know it. We have a lot to be thankful for as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times. Glacier is very grateful for all the support from all our families. As we move forward together, we’d like everyone to keep safety as a priority. The IDHL and the IDHA have both paused through December 3rd and the intention of both organizations is to add the 2 weeks of this pause to the end of both of their seasons.
As a result of this pause, Glacier is left with hours of unused ice and under the current guidelines is providing opportunities for all skaters to train. Here are a few things we’d like everyone to keep in mind when you reserve your training session:
Please know we are all in this together. We are trying to provide opportunities to train for everyone and hope everyone can understand that if we can continue to help each other by using common sense we can all get through this together.
The Glacier Staff
Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation
Operating Procedures for Glacier Ice Arena
The main changes to the figure skating program will be:
Classes are paused
Public Skate is paused
All skaters must wear masks at all times
No coaches on the ice
Sign in every time you enter the building
Perspex masks are no longer acceptable on their own
ENTERING / EXITING THE BUILDING
All staff, coaches and patrons must enter through the front doors marked entrance. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this. Please enter via the doors closest to the pro shop marked entrance.
Upon entering the building everybody must sign in marking the date, time, name and telephone number. This must be done every single time you enter the building.
Exiting the building must be through the front doors closest to the offices marked exit. the doors at the rear of the building must not be used at any time other than in the case of an emergency.
Face masks must be worn at all times by everyone who enters the building. This means all coaches, staff and patrons must wear masks, covering their nose and mouth, whether on or off the ice. Clear perspex shields are no longer acceptable unless worn with a mask.
Social distancing guidelines must be adhered to wherever possible. Please remember to stay at least six feet away from colleagues and customers whenever you can.
All coaches must continue to wear masks, covering your nose and mouth. Perspex shields are no longer acceptable unless worn with a face mask.
Freestyle Ice will continue with a maximum of 15 skaters on the ice at any time.
Freestyle ice must be pre booked.
All skaters must wear face masks at all times.
Coaches are not permitted on the ice - coaches on players benches, rink doors, Zamboni doors if needed.
No coaching of tots or students that require physical help.
Observe social distancing guidelines at all times.
Please encourage your students to observe social distancing guidelines, and ensure they wear face masks at all times.
Skaters will be asked to arrive as close to their ice time as possible. The Conference room will still be available for putting on skates if needed.
No parents in the stands.
Please enter the Glacier 10 minutes prior to your reservation. Anyone entering the building must sign in at the Glacier front desk. Masks are required 100% off and ON the ice while you are in the Glacier. Parents are to drop off only and not enter the building. If your child needs assistance, you must leave the building once they are on the ice. Locker rooms will not be available and are locked for your safety, so please dress prior to your arrival. Participants will be required to depart the facility immediately after reserved session.
All classes will be paused until further notice.
PUBLIC SKATE / RAT HOCKEY
All public skate and rat hockey will be paused until further notice.
Dear IDHL Players & Families –
First, we hope this letter finds you and your family in the best health and spirits as we continue a path forward battling the Covid-19 Pandemic. We understand families are under an enormous amount of pressure when it comes to their health, employment, scholastic requirements, and of course athletics.
On July 29th, Gov. J.B Pritzker made an announcement regarding youth sport guidelines that rattled the athletic community. These additional guidelines separated recreational sports by the level of “risk” identified and unfortunately, hockey was listed as a higher risk. So what does that mean? It does NOT prevent teams/players from participating in evaluations, practices and conditioning programs. However, it does temporarily exclude youth programs from participating in sanctioned games.
The announcement did not provide any clarity as to when these programs can resume game play. Like all hockey organizations, we are waiting for additional guidance from AAU, USA Hockey, and AHAI. This is a very fluid situation and we can tell you the information we receive is changing daily. Rest assured we are exploring every option available to us.
The IDHL has already secured a certain amount of ice time and procured new uniforms. Again, we want to stress that this does not prevent players/teams from practicing and conditioning, which are integral to the game of hockey.
As we move into the coming 2020/21 season we feel that it is important to address the possibility of Covid-19 impacting the season ahead. The Glacier Hockey staff and coaches are planning for an exciting season. As we have seen, Covid-19 has temporarily interrupted our game play scenario; however, it is imperative we recognize that the IDHL is committed to delivering services that improve the performance of our athletes.
As we continue to monitor the “Restore Illinois” policies and AAU, USA Hockey, and AHAI regulations, be assured any new developments will be communicated through our various social media platforms.
Hockey Director & General Manager
Glacier Ice Arena
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR GLACIER ICE ARENA
Please plan accordingly
We ask that everyone wear masks (thank you for being courteous)
Glacier Ice Arena will now have designated "ENTER" & "EXIT" Doors, not only for entering and exiting the building, but also for entering or exiting each of our ice sheets. Make sure you use the correct doors.
Time your arrival! We ask that you do not get here more than 5-10 minutes before your scheduled ice time.
Players should arrive fully dressed in their hockey gear and should only need to put their skates on and then proceed directly to the ice. There will be benches where players can put their skates on as well as designated locker rooms where the number of players allowed will be limited.
NOTE: **Parents are not permitted to stay in the rink during the clinics.**
We thank you for your understanding and as we begin our foray into a new formula of opening and offering hockey training to our athletes, your flexibility to change with us as we work to constantly improve and provide safety measures to our hockey families is greatly appreciated.
We are excited to officially announce that we will be open on Monday, June 1st. We are looking at the Phase 3 guidelines from the state, and we will send an update on our hockey operations polices for this current phase. We are working hard to schedule our Chicago 88s program, Spring Challenge, and Spring House leagues. We should have the first two weeks published Friday, May 29th.
Updates will be posted on our social media channels and our text message system.
Please be patient as we are limited with communication due to preparation of opening Glacier this Monday, June 1st. We are looking forward to seeing you back on the ice!
Hello Glacier Ice Arena Families,
We have missed all of you in this crazy time in history. We hope you are all safe and enjoying the time with your families. As none of us know when things will open up for the rink, we want you to know that we are planning for whenever we get the opportunity to allow employees and ice lovers back into our facility. Some of the staff has been working hard to make improvements at the rink as well as disinfecting all areas.
Looking forward to a return to the arena we have been researching many of the important procedures that may go into effect, such as the following:
-Flow into and out of the building
-Front desk communication
-The building will be setup to allow for social distancing
-Schedule for disinfecting common and high touch areas
-Hi-tech/cutting edge disinfecting, i.e. www.biomistinc.com
-Number of participants in building and/or on-ice
-Program adjustments and how we all interact on the ice
-Updated locker room procedures
The list goes on and on, and we are learning as we move into the unchartered waters. But, rest assured, we are working hard to be sure we are doing everything we can to keep families safe while still doing what we love at our rink. During the last 2 month we have all heard the term “this is a fluid situation.” We would love for this to be a frozen fluid (haha), but until we get a more clear understanding, from the powers at be, of what and when we can plan to re-open, we seem to be in the movie “groundhog day.”
Wishing everyone all the best from our family to your family. Love and miss you.
Glacier Ice Arena
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the U.S. and begins to have an increased impact on our communities, we want to let you know that Glacier Ice Arena will be temporarily closed due to government mandates.
First and foremost, Glacier’s number one priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, clientele, families, and the communities in which we live and work. All spring programs have been put on hold until we have more information. Although the building will be closed, we will work diligently to collect pertinent information and disseminate in all forms of communication to be sure you are up to date with future activities.
Glacier will monitor the evolving situation and make decisions to ensure we can maintain the health and well-being of our employees and all our skating families.
We will utilize our website to post updates and changes moving forward.