As we head into February the main themes for our student athletes will surround offense, defense, and skill based sessions. Hockey players who are capable of understanding both the offensive and defensive aspects of the game leads to players having increased awareness and are more well-rounded players. We are excited to break down the elements of offensive and defensive play to enable our athletes to find success at their next level of play. Following these themed weeks, we will focus on playoff preparation sessions and grit training exercises.
As we inch closer to the Olympic games, our staff will be holding an Olympic module that will have activities centered around hockey and multi-sport mentality. These activities will celebrate the various Olympic sports. Part of the Olympic module includes various practices and games on the outdoor rink. Our players had the opportunity to test it out in January as they held a few practices outside (picture below).
Academically, our students are finding success in the classroom performing above class averages. in all our grades. Our grade 7 girls maintained an average of 95%, with no player falling below 90%. We are now moving into the completion of our health units, which will include multiple guest speakers and tailored lessons. Permission slips will be sent out shortly.
Some key upcoming events for Okotoks include: February 15th staff vs student’s hockey game at 12:30 pm. Come down and enjoy the festivities with the Global Coaches and our athletes. The next key event is our March 7th Global Information Night.
During the month of January, our Springbank Academy has been working diligently on skill development within their given sports. Over the past month, we aimed for our athletes to get high repetitions within the skill stations. Some of these stations focused directly on different shot releases, creativity with the puck, and hand-eye coordination. Additionally, we introduced soft skills including passes off the goalie’s pads and indirect tipping. These soft attributes are crucial for players to have in their repertoire, as it can be the difference maker when looking to jump to the next level.
The athletes within our golf Academy have been working hard with our partners, National Golf Academy (NGA), in which they gain access to simulators, indoor ranges, and have been mentored by excellent teaching professionals. The teaching professionals at NGA are highly experienced, both as golfers and teachers, and their reputation is well established in Western Canada. NGA’s teaching professional, Terry Carter, was voted 2004 and 2009 PGA of Alberta teacher of the year by his fellow PGA professionals. In addition, our golfers have been working on specific skills with coach Darryl James on a weekly basis. James has placed emphasis on fundamentals of the swing, backswing, and short-game.
Furthermore, our multi-sport program finished up their boxing development sessions with Boxing Roger, where they have been developing their fundamental boxing techniques and strategies. Along with the boxing sessions, the multi-sport athletes have been taking part in TRX circuit training sessions with Heather Roselle.
As we brought January to a close, our Springbank program played their part in the yearly #BellLetsTalk campaign driven by communications provider Bell (Photo). This Global Campaign has created a strong awareness towards building open communication on mental health. Our student athletes played their part to continue building the pathway towards mental health awareness. As this issue continues to grow, Global has partnered with MindfulAthletics who specializes in the power of the mental state. MindfulAthletics is an outlet for any of our athletes and is there to end the stigma around mental illness.
Throughout the month of January, our Airdrie Academy has been getting involved with the community. The community initiatives were a way for our program to not only give back to the community, but also to facilitate the growth of individuals with admirable character. The Airdrie program began the community volunteer work with the Airdrie Food Bank. The group collected over 541 lbs of food for the Food Bank mission. The second community project that our athletes took part in was with the RCMP of Airdrie.
With school and athletics taking up a large portion of the time, at Global, we feel it is important to find time for extracurricular activities. As a group, our Airdrie Academy decided to have a bowling night (Pictures above). These types of activities allow for the students to have some fun, but also play a sport that is outside their current skill sets.
CFR Chemical Bisons:
Before we entered the new year, our CFR Chemical Bisons were selected to play in the annual Macs Midget AAA Hockey Tournament. This is a great experience to play against some of best teams from around the world and had the opportunity to showcase their skill in front of a variety of scouts in one location. Our team is progressing and we are very enthusiastic about the brotherhood that has formed. The final games are ahead and we look to make a strong finish to our season. . The CFR Chemical Bisons volunteered at the annual RCMP hockey tournament where they were the referees and linesman. These initiatives are directly what we at Global strive to be a part of. We believe in building great athletes, but the backbone to our philosophies lies within building great human beings.