During the icehockey season, we train on two days a week. On mondays and wednesdays from 20:30 till 21:30, the first team and some of the players of the second team train together. Then, from 21:30 till 22:30, all other players train. If you start at the club and have no prior experience, you will train the second hour on both monday and wednesday. All trainings are at the icerink IJsbaan Twente in Enschede, close to the University campus. The icehockey season ranges from October to March. During the months April to September we organise various other activities to keep in shape, such as Lacrosse, cross-fit trainings.
Trainings are well-visited. We have roughly 25 on the ice at each hour of training. To make sure everybody can have a proper training, the four hours of training each week have been split up based on skill. This means you will always train with people of similar skill, some of which are better than you, so that you can learn from them. There is always a sufficient amount of trainers on the ice to answer all your questions and help you learning the ins and outs of hockey.
We have a dedicated coach, Tony Tran-Chau, who makes sure everybody has a proper training. The training itself consists of various skating, passing and tactic drills to prepare everybody for the competition games. The first 5 minutes there will be warmup drills, after which we will start with the regular drills. The last 15-30 minutes of our training we play a game.
During the start of the season (October), we organise two introductionary trainings. You can participate in a training to figure out whether hockey could become your favorite sport. We will provide you with skates and make sure you get a gear to wear.
All new members get extra attention during their first season. Existing members can give you advise and answer questions during the training. Also, one of our referees gives a course on rules each year. Afterwards, the teamcaptain or a member of the technical comittee will give a brief course on hockey tactics to make sure you are up to speed.
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