Welcome to the 14U Boston Academy Team Page
Academy Development Philosophy
"The Boston Hockey Academy Player Development Model integrates individual strengths combined with elements of advanced team play. This is relevant to what the highest levels of the game require today." -- Scott Fitzgerald, Director of College Scouting, Boston Bruins
The Boston Hockey Academy Player Development Model focuses on the player as a whole person and works to ensure they are not only prepared to play at the highest levels of hockey, but that they are also are provided the academic and life skills necessary beyond the rink.
Our development model has been developed based on the following principles:
- Adopting a player-centered individualized approach
- Not treating the development of all players the same way
- Integrating the individual into team dynamics
- Building academic and life skills in the player
- Ensuring players are of high character and prepared for life in the world
- Understanding player development is a multi-year process
Parents are vital to a student’s development are encouraged talk to us on how we will develop players at each age group in the Academy.
The goal of the 14U team is to introduce them to Academy life and start working on the foundations of good habits that will prepare them for an Academy experience and further down the road, Junior, NCAA or pro hockey. During this year, we focus on skill development which is the foundation for long term hockey careers but we also introduce them to to important things such as time management, academic focus, good practice habits, and off ice preparation.
- 50+ Games
- 8-10 Major Showcase Events
- 5 hours of practice weekly
- 3 hours off ice training weekly
- Weekly video sessions
We also use this an an opportunity to introduce them to Academy life and to be able to balance hockey and academics.
Players who join the 14U Boston Academy team should come away with the following skills:
- Improved skills
- Understand the concept of player's strengths and weaknesses
- Comprehension of team play and strategic concepts
- Time management
- Academic focus
- Balancing social life
- Understanding of the physical and psychological facets of the game
- Understand the importance of interpersonal skills in diverse environments
- Importance of balancing hockey, academics, and social life
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