Boys and Girls Youth Ice Hockey Camp provides a fun environment for players of all ages by concentrating on individual skill development and team play concepts. Each camper has more than 2½ hours of instruction on the ice daily, combined with off-ice strength and coordination training, skill development, and field sports.
The morning on-ice session focuses on skating and the individual skills of puck handling, passing, and shooting. The afternoon on-ice session translates individual skills into team concepts in a team practice setting. The camp concludes with a scrimmage game on Friday afternoon. Players are divided into two groups by age and ability, ensuring that each camper has the opportunity to reach his or her potential. Staffed by top local prep school, high school, and college coaches, we are confident that each camper will have a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Each registered camper will receive an email from Coach Rice the week before camp starts with your group assignment and daily schedule.
Typical Daily Schedule
8:30 a.m. Arrival
8:45 Group A on ice (younger kids arrive dressed)
Group B off-ice training (older kids arrive in shorts, sneakers, and T-shirts)
10:15 Group B on ice
Group A off-ice training
11:50 All-you-can-eat lunch (included in tuition)
1 p.m. Group A on ice
Group B field sports/lecture
2:30 Group B on ice
Group A field sports/lecture
4 p.m. Pickup
Please note that we conclude Friday’s camp day with a scrimmage game for each age group. The younger group will play from 1:15–2:15 p.m., and the older group will play from 2:30–3:30 p.m. We invite parents to attend these games. Enrolled campers will receive an email from the camp office notifying you of your camper’s group about one week prior to the start of the camp week.
Specialized Goalkeeping Instruction
Boys and Girls Ice Hockey Camp also features specialized goalkeeping coaching in the morning skill session. Each goalie will have one-on-one work with the goalkeeping instructor, working specifically on skating, body position, rebound control, and stick skills. Please indicate if you are a goalie in the application.
Full equipment is needed. Each camper also should have a second stick to be used for off-ice activities (shooting, street hockey, skill work) on pavement.
The Ice Hockey Camp is run in the Babson Skating Center where the Varsity, Club, and Women’s hockey teams compete. Campers use the locker rooms to change into and out of their hockey equipment during the camp day. Staff members are always available to help the younger campers with skates and hockey equipment.
Jamie Rice, Camp Director
Head Hockey Coach, Babson College
Jamie Rice begins his 28th year as a college hockey coach and 13th as director of the youth ice hockey camp. He has spent the last 22 years coaching in the MSTP and for USA Hockey at their national festivals and the 2007 U.S. National Junior Camp. Rice is a respected speaker and presents at level I-IV coaching clinics throughout the year for both Massachusetts and USA Hockey. He has been coaching in summer camps across the country for the last 29 years, and his passion for youth hockey and player development is evident every day at camp. While at Babson as a player and now as coach, Rice has led the Babson College hockey program to great success, including league championships in 2007, 2009, 2013, and 2014. He has been selected twice as NE DIII Coach of the Year and ECAC East Coach of the Year. Rice also has been a youth hockey coach at the select and town level for the last ten years from Learn to Play to Bantam.