RHA Nationals Program
The RINK Hockey Academy
The RINK Hockey Academy provides players in Manitoba a choice for the future of their hockey development. Players who choose to attend the hockey academy do so knowing that they will receive the best on-ice, off-ice and educational services for their growth as a player and person.
A hockey academy does not follow a typical hockey schedule of two practices and one or two games per week. Players practice four to five times weekly depending on their game schedule, with those games taking place in a weekend or showcase tournament format. A RHA student-athlete will be on the ice more, with more skill development, than any other player in Manitoba.
We currently have 3 teams for the 2017-18 season; Bantam Prep, Elite 15, and Midget Prep, all of which compete in the CSSHL.
The RHA players school day will be modified to allow maximum time for school and training needs. The teams will travel and compete mostly outside the province at the highest levels on both sides of the border during the full school year. Shaftesbury appointed team liaison will ensure players meet minimum standards and academic readiness for post secondary applications and career choices.
The RINK Hockey Academy is a program which will run yearly through the entire School Calendar year.
A Day in the Life
Hockey players and parents have long written off their winters to the grind of the season. A typical day in the life of an RHA student-athlete allows for their school, hockey and training to be completed during the day. With school in the mornings and training in the afternoon, players can expect to have all activities finished and completed by 5 pm daily.
Our players will start their day early, with core high school classes offered in a customized curriculum to offer a shorter morning class in order to accommodate their educational needs in the half-day format. This class runs all year as opposed to the typical half-year class. They have three “regular” class times, followed by another custom class to end their school day. This flexible, customized, schedule is designed with the players in mind to allow 32+ high school credits throughout their 4 years. (30 credits required for graduation)
Players will be on the bus by 1:00 p.m. daily and heading to either The RINK Training Centre or Southdale Community Centre for their ice times. We will be working with skill development coaches in position specific, small group sessions at The RINK and with their full teams and team coaches doing skills and tactical training on the full ice at Southdale.