VJW Players Eager to Hit the Ice Again

The 2010-2011 season may have just ended, but the Valley Junior Warriors teams are already getting geared up for the new season. In addition to enjoying the final months of school and taking part in the traditional spring sports such as baseball, lacrosse and soccer, many players are keeping their skates sharp.

After all, preparation for the season's start in September has already begun. The newly-established teams - tryouts concluded last month - have already come together. In some instances, a few squads have already competed in spring tournaments. It has a great opportunity for the new players and coaches to meet and establish camaraderie.

warriors1.jpgTwo weeks ago, a handful of VJW players from the '02 and '03 teams hit the ice and competed in the County Cup (Essex and Middlesex County Teams), while others took part in the Merrimack Valley Cup (see photos to the right which include many VJW players).

The excitement from the players was undeniable. One player even remarked that "it smells like hockey again".

The newly-formed VJW '03 Elites have also been busy as members of the team - led by second-year head coach Jack Blaeser - competed in two spring tournaments.

Nearly all of the VJW teams will participate in the Valley Spring League which includes a 10-game, 10-week schedule. The Valley Spring League is a tremendous opportunity for players to compete in game situations in a more relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Also included in each player's annual tuition, are two important summer programs - Summer Weekly Power Skating Program and Warrior Summer Camp.

The Power Skating Sessions - held from June through August - are an integral part of a player's development. The seven-week program focuses on speed, agility, mobility, power, quickness and explosiveness. It is designed to improve the player's overall skating techniques. Meanwhile, the four-day Warrior Summer Camp - which is held in late August - includes on-ice individual skills sessions, off-ice team systems instructions as well as on-ice team systems practice.

For some squads, these programs are complimented by an Age-Appropriate Plyometrics and Strength Training regiment. This marks the fifth straight season that the Warriors have enjoyed an important partnership with Athletic Evolution, one of the region's top strength training organizations. Athletic Evolution provides in-season, structured strength and conditioning programs for all Valley Junior Warriors teams to improve overall strength, conditioning, speed, flexibility, agility, and body control while also mitigating the risk of injury in competition. All of these improvements occur under the supervision of certified strength coaches.

All in all, there is no doubt that the VJW players are geared up and ready for the new season to begin.

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