Camps

GUSTO Hockey

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Welcome to Gusto Hockey

Gusto Hockey is a skill-development program committed to helping aspiring athletes to enhance their skill sets and overall understanding of the game of hockey. We provide a positive teaching approach that encourages and allows players the opportunity to work outside of their comfort zones, take risks and make mistakes in a safe and controlled environment to become better, more knowledgeable players.
 
Gusto Hockey offers year round programs for players, teams and associations throughout southern New Brunswick. These include speciality clinics, summer hockey schools, fall conditioning camps, spring hockey programs and coach mentoring.



Current Hockey Camps

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  • Rise & Grind Program U9/U11/U13/U15 (Invite Only)

    This is an invitation only event. To inquire, contact Jordan DeLong at jordan.delong@rns.cc.

    Gusto Hockey is pleased to announce that we will be running our Rise & Grind program full time this winter for the 2020-2021 hockey season. This program will be an invite only program and consist of a maximum of 10 skaters. Coach Jordan DeLong will run all ice times at the Novice, Atom, Peewee and Bantam level.

    Gusto Hockey Rise & Grind Program may be one of the most effective and efficient teaching methods for hockey players of any level. Join us for a highly tailored personal on-ice session(s) focused on your specific needs and situations. We are dedicated to ensuring that each player is improving upon their specific weaknesses that will take them closer to becoming a complete player. Drills are designed from game like situations in pattern that are followed by puck skills, shooting and incorporating the power skating skills covered earlier in the session.  We will focus on advanced skill development allowing players to be challenged and achieve their goal of becoming a better hockey player.

    To confirm acceptance please contact Jordan DeLong at Jordan.delong@rns.cc and payment information will be forwarded.

    Program Cost: $210

    Rise & Grind Programs are for the following birth years:

    U9 – 2012 & 2013
    Schedule – Tuesdays (October 27th  – December 15th)
    Time: 3:00-4:00pm

    U11 – 2010 & 2011
    Schedule – Tuesdays (October 27th  – December 15th)
    Time: 6:00-7:00am

    U13 – 2008-2009
    Schedule – Tuesdays (October 27th  – December 15th)
    Time: 7:00-8:00am

    U15 – 2006 & 2007
    Schedule – Mondays (October 26th  – December 14th)
    Time: 7:00-8:00am
  • Spring 2021 Jr. Riverhawks AAA Series Teams

    For more information, or to register, contact Jordan DeLong at jordan.delong@rns.cc .

    About the Jr. Riverhawks AAA Series Program 

    The 2021 “AAA” Series will feature regional teams based out of the four Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. Our teams will have the opportunity to compete against the most advanced players and teams based out of NS, Quebec, PEI and NL through our league play as well as our series of tournaments. Levels for our 2021 program will include our Super 7 (born in 2014) to our U15 division (born in 2007/2006).

    Minis Program (2014/2015/2016): will consist of a 10-hour on-ice training program with the option of attending a Jamboree at the end of the season. The Jamboree will include 3 hours of games (6 mini-games of 30 minutes). This event will be held in Moncton on the 3rd or 4th weekend of May. Please note this is not a learn to skate program. Jersey & socks are included with this program. 

    Cost = $275 (HST Included)

    Super 7 Program (2014/2015): This program features 8 league games, the Atlantic Cup Jamboree on the 3rd or 4th weekend of May (4 games), 12 hours of high-level on ice training. All players will get game jerseys/socks, a practice jersey, as well as medals. **Please note that The Atlantic Cup Tournament in Moncton at the end of the spring season is an extra tournament fee and is not included in the registration fee.**

    Cost = $575 (HST Included) All players receive jersey & socks for this program

    U9 Divisions (2013/2012): This program will consist of a 12 game league schedule (including 2 playoff games). Games will take place on weekends with each of our teams hosting a minimum of 2 games. The scheduling will be geared towards reducing travel and accommodation costs. At the conclusion of league play, teams will participate in the Atlantic Cup Tournament to take place in Moncton or Halifax. The tournament will feature “AAA” teams from NS, PEI, NL, and Quebec.These teams will also feature 12 hours of practice with just their own team on the ice. **Please note that The Atlantic Cup Tournament in Moncton/Halifax at the end of the spring season is an extra tournament fee and is not included in the registration fee.**

    Cost = $820 (HST Included) Player requiring jersey & socks
    Cost = $770 (HST Included) Returning player with jersey & socks

    U11 Divisions (2011/2010): This program will participate in a 12 game series as well as 2 tournaments featuring teams from NB, PEI, NS, NL, and Quebec. These teams will also feature 12 hours of practice with just their own team on the ice. **Please note that The Atlantic Cup Tournament in Moncton/Halifax at the end of the spring season is an extra tournament fee and is not included in the registration fee.**

    Cost = $820 (HST Included) Player requiring jersey & socks
    Cost = $770 (HST Included) Returning player with jersey & socks

    U13 (2009/2008):  This program will feature tournament play. Our teams will participate in 3 spring tournaments with each team playing a minimum of 5 games per tournament. Regional teams from the 4 Atlantic Provinces as well as Quebec will take part in our 2021 program. These teams will feature 12 hours of practice with just their own team on the ice. ** Please note the 2008 Division features a checking clinic for all players and all games will be full body contact.**

    Cost = $820 (HST Included) Player requiring jersey & socks
    Cost = $770 (HST Included) Returning player with jersey & socks

    U15 (2007/2006) Divisions: This program will feature tournament play. Our teams will participate in 3 spring tournaments with each team playing a minimum of 5 games per tournament. Regional teams from the 4 Atlantic Provinces as well as Quebec will take part in our 2021 program. These teams will feature 12 hours of practice with just their own team on the ice. 

    Cost = $820 (HST Included) Player requiring jersey & socks
    Cost = $770 (HST Included) Returning player with jersey & socks
  • U15 Gusto Hockey Defense Camp (Invite Only)

    This is an invitation only event. To inquire, contact Jordan DeLong at jordan.delong@rns.cc.

    U15 Gusto Hockey Defense Camp


    Gusto Hockey is pleased to announce our U9 Development Program. This program will feature “Total Skills Development Model” and help players develop to the next level. This program will feature 20 hours of on-ice development from October – March at RNS Arena. We will have an excellent group of coaches on the ice with this program being lead by one of our team members; Jordan DeLong, Mike Allaby, Jamie Bennet, Jeff Lewis, and Rob Bennet. We take pride in our awesome coaching staff and look forward to an excellent winter of development.

    Objectives | To Teach & To Develop
    Technical Skills ⇒ Hockey Fundamentals | Skating, Puck-Handling, Passing & Shooting
    Individual Tactics ⇒ More Skilled & Adept Hockey Players | Building on Fundamental Technical Skills
    Team Concepts & Tactics ⇒ Small Area Games & Team Competitions | Read & React... Developing On-Ice Awareness

    Outstanding qualifications, a strong work ethic, passion for the game and a genuine concern for teaching and promoting the game of hockey to our athletes, are all characteristics of our team members. At Gusto Hockey, our primary responsibility is to ensure that we provide our athletes an environment conducive to learning, skills development and FUN.

    Program Details

    Dates: See full schedule below
    (Every other Sunday)
    Skaters: 20 MAX
    Ice time: 6:45-7:45pm
    For players born U15 & U13
    Cost: $250

    Registration
    To secure position a $250 payment must be made and registration completed via credit card at the following link – https://rns.myschoolapp.com/podium/default.aspx?t=36644&rid=35310

    Complete Schedule
    Week 1 Sunday, Oct 25th 6:45-7:45pm RNS
    Week 2 Sunday, Nov 8th 6:45-7:45pm RNS
    Week 3 Sunday, Nov 22nd 6:45-7:45pm RNS
    Week 4 Sunday, Dec 6th 6:45-7:45pm RNS
    Week 5 Sunday, Dec 20th 6:45-7:45pm RNS
    Week 6 Sunday, Jan 3rd 6:45-7:45pm RNS
    Week 7 Sunday, Jan 17th 6:45-7:45pm RNS
    Week 8 Sunday, Jan 31st 6:45-7:45pm RNS
    Week 9 Sunday, Feb 14th 6:45-7:45pm RNS
    Week 10 Sunday, Feb 28th 6:45-7:45pm RNS 


    For more information please contact Jordan DeLong via email @ jordan.delong@rns.cc
  • U9/U11 Winter Series Teams (Invite Only)

    This is an invitation only event. To inquire, contact Jordan DeLong at jordan.delong@rns.cc.
     
    U9/U11 AAA Winter Series
    This year, the 2020-2021 AAA Winter Series will feature separate divisions for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 born players. The most advanced players will be selected and placed on teams based out of different regions in New Brunswick. Scheduling will be geared to avoid any conflicts with the different minor hockey associations schedules to provide maximum training time for our players. The ultimate goal of our program is provide the proper structure and environment to challenge our advanced players in order to prepare them for the next level. 

    Format
    The AAA Winter Series will include the proper balance of high level on-ice training as well as competitive full ice games. The program will include one ice session bi-weekly taking place from October-March.

    Program Overview
    10 hours of development ice time (this will only be one team on the ice - 15 skaters & 2 goalies)

    Program Dates - The program will include one ice session bi-weekly taking place from October-March.

    Events will be hosted in Saint John, Moncton, & Fredericton. An additional fee will be charged for games. 

    Home Dates for U9 Division - December 22nd & 23rd 
    Home Dates for U11 Division - January 2nd & 3rd 

    Jersey & Socks included

    Total Cost: $300 per player. All games will be an additional cost.

About Gusto

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  • Guiding Principles

    Mission
    Gusto Hockey Development supports players, coaches and clients by providing unparalleled instruction and services. We focus on youth development and coaching education. In a fun, competitive atmosphere, Gusto breaks the game down to its fundamental components creating a solid foundation for the serious hockey player and|or coach.

    Philosophy
    Each Gusto camp is designed using a progression format. We feel this format is critical in the development of all hockey players. The first half of every ice session is devoted to fundamental skill development (technical skills and individual tactics). By isolating specific movements, we break down these fundamentals creating a solid foundation for any hockey player. During the second half of every ice session the more tactical aspects of the game are covered. Initially, the focus is on more complex individual tactics, but as the camp progresses, more in–depth team tactics and concepts are discussed. By incorporating small area games, team competitions, and high intensity scrimmages, we are able to provide our participants the total hockey experience.The progression, complexity and speed of our practice plans are dependent on the age and skill level of our participants.

    Expectations
    • Hard Work: Listen with your eyes and ears to execute to the very best of your abilities
    • Learning: Take something valuable from every session
    • Application: Apply the concepts learned at the next session
    • Have Fun: An integral part of the hockey and learning experience
    • Be Your BEST: Better. Every. Single. Time.
  • Core Competencies & Objectives

    Core Competencies

    Knowledge
    - Built on quality instruction... All staff members have enjoyed successful hockey careers, more importantly, are superb instructors

    Passion - Our instructors love the game of hockey. It is this passion that fuels us and helps us to understand and to motivate hockey players.

    Dedication - Outstanding qualifications, a strong work ethic and a genuine enthusiasm for teaching hockey skills are all characteristics of the Gusto team.

    Experience - Our staff has a combined 40 years of teaching, coaching, instructing and playing experience.

    Fun - The most important component of any hockey program. All our camps provide students with a curriculum based on structure, competition and fun.

    Results - Our Total Skills Development Training will make each participant a more knowledgeable, confident and skilled hockey player.

    Objectives - To Teach and to Develop

    Technical Skills
    • Hockey Fundamentals
    • Skating
    • Puck-Handling
    • Passing & Shooting
    Individual Tactics
    • More Skilled & Adept Hockey Players
    • Building on Fundamental Technical Skills
    Team Tactics
    • Small Area Games & Team Competitions
    • Read & React... Developing On-Ice Awareness
    Each Gusto practice plan is carefully designed and created for the specific age and skill level of our participants. It is our goal to create drills that challenge our students, effectively utilize the ice surface, build off a progression and are fun!
  • Instructional Model

    Our staff follows a 6-step teaching process designed to ensure that each participant receives the very best individual and team instruction.
    1. Discussion: We introduce the hockey skills concept to our students clearly describing all the individual parts.
    2. Demonstration: All of our instructors posses the necessary skills to correctly and effectively demonstrate the proper techniques critical to students success.
    3. Execution: Our staff members observe and evaluate as students execute the techniques and skills discussed and demonstrated.
    4. Discussion: Our team will provide students positive and constructive feedback on an individual and team level.
    5. Repetition: We believe that perfect practice makes permanent and repetition is the mother of mastery.
    6. Application: We show our students how the skills and concepts we just discussed, demonstrated, and executed are applied to and used in game situations.



  • What the experts say

    Experts from Hockey Canada compiled the following data with regard to a youth hockey (60-minute) practice and game.
     
    Game Numbers
    • Players will have the puck on their stick for an average of 8 seconds a game
    • Players will average 1 to 2 shots per game
    • Players will take an average of 18 shifts per game
    Practice Numbers
    • 1 efficient practice will give a player more skill development than 11 games collectively
    • In a 60 min practice, a player will have the puck on his/her stick for approx. 8-12 minutes
    • Each player will take a minimum of 30 shots on net
    These numbers clearly indicate that practice is where development takes place. If we extrapolate the above statistics, during a 20–game 20–practice season (1:1 game/practice ratio) the best player on the team only controls the puck for 2.67 minutes during the entire season. Conversely, during practice (entire year), every player on the team would have the puck on his or her stick for 4 hours during the year.
     
    Our instructors are constantly on top of the changing trends in hockey. Through many years of experience, hard work, attention to detail and a passion for the game, we have put together a curriculum specific to your age and skill level. The first half of every ice session is devoted to fundamental skill development (technical skills and individual tactics). By isolating specific movements, we break down these fundamentals creating a solid foundation for any hockey player, mite through junior level players. During the second half of every ice session the more tactical aspects of the game are covered. Initially, the focus is on more complex individual tactics, but as the camp progresses, more in–depth team tactics and concepts are discussed.

Contact

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    Jordan DeLong 

    Gusto Hockey Director
    506-847-6404

Coaches

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  • Jordan DeLong

    Coach DeLong is a Physical Education teacher and Assistant Coach of the Boys’ Varsity Hockey team at RNS.
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  • Jeff Lewis

    Coach Lewis is the Director of Hockey and the Head Coach of the Boys’ Varsity Hockey team at RNS.
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  • Kayla Blackmore

    Coach Blackmore is the Director of Athletics and Head Coach of the Varsity Girls' Hockey team at RNS. She also teaches History and French at the school.
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