- How did this concept of bringing the youth of The Nation to Europe to train with the top youth European hockey coaches?
Serowik has been training the youth of America and Europe with European partners across Europe for over a decade. This past summer when we brought six of our youth American Pro Ambitions teams to Prague, it became clear that the Europeans train their hockey players differently. Much more emphasis on technique, systems. Our Pro Ambitions teams battled and competed at a high level, we faired about at 500 winning 50-60 percent of our games. Our European GM Bob O’Connell did a great job building our teams of individuals American kids from across The Nation. I am proud of them. We faced some very steep competition. Our 06 West Coast Team brought home hardware. They won silver and one of their players earned MVP of the tournament.
There were two teams that stuck out to all of us in Prague last summer. To both coaches players and parents. The 2003 Russian team coached by Dmitry Teplyakov and 2005 Czech Team coached by Jiri Feccman. These teams beat us 20-3 and 10-1. We beat teams from The Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, Canada and more. But these two games and coaches stuck out to Serowik and most who saw the games in particular. They came as a five man unit on us like Spartans perfectly in sync. They were well coached, organized, with precise passing and breakouts. He watched what they were doing as a team prior to the games to warm up both on and off the ice. Intently interested in their exercises for body contact and balance. Since we have left Prague. Serowik has talked to both coaches and hired them to train our American Pro Ambitions campers. The hockey and training is different in Europe. Playing against the youth of Europe has changed the American youth players we brought to Prague last summer and training with their coaches will add another facet to youth development for American players. Renowned youth Swedish Coach Daniel Broberg is said to be one of the best youth hockey developers in Sweden specializing in skating. We got him too. Coach Phil Bushbacher has been with us for over a decade. Phil is currently playing professional hockey in France. He specializes in off ice training and skating in particular. Serowik sent his daughter, a field hockey player, to train with World Camp Field Hockey in The Netherlands also last summer. This camp was led by Dutch Field Hockey Harvard Coach and his assistants along with Dutch Coaches and European experts. He saw the training that his daughter received in Europe, the experience for our players in Prague and realized how important these athletic and cultural experiences are enriching for youth American athletes and make them better hockey players. We are proud to offer this intense week of training in three countries in 2019. April in Italy, July in Sweden, and August in Prague. We will face off again at The Czech Challenge again in Prague in 2019. We begin building our teams in September as we did last year for The Czech Challenge Cup.
- Can my child attend alone?
No each child must bring at least one parent or guardian but we welcome as many family members as you wish to join us. Most families who traveled with us to Prague for the Czech Challenge Cup brought the entire family.
- What is the schedule for the hockey training?
We train four hours per day on the ice. 2 two hour ice sessions morning and afternoon or evening.
- How far is the rink from the hotel and how do we get to the rink?
The rink is half hour drive and we have coach buses and tour guides.
Round trip air fare from Boston or NY, upcharge may be for other cities or your city. Five star accommodations. Full American Breakfast daily. Transfers in a coach bus to and from rink and excursions for players and parents. Special Bauer European Camp Custom jersey, hat and zip up jacket and tee. Welcome dinner, Gala departure Dinner, lunch in the city. Daily sightseeing excursions. Plenty of time on your own to explore the city and dinners out with family. We will meet at the hotel on Sunday. There will be a special Pro Ambitions Representative waiting for you with a table set up in the lobby.
- How do I begin this process for both European Training and The Czech Challenge Cup?
By signing up today. We filled our teams by Christmas last year. We ended up adding more teams to accommodate all of the AAA players who were interested. You may email our European GM, Bob O’Connell TODAY at Bob@proambitions.com. He will answer all of your questions from departure to arrival home back to the USA. He will come watch your child play or you may send in a game tape if you are interested in playing for one of our teams. Many of you who may have not been quite ready last year, will be this year! I am going to bet on it. We saw most of you this summer and are proud of your hard work and know you earned your summer hockey growth spurt.
- How many Pro Ambitions teams will go to Prague next summer?
8 TEAMS currently. Looking for AAA players birth years 04 05 06 east coast and west coast 07 08 09 10.
- Do you sign up as a single player?
Yes. Email Bob@proambitions.com right now and he will walk you through the entire process from first email, he will call you back, book flights, and travel with us
- Does Jeff Serowik and family travel and coach? YES.
They cannot wait. The city trip and tourney was awesome last summer.
- How many games and who do we play?
We play teams from all over Europe. Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, UK, Irleand, Italy, Latvia. We play 5 games.
Serowik, pro players, NHL analyst, all professional coaches.
- Do you need to bring a parent?
Yes, at least one parent. Most brought the whole family last year. Was awesome.
Yes, each team has their own bus and a guide. We sightsee a lot together but also have plenty of time to explore the beautiful city and dine on your own. It is the perfect balance.
Awesome. The Hilton has all of the modern conveniences that we as Americans are used to. It is in the best area, can walk everywhere in this beautiful city. Located right on the river, walk everywhere. Cafes, John Lennon Wall, everything.
Awesome. The Russian and Czech teams especially. Amazing to learn from European players. Invaluable hockey and cultural experience.
- Do we hang out as a whole group?
Yes we meet back at the hotel for happy hour daily. It is really fun.
- Do the kids bond with their team?
Yes beyond. The kids became best friends with their American teammates from all over the Nation. It is foolproof bonding when we are the only Americans against Europeans in this tourney. It is very cool.
- Does your coach hang out with you?
Yes he is on the trip with you and does everything with the team.
Flights, tourney, greyhound beautiful bus, tours, tour guide, full American buffet breakfast daily, excursions, two Bauer uniforms, Bauer warm up jacket, tees, baseball hats for whole family, hotel. It is a great value and an incredible experience.
- What are founder Serowik’s thoughts on tourney and The New European Camps?
Loved it finds it an integral facet of growth in hockey. Sends his daughter to train in The Netherlands for field hockey for similiar reasons. Learn european style hockey. We have hired the best European coaches to train with us at the training camps now offered for next summer on top of the tournament.
- Tell me about the excursions?
Holocaust concentration camp added for next summer, river dinner and cocktail cruise is awesome(we combine teams-really fun), walking tour of the city, glass factory, and more. We loved all of the excursions and added new and better ones now that Serowik went himself and saw what was good last summer and made it better. Especially the hotel choice. Loved our tour guides, asking all of them back.
- How is the food in Prague? And the beer?
Amazing. They specialize in their beers. Awesome and affordable.
Does not dissapoint just as anyone will tell you one of the most beautiful in all of Europe.
it is a hockey town. The tournament utilizes five rinks all within half hour of our hotel. Some only ten minutes away.
A week in August. Aug 4-11. We book you on flights from your city and we all meet in Prague. Last summer we had a ton of folks from Boston NY Denver and CA who were all on the same flights.
- Very proud of this amazing hockey and cultural experience.