My son attended the Lake Tahoe Defensive camp two weeks ago. I must say that I was very impressed with the camp and how it was conducted throughout the week. He learned a tremendous amount and I have no doubt his defensive skills will improve as a result.
Being a defensive coach myself, I was grateful to turn the development of my son over to a group of young men and yourself knowing that he was receiving the best instruction in the industry.Each day, he made reference to knowledge he gained, the fun he experienced,and the great instruction he received. Wil told me that you personally recognized him during the camp in front of his peers with regards to his ability to control his gap. I can tell you that had a tremendous impact on his confidence and his desire to continue that behavior. Thanks for the positive reinforcement. While I firmly believe the hockey instruction was extraordinary there is another quality to your camp that I believe is equally as important. That is discipline and respect. Every player, no matter the level, should be exhibiting discipline and respect. The discipline is key to creating a learning environment for all the participants. The respect is for coaches and fellow players. I witnessed both at your camp. The discipline and respect were demanded, as they should.
I also witnessed your “sniper” camp leader ( sorry, I do not recall his name) take a bold step in the face of disrespect to him by a player and did this in front of other players and parents. As a coach, I personally commended him on his action to instill discipline and most importantly respect from that particular player. Please continue to reinforce with your coaches the importance of demanding discipline and respect. I know many of
them are relatively young and that often times makes the decision to do that
difficult, but you appear to have a group that knows you support them. This makes it much easier for them to ensure all participants enjoy the camp and are not hindered by the unpleasant actions of another camper.
While improvement in skill is always top of mind at these camps, it is also an opportunity to instill qualities that help young boys and girls be successful for the rest of their lives, regardless of their chosen vocation or profession.
I also want to commend Mike Adamowicz for his interactions with his group of kids. I thought he did a great job and I can say without hesitation that my son very much enjoyed his instruction and the encouragement he displayed to his group.
Thanks again for the experience. We will see you next year.