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Playmakers Hockey USA is based in the Greater Columbus Ohio area, with CYDA, and is now in its 5th year of training.
CYDA is proud to be the Ohio Youth Hockey Association that is the home for the players in the Belfry Hockey Playmakers Development Program. In 2011, NHL Skills Coach Darryl Belfry started a private youth hockey Development League, based in St. Catharines, Ontario.
That league was in direct alignment with Mr. Belfry’s observations as an NHL Skills coach as to what is needed in a players developmental years as a vital component to maximize players’ opportunities to reach their potential and have long term success in the sport. Those observations and LTAD research and recommendations into effective and efficient player development have led to the development of this program. In 2013, Mr. Belfry brought his youth training to Ohio for a one month camp that enjoyed tremendous success and was followed by another 4 week camp in the spring of 2014. That success was followed by a full blown expansion into Ohio for the 2014-15 season.
In 2015 CYDA was formed by the parents of players in the Belfry Hockey Program as a non-profit hockey association to hopefully expand opportunities for the players and parents in it and who may be interested in a high level alternative development program and structure not otherwise available in Central Ohio.
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The focus of the Belfry Hockey program is centered on translate-able skill set principles consistent with the appropriate physical and biological stages of youth development. Players in the Program practice on average two to three times a week, and throughout the year play “theme games” where they are asked to implement their current practice theme into a game situation. Practice to game ratio is approximately 3 hours of practice for each game day, consistent with LTAD research and recommendations for the players in the Program.
Cameras are on hand at all games and many practices to allow for visual feedback and teaching. From the skills practiced, games are subject to a measurable training to game transfer analysis. Essentially, the players in the program are involved in a fun, season long progressive development and performance plan.
Skills are taught in proper development order. Players, in turn, are expected to immediately transfer what they are learning from practice directly in the games, without fear of failure. Games are measured not for goals or points. Instead the players are asked to recognize game conditions when the skill set they are learning can be applied to a game situation. Game video is analyzed to provide an objective measure of the players development path.
The frequency in which the player can either recognize a game situation they can use the skill set is vital because long term it allows the player to learn how they can manipulate games to arrange the conditions in which they can execute the skill set. The ultimate goal for any player is the ability to dictate the outcome of the game. By shifting the focus from the score board (a short term goal) to development (long term learning) without the external negative pressures of a win-now mindset, our program uses professional instruction in practices and games to focus the players on a sustainable development path. As their skills and confidence grows, the players learn to manipulate on ice conditions and recognize opportunities to utilize specific skill sets. This and the objective personal feedback the players recieve is a ‘next level’ opportunity that is exclusive to the players inside the Columbus Development League.
Mr. Belfry is an NHL skills coach retained by numerous NHL and AHL players to teach foundational skills. In late 2014, Mr. Belfry was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of their overhaul under Brendan Shanahan and has added Player Consultant to the Leafs to his impressive resume. Darryl has personally trained the lead instructors in the program (including having them participate in his off season pro and junior camps and training sessions), flying to Columbus for personal training and having his instructors as guests at the Belfry Hockey Coaching workshops and training sessions across the country. Darryl has overseen coaching education because he believes that having great, informed and driven local coaches has immediate and long term benefits to the Central Ohio players and families we serve. Darryl’s vision of player development has driven the program goals and he has personally developed the high level metrics used throughout the season for CYDA players.