Developing Hockey in the Sunshine State
The Lightning support the growth and development of hockey initiatives throughout the State of Florida. Tab through for additional information regarding on-going programs or scroll down to view and register for upcoming Lightning Made camps & clinics.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and USA Hockey are proud to provide local youths with the very best instruction when it comes to developing their games through a wide variety of year-round youth clinics and hockey camps.
With overwhelming support from both parents and local coaches, the Lightning have adopted the practice of operating under the framework of USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM), which suggests that instruction for youth hockey players ages eight years old and younger should focus on long-term skill development and emphasize a fun playing setting more so than game competition.
Launched in January 2009, with support from the National Hockey League, the ADM is a nationwide initiative that provides local associations across the country a comprehensive blueprint for optimal athlete development that focuses on age-appropriate training utilizing long-term athlete development principles.
The gift began as an idea; a sled hockey program fostered by the Lightning Foundation that gives physically and developmentally challenged athletes the opportunity to showcasing their on-ice abilities, while instantly becoming engaged in an innovative and fun program.
Athletes sled with the assistance of two regular-sized hockey-skate blades attached to the bottom of a metal frame. Rather than one stick, they have two equipped with ice picks on the side opposite the blade which are used to propel the sleds across the rink.
Although still in its early stages, the program is rapidly developing into a model club for others affiliated with NHL cities to follow, as the Lightning Sled Team recently took home a national championship in 2012, as well as produced two Paralympic athletes who will compete in the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.
The Florida High School Hockey Association (FHSHA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teaching and promoting ice hockey to high school aged youth.
The FHSHA operates the Lightning Conference which includes teams from the greater Tampa Bay area and is one of two high school ice hockey leagues in the state of Florida affiliated with SAHOF and USA Hockey. The Florida Scholastic Hockey League runs the other league known as the Panthers Conference with teams from South Florida. Teams from both leagues compete in the state playoffs.
The Lightning Conference includes 18 Tampa Bay area high school hockey teams and is open to all high school students. The regular season runs from September through February.
The Tampa Bay Lightning offer hockey fans an opportunity of a lifetime to skate on the ice that their heroes play on every night. Hockey players and teams can dress in the locker rooms at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, play a game on the ice prior to a Lightning game and have a full reenactment of what it would be like to play in a real NHL game.
Players will be introduced individually prior to the game over the P.A. system and music will be played during the stoppages in play. Additionally, your team will receive 50 Plaza Level or 100 Level tickets to a Lightning home game.
Pricing starts as low as $3,000. Please contact a Lightning Representative at 813.301.6500 for more information.
Community Hockey Offerings
LIGHTNING MADE YOUTH CLINICS
Lightning Made Clinics are focused on entry-level players and emphasize hockey fundamentals. Clinics utilize drills, developed in partnership with USA Hockey, that follow the American Development Model - utilizing a series of small area games and stations to keep kids moving and having fun! This free program, for players between ages six and 12, is offered five times a year.
LIGHTNING MADE COACHES CLINIC
The free Lightning Made Coaches Clinic program is offered to all Bay-area youth coaches, giving them insight as to the world of an NHL coach. Each session centers a different topic of discussion. Check back for future topics, dates and to register!
The Holiday Camp is a three day program targeted for players of all skill levels who are looking to keep their skills sharp over the holidays. Players benefit from on and off ice instruction that focuses on skill development, while also providing each child with position-specific and team play concepts that will enable them to excel. Held annually at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, registration is underway now for the 2013 camp.
LIGHTNING MADE SUMMER CAMP
Summer Camp targets hockey players of all skill levels who are looking to round out their overall game. The five day camp, for players ages six to 18, utilizes USA Hockey’s American Development Model methodology with a Lightning twist to ensure your player gets the most out of camp through daily on and off ice training including power skating, stick handling and shooting techniques. Summer Camp is offered every summer in various locations throughout Florida.
HIGH SCHOOL TRAINING CAMP
This five day program features drills and insight from the Bolts' coaching staff. Campers go through daily on and off-ice conditioning and drills with a focus on getting back into the swing of things for the upcoming hockey season. Intended for travel and high school players, this program is offered at the end of August.Watch Video