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Center of Excellence: Study, Train, Play!

The Total Package Hockey Center of Excellence is a focused environment where dedicated student-athletes study, train and play to their fullest potential.  Our environment combines proven, accredited online learning with hands-on, innovative on and off-ice training and instruction.  With a focus on choices, character and culture, we believe in a holistic approach, and recognize that our greatest responsibility is to prepare our student-athletes for success in the ultimate game: the game of life.

 

Continue scrolling to:

  • Apply to the Center of Excellence.  
  • Learn about the various components of the Center of Excellence, including academics, on and off-ice training, leadership and personal development.  
  • Meet the hockey, academic and operations staff for the COE.

 

Applying to the Center of Excellence 

Click here to apply to the Center of Excellence, which is step one in the formal registration process.  Once your application is accepted, you will receive an e-mail with further instructions.  

 

Study to Your Potential

... Academics at the COE ...

 

CoE Academics Overview

Well-rounded, resilient, self-starting… This is the type of student our academic culture looks to produce.  This process occurs in a selective learning environment, whereby student-athletes interact with other driven, likeminded individuals who seek the flexibility of balancing academics with hockey, 

 

In addition to offering flexibility, the CoE learning environment provides:

 

  • Disciplined, Daily Structure...  Students maintain a disciplined, daily structure at the CoE.  While actual schedules vary by location, a typical CoE day strikes an appropriate balance between studying, training and playing...  Like a traditional classroom, all CoE’s implement policies to ensure students are accountable and perform academically.  
  • Individualized and Customized Learning Plans...  While the CoE prides itself on allowing each family to choose a learning provider that meets the needs of their student-athlete, TPH is proud to offer a customized learning platform, built specifically for the CoE, through Edmentum, the official learning partner of Total Package Hockey.  Edmentum's courseware is rigorous, robust and most importantly, NCAA accredited.  Within the confines of Edmentum's curriculum, our academic team prides itself on our ability to craft individual education plans for each-student athlete.  
  • Applicable and Far-Reaching Experiences...  Skills such as the ability to time manage and learn in different settings are taught at the CoE, all in an effort to prepare our student-athletes for an independent lifestyle.  Real-world experiences such as field trips, community service projects, guest speakers and TPH’s weekly Life Skills & Leadership Seminars take learning beyond the classroom.  Mentoring future leaders who understand what it means to do the right thing on and off the ice is central to positively impacting the lives of our student-athletes.    

 

Edmentum proudly partners with over 8,000 schools in the US.

The Edmentum Platform

... Creating a Truly Customized Learning Environment for the CoE ...

 

Edmentum is the official learning partner of Total Package Hockey and offers a completely customized platform for CoE students, whereby individuals study online, via teacher-delivered live lessons, mostly within a cohort of TPH students. This format universalizes learning across all CoE's, and creates a bond within our truly selective learning environment. 

 

Simply put, students taking an Edmentum course in a particular subject area at one CoE, are taught by the same teacher in that subject area at other CoE's, and interact with CoE students outside of their specific location.        

 

TPH provides on-site Success Coaches, who monitor academic performance, while providing knowledge of specific content areas as well as the Edmentum courseware.  Students have access to a full-time bank of teachers, hired specifically for the CoE, who maintain "virtual office hours" to ensure accessibility. 

 

Edmentum provides a large variety of NCAA accredited courses for students to choose from, with courses meeting state academic standards.

 

And on top of this, in most cases, Edmentum will partner with a local area public school, to provide its student-athletes some of the benefits of traditional brick and mortar students, such as:

 

  • Participation on school athletic teams.  
  • Invitations to after-school activities.
  • Diploma from the actual brick and mortar school upon graduating.    

To learn more about the Edmentum platform, click on the video below.

 

Train and Play to Your Potential

... Hockey at the COE ...

 

The Hockey Player... The Hockey Athlete!

To be successful in today’s game, we believe a hockey player must possess three qualities:

 

  1. High compete level, which is the foundation for success in hockey and life.
  2. High level of hockey sense.
  3. High caliber overall skill set, in the form of skating, shooting and stick skills. 

At the same time, improve a player’s strength, speed and overall athleticism, and now you have an elite hockey athlete, which is the goal when training and playing at the CoE.  

 

Training and Playing at the CoE: The Process

Athletes spend a minimum of two hours per day, four days per week, training both on and off the ice, within TPH’s framework for The Hockey Athlete.

 

On the ice, emphasis is placed on quality repetitions, performed:

 

  • In-part, as well as combined as a whole.
  • Individually, as well as within a group. 
  • In no pressure, light pressure and full pressure situations.

Quality repetitions remain the focus off the ice, as athletes train to develop:

 

  • The strength of a football player and the explosive quickness of a track runner. 
  • The balance, stability, agility and range of motion that comprises overall athleticism. 
  • Durability to avoid injury and withstand the demands of a long season. 
  • Endurance necessary to compete for the long haul.  

Daily training themes, positive, hands-on coaching, innovative training methods and video analysis are utilized to accelerate the development process of The Hockey Athlete, and prepare each individual for advancement to the highest levels of junior, collegiate and professional hockey.      

Indy CoE Billet Program
 

The Spartans 18U 'AAA'  hockey team, operating out of Perry Park, and the Indy CoE, is now searching for families in the Central Indiana area that would be interested in hosting one or more players as a Billet Family.
 
“Billeting” players is a rich tradition unique to hockey and plays a key role in the development and success of the player.  It involves families who open their homes to out-of-state players while allowing these young men to complete their high school educations, take college preparatory classes and/or obtain part-time employment in the local community, while also providing an opportunity for these young men to pursue the next step in their hockey development.


We value the importance of the billet families who open their homes to our players and appreciate the efforts made by the entire family in making our players’ transition easier.  The billeting player is not a renter, but a part of your family.  Strong bonds are often made between the player, his parents, and the billet family, which frequently carry on well after the player has moved on to the next level in his hockey career.


Frequently Asked Questions About Billeting

 

Q. What makes a great billet family?
A. A supportive and patient family. It can be overwhelming for a player to be so far away from home. A billet family that treats each player as part of the family, by communicating rules, responsibilities, and expectations is key.  A thoughtful billet family appreciates that each player is unique, and mutual understanding takes effort. 

Q. How old are the players?
A. Families will be asked to host out-of-state student athletes aged 16-18.

Q. Can a family host more than one player?
A. Yes. Two (or more) players can share living quarters, transportation expenses, and oftentimes provide camaraderie for one another.

Q. What does the billet family provide?
A. A separate room for the player (or a shared room for 2 players) furnished much as a college dorm would provide for a student: bed and clothing storage; Nutritious meals; A safe, caring and friendly home atmosphere.

Q. What are the player’s responsibilities?
A. As a member of the household, players are expected to show respect and consideration for all host family members. They are required to follow all household rules as well as share in the daily chores, maintain their own room and do their own laundry; Get himself to/from his hockey commitments; Maintain his grades if he is enrolled in school.

Q. How long does the billet last?
A. Billet families invite players into their homes to be a part of their family for approximately eight months out of the year (August -March).  

Q. Is there compensation to the host family?
A. Yes, families receive a monthly billeting payment of $375.00 for each player. Besides offsetting the expenses a family incurs when hosting a player, the compensation acknowledges the invaluable service families provide to the individual player, Spartans and the Indy CoE.

 

IMPORTANT LINKS:

  • To read an article about billeting from USA Hockey Magazine, click here.
  • If you have questions or are interested in becoming a housing family, please contact Indy CoE Success Coach Judi Kremer at jkremer@totalpackagehockey.com.
  • To apply to become a billet family, click here.
Center of Excellence Staff

 

Greg Austin
Director of Hockey Operations

TPH Center of Excellence, Indianapolis

(603) 372-2178, cell

gaustin@totalpackagehockey.com

 

  • Has been coaching 'AAA' and high school hockey for over 25 years.  
  • Played junior and collegiate hockey in Canada.  
  • Earned his undergraduate, masters and Ph. D from Ohio University.  
  • Is the General Manger/Head Coach of the Junior Fuel U18 'AAA' team.  
  • Married to wife Jennifer and has two children- Caitlin and Ryan.  

Ryan Gayso
Director of Goaltending

TPH Center of Excellence, Indianapolis

(412) 860-0410, cell

rgayso@totalpackagehockey.com

 

  • Native of Pittsburgh, PA.  
  • Graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor's Degree in TV/Video Production and a Minor in Photography.  
  • Was a goaltender on both RMU's NCAA and ACHA Division I teams.  
  • Has coached hockey since 2009 and has experience at the junior level as an assistant coach with the Evansville Thunderbolts and Point Mallard Ducks of the NA3HL.
  • Currently coaches with the Junior Fuel as Head Coach of the 2008 team and Goaltending Coach for both the U16 and U18 Junior Fuel squads.  

Emily Sodrel
Director of Education / Program Administrator

TPH Center of Excellence, Indianapolis

(317) 443-9050, cell

esodrel@totalpackagehockey.com

 

  • Bachelor's Degree in Education.  
  • Served as a learning coach for Indiana Connections Academy for 6+ years.  
  • Was also a Director of Children's Ministries and Curriculum Coordinator for 10+ years.  
  • Lives in Franklin, IN with her husband of 18 years and their 3 children.  

Center of Excellence Location
The Indianapolis Center of Excellence is located at:

2018-2019
Fuel Tank at Fishers

9022 E. 126th Street
Fishers, IN  46038

 

2019-2020
Perry Park

415 E. Stop 11 Road

Indianapolis, IN 46227

 

Applying to the Center of Excellence 

Click here to apply to the Center of Excellence, which is step one in the formal registration process.  Once your application is accepted, you will receive an e-mail with further instructions.  

 

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