On the field hockey map of Poland, our school appeared as early as 1994. It was then that a group of 25 players from Switzerland appeared in Nowy Targ with the first camp organized by Walenty Ziętara. In 2011, the Hockey School was joined by his son Piotr, who introduced many innovations at the camps.
From that moment, Hockey School Ziętara grew from year to year and today organizes the largest field hockey camps in Poland and one of the largest in Europe. Piotr began working with the best foreign coaches specializing primarily in "Power Skating" training. In addition, on his initiative in 2016 for the first time at the camps appeared mental training, which is a very important element in the modern preparation of any athlete.
When planning future actions, we approach them individually. We try to introduce more novelties, workshops and activities adapted to the age and level of players and athletes.
We are developing for you!
A man who needs no introduction in the hockey community. Legend of Polish hockey. Originator, founder and for years the main coach of the Ziętary Hockey School. A former Polish representative and one of the few hockey players who participated in the Olympic Games twice (Saporro and Innsbruck). Players who participated in the World Cup 11 times.
As a representative captain, he played 179 matches with an eagle on his chest, scoring 72 goals for our national team. His excellent craftsmanship also resulted in 11 titles of the Polish Champion, and he added the 12th title as a coach. He appeared in 467 matches in the Polish league, scoring as many as 380 goals. These statistics confirm that it is not without reason that he is among the best hockey players in the history of our country. After finishing his career, he devoted himself entirely to passing on his vast knowledge to the next generations.
He worked as a trainer in Switzerland, Italy and Podhale Nowy Targ. In 1994, he organized the first Hockey School camp in Nowy Targ. It has been 28 years since then, and the camps are still organized continuously. Hungry for knowledge, young adepts wanted to gain knowledge from the best, which is why there were more and more of them every year. The school created by Walenty is still growing in strength, and despite his age, he willingly participates in classes and passes his knowledge on to young hockey players.
A characteristic cap , a warm smile and an hawks eye that can catch new talents - this is an image that has become a permanent part of the image of Ziętaras Hockey School camps.
This training unit is a novelty that we introduced last summer. The classes worked so well that they have become a permanent part of our camp schedule. Physical skills are important, but they are of no use if the player does not know how to use them wisely. Through video analysis, players can learn more about the basics of tactics. Topics such as:
/ proper defensive play
/ options for exiting the third period
/ setting up in advantages and weaknesses
/ behavior on counterattacks
/ appropriate behavior in situations that may arise during the match
Our classes are based, among other things, on video analysis of the senior Polish National Team during their performances at the World Championships.
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At each camp, our goalkeepers have a qualified coach at their disposal. Every day, in the morning training units, specialized classes are conducted for them. The plan is shaped so that on the first day you define your skills, and then add new, more and more demanding elements day by day. The goalkeeper coach is also available during the later part of the training - watching his charges during exercises with the rest of the team, he can provide valuable advice and tips on an ongoing basis. In addition, our coaches conduct off-ice classes - only for goalkeepers. Thanks to this, they can focus on improving such aspects as: speed, reflexes, flexibility or agility and endurance.In recent years, we have also introduced video analysis. Footage from training and matches further helps to improve the art of defending.
For many years, we have consistently focused on individual training of players. A valuable help in this is the station training, which takes place in the afternoon. Under the supervision of a trainer, the players work in small groups (5-6 people). The surface of the ice rink is divided into 6 zones - each, carefully prepared beforehand, focuses on a different element of the hockey craft. Thanks to this, players improve their skills in such elements as:
/ 1 x1 fight
/ 2 x 2 fight
/ passing the puck
/ handling the puck
OFF-ICE TRAININGOff-ice training is a foretaste for young players of what they can expect in typical senior clubs. With the development of sciences such as physiology and biomechanics of movement, motor training is playing an increasingly important role in professional sports. It allows not only to improve strength, speed and balance but also to prevent injuries. At Off-ice training, we work on strengthening muscles using, for example, our body weight. With the help of experienced coaches, the athletes also use modern training equipment and accessories such as resistance bands, coordination ladders and special balance boards. At our camps, athletes also learn how to properly prepare the body for training by learning about self-massage techniques or mobilization of individual body parts.
Sports Psychology and Mental Preparation
While sports can exist without a sports psychologist, it is difficult to imagine field hockey, as a purely physical sport, without the psychological realm. Increasingly, players or coaches agree with the statement that the psyche plays an important role in sports competition, so it is now emphasized that it is worthwhile for both younger and older players to build their form based on 4 spheres: physical, tactical, technical and just psychological. Each of these can be developed and improved. As with physical or technical training, we also talk about mental training. This is a set of methods and techniques aimed at supporting the athlete in his sporting struggles - like any training it requires systematic and long-term work.
We are also regularly looking for sponsors and partners, thanks to which we will be able to organize further training camps and trips. We believe that the heart and professionalism that we put into the "Hockey Eagles Foundation" will pay off in the future and the players participating in our projects will play with the eagle on their chests and proudly represent our country in the world.