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What is the acronym ELP stand for?
ELP is the acronym for Extended Learning Program.

What is the ELP program?
The ELP was designed to provide a way for a player to maximize his summer camp experience. Realistically there is only so much that a player can do in a week or two camp. The real value of the camp is found in the day-to-day application of what player learned while at camp. Using the internet, each month, the ELP delivers customized lessons and drills emphasizing the strengths and weakness we observed while you were at camp.

How long does the ELP run?
The ELP runs for 10 months – September thru June.

How long is the ELP for each month keep online?
The ELP runs until June 30 of each year at which time the program is over and nothing in your file can be accessed.

How does the ELP work if I attended more than one hockey school session this summer?
The ELP uses the most recent player evaluation when creating your customized set of drills and exercises.

What does a typical ELP look like?
Each player is given access to their own unique web space where all the tools they need to be successfully are located. Each month we post a new set of lessons to the ELP. The ELP for the previous months remain so over time a library of customized lessons is created. Each ELP contains three links -- 1) Program (actual drills and exercises); 2) Worksheet (track your progress during the month); and, 3) Calendar (to help you plan what is required each day). Here are screen shots for each of the component parts of the ELP -- Program, Worksheet and Calendar.

Do I have to remember the web address for the ELP and my username and password?
No.  You will receive an email at the beginning of each month (sometime before the 10th of the month) notifying you that a new set of exercises has been posted into your ELP.  Each email will include the web address where your ELP is located and the username and password required to access the information so you do not have to keep it on file or remember it to use your ELP.

What if my email changes?
Your email serves two purposes – First we use your email to remind you when a new set of exercises has been posted to your account.  If you change your email account you will need to update your User Account so that we send each month notice to the correct email.  Second, The ELP uses your email as your username – the old email will still work as your password until you change the email in your User Account in your ELP account.

To change your email address go into the User Account portion of the web site and update your information with the new email address.

How much does the ELP Program cost?
The cost is $25 per year, if you subscribe to the ELP while at camp. $75 if you subscribe online.

I did not sign up for the ELP Program when I was at OHS summer camp, but would like to do so now. Can I sign up now?
Yes. Cost is $75. Click here to subscribe online.

What is the difference between the Skills Comparison and the Player Evaluation?
The ELP uses all the data we collected about you while attending the Okanagan Hockey School.  The Player Evaluation is a subjective analysis of your abilities conducted by the coaches and instructors.  Thirty-three items of a player’s game are reviewed (37 items if you are a goalie).  If you are in IDT over 50 items are evaluated.

In addition to subjective analysis provided by the Player Evaluation, data is also collected by electronic measuring devices for each player.  The electronic measurements are found in the Skill Comparison.

Since the Player Evaluation is a subjective opinion of several coaches and each coach has his/her own biases we do not compare scores found in your Player Evaluation against the scores of other players.  The data contained in the Skills Comparison lends itself much more readily to a meaningful comparison.

Why is the comparative analysis of my skills only available on line and not provided in the written player evaluation received at the end of camp?
We try and keep our player evaluations as positive as possible. While comparative data is motivational for some, it can be demoralizing for others, especially those players who, relative to their peers perform in the lower quartiles. By providing the comparative information exclusively online parents can help their players deal with the information constructively.

I have attended OHS camps for many years; does the online program permit me to compare my performance from year to year?
No.  We do not attempt to compare player performance from one year to the next.  Player evaluations (coaches analysis and comments) are too subjective for any meaningful comparison year to year.  Skills assessment data (shot speeds and skating times) lends itself to more meaningful analysis.  Skills data from prior years is not automatically available for comparison online.  The data is on file however and can be provided for any additional fee.  If you would like to access skills assessment data from prior years send an email to help@highperformancehockey.com.

I have my data from last year and upon comparison how is it possible for me to slower this year than I was last?
The distances measured year to year are the same -- 30, 100 and 250 feet.  Differences from year to year could be caused by numerous factors, for example:

1 -- For the distance at 250 feet, due to time constraints on the ice; we do not reset the cone for every skater so it is not uncommon for the cone to get bumped out of position making it hard to verify accuracy of the data at 250 feet.  

2 -- Occasionally a timing gate will fail in the middle of a session and so we have to manually start and stop the first gate which adds human reaction time to the process..

3 -- In an attempt to standardize process from camp to camp we changed the way the kids start the skate -- in previous years we did not require the kids begin from a "stand still" but permitted them to use a "running start".  Beginning in 2007 however the kids were not permitted to use an uninhibited running start.  

4 -- The condition of the ice varies from day to day and even session to session on the same day – the softer the ice the “slower” the times generally.

The best or most accurate use of the data is to compare your data against all those kids in your age group and or in your specific team for that camp/session.  The data set would be most accurate that way since all the kids would be using same timing devices, same ice, and same instructors doing the skating drill etc so most similar circumstances to minimize the procedural differences that may impact performance.

I subscribed to the ELP program in previous years at a cost of $10 per month, how can you offer the ELP program for a flat $25 now?
In prior years the ELP program was offered as an add-on by High Performance Hockey, a company out of Southern California. Now the ELP program is fully integrated into OHS curriculum and as a result can now be offered at a fraction of the price – basically a savings of $100! The ELP program is still administered by HPH.

Who is High Performance Hockey?
High Performance Hockey is a software and information service firm located in San Diego, California. HPH specializes in delivery of online tools and resources for hockey players and their families. Flag ship products include – On ice player evaluation software, Extended Learning Lessons (ELP) and College Hockey Profiles (CHP).

In addition to numerous tournaments and tryout camps HPH materials and services are used by Okanagan Hockey Schools in Pentiction and Kelowna, British Columbia, Calgary Flames Hockey School and the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Schools all use Player Evaluations created by HPH. Over 5000 players per year use High Performance Hockey materials and tools.

If I have questions about the ELP who do I contact and how do I contact them?
All inquires about the ELP should be directed to help@highperformancehockey.com

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