Summer Academies

Week-long programs that focus on athleticism, sportsmanship, and skills, while developing well-rounded athletes.

Mike Weaver defense first camp (August 12 - 16, 2024)

Open to players ages 11 - 17

Harvey Hockey is excited to partner with Mike Weaver's Defense First Hockey School, the only professional defense hockey school of its kind. The cutting-edge approach of Mike Weaver's curriculum incorporates the fundamentals of hockey, as most hockey schools will do, but what makes Defense First uniquely effective is the time spent devoted to the mental skills and how to “think the game.” This attention to detail gives players an added advantage, that “extra element” that coaches and scouts are always looking for. 

“Defense wins championships.” Defense First allows defensive players to reach their maximum potential and achieve individual success. They provide on-ice instruction, discussions focused on nutrition, off-ice conditioning, goal setting, and instruction in work ethic/good character.

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Meet The Director

Mike Bonelli has over 35 years of championship coaching experience. His coaching and director-level positions span stints at the youth, high school, prep, college, and pro levels, including a proven track record in launching successful athletic programs. Mike brings strong leadership, motivation, and teaching skills to the Harvey Athletic Summer Academies.

As an integral part of his own development, Mike holds a master-level coaching certification with USA Hockey and also has certifications in soccer and lacrosse. He has served as an Associate Coach in Chief for USA Hockey, overseeing the education of over 1,200 coaches each year and contributing to regional player development camps. While his primary focus is on Ice Hockey programs, Mike has collaborated with organizations like USA Soccer, USA Lacrosse, and USA Baseball to develop best practices and tools for player retention, athletic development, scheduling, communication, and more.

An award-winning youth hockey podcast host and with years as a program architect, Mike Bonelli's passion for hockey and sports is evident in his successful career, which includes resurrecting struggling programs, rebranding teams, and achieving championship titles. His dedication to the sports community reaches across the world through camps and educational programs, clinics, and seminars for coaches, parents, and athletes.

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