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An inside look at sports academies

By Star Tribune, 08/08/12, 10:53PM CDT



Total Hockey Minnesota

Where: Lakeville

Enrollment: Intense Hockey Training program serves about 200 kids.

Club/team affiliations: Fushion AAA

Training facility highlights: Ice rink, speed ramp, hockey treadmill, shot radar gun, shooting accuracy goal, stick work simulator, weight room.

Cost: Examples taken from Intense Hockey Training program registration form: $3,250 -- high school boys; $3,000 -- high school girls; $2,500 -- bantam/pewee. IHT is a seven-month program that includes on- and off-ice training four times a week.

Notable clients: NHL players Zach Parise, Drew Stafford, Kyle Okposo, Derek Stepan.

43 Hoops

Where: Hopkins

Enrollment: "Hundreds of members training year-round."

Training facility highlights: Three basketball/volleyball courts, weight room and classrooms.

Club/team affiliations: 43 Hoops Basketball, Club 43 Volleyball

Cost: Basketball -- membership training package, 12-month unlimited -- $300 month ($3,600 annual); one-on-one session -- $60; team-training session -- $150. Volleyball -- club fees (six months, for top team in 15-17 age group) -- $3,400; one-on-one session -- $25-$60.

Notable alumni: Kris Humphries (NBA, Brooklyn Nets); former Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor.

Note: All academy owners said that families that can't afford to pay these fees can work out some sort of payment plan.


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