All Junior players are competing for athletic/scholastic opportunities within the sport of hockey. As a result, higher personal conduct and academic standards are in place while playing for and representing the Hampton Roads Junior hockey club.
Our Junior hockey program is a highly competitive program focused on skill development and high-level exposure. The club will inspire a commitment to sportsmanship within the individual, the team and the community. Exceptional coaching, hockey education and comprehensive on and off-ice training will be the trademark of the WN organization.
Whaler Nation places a premium regarding on-ice focus on fundamental skills, expected skill sets and team system understanding/execution at the Junior Hockey level. Coaches will work to keep current with the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program, in addition to other training regimens, in order to provide innovative and dynamic coaching techniques. WN operates under the premise that hockey players improve during practice and also that WN players must receive equal or better opportunity than competitors to be on the ice in order to achieve highly sought after achievements.
Junior players will have full access to the WN strength and conditioning center at Chilled Ponds. Additionally, players will receive training from professionals at Bon Secours who will instruct players one evening per week between September and March.
JOEY RATTI- MS, CSCS, PES, CES, LMBT, CPT
SPORTS PERFORMANCE COACH
Coach Ratti enters his 3rd season as the Whalers youth and junior programs strength and condition coach. Ratti trains all Whaler Nation athletes on a weekly basis and specializes in injury prevention, sport specific training, and functional movement screening; Joseph has a variety of experience in field of strength and conditioning.
“We take a holistic approach to training the Whalers”, stated Ratti. “By incorporating our sports performance, physical therapy, and our medical professionals, we give our athletes a leg up on the competition on the ice, while helping keep them on the ice”.Joey received a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Strength and Conditioning from Appalachian State University and a Master’s Degree from California State University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Exercise Science with a focus on performance enhancement and injury prevention. Joey has trained all levels of sports from youth to professional.