In 2022, PUCK—IT launched a new initiative called the Cobourg Cougars Jr Academy Development Program, originally based in Cobourg, Ontario. The program is composed of numerous specialty sourced developers, ranging from mechanics specific instruction to game play and technical operations. The Academy looks to change the linear direction of singular development and open it up to new multi-tiered structures. Unlike other competitive development teams, the success of The Academy is not gauged on wins and losses. Instead, the focus is on the development of skills and acquiring growth within the association from Coach to player to parent support levels.
Our goal as a development group is to communicate with all Coaches, players and parents to allow them insight and progressional assistance in the development pathway.