Practice & Travel


The Waterloo Black Hawks provide a total development plan including on- and off-ice training. Practice plans are developed by the coaching staff to suit the game situations the team faces.  Off-ice development includes the use of the University of Northern Iowa training facilities and weight room approximately two to three times per week.  The facility is state-of-the-art, with a knowledgeable staff that is there for the team.  Workouts will be focused on developing the athlete for the long-term and instilling proper technique.  Nutrition guidance is also offered through our fulltime trainer, Todd Klein.  Also available to each player is game video, broken down on a game-by-game basis with each player’s shifts spotlighted.  Staff works with the team as a whole, and individuals separately, utilizing this resource.  With everything the Black Hawks have to offer, there is no better place to develop as a hockey player.

Like every hockey team, the Hawks inevitably have road trips each year.  Some are short, to regional rivals like Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.  Other trips east and west are more demanding on the team.  The Black Hawks ride in chartered coach buses to all away road games.  The bus features DirecTV, wi-fi, and sleeper seats.  The bus affords the team comfort and prep time while on the road.