NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Over the past weekend, the hockey team at Merrimack took part in 'Judgment Day'; a two-day, team-building camp that required teams to complete physical tasks while coping with mental exhaustion.
Day one of 'Judgment day' began at 5:30 am in South Boston on the beach and day two began at 9:00 am. The hockey team took part in land and sea exercises throughout both mornings. The land exercises consisted mainly of a rigorous calisthenics routine which included push-ups, jumping jacks and more and team related relay races with the use of a lifeboat.
"The Program's Judgment Day is a mentally and physically challenging, team-building and leadership development training," said Erik Kapitulik of the Program. "Integrity, discipline and confidence is what we hope to instill in each of our student athletes."
"It's amazing after just one weekend how different the hockey team is," said strength and conditioning coach Mike Kamal, who oversees the Judgment Day program. "Erik provides one of the most unique and effective methods for promoting accountability and team-building."
Coaches and players alike have quickly become firm believers in the process and appreciate what Judgment Day has already done for their teams in terms of camaraderie and leadership.