Corona del Mar resident and father of Blake Burkhart (Loyola Maryland’s face-off specialist and Corona del Mar High School alumni) Bryan Burkhart recognized a problem with the training of one of the most crucial positions in the game. Proper training was no where to be found in or around Southern California.
Previously, to get any of the highest level of training a parent would have to spend a small fortune and a large chunk of time flying east. For Blake to get the skills needed to play for a top D1 program, Bryan paid to send Blake back East to live and train with some of the biggest names in the face-off community. Bryan knows this is not an option for most players, so he started Face-Off Factory. Face-off Factory brings the top face-off specialists to you.
You may know that in 2013 the Duke Blue Devils won the NCAA National Championship for the second time in four years. What you may not know is that in the first round of the playoffs they narrowly escaped defeat to Loyola Maryland. How close was it? Tied with one minute remaining, Blake won the face outright, broke away downfield to score the winning goal just as Loyola’s coach called a timeout nullifying the goal. Duke took advantage of the second opportunity, stopped Loyola’s settled offense and scored the game winner on the next possession.
That face-off win not only got the attention of the D1 community but sparked a conversation about just how important face-offs are and that there was a lack of training and face-off expertise in Blake’s hometown area, Orange County.
Orange County is slowly gaining traction with recruiters and top level D1 programs. To be able to succeed at the next level takes more than being the best in Orange County but the best in the nation. This is where Face-Off Factory comes in. Face-Off Factory is working with some of the biggest names in face-offs past and present to raise the level of competition for face-off specialists across SoCal so that Orange County face-off battles can be some of the best in the nation.
Bryan and the Faceoff Factory team will be coming to L.A. and San Diego December 28th and 29th respectively to teach and mentor all ages of face-off specialists. These clinics are one of a kind offering a unique perspective on face-offs. The advantage that Face-off Factory brings is an ideology that all face-off specialists are different and that no one technique for taking face-offs is best. You will get hands on instruction about all different stances, positioning, strategies, and wing play so that you have the ability to adapt on the fly to dominate your opponents. The day will conclude in a tournament style face-off battle with the winners being awarded a free trip to Adrenaline’s Showcase on Jan 3rd to 5th where you will get a chance to compete in the same style of tournament right in front of tons of coaches JUST WATCHING FACE-OFFS.
Bryan knows that a player can only be as good as his competition pushes him which is why he is giving back to the OC community by offering his help to players beyond the Face-Off Factory’s two upcoming clinics. He envisions Face-Off Factory becoming a community and online video utility where anyone can come and learn from the best. Take advantage of this opportunity and push yourself to be the best.
For more information and to register for the events visit:
December 28th Los Angeles Event
December 29th San Diego Event