Learn from the pioneers of power skating!
There is something to be said about the benefits of challenging your player to perform at a slightly higher level. This pushes or trains them to think faster, react faster to changing situations and basically push the envelope. They think they found their limit but you can teach them to perform above that limit. Basically it teaches them with perseverance and determination they can push past their perceived limits and overcome obstacles in anything or everything they do.
Challenging the player by placing them outside their comfort zone is not always the best method to increase a player’s performance. Placing them on a tread mill and speeding it up or towing them down the ice with a bungee cord will teach the players to move their feet faster and could lead to some increase in speed, but if you teach them how to skate more effectively and efficiently you can also increase their speed.
At Laura Stamm Power Skating we focus on teaching the proper skating techniques to increase the players efficiency and effectiveness. We do this by having the players (at all levels) practice well within their comfort level. Once we fix their technique we bring them back up to speed so they can feel the effectiveness of skating done correctly.
Laura tells us the steps to proper skating development are Phase 1 Skating correctly, then skating fast and correctly. Phase 2 is skating correctly with the puck. Phase 3 is skating with the puck under pressure situations. But how do you know when your player should be moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2? And when they get to phase 2 should they still practice at phase 1? Look at our skills tests to tell which phase your player is in. If you notice the All Star AA test is the first test to require the player to do the skating techniques with the puck! For skating with the puck under pressure situations, you are now looking at the advanced players in the Elite Workshop.
If players choose to repeat our clinics they will be presented with the same techniques as they were in the first clinic. However we then teach them, or they can pick up, some additional nuances or fine motor skills to further them along in their skill refinement. We also expect our players to practice what they have learned between clinics. Just as the Pros routinely practice the basics, so should your player.