At Brent Bobyck Powerskating we are focused on developing proper skating mechanics and progression for our young and older skaters to help them reach their full potential within the sport. Skating is the foundation of every successful hockey or ringette player.
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Balance is one of the most important parts of developing a proper skating stride. It's just like building a house, if the proper foundation is not put in place at the start of the stride development it's going to make the rest of the skating stride hard to develop. This is why we put a large emphasis on developing proper balance before we move onto the angle of the stride and more advanced stride techniques.Improve Your Balance
Proper edge work includes both our inside and outside edges on our skate blades. When doing crossovers or east to west skating a player is utilizing both inside and outside edges. Also, when doing tight turns you need to be able to properly utilize both your inside and outside edges when doing a tight turn going north to south or east to west. We teach our young skaters how to properly use their edges to improve both their crossovers and tight turns as these are skillsets that help players to create time and space to make hockey plays.Improve Your Edgework
Developing a proper stride is important if you want to play at a high level in hockey. At Brent Bobyck Powerskating we teach our players the importance of improving your stride and how to do so properly. When developing your stride you need to focus on 7 major components: Posture, Ankle Bend, Knee Bend, Angle of Stride, Full Extension Arm Drive and Recovery Stride. We have dedicated camps focused on stride work because of how important mastering this skill is.
Knowing how to properly accelerate is another important skill to learn in order to become the best skater that you can be. We focus on developing 3 main acceleration techniques. First is the V Start. This is where we start with young players so they can learn the basics of an acceleration. Teaching players how your feet need to be angled and how to use explosive short steps to get momentum going. Side acceleration is the second type of acceleration we work on. This helps players stop and start skating back the same way they came from. Finally we work on acceleration from a glide. This helps players pick up speed when the puck moves east to west and results in a transition.Improve Your Acceleration
With how fast the game of hockey has become, your transitions as a skater are more important than ever before. At Brent Bobyck Powerskating we teach our players how to transition from forward to backward using a mohawk turn. We also go over transitioning from backwards to forwards in the same direction, which requires the player to use their outside leg on an inside edge coming off their c cut to then go forwards. Hockey players are constantly moving from forwards to backwards for defending and opening up to receive the puck and make eye contact with your teammate who is passing you that puck. This is why proper transitions are vital to your success as a skater.Improve Your Transitions
Backwards skating is an important skill for defensemen but also forwards. A forward needs to be able to skate backwards if they are put in a position where they need to take the place of a defensmen on a back check or covering that denfensmen on the point. A proper backwards skating stride is done by making a backwards c cut on your inside edge then transitioning to a glide. Which is also referred to as a question mark. You also need to learn how to properly transfer your weight from leg to leg while maintaining c cut motions on alternating legs. Forwards also need to know how to transition from forwards to backwards on a back check and maintain their stride going backwards in order to properly defend.Improve Your
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