THE PATH OF HOCKEY - KC
Hockey is a vastly different sport in multiple areas. For the game of hockey, the most important skill set and tool to use is skating. There are plenty of opportunities to work on the game in the Kansas City area at all rinks!
What’s most important?
When you are training, and wanting to improve your skills, there are correct ways to develop and there are ways that may hinder a player’s development. Skating technique, body control, stride length, and quickness are all skill sets that need to be in the forefront before you can improve in the other areas. Those other areas being stickhandling, puck control, shooting, passing, etc. To truly become a great skater, the stride its self for each player needs to be dissected so that there is correct repetition for every stride, not just continuous reps that may hinder their development.
When you are deciding on certain camps and training to go to, make sure the player is not going to a training opportunity that is not providing quality repetition. There are great resources and training opportunities in Kansas City at all rinks to take advantage of! When taking advantage of those, make sure your player is having fun, getting quality education, and quality repetition that is being taught with detailed breakdown!
WHAT IS "POWER SKATING"
The first step for any hockey family is to enroll in the beginning levels of skating, “Learn to Skate.” After this is completed, youth are put into different age and ability levels based on those “scores.”
Question: Did the hockey player learn the proper foundation of skating? Did they learn the overall techniques needed to excel?
This question can be answered in different ways depending on the person, but our answer is most likely no. Skating is the most important tool in hockey to grasp in order to learn the rest of the game correctly. If skating is vastly behind for a player, the rest of the skills will not accelerate at rates they should. In most Learn to Skate classes, youth players are taught the basics without learning the reasons behind why they are doing certain techniques.
Power Skating is instructional and very technique oriented, accomplished through proper balance, edge control, directional changes, and stride power. By breaking the stride down to the most basic forms, skaters will develop a strong foundation for improvement with muscle memory, progression, and repeated proper technique.
Skaters at all levels continue their skating techniques from Sidney Crosby to mites learning the foundation!