PowerSkating Academy Classes
All our classes focus strictly on a technical skating unless otherwise noted. All of our skating programs involve a progression of technical skills and a progression through levels. Most classes follow our deliberate, slow and perfect methodology. All skaters are evaluated and grouped based on their founational skating ability/level first, ability to make corrections and then as close to age. Skating classes group skaters at a 6:1 student to coach ratio. Below offers a basic guide to our classes. Groups are carefully organized for each skaters success. Please ask the on ice director any time to explain the groupings.
Every minute of a Power Skating lesson is spent deliberately learning and deliberately practicing correctly because every exercise has a purpose! Each class is divided into two main parts: one part of the class, students work with a figure-skating coach to develop, learn about and understand skills such as edges, blade awareness, turns, pivots, body control, and transitional skills.
The other part of the class, students work with a hockey skating coach to develop their forward and backward strides, turns, stops, starts, open hip technique, and more hockey specific skating. Classes include limited puck work. Power Skating students will be grouped together based on their technical ability first, maturity/focus second and age third.
For all skaters playing hockey except;
- 12 years of age and older playing AA or AAA should register for a Master Power Class.
- 15 years and up playing AAA, Jr, OHL, University, Semi Pro, should register for an Elite Class.
- Adults must register for one of our Adult Power Skating classes being offered in a session.
Full hockey equipment (including stick and neck guard) are required for this class.
*Our classes are a full ice hour (60 minutes minus a mandatory ice resurfacing).
Master Power Skating
The Master Power Skating class is for graduates of our Power Skating levels and/or hockey players 12 years and up playing AA or AAA. In Master Power classes, skaters will increase tempo during the exercises. This class will solidify foundation as well as introduce more advanced modern day skating techniques. Some puck is included based on the student’s technical ability.
Every minute of a Master Power Skating lesson is spent learning and practicing correctly because every exercise has a purpose! Each class is divided into two main parts: one part of the class has students working with a figure coach to learn about and understand skills such as edge differences, blade awareness, turns, pivots, body control, and transitional skills. The other part of the class has students working with a hockey-skating coach to develop forward and backward stride, turns, stops, starts, open hip, and more hockey specific skating.
- All skaters will be grouped based on our internal evaluation system related to their technical ability.
- Graduates of our Power skating program who are younger than 12 yrs of age, require approval from the Director prior to registering for a Master Power class.
*Our classes are a full ice hour (60 minutes minus a mandatory ice resurfacing).
Elite Power Skating
This is an invitation only class all skaters must be invited or approved by an on-ice director of the PowerSkating Academy. Long time PowerSkating Academy skaters may be invited at any age based on their foundational skating level, experience, work ethic and desire to improve. New skaters to the PSA must be at least 15 years of age and older playing ‘AAA’, junior or semi-pro for allowance into the class. Elite classes will focus on building a large skating vocabulary by adding more advanced modern day skating techniques. We’ll push the boundaries of what is possible for you to do on your skates. Puck work is commonly included in this class. New skaters to PSA with foundational flaws in their skating will be forced to regress by doing a lot of slow speed skills and exercises until they correct their base. Skaters will be grouped based on their technical skating ability.
Learn to SKATE
PowerSkating Academy’s ‘Learn to SKATE’ and ‘Learn to SKATE*PLUS’ programs instill a love for skating with the technique of champions. Both ‘Learn to SKATE’ and ‘Learn to SKATE*PLUS’ programs introduce beginners and/or recreational skaters to the foundation of correct skating technique from the very first lesson. Our results-proven “deliberate and perfect” approach, low student-to-coach ratio, and hands-on correction will help skaters unleash their full potential in a fun learning environment.
Learn to SKATE is our learn to skate program, geared towards new/beginner skaters or younger recreational skaters. This program is recommended for skaters 4 years of age to 6 years of age. Half of the lesson will be allocated to a technical skating lesson, while the other half will be a fun practice time to instill a love for skating in all of our students. Skaters must be 4 years of age at the start of the session to register for our ‘Learn to SKATE’ program.
Learn to SKATE*PLUS
Learn to SKATE*PLUS program is for skaters looking for a more technical skating experience who already have basic foundational skating skills. This program is recommended for skaters aged 6 years of age to 13 years of age who are looking for a more focused full lesson of our technical skating skills.
- All Learn to SKATE students will be grouped together based on their foundational skating level and age
- For beginner and/or recreational skaters 13 years of age and older, we recommend registering for one of our Adult Power Skating classes.
Skaters are required to wear hockey or figure skates, and a certified hockey helmet.
Adult Power Skating
Power Skating classes are for aspiring hockey superstars (and recreational players to). This program is not for adult learn to skate beginners. Adults are grouped at an approximate 6:1 ratio.
Since we group adults together and not with our younger skaters, we must have a minimum of three adults registered in a class to be able to run the lesson. If you have registered for a class and we do not have a minimum of three adults registered, we will contact you prior to start date to provide other options that might be available. Many adult trying hard to progress often skate with teen aged groups.
PowerSkating Academy’s three-phase Team Development program compliments a hockey or ringette team’s coaching staff. The three stages are: Consultation, Program Development, and Initiation.
Consultation: Our Program Director will consult with your Head Coach (or Team Manager) to understand development objectives and needs. We can finalize finances and agree upon dates and times at this time.
Program Development: Our first on-ice session will include an evaluation based on our internal level system. Our assessment will become the basis of a customized program for the remaining on-ice skating lessons.
Program Roll-Out: To effectively implement the agreed-upon training program, we will provide ongoing communication to the coaching staff. Modifications can be made based on the improvements and needs of the players as well as requests made by the coaching staff.
- When working with teams, we aim to maintain our 6:1 student to coach ratio, depending on the number of players on your team.
- We highly recommend members of the coaching staff listen to the skating lessons to reinforcing our technique throughout the season.
At the PowerSkating Academy, we have two options for team training. The first option is, hire us to teach your team on your practice ice AND the second option is, your team travels to one of our ice times during a session.
Option 1: If you are looking for us to take over all foundational development roles of your team. When you hire us to teach your team, we will send three coaches who will focus on all technical aspects of hockey. Your team will be divided into groups and rotate through the three sections: one group will learn stride foundation, one will be introduced into edge skills from figure skating, and the third will have their hockey skills reinforced.
Option 2: If you are looking for our team to strictly teach the skating side of hockey, or ringette. We will hold a specific number of spots on one of our class times. You can either have your team enroll individually or through the team manager. Our coaching staff will instruct your team based on our methodology. This option more resembles one of our Power Skating or Master Power Skating classes.
Questions? Get in touch with us at (416) 406-0550