We are excited to share with you that rinks are starting to open! We want to thank all of our clients for your continued patience with us.
Things are very different, and they will continue to be different for the near future, that said the arenas have more restrictions, more rules, and less ice. As of now we are only offering private/semi-private lessons. The ice availability that we have, will change week by week.
A general list of what the rinks are doing differently is: signing waivers, limited interactions, restricted access to specific facilities. We can explain in detail what the changes are if you’d like to reach out to us through email.
We are only offering private/semi-private lessons because we are limited to a five (5) skaters on the ice during an ice-hour, which must include coaching staff. We are dividing our ice into halves so we can have two coaches teach two different lessons with a maximum of three (3) students. This means if there is one coach teaching a lesson, there is a maximum of four (4) students.
To limit the number of people in a facility at a time, ice slots are spread out leaving time in between them for sanitizing and prep work. This also means ice availability is limited.
We look forward to working together with the rinks, and our clients to make sure we stay safe, and move forward.
I hope everybody is staying safe and well out there.
Obviously, our spring session hasn’t started yet, even though it is springtime, and we can’t say for certain when this session or the next can begin. Like the rest of the world, PowerSkating Academy is in a state of limbo.
For example, I still have most of my spring ice contracts with the rinks, so in theory we could start up in June. Yet no one knows when we can actually restart on-ice training or what form that will take.
For now, all spring, summer and summer camps have been put on hold. For those who have already paid, I have been asking that these be held as a credit toward future sessions, once they resume. I’m hopeful we can restart with a shortened spring, or that we can shift current registrants into summer classes or clinics and fall sessions. I am very thankful for those of you who have accepted this arrangement and I completely understand those of you who have requested a refund.
In the meantime, we are providing free Zoom/FaceTime lessons for our skaters to help everyone to maintain some progress during this enforced pause in face to face training.
Also, I hope you have been following us on Instagram and Facebook. We have been putting some informational videos, off-ice training and lesson ideas out there.
I’m encouraged that the NHL is working frantically toward a playoff for the 2019-20 season, and the GTHL is trying to organize the start of their 2020-21 season. Who knows what it will look like, but these are encouraging signs.
As the province slowly starts to reopen, I hope to get back to work on the ice with all of you soon.
Thanks, and let’s stay in touch,
To reach us:
We have sent an email to all our skaters currently enrolled in our Winter session. We are posting this blog posts to inform all of our other clients.
We are writing to let you know that effective tonight, Sunday March 15th, at 11:59PM, PowerSkating Academy will stop all classes, clinics, semi-private and private lessons.
All of the remaining classes will be refunded or a credit provided.
We have completed over 200 phone calls in the last 48 hours – if we haven’t reached you please let us know because it is our top priority to communicate with our clients.
Our office is moving to a virtual set up, so we request that you email us at email@example.com to schedule a convenient time that we can contact you.
We hope to start the Spring classes as they are scheduled to begin in April 19th. The provincial government plans to re-open schools on April 6th and the City of Toronto plays to resume programs and access to the facilities on April 5th.
We hope that this plan doesn’t change and we are committed to only resume training when it is recommend be Toronto Public Health, Health Canada, and the management at our partner rink facilities (ScotiaBank Pond, Vaughan Iceplex, Don Montgomery, Centennial Arena, Ed Sackfield, Tom Graham, and the arena in Stouffville).
It has been a tough week on everyone: for you, the families of the skaters that make our work fun, our instructors who are family to us, and of course Kathy, Dave and Miles. We look forward to being strong through this, staying healthy, and getting back on the ice to keep getting better at the sport we all love.
All of the team at PowerSkating Academy.
Spring is on its way and our class schedules have been posted online here.
Sunday Morning classes will be held at Scotiabank Pond from 9:00am to 11:00am. funSKATE, Power, and Game Specific Hockey Skills will be taught at 9:00am. Master Power and Elite will be taught at 10:00am.
Session starts April 19th and runs until June 21st with an exception date on May 17th.
Sunday Afternoon classes will be held at Vaughan Iceplex from 1:45pm to 4:45pm.
funSKATE, funSKATE*PLUS, Learn to Play, and Power will be taught at 1:45pm. Power and Game Specific Hockey Skills will be taught at 2:45pm. Master Power and Elite classes will be taught at 3:45pm.
Session starts April 19th and runs until June 21st with an exception date on May 17th.
Sunday Evening classes will be held in Stouffville at a private arena (Kennedy rd & Davis dr.) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Power and Game Specific Hockey Skills will be taught at 6:30pm. Power and Master Power classes will be taught at 7:30pm.
Session starts April 19th and runs until June 14st with an exception date on May 17th.
Monday classes will be held at Don Montgomery Arena from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Power classes and Game Specific Hockey Skills will be taught at 6:00pm and Power and Master Power will be taught at 7:00pm.
Session starts May 4th and runs until June 22nd with an exception date on May 18th.
Tuesday classes will be held at Scotiabank Pond from 5:45pm to 8:45pm.
funSKATE, funSKATE*PLUS, Learn to Play and Power classes will be taught at 5:45pm. Power and Game Specific Hockey Skills will be taught at 6:45pm. Master Power, and Elite classes will be taught at 7:45pm.
Session starts May 5th and runs until June 23rd.
Wednesday classes will be held at Vaughan Iceplex from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
funSKATE, funSKATE*PLUS, Learn to Play and Power will be taught at 5:30. Power and Game Specific Hockey Skills will be taught at 6:30pm. Master Power and Elite classes will be taught at 7:30pm.
Session starts May 6th and runs until June 24th.
As we continue to work with the Town of Richmond Hill for our spring program, we have not been able to confirm a location and contract. We will do our best to update our students.
If you are interested in skating in Richmond Hill for the spring, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including your name, age and program type you are interested in attending.
Then we will send you an email as soon as we are able to open up registration.
Thank you for your patience.
Keep skating! Have fun and keep getting better.
Director & Head Coach
The PowerSkating Academy is a one-of-a-kind power skating school in the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area. If you have any questions about this topic or any other skating-related questions, feel free to reach out to us through the website or Facebook.
Firstly, we want to say thank you to all those who attended.
We are very excited to have initiated our Integrated Athletic Development yesterday which took place at the Scotiabank Pond (57 Carl Hall road).
With it being our athletes first day with FITS Toronto, they all went through an evaluation process. It was helpful for our on-ice process to see the hip reports, and make the necessary changes to the corrections during the lesson.
There are 3 sections that the assessment is divided into. A movement screen (section 1), a Hip Grind & Range of Motion assessment (section 2), and the previous history of the athlete (section 3). This fits into The Law of Signs, Symptoms, and Damage.
A sign is a common movement problem that is known to increase injury risk. For example, a lack of control at the hip causes the knee to cave inwards in the single leg squat. This repeated motion will cause a symptom; something an athlete feels and can progress to damage. This is the purpose of the Hip Grind and Range of Motion assessment. If there is presence of a grind or pinch in the hip, this can lead to further damage, which in this case is low back pain, a tissue strain, or hip pain.
The PowerSkating Academy is a one-of-a-kind power skating school in the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area. Thank you for reading this Blog about our first day with FITS Toronto.
For more information on the Integrated Athletic Development class, follow this link. https://powerskatingacademy.com/fitstoronto/ or call 416-406-0550 or email email@example.com
Questions? Get in touch with us at (416) 406-0550