Power Skating Orientation
We are excited to welcome back our returning members as well as welcome all our new power skaters and parents to the Kimberley Skating Club. We will be providing you with lots of information over the year and opportunities to ask questions, provide feedback and participate. The year will be filled with fun, and we hope that you and your children enjoy the Kimberley Skating Club’s power skating program!
Jessica Grajczyk, our head coach, is available for questions at the rink or via email. If you have any concerns or perhaps even a compliment, we’d be happy to hear from you. Our contact information is listed at the bottom of the document.
What is Power Skating:
Power skating is an action-packed, high energy instructional program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed, and endurance. Skills, techniques, and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations.
Power skating provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams.
When you/your child register for the Power skating program at Kimberley Skating Club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada.
Power skating is taught in a group environment; therefore, all participants should have basic skating ability and should be able to manage the following skills:
- Be able to get up on their own
- Be able to skate forward the length of the ice using alternate strides.
- Be able to skate backward the width of the ice using alternate strides
- Be able to stop without the use of the boards.
- Between the ages of 8 and 13
Skaters who cannot perform these skills on their own may be asked to join our CanSkate program, as this will be a better fit for your skater.
Skaters should be equipped with the following:
- Full hockey gear
- Hockey Skates
- CSA approved Helmet
- Hockey Stick
Check our website for online registration information: https://www.kimberleyskating.com/registration/
Power Skating Sessions:
The First Session:
The first day on the ice is a lot of fun for your child but it is also a hectic one for the coaching staff. Although the groups are pre-arranged based on information that you give us, we often find that groups will need to be rearranged. Jessica, Kelsey and Austin will be moving skaters around throughout the first session to make the groups more equal in ability, age and needs.
The Rest of the Season:
Our Power skating sessions are 45 minutes in length. This is how the time is divided:
Warm Up: 7 minutes
The warm-up is a time to welcome your child onto the ice. We will warm up their muscles and joints by increasing their heart rates using a series of specific exercises.
Lesson Time: 30 minutes
There will be two or three groups divided by ability, then age. Each group will be led by one of our coaches and go through a fundamental skill or area. Each group will rotate through the coaches to ensure they learn all the necessary skills to succeed.
Group Activity: 5 Minutes
The Group Activity which is lead by a Professional Coach immediately follows the third lesson and is designed to provide additional practice opportunities in a fun and interactive way. This time is to encourage agility, balance, control and challenge development. The skaters will be using the full ice for this time.
Cool Down: 3 Minutes
During this time coaches will take skaters around a few laps of the ice. The idea behind the cool down is to slow down the movements and cool down the muscles by lowering heart rate.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us using the information below:
Jessica Grajczyk, SC professional coach, BKin