The CanPowerSkate program stresses balance, power, agility, speed and endurance skills, all which are especially important for hockey and ringette players. CanPowerSkate is an ideal complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Strong skating skills and good physical conditioning are provided through participation in this program.
CanPowerSkate is best for skaters aged six or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills and are able to stop on command without use of the boards. CanPowerSkate is not a learn to skate program.
Eligibility Requirements (the recommended age for CanPowerSkate is 6, however, younger skaters will be accepted if they are able to perform the skills below):
CanPowerSkate 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.
Skaters who cannot perform these skills on their own should commence in the CanSkate program, for skaters 5 years old and up and Pre-CanSkate for skaters between the ages of 3 to 5.
Maximum 24 skaters will be allowed on the ice.
Benefits of Participating in CanPowerSkate (CPS)
CanPowerSkate will teach skaters to develop and improve both their personal style of skating plus improve the biomechanical efficiency of their skating. Once the individual is skating efficiently, the focus changes to developing power and speed.
Participants in the CPS Program should wear full hockey equipment that is CSA approved. There will be a range of recreational, hockey, ringette and experienced skaters involved in this program.
The CPS program is available only to Skate Canada member clubs and sanctioned skating schools.
Only Skate Canada member Coaches trained and certified at a CPS Coaches Course are qualified to instruct the CPS program.
Each CPS class will be 45 minutes in length and run each Tuesday evening from 6:15 to 7pm. The course is made up of drills and instruction on all listed skills. There is time allotted for games at the end of each class. The games emphasize what was learned in the class and are always fun. There is a timed drill used at the beginning and end of the course so the skater, parent and coach know which level the skater should be in.
CanPowerSkate Skills Award Program
The CPS program has been designed to systematically advance skaters through six levels of achievement. In Pre-Power, skaters will receive a ribbon upon completion of each of the 3 Pre-Power Levels. Level l focuses on the fundamentals of skating: Level ll skaters build on these fundamentals: Level lll focuses on agility and quickness. Level lV and above are more advanced levels with Level Vl incorporating stick handling into the circuit.
At the conclusion of the session, skaters are evaluated on their skill level and proficiency of each skill. This determines whether the skater receives a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award. A Gold Award is recommended to be earned before moving onto the next level.
How Long Does It Take to Complete the CanPowerSkate Program?
All skaters must progress at their own speed. The length of time it takes a skater to complete a program is determined by:
- Age, size, maturity and strength.
- The amount of extra ice time
- Quality of equipment
Overview of Skills
Below you will find descriptions of each level and the skills that are included:
Pre-Power Level A
- Hockey Stance
- Forward skating alternating feet
- Forward two foot glide - straight line
- Forward half snowplow stop
- Backward walking
- Forward two foot glide around pylons
- Forward two foot glide with two foot jump
- “V” position with feet
- Forward sculling
Pre-Power Level B
- Forward one foot glide - straight line
- Forward one foot glides around pylons
- Backward sculling
- Backward two foot glide - straight line
- Backward skating alternate feet
- Backward half snowplow stop
- Backward two foot glide with two foot jump
- Full forward snowplow stop
- Forward circle thrusts
Pre-Power Level C
- Glide turns
- Forward one foot glide on a curve (inside and outside)
- Forward crossovers
- Backward one foot glide - straight line
- Backward one foot glide on a curve (inside and outside)
- Full backward snowplow stop
- Two foot jump forward to backward (moving)
- Backward circle thrusts
- Side stops
CanPower Level 1
180 Degree tight glide turn
Backward Snowplow Start (V-start)
Forward Side Stops (two feet)
CanPower Level 2
Fast Forward Start (V start)
Backward to Forward 180 Degree Pivot
CanPower Level 3
Fast Forward Crossover Start
Forward to Backward 180 Degree Pivot
Backward Snowplow Stop/Start (one foot)
Reverse Pivot Turn
CanPower Level 4
Forward Side Stop/Start (1-ft.)
Reverse 360 Degree Pivot
Forward Crossover - Quick
Change of Direction
360 Degree Tight Glide Turn
CanPower Level 5
Forward Change of Speed
Forward Lateral Movement
Backwards Lateral Movement
Fast Backward Start
Backward to Forward 45 Degree Pivot
Forward 360 Degree Spin
CanPower Level 6
A combination of all skills incorporating use of a puck/ring.
Skaters should be equipped with....
- Full hockey gear
- Hockey Skates
- CSA approved Helmet
- Hockey Stick
Program is held on Tuesdays at 6:15 - 7:00pm.