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 (Skaters must be a least 6 years old to participate in CanPowerSkate programs):
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. 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 10-session course, skaters are evaluated on skill level and timed as they perform a test involving seven skills in a course-like pattern. The skater receives a mark combining his skill performance, plus test time. 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
The CanPowerSkate program includes 23 skills from Levels 1 through 6. The following is what each level includes:
180 Degree tight glide turn backward
Backward Snowplow Start (V-start)
Forward Side Stops (two feet)
Fast Forward Start (V start)
Backward to Forward 180 Degree
Fast Forward Crossover Start
Forward to Backward 180 Degree Pivot
Backward Snowplow Stop/Start (one foot)
Reverse Pivot Turn
Forward Side Stop/Start (1-ft.)
Reverse 360 Degree Pivot
Forward Crossover - Quick
Change of Direction
360 Degree Tight Glide Turn
Forward Change of Speed
Forward Lateral Movement
Backwards Lateral Movement
Fast Backward Start
Backward to Forward 45 Degree Pivot
Forward 360 Degree Spin
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
6:15 - 7:00pm CanPowerSkate