Skate Canada's CanPowerSkate Program
CanPowerSkate is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program for hockey & ringette players, aged 5 and up. Skills focus on edges, balance, power, agility, speed & endurance. Techniques, conditioning drills & skills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how they apply to game situations.
Skaters must have basic forward and backward skating skills (be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides), and be able to stop on command without use of the boards.
How does CanPowerSkate work?
The CanPowerSkate program consists of skills divided into six levels, arranged in progressions gradually increasing in complexity.
Levels 1-3 focus on skating fundamentals. Levels 4-6 place additional focus on acquisition of efficient technique, speed, agility, technical aspects of stride and acceleration and skating with the puck/ring. There will also be offered bonus stick handling techniques on all sessions.
Skaters are evaluated on skill level and are timed as they perform a test involving 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 bar for that Level.
Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP CanPowerSkate certified professional coach. Each session will consist of 10 skating sessions, and two test days.
What are the benefits of Participating in CanPowerSkate?
CanPowerSkate is the only nationally regulated power skating program in Canada. It was developed by a team of hockey, figure skating and ringette experts to teach the fundamentals of power skating in a progressive and sequential manner.
- participation in a unique skill testing system which includes award bars and ribbons
- parent information sheets
- progress updates and report cards
- special CanPowerSkate events and club functions
- opportunity to be talent-scouted
- opportunity to participate in a healthy lifestyle activity
Please note: The CanPowerSkate program is exclusive to Skate Canada and is available only to Skate Canada member clubs and sanctioned skating schools. All participants must be registered with Skate Canada. Only Skate Canada member Coaches trained and certified at a CanPowerSkate Coaches Course are qualified to instruct the CanPowerSkate program.