As the frost grows on the Pumpkin and sun sets earlier and earlier it won't be long before the first snow flake is on it's way. It seems like we just left the Summer as the AC Unit has barely cooled-off and we're already firing-up the furnace. We are all creatures of habit and are all too familiar with what is expected of us as parents, players and skaters as we head into the fall.
A weekly schlep back-and-forth to the rink can be expected between work, homework, shopping, entertaining, excercising and eating if you have the time. Our schedules always seem to continue to get busier and busier as the days get shorter and shorter.....boo! This never-ending "Ice Cycle" is woven into the being of every rink rat young and old that knows what "Zamboni Propane" smells like.
Little by little, times are surely changing throughout the skating world when it comes to growing the sport of Ice Hockey and Figure Skating. Skaters no longer have to rely soley on available ice time as Home Ice training becomes more and more of a viable option. Advancements in synthetic ice technology has continued to close the gap on a "real ice feel" over the last decade. This advancement has made training on an artificial ice surface more enjoyable and at the same time benificial to the skater.
Years ago USA Hockey implemented teaching concepts through "Small-Area Games" by emphasising basic fundamentals such as skating and shooting on a smaller surface. The majority of ice time should be spent working on skills regardless of age....and you don't need a lot of space. Slowly but surely we are starting to see Figure Skaters taking advantage of the concept of home Ice training.
It's important for skaters and their parents to understand that they have options in deciding where, when and what time they train. It does not require a lot of space to work on skills or a routine to help a skater get the "edge" on the competition. Think of a space you may not be utilizing that you could convert into your own training place to thaw-out this winter that will work within your budget. You would be suprised how much money it will save you over the long term ;-)
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