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    Synthetic Ice: Fun for the Whole Family All Year Long

    Synthetic Ice: Fun for the Whole Family All Year Long

     There's no need to go out and spend a fortune on vacations or activities to create fun memories for your family.

    This affordable solution can provide hours of enjoyment for everyone, from parents and children to figure skaters and hockey players.

    Plus, with synthetic ice, you can enjoy the thrill of skating no matter what the weather is like outside!
    You may be surprised at just how much fun you can have right in your own backyard!

     give it a try

    Give it a try

    If you want to create lasting memories for your home, consider investing in synthetic ice.

    This type of skating surface can be used by anyone, from beginner to expert skaters, plus it's a great way to keep active during the winter months.

    Synthetic ice is also perfect for parties and family gatherings.

    With just a little bit of practice, you'll be able to show off your skills on the ice!

    Achieving the perfect backyard skating experience for your children need not be difficult, or expensive.

    Inexpensive and easy-to-install synthetic ice can provide hours of enjoyment for your little ones - and even the whole family!

    Installing synthetic ice in your backyard is a great way to build lasting memories together while keeping everyone active and entertained.

    Read on for more information on how to get started.

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    Create Fun Ideas

    A synthetic ice rink can provide family fun for hours on end.

    Here are a few fun ideas to get you started:

    • Have a skating party. Invite family and friends over for some skating fun.
    • Challenge each other to games. See who can do the most tricks, or race each other around the rink.
    • Listen to music while you skate. Skating to your favorite tunes is a great way to get in the mood for some fun.
    • Create a winter wonderland for the Holidays or "Christmas in July" during the summer! Dress up the rink with Christmas decorations and lights for a festive atmosphere.

    Building family memories is one of the best things about having a synthetic ice rink in your backyard.

    Here are some examples of how families have enjoyed their rink:

    • Birthday Parties - One family had a skating party for their daughter's birthday and invited all her friends. They had a blast playing games and taking turns skating around the rink.
    • Open House - Another family held a holiday open house and invited all their friends and family to come skate on their synthetic ice.
    • Winterfest - It was a great way to get everyone together and enjoy some festive winter fun.
    • Lessons - A family with young children use the synthetic ice rink as an opportunity to teach them how to skate. The parents can help them learn while also spending quality time together.


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    Tips on how to make the most out of your synthetic ice rink

    If you're looking for a fun way to spend time with your family, consider building a synthetic ice rink in your backyard.

    Synthetic ice is a great alternative to traditional ice skating rinks, since it can be used indoors or outdoors and doesn't require any special equipment or training.

    Here are a few tips for making the most out of your synthetic ice rink:

    • Choose the right location. The best place to put your synthetic ice rink is on a level surface that gets plenty of sunlight. Make sure the area is free of obstructions, such as trees or fences, and has enough room for everyone to skate around.
    • Use the right materials. In order to build a synthetic ice rink, you'll need to review the different assembly options that pertain to your rink layout.
    Ideas for winter activities that can be enjoyed on a synthetic ice rink

    What could be more fun than spending a winter day skating with family and friends on a synthetic ice rink?

    It’s the perfect way to get some exercise, have some fun, and create lasting memories.

    There are a variety of different types of synthetic ice rinks available, so you can find one that fits your needs.

    Whether you want a small rink for your backyard or something larger that can accommodate a group, there’s sure to be a rink that’s perfect for you.

    One of the best things about synthetic ice rinks is that they can be used year-round.

    Get creative with your synthetic ice rink 

    There's no need to spend big bucks on family vacations when you can create fun memories at home with your very own synthetic ice rink!

    Whether you're a seasoned ice skater or this is your first time trying, here are some ideas to get creative with your rink and make the most of your family time.

    Of course, one of the main attractions of a synthetic ice rink is being able to ice skate whenever you want to and in any climate.

    You can either lace up and take a spin around the rink yourself, or get family and friends together for a game of hockey or figure skating.

    Be careful though, as even on synthetic ice falls can still hurt!

    skate all year long

    Endless Winter

    Every Spring when the winter thaw begins and it's time to begin your annual spring cleaning.

    Once we get done with the interior and the outside temperature begins to warm up the garden becomes the main priority.

    While surveying the landscape you notice your pool cover is filled with water that you know you'll eventually have to get to.

    That will have to wait for a much warmer day as the thought of a 54 degrees spring dip seems more like a polar bear plunge.

    The actual amount of time you use the pool will be about three months if you're lucky ....beginning towards the end of June and ending when the kids return to school after Labor day.

     economic sense

    Economic Sense

    The backyard ice rink you made for the kids has thawed and you're left with a giant fish bowl that soon will be hatching mosquitoes.

    The thought of installing a year-round synthetic ice rink has crossed your mind but the overall cost does not quite appeal to you.

    Then you think of the reason why you built the rink in the first place to give the kids something to enjoy at home during the cold winter months.

    When you think about it the reason why you had the pool installed was to enjoy the yard and stay cool during the hot summer.

    When you look at your receipt for the 12' x 24' x 4ft Oval pool you noticed you paid $3,200 for the installation.

    Then just add water......hours cleaning, filtering, backwashing, adding chemicals, and winterizing.

    Then you take a look at the synthetic ice estimate you received for roughly only 65% of the cost, zero maintenance with the exception of cleaning.. ..and can be used year-round you realize that's not so bad!

    Conclusion

    As you can see, synthetic ice rinks offer many different installation options and applications, unlike traditional refrigerated ice.

    The cost of owning and operating a synthetic ice rink is a huge saving in itself and provides unlimited ice all year long.

    The Pro-Glide panel by PolyGlide Ice provides an ice-like feel and was built to endure the cold winter months and hot summer days.

    Please take a minute and scan through our website to see all of the different rink package options that are now available to anyone who loves the idea of skating in their own home environment.

     

     

    The True Value of Synthetic Ice Home Training

    The True Value of Synthetic Ice Home Training

    Creating an environment to make synthetic ice training a reality takes some thinking, planning and research but the rewards are invaluable.

    As with all modern-day sports physical fitness is the foundation for the potential of success one can achieve outside of genetics.

    Being a "gym rat" or in this case a "rink rat" can take a player with an average skill to the next level if the effort and desire is there.

    The challenge with ice hockey and figure skating is you need to spend an extensive amount of the ice time at the rink to excel at skating.

    There’s No Place Like Home

    Synthetic Ice Training

    With all of today’s modern day distractions (facebookinstagramTik Tok, twitter) that unfortunately consume the bulk of any young athletes day, introducing home synthetic ice training is more acceptable today than ever before.

    Trying to find time between homework assignments and practices is difficult for any young athlete to continue self-training.

    Having a dedicated space in a home environment becomes even more valuable than ever especially for those athletes that need to master the art of ice skating.

    How to Start

    If you see you have a dedicated player or skater it's time to find a dedicated space to fit their needs.

    It's always best to optimize a minimal amount of space to maximize your overall training

    A bigger synthetic ice rink is not always better as a smaller space allows you to repeat the drill and correct the mistakes and limit the amount of wasted time.

    You'll only need enough space to work on your edges and skill sets.

    I know this is not what you’re used to hearing but can you see how this makes sense?

    The need when it comes to home ice training is to become a better skater or player.

    Get More for Less

    The goal is to utilize your synthetic ice surface to limit the amount of travel and maximize the amount of training.   

    The advantages you'll save on travel time and getting more workouts over the long term will only help you to maximize your abilities and become a better skater or player.

    This will put you on the fast track to accomplishing your goals and enable you to do it all in the comfort of your home by utilizing synthetic ice training.

    What is the ideal location for Your Rink?

     

    This question doesn’t have just one answer

    Synthetic Ice can be installed virtually anywhere, anyplace at anytime.

    Examples of Common Rink Project Locations for the Home:

    Garage: Hands down, the family garage “takes the cake” as the most common indoor rink location in the home.

    A single car garage measures approximately 12ft. x 20ft whereas a 2-car a garage ice rink would measure closer to 20ft x 20ft.

    Both are ideal sizes and locations for your home training rink.

    Basement: The basement has always been an ideal place for creating a playroom space for your kids to play.

    What better way to train AND have fun by converting this area into a home ice rink?

    (Something tells me the kids will not object.)

    Deck: Home outdoor decks have grown tremendously over the last few decades and are now a commonplace in most homes.

    Decks provide the perfect flat, hard subsurface for any home synthetic ice rink project.

    Driveway: When the weather starts to warm-up you can always move your garage rink out to the driveway for some fresh air (or just open the door).

    Advantages

    Utilizing home ice training is ideal because it can help you become an impact player or skater. 

    The additional resistance makes synthetic ice training ideal for any skater or player looking to strengthen their skating, improve on basic stickhandling drills and advance their skills and performance.

    Why not take advantage of a tool that can offer you maximum results?

    Find Your Ideal Rink

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    Now that you’ve learned a little bit about synthetic ice, it’s time to find a rink that works within your budget.

    This can seem overwhelming—especially if you feel you don’t know enough about the product to make a decision.

    That’s okay. We can help.

    Worksheets

    First, there are a lot of products on the market that make claims to having the best synthetic ice.

    When you're researching about the different options and types of surfaces, you may want to have some paper handy. 

    Browse through the different products and take notes as to what you may or may not like about each of them.

    Continue this process for each product you come across until you’re confident you’ve exhausted your search.

    Take your time to review this information and narrow your selection down to your top three (3) choices.

    Don’t be afraid to call the companies to discuss their product and allow yourself to get a feel of who you’re dealing with.

    Return on Investments (ROI)

    Owning your own home synthetic ice rink will certainly pay off in the long term when you consider less time spent traveling back-and-forth to the rink.

    Artificial ice is not meant to replace natural ice but only to enable athletes to advance their skills without relying on ice time at the local arena.

    Less time traveling in the car means more time training at home.

    The Road to Success

    Success

    I came up with a few quick questions you may also want to ask yourself about the player or skater you’re purchasing the rink for.

    You can add these few to your list:

    How would you best describe the Skater?

    When looking to purchase a synthetic ice rink try to evaluate where your child is on the development scale (beginner or advanced?).

    If you’re a parent this is often a subjective question as we are all a little biased when it comes to evaluating our own child…..but try to be honest.

    Think about how dedicated or committed your child is to their sport.

    If the rink is for you then fine but it’s probably not something you want to purchase to make your child enjoy it.

    That would not be a good start.

    Here’s some of the other things you may want to consider:

    Interests

    Favorites: Does your child actively follow their favorite team, player or skater?

    Games: Do they like to compete and play in other sports and games?

    Hobbies: Have they shown an interest in other hobbies that they like….not influenced by anyone else?

    These are just a few examples of some different interests.

    What other ones may apply to their life?

    The Three “S’s”

    Schooling: Will having a home ice rink allow your child to have some additional time to get their homework done?

    Schedule: Are they being shuffled back-and-forth to the rink frequently with little “down time”?

    Stress: How does your child handle stress? Children can easily be overwhelmed if they take on too much.

    Activities and Health

    Exercise: Is your child involved in daily physical activities?

    Do you feel they get enough exercise throughout the week and in between meals?

    Diet: Are you happy with your child eating habits and diet?

    Are they making good choices when eating on their own?

    Passion: Is your child excited or passionate about Hockey or figure skating and ready to devote their time to the sport they love?

    These are just a few examples of some of the things you may want to take into consideration prior to purchasing your synthetic ice rink.

    Notice how this list contains a blend of specific talents that encompass both hobbies, schedules and specific skills.

    Not all of these apply to everyone—and they’re not meant to.

    Most players and skaters these days have busy schedules with limited time.

    There’s no better way to make use of that time than by synthetic ice training at home.

    By creating your own home training rink you can make the most of your valuable time and achieve maximum results.

    It’s a “win-win” for both the athlete AND the parent.

    Once you’ve decided which synthetic ice product to purchase and completed your installation the real fun begins.

    If you want to get the most out of your training you will need to create a workout program that will help you achieve your goals.

    Now it’s time to get real honest with yourself:

    What Are Your Weaknesses?

    Weaknesses

    While it is important to know your talents and focus on them, it is also a good idea to understand and admit your weaknesses.

    Knowing what they are and how to improve them will only put you on the fast track to achieving your goals.

    If you're great at making tight left turns, spend your time turning right. 

    If you’re a skater that needs work on your spins, don’t waste time working on your crossovers.

    Once you can isolate and work on your weaknesses you can begin to improve your skills.

    Nicole Court Training

    (Nicole Court, @nicolecourttraining www.nicolecourttraining.com)

    Ice Hockey

    Powerskating: Powerskating is designed to improve overall skating technique, speed and edgework.

    Starting, stopping, Pivoting, turning and acceleration drills are repeated at a high rate of speed until each skill is achieved.

    Small-Area Games: Small-area games are game-like competitive drills that utilize a playing surface that has been reduced in size.

    Your home synthetic ice rink is the ideal space for your own small-area game drills.

    Be creative and have fun challenging yourself.

    Basic Stickhandling Drills:  Practicing stickhandling at home with a simple shooting pad is one thing but doing it in your skates on synthetic ice brings it to another level.

    It's important to get your feet (skates) involved when practicing basic stickhandling drills.

    Figure Skating

    Jumps: There are six kinds of jumps currently counted as jump elements in ISU Three are edge jumps—the Salchow, loop, and Axel—and three are toe jumps which use the toe picks on the front of the blade—the toe loop, flip, and Lutz.

    The Axel is the most difficult due to an extra half rotation.

    Spins: There are many types of spins, identified by the position of the arms, legs, and torso, the foot on which the spin is performed, and the entrance to the spin.

    combination spinis a spin where the skater would connect a spin with another separate spin.

    Spins are a required element in most figure skating competitions.

    Target your weaknesses and work hard on improving them.

    As you continue to train and address your weaknesses your overall skills will continue to improve until you reach your goals.

    Hard work, determination and dedication are the tools you’ll need to get you there.

    What Are You Passionate About?

    Passionate Skater

    These are the things that you are interested in that fuel your passion, and help build good character….it’s what makes you tick.

    The traits of many athletes are the core foundation for their success.

    Here are a few examples of Good Leadership and Character traits:

    Good Leadership Traits

    • Integrity & Honesty
    • Confidence
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment and Passion
    • Good Communicator
    • Decision-Making Capabilities
    • Accountability
    • Delegation and Empowerment

    Good Character Traits

    • Respectfulness
    • Responsibility
    • Humility
    • Compassion
    • Fairness

    Other Examples

    Here’s some basic examples of Good Character and Leadership:

    • Helping others: Do you find it rewarding when you help someone other then yourself?
    • Showing Responsibility: Do you own-up to your mistakes or failures without blaming others?
    • Being Unafraid: Do you shy away from trying something new at the thought of failure or fear of being unaccepted by others?

    The Total Athlete – Mind & Body

    In today’s modern day of training it’s not all physical.

    If an athlete is not mentally tough they will fold at the first sign of failure. Building strong character traits will help build any athletes confidence and teach them how to pick themselves up after being knock-down.

      Next Step

      The next step is to look at your skills as the building blocks for you to achieve maximum performance.

      Find out how they fit into your passions.

      Feed off your character and use it to your own advantage because we’re all good at something.

      Progress Diary

      Now that you know what skills you need to work on be sure to chart your progress using your own notes.

      This way you can go back and see how you achieved success and continue to build confidence along the way.

      Measure each skill using your own scale (1-5) with 5 being the best.

      Video Tape

      The bottom line is if you can’t have fun doing the thing you love then you may need to reassess the situation or take a break.

      Getting rest and knowing when to take a break will only make the player or skater a stronger athlete in the end.

      Video-tape your progress, it’s the perfect way for you to allow yourself to look back and see the gains you have made.

      Reward

      There will be nothing more rewarding in the end than reaping the rewards of your hard work by winning that medal, trophy or team championship.

      Hard work and discipline will take any person or athlete a long way throughout their life in helping them achieve the goals they set out for themselves.

      The lessons you learned along the way are just as important as the accomplishments you achieved.

      They make us stronger and wiser.

      Life lessons, whether good or bad, make us who we are today.

      Learn how to work on your weaknesses and excel at your talents.

      Ready to get started?

      Get Started

      Follow each step we outlined and soon you’ll be on your way to owning your own synthetic ice rink.

      Understanding the benefits and "The True Value of Synthetic Ice Training" will help lead your Hockey Player or Figure Skater on their way to maximizing their full potential.

      Conclusion

      Now that you know more about the benefits of synthetic ice training you can map out a plan to get your rink project started.

      Remember, every person has different needs (and budgets), so you need to find out what’s best for you. Each new self-taught skill will provide you with the building blocks to achieving your goals!

      With synthetic ice, you’re provided with a new tool that can help you get an “edge” over the competition so why not take advantage of it?

      It’s time to “Bring the Rink Home”!

      Take a look at some of our most popular rink packages!

      PolyGlide Ice - Home Ice Tiles

      PolyGlide Ice - Pro-Glide Panels

       

      Keep on Skating! 

      Jim Loughran, PolyGlide Ice
      www.polyglideice.com

      How to Decide on what Synthetic Ice Rink to Buy

      How to Decide on what Synthetic Ice Rink to Buy

        So you've finally decided you like the idea of investing in a synthetic ice rink for your hockey player or figure skater so they can enjoy ice skating at home.

      Then as you start to do your research you quickly become overwhelmed and wonder which way to turn after trying to educate yourself on what is truly the "Best" synthetic ice product available at a reasonable price.

      When things start to get a little crazy it's always best to take a step back and evaluate the reasons why you started your search in the first place.

      This can help you access what makes the most sense moving forward BEFORE buying your synthetic ice rink.

      your research and take pen to paper to consider these four basic questions that you need to ask yourself before beginning your Home Rink project:

      Beginner Skater

      Who is the Rink For?

      This is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself once you begin the process.

      How would you classify your skater?:

      Beginner or Advanced Skater?

      Beginner:

      If your synthetic ice rink is intended for a beginner that wants to learn how to skate, trust me when I say you do not need much more than 100 square feet to achieve this goal.

      The nice thing is there are many options available today that can help you create either a "skating lane" or runway for forward and backward strides or mini-rink shape for cross-overs and turns.

      The age and/or size of the skater will help you decide on the overall size of your start-up rink.

      Advanced Skater

      Advanced Skater:

      If the rink project is for an advanced skater that you know has already committed a lot of time to work on their skills then you may feel more comfortable investing in a larger rink knowing it will be put to good use.

      Keep in mind that an advanced skater can also can make great use out of a smaller space

      What is the Purpose of your Rink?

      There are so many applications and reasons to install an artificial ice rink but simply put lets classify them as:

      Recreational Use:

      If you simply want the easiest skating experience that feels the most natural when compared to real ice then purchasing an infused surface would be your ideal choice.

      An infused or “self-lubricating” synthetic ice surface is manufactured with a slip agent additive during the manufacturing process that makes it extra slick and reduces surface friction.

      Training:

      If your skater is focused on trying to become a stronger skater then "positive resistance": is a good thing (as many trainers will tell you) and you don't necessarily have to find the product with the lowest coefficient of friction to achieve your goals.

      What Size Should Your Rink Be?

      In today’s day in age there really is no limit to how big or small you can make your synthetic ice rink project.

      People looking for a simple gift for a friend or young one can purchase just a few lightweight panels and call it a day.

      By opting for a smaller"starter" surface your could opt for lightweight skating tiles that work well for indoor applications

      You could then continue to grow your rink a little at a time as the skater improves their overall skills.

      Other folks may be avid skaters and want to go “all-in” with a scaled-down professional looking rink complete with Dasher Boards, Players Benches and Penalty box with scoreboard.

      As with any backyard or home rink project there is literally no end to what you can create with a little bit of know-how and ingenuity!

      To help you work through this process let’s classify it simply as Small and Large:

      Small Rink

      Small Rink (under 300 SF):

      Considering an average 1-car garage measures around  12ft x 22 ft. a standard 12’ X 20’ rink layout would maximize this space.

      If your rink is for a young skater to learn the basic skills of ice skating and hockey this is plenty of space.

      USA Hockey has trumpeted the Small Games approach for many years now as a great way to repeat the fundamentals in a small confined space.

      Stride, crossover, turn, pivot and shoot!.....repeat!….repeat!….repeat!!

      With figure skaters this is enough space to work on jumps and spins, two of the most important fundamentals of any routine!

      You DON’T need a lot of space to exercise the fundamentals of either of these sports!

      When choosing a panel size for a small rink layout you have many options to consider for indoor rink projects.

      Thinner, smaller synthetic ice tiles are lightweight and portable and can be easily stored away.

      If your small rink is outdoors then a heavier ½” thick panel would be recommended in regions with large temperature swings from night to day.

      Large Rink

      Large RInk (Over 300 SF)

      If you've allocated a large dedicated space for your rink (over 300 SF) you may want to opt for larger panels with less seams over your rink layout.

      If you’re planning a larger budget for a dedicated space then it makes no sense to use a small skating tile that will “pepper” your rink with seams that will accumulate dirt and be a challenge to keep clean.

      Dovetail Connection


      Connection Types and Panel Sizes:

      If you prefer a quicker connection method then the "dovetail" profile will help make your project a quicker one.

      If your space is for multi-purpose use and not just dedicated for the rink then it would be wise to choose a lighter, more portable panel.

      This would allow for an easy set-up and breakdown so the space can be quickly utilized for other things when not in use.

      WIth a dedicated space you would want to consider a larger panel that will have less connections and overall seams on your synthetic ice surface.

      If you're not pressed for time with the installation of your rink you could entertain a spline or "tongue and groove" connection method that takes a little longer and involves multiple parts (locking dowels or splines).

      Rink Budget


      What is Your Budget?

      No doubt, this one is the overall Bottom Line!

      Be sure to limit yourself to what you can afford BEFORE getting your synthetic ice project started.

      This is the ultimate reality check in deciding what truly makes sense and will address all your needs without making you broke.

      The good news is that there are now lightweight panels available on the market that can help you “Grow your Rink” along with your budget.

      If your rink project is for a young “learn to Skate” beginner you can simply set-up a small space for them to start taking Baby Steps that will soon turn into strides!

      Conclusion

      As you can see there are many factors that go into the decision on which size skating rink is right for you and your family.

      If this sounds like something that interests you but you need a little more help then please let us know.

      We’ll get started working on a plan that will fit your needs AND budget!

      We can help you figure out which is the right rink panel for you by providing a list of all the different sizes we have available to suit your needs.

      Knowing some key information about how space at home affects the choice in rink sizes may help make things easier when deciding where to install your new rink!!

      Simply fill-out our quote request form and we'll get started on drafting your free quote with the latest discount offers we have available!

      For additional information or request a quote simply Click Here

      Take a look at some of our most popular rink packages!

      PolyGlide Ice - Home Ice Tiles

      PolyGlide Ice - Pro-Glide Panels

       

      Keep on Skating! 

      Jim Loughran, PolyGlide Ice
      www.polyglideice.com

      Synthetic Ice Skating Fun with Coach Michelle Hong

      Synthetic Ice Skating Fun with Coach Michelle Hong

      Skating firms and Coaches alike have pivoted to online classes and building virtual communities by implementing synthetic ice skating.

      One particular Coach stands above many others in social media reach, online classes, and pivoting through the pandemic.

      Michelle Hong, a former competitive skater, turned coach and entrepreneur, was already "ahead of the curve."

      Coach Hong is also an ambassador for PolyGlide Ice and has done a fantastic job integrating our brand with hers and showing new way to implement synthetic ice skating.

      We’re going to talk about Coach Hong, her use of social media, and how she has supported PolyGlide Ice.

      We’ll also cover how other Coaches can use PolyGlide Ice to their advantage when rinks are not a viable option.

       

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      A Little About Coach Hong

      Coach Michelle Hong is based out of Oakland, California.

      Before her coaching journey, Hong was a competitive figure skater at Junior and Senior levels.

      Her noticeable achievements as a competitive skater include the 2009 Central Pacific Regional Silver Medalist as a Junior and the 2010 ISI World Champion at the Senior Level.

      She eventually moved on to coaching and choreography, starting the company, Coach Michelle Hong.

      Hong’s company is dedicated to bringing training and skating-related content to the masses

       

      Michelle Hong Socail Media

       

      The Power Of Social Media

      Social media has been a central part of Hong’s business model.

      She’s been slowly building her YouTube, Instagram and Tik Tok channels to help grow the sport of figure skating.

      Hong’s content surrounds simple to advanced techniques helping skaters to build a solid foundation.

      From a one-foot glide, loop jumps, crossovers, and more, Hong covers them all.

      She even answers her follower’s questions with video tutorials. 

      Hong also creates content off the ice, helping her followers learn stretches and exercises to improve strength and flexibility, a crucial part of figure skating.

      Functional movements make the content accessible to people who don’t skate, significantly improving her reach.

      Tik Tok has been incredibly useful in growing her brand, as she’s seen significant growth on the platform over the last year.

      With over 350,000 followers, her hard work on content creation has paid off, landing her in publications like Disrupt Magazine and US Figure Skating.

      Coach Hong shows us all the indelible power of social media.

      Her work since 2016 has positioned her to be ready for the demands of digital connection.

      Many hope to continue their training during a pandemic, and Hong’s content has delivered with the use of synthetic ice skating.

       

      Michelle Hong Stretch

      Making Skating Accessible Through The Pandemic

      With a headstart online versus other skaters and coaches, Hong has consulted, provided coaching, and mentorship during the pandemic.

      A host of content since 2016 built her social proof, allowing her to offer classes via Coach Michelle Academy.   

      She turned her popular stretching videos into a Stretching course for Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced skaters.

      The course, taught live by Hong via Zoom, covers the techniques skaters should practice executing moves on the ice.

      There will be more content to come, including Pre-Recorded courses.

      Even if you don’t have access to a rink or have synthetic ice tiles at home, these exercises are geared towards bringing you massive value and preparing you to be a stronger skater.

      Other coaches and skating instructors must find ways to connect with students and still earn an income.

      Start by leveraging tools like Zoom and course creation software like Teachable.

      To get the word out, focus on a social media platform like Hong, giving as much value as possible. 

       

      Highlighting Diversity In Skating

      FSDIA

       

      Coach Hong is passionate about teaching others to skate and making what many consider a privileged sport more accessible.

      She’s on a mission to improve diversity and accessibility in the sport. Her Cambodian-American heritage places her in a position of empathy. She also struggled with inclusion, affordability, and accessibility.

      These experiences make her a key Membership Growth Consultant for US Figure Skating

      Coach Hong regularly highlights skaters of color and differently-abled skaters on her social media platforms.

      Her weekly IG Live segment, Paving The Way, highlights diversity and inclusivity in the sport. 

      Her efforts have also led her to co-found FSDIA, the Figure Skating Diversity, and Inclusion Alliance.

      The movement and its petition seek to drive the conversation and bring about change in the sport.

      Diversity has always been a concern in all aspects of skating.

      While decision-makers in skating acknowledge an overall discrimination issue, FSDIA feels little has happened to turn those words into action.

      FSDIA seeks to “foster a more diverse & inclusive figure skating environment worldwide through policy change, program development & funding for the next generation of athletes.”

      Hong has collaborated with Diversify Ice Fellowship and Foundation, a nonprofit we’ve had the privilege of working with as well.

      These initiatives align with our belief that skating should be accessible to all. 

      Skating In Your Kitchen?

      Like Coach Hong, the pandemic has affected thousands of skater’s ability to visit rinks at will.

      She had to pivot, and PolyGlide Ice’s Spin Station was a great solution.

      We provide High Molecular Weight panels that can be installed on almost any hard service. 

       

       

      These panels interlock like puzzles and are perfect for skates.

      The Spin Station is specially made for figure skating.

      Its triangular panel design helps set up the tiles that allow skaters to spin, turn, and jump safely.

      We’ve always encouraged setting up Spin Stations in your driveway, spare room, basement, or backyard.

      But we were pleasantly surprised to see Coach Hong set up in her kitchen!

      Since then, she’s created unique content on Tik Tok and Instagram. 

      For starters, she created content on what it feels like to skate in your kitchen.

      PolyGlide Ice feels close to natural ice, which allows Coach Hong to train in her own space.

      Since then, her kitchen skating videos have gained popularity on Tik Tok, with some earning over 400,000 views, like this one, where she confirms our Spin Station does not ruin blades.

      She continues to be a great ambassador for the brand, showing off amazing YouTube content as well.

      As a takeaway, people who can be themselves while being authentic, original, and consistent can find success online. 

      Are you getting the best out of your synthetic ice panels?

      If you’re an ice skating coach or enthusiast, you can gain an edge on the competition with synthteic ice skating.

      We see our Spin Station and other products as an investment in your long-term skating career since synthetic ice panels last many years.

      Here are some ways you can use your at-home rink during the pandemic:

      1. Have one-on-one (or more) classes in person: Move your training from the crowded rink to the safety of your home. Have your student come over to your location to practice on your Spin Station. Make sure to follow the proper safety protocols so everyone can train without the risk of infection. If done right, you can have several students creating a sustainable source of income during the day. 
      2. Create skating related content: Like Hong, you too can start teaching your audience your skating techniques and tips. Social media is not a zero-sum game. More followers for someone else does not mean fewer followers for you. You can build your own tribe with consistent content. Synthetic ice panels allow you to skate at home while expressing your personality. Aim for platforms like TikTok and Instagram. In your bio, find a way to connect with your audience personally (for example, by collecting emails or text messages).
      3. Seek out sponsorships and collaborations: Exposure to the right person can open the door to sponsorships or partnerships with businesses. Influencer Marketing can add an extra income source to sustain your business or practice during the pandemic. Don’t be afraid to pitch to companies in your field, even with a small following. Micro-influencers (someone who has between 1,000 and 10,000 followers) can be valuable as they are more engaged. 

      Conclusion

      Skating is not just a way to earn income for Coach Hong.

      It’s a way for her to be herself, be creative, and impact the lives of others.

      The pandemic has no doubt created a strain on her business, but she powered through.

      It’s not been easy as Hong still skates at her local rink, making sure to follow the proper safety protocols.

      Even there, she posts helpful (and funny) content.

      She’s a key ambassador for our products since it allows her to hone her skills and keep her competitive edge.

      If you want to learn more about Coach Hong, check out her website or follow her YouTubeTikTok, and Instagram accounts.

      While things may come back to some semblance of life as we remember, virtual learning is the future, regardless of your niche. Consider setting up space for your ice skating needs at home.

      You get to skate year-round and can use your at-home station to navigate the pandemic.

      Feel free to contact us for more information or a consultation on providing panels to suit your needs. 

      Take a second and check out some of our most popular rink packages!

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      Keep on Skating! 

      Jim Loughran, PolyGlide Ice
      www.polyglideice.com