Our On-ice Over Speed Skating Program Focuses on 4 Core Principles:
(1) Quality Repetitions
Before advancing to Over Speed specific drills, players must first understand basic concepts to improve the quality of their stride. Here, power skating methods enforcing proper technique are performed at a comfortable "learning speed.”
(2) Deep Knee Bend
Great posture, the number one skating fundamental, is maintained when a hockey player bends at the knee. All of our on-ice repetitions enforce a deep knee bend, which is especially important late in drill segments when fatigue tempts the player to bend at the waist, hindering posture and speed. A deep knee bend is ultra-important when multi-tasking in drills incorporating various changes of speed, direction and cornering. Players will learn to "attack their turns," and speed up in uncomfortable situations.
(3) Powerful Extensions
As a starting point to getting faster, players are instructed to skate from the hips which helps each skater use all of his/her stride. To improve skating stride and leg extension on-ice, drill segments typically last seven seconds or more. In these instances, “bigger ice” is utilized, promoting longer, more powerful strides.
(4) Quick Feet
Numerous skating studies indicate that it is overall quickness, not the length of one’s stride that determines the speed of the individual’s first 3-5 steps. Fast feet on-ice drills incorporating short distance sprints will help improve overall quickness. At our most advanced point, repetitions will involve no more than 4-5 strides in one direction. Just when you start to feel comfortable, we'll add a few turns and transitions and get you going the other way. Sounds like a game doesn't it?
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FACT: the player who performs his skill, with maximum effort, at top speed, for an entire game, will be successful... This reality is what separates the great players from the ordinary ones.
Watch as Francis Anzalone uses Pace's Over Speed concepts with Tier II Junior 'A' players in the North American Hockey League.