Simply put, Over Speed Skating is defined as skating for faster and longer intervals than the individual is accustomed to. Drill segments last between 8-15 seconds and players are encouraged to skate with no fear and work outside their individual comfort zones, with emphasis placed on quality repetitions, a deep knee bend, powerful extensions and quick feet.
1) Quality Repetitions |Utilizing power skating methods enforcing proper technique executed at a comfortable "learning speed," players must first understand basic concepts to improve the quality of their stride.
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 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 six seconds or more. In these instances, “bigger ice” is utilized, promoting longer, more powerful strides.
4) Quick Feet | Skating studies show 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?