First Ever Slide Board made for Skating. New Jr. Design to the PowerSkater Family
This Economical Skating Machine is designed for 5 – 12 year old players. The PowerSkater Lite teaches your players proper skating mechanics. The stability handle at the front of the machine allows young players to hang on to the bar while they push back in a skating movement on a sliding truck down the track. The trucks have an angled platform for foot movement just as you would move your foot in skating. When training for hockey focus on your skating skills. Skating is the foundation of hockey – if you can’t skate you can’t play. Develop stride power, stride length in the comfort of your own home. Get one today!
Start your young player off on the right path with a Skating Slide Board. Learn to Skate. Incorporate a Skating Slide Board into your hockey workouts with just 15 minutes of time on the machine several times a week. Young players will learn the correct push and build up strength to be able to skate properly. Why pay hundreds of dollars for skating lessons when you can own a skating machine for your home and your son or daughter can learn without travelling to the rink for extra lessons.
The standard slide boards do not teach the skating movement, as a matter of fact a player can learn the wrong movement. This revolutionary machine combines the economics of a slide board with the unique design of the PowerSkater in order to allow very young players to learn skating technique.
The PowerSkater Lite is modeled after the original PowerSkater but uses a slide board concept for travel of the foot down a track. Teach your young player proper skating technique at a young age. Help them build up the muscle program for skating.
Common Challenges for Young Skaters or Beginners:
Quite often we find young players simply do not have the strength in their lower body to properly perform many skating skills. They struggle to get low: a) to push with their foot through the whole leg and not from their knees; b) to maintain proper balance – not wiggling their butt and upper body: and c) keep their back straight with their head up. If they stand too upright, the knee tries to extend outward before the foot moves. The player needs to squat and push the foot outward. We recommend achieving a 90 degree bend in the glide leg, however young players may not have the leg strength to do this and it will take time to build up the muscle strength to execute such a move. If so start out with a slight knee bend and slowly increase the depth over time. Emphasize good posture at all times. One suggestion is to place a mirror at a safe distance in front of the machine so the player can see themselves to help visually keep good posture. Mark a place on the track with hockey tape that is about 2″ beyond their comfort zone in bending their knees then stress to extend at least to the mark each time.
The Stability Bar on the front helps young players stabilize while learning technique. Do not let them use this as a crutch over time. Once they become confident and stable, have then let go of the handle and stride without hanging on.
Skating skills are the most important part of hockey and quite often the most neglected due to lack of adequate training or ice time. Proper technique is required for all elements of skating, including forward stride, crossover, backward skating, stops and starts. What is the proper technique?
8 Basic Skating Skill Sets
- Relaxed posture
- Flexible ankle bends
- Flexible knee bends – 2″ over your toes
- Body lean forward – shoulders even with the toes
- Back straight
- Chest up
- Stomach in, and
- Your head up
Making a full stride on the PowerSkater Lite trains your body to memorize the technique, which results in good habits that will transfer to the ice. The User can stabilize the Glide Leg until the Pushing Leg is fully returned to the front of the machine by using the Stability Bar.. The user must control the return under load and properly transfer their weight properly from returning to pushing with the other leg. The PowerSkater Lite replicates a forward-stride movement, resulting in balance, power and control. The same exercise will assist the skater in other skating skills such as crossover, backward skating, stops and starts. Learning to get low and training the body to stay in a semi-squat or athletic stance on the ice teaches the player the importance of bending their knees when they are blocking a goalie in the front of the net in an offensive position or defending in the front of the net battling with another player who is trying to block your goalie.
Skating is legs..legs..legs! Building a strong lower body is a must. When a beginner learns to skate they struggle to stay upright on a thin blade on ice. There body is challenged to control balance and make steps or eventually strides. If the feet are too close together in an upright posture they are very unstable. The problem or challenge is in muscle strength. A skating instructor would prefer an older player to teach because they generally are stronger to execute the directions given to them. The younger player may know what the instructor is saying but simply is not strong enough to execute the drills. The PowerSkater Elite was designed originally for an 8 year old to teach him proper skating technique focusing on posture. Over time on the machine the player gained lower body muscle strength that he transferred to the ice.
If used properly the PowerSkater Lite not only teaches correct technique but also can correct many skating flaws such as “railroading”, “bobbing”, “upright skating”, and “pitchforking”. Learn more about common mistake in skating. LEARN MORE.