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Philosophy

Our philosophy? Simple... no secrets, folks: "100% or nothing"

Dear Parent,

The unique philosophy and concept of Dynamic Skating is to develop the maximum efficiency generated in each and every skating stride. Proper technique, practice and focused hockey training will produce a more efficient and productive skater resulting in a more effective hockey player. In addition Dynamic Skating concentrates on the skills of stickhandling, shooting and passing.

The teaching modules within Dynamic Skating curriculum include edges, balance, agility, and quickness. Our coaches understand the value of working to develop strengths and to improve weaknesses. With this in mind our goal is to introduce a basic foundation of all skating and skill techniques. When these techniques are mastered through repetition and practice under controlled situations, the next foundation - SPEED - be applied.

The how-to is slow repetition of each drill. Without proper technique, drills done at full speed become ineffective. The basic development and confidence becomes a non-learning experience when a drill is done at full speed without proper technique...

... for example:

When doing high speed crossovers a player without proper technique will lean into turns; have short, weak strides; incorrect body position and balance. A player with proper technique will shift his/her body weight to generate the most out of each and every stride; shoulders will be square; correct body position and balance; hands and stick will lead.

High speed drills are ideal for those who have mastered the technical progression of skating and skills, no matter what age. If you don't master your skating and skill techniques what benefit does a player receive by going at a high rate of speed? Zero!

Take a minute and read the following quotes that we feel enhance our philosophy:

''Regardless of your level of ability, never neglect working on the fundamental technical skills, especially skating and stickhandling. As in basketball, where a player must first master dribbling skills to play an effective role in ball control, in hockey players must develop excellent skating and stickhandling abilities to maintain puck control, the main offensive principle in hockey.''
( Tarasov; Father of Soviet Union Hockey ) ( Brokhin, 1978 ) p.10

''As a teacher/coach, the element of progression and repetition in teaching of these various actions or skills is critical when developing young players.''
( "Shooting to Win" by Jean Perron, Quebec Nordiques) p.9

''Unfortunately, there are no easy ways to become the best in a sport. You can read books, get advice and watch pros, but you must practice if you want to gain an edge on the rest of the field. Practice until you think you've done your best and then practice some more. Never be ashamed of having a goal and never be ashamed of practicing.''
( Jack Nicholas ) ( "Hockey Bible'', Collection of hockey techniques, tactics and systems for an electric hockey program ) p.3-3

" PRACTICE DOES NOT MAKE PERFECT, ONLY PERFECT PRACTICE DOES. YOU PLAY THE WAY YOU PRACTICE, IF YOU PRACTICE POORLY, THE MATERIAL LEARNED WILL BE UNLEARNED''
( "Quality Execution - Fast, Faster, Fastest")

Sincerely,
John McLean, Tom Ford and Kim Brandvold 

To be the best, "TECHNIQUE" is the answer. Speed and power will soon follow. The combination of technique and speed will eventually make you a complete athlete.

We at Dynamic Skating design our hockey programs to emphasize technique and speed. All individual drills are done for a specific reason. We believe teaching, repetition and speed must come full circle - come see the difference for yourself.