This age group is still working on developing correct mechanics and motor patterns. Developmentally, this is a very important time for learning proper skating technique.
Players age 8-10 years of age are what exercise physiologists refer to as “highly plastic” which means that their brain-to-body neuromuscular pathways are not done developing yet and therefore these players can make changes and learn new information quickly. To properly place these players in Foundational Training Levels 1-5 we are looking for:
There is a wide variety of skating skills in this age group. Some of these players have been skating and playing hockey for 7+ years, some may have started later and have not had a lot of power skating instruction. The criteria we use to place these players into the workout curriculum are as follows:
If players in this age group have a sound skating foundation, we will place them into the 2nd level of the pyramid in the Explosive Speed Level. These workouts differ greatly from the Foundational Levels in the following ways: