Fall / Winter: The powerskating instruction we provide in the Fall and Winter is designed as a supplement to the training and instruction that players are receiving on their teams. Although we routinely see steady improvement in the skating of the players we work with, this comes about primarily from proper repetition and ensuring that bad habits are not reinforced. However, in the pure sense, we do NOT consider what we do in these sessions to be skating “development”. Our development process, where huge changes in ones skating are common, must be done in the off-season for reasons that will become clear as you read on.
Q3 (T+P=S) was designed for players 12 years old and up to train them to understand and use their stride the most efficient way possible.
As you’ve probably now discovered a skating stride is NOT normal and skating around, from end to end, shift after shift reinforces a motor movement. You will see as your player grows, their skating changes- and sometimes it seems like they are going backward, losing speed, not getting to the play fast enough or falling during inopportune times. This, during adolescence and into young adult hood is THE BEST TIME to identify and fix the problem.
During the development season, (April through August) our only goal is to break skating skills down into component parts, then re-educating players, mentally and physically, as to what it REALLY takes to improve technique (T), develop power (P) increase speed (S). This type of training can only happen once a player reaches a certain maturity level, ability and understands decision making.
In a Q3 program players will be out of season (i.e. not competing) and committed to three blocks of 4 straight days of training. During the on and off ice sessions Quantum Speed instructors work with players individually to identify what is in their way. We take their stride apart, deconstruct it, so they learn to rebuild it consciously with attention to their size, build, age, position and personality.
This process is impossible to reproduce in a once a week style program during the hockey season.
Once you commit to this process you will be engaged in a whole new outlook on Development. Within and underneath the umbrella of the T+P=S philosophy you will find current, specialized and dynamic training that cannot occur during a competitive season. This training requires the understanding that development is a long-term process and is NOT a magic pill. It is not for everyone. It is not game like yet has massive impact on game situations.
The age of entry (Bantam and up) was determined based on years of study and experience. Our program works best for players that have made the choice to have hockey be a significant aspect of their life. With this choice they come to readily understand that HOW they train requires maturity, work ethic and an open mind. Many players over the years train in the spring and summer Q3, add a Q3i, do their dryland with a trainer off the ice and the rest of their off time is spent doing other things they love to do with family and friends.
People have said to us that the combination of on ice, off ice and mental training (the core components of our Q3 program) are not unique, so what makes what you do so effective?
The one ice portion of the program is important and massively impactful however Spring/Summer Q3 programs include off-ice sessions to reinforce and rebuild movement patterns. This is NOT a traditional dry-land workout. The QS off ice sessions allow us to clearly detect and correct specific movement patterns we may not see or get to on the ice. Each player is different and cannot be treated or trained exactly the same way. The ‘body type’ of each player (underneath hockey gear) needs to be seen, any functional issues identified and addressed. We cannot do that on the ice with players in full equipment and wearing skates. The instructors are trained to focus in on posture, alignment, breathing, attention to detail and then communicate between each other to ensure each player gets what they need. This connection between on and off-ice support happens in real time, 2-3 times per week. There are no other programs in Canada, maybe North America that offer this specialization.
In the classroom, your Performance Excellence training each week is built to support conversations that clarify your goals, teach you how to make the most of your development years and to put yourself in the driver seat of your hockey journey.