Peak Performance ran a
highly successful Learn to Skate and Learn to Hockey
program this year for Twin City Youth Hockey with over
50 skaters in attendance, and plan on running two
sessions for Twin City next year.
Please visit Twin City Youth Hockey to register and pay
for Learn to Skate / Learn to Hockey
"This was the first year we ran the Learn to Skate and
Learn to Hockey program for Twin City Youth Hockey,"
Peak Performance co-owner Eric Short said. "We ran a
10-week program with the goal of teaching all the
players ages 4 and up how to skate and prepare to play
The program was broken into two-hour blocks, with the
first hour for Learn to Skate players only. This session
was divided each week into three groups based on skating
"The most important thing to me is giving back to the
community and giving kids a chance to learn how to skate
and then enjoy the opportunity to play the game, no
matter what level of play," Fitchburg State University
coach Dean Fuller said.
The first group is for players that have never skated
before and need one-on-one beginner instruction on
standing up, skating stride, balance and edges.
The second group is for skaters that can now skate on
their own and need to work on stopping, edges, turns and
proper skating stride.
The third group is for skaters that are almost ready for
Learn to Hockey. These players are working on
crossovers, stopping, inside and outside edges and all
the other advance skating skills needed for ice hockey.
"As players develop through the program we moved them
through groups as their skills improve," Short said.
"In all the groups we incorporate games and fun
activities to ensure all the players have a positive
The second hour is for skaters that are ready to play
hockey. We still spent time working on fundamental
skating skills, but incorporate basic hockey skills and
To run this program, Peak Performance utilizes its
staff, including experienced high school coaches; Dean
Fuller, head coach at Fitchburg State University;
Fitchburg State University players; and local varsity
high school players to guarantee a low player-to-coach
ratio in both sessions.
"My players really enjoyed the chance to be the teacher
and enjoyed the experience of watching the Learn to
Skate skaters get better and better every week," Fuller
said. "It was a terrific experience for everyone."
The format for this program was taken directly from Dean
Fuller's very successful Falcon Hockey School.
"We have to keep teaching skating and skills," Fuller
said. "Fundamentals are the key to success, and that's
what Peak Performance is all about."