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.
“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 ice hockey.”
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
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 experience.”
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 games.
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
The format for this program was taken
directly from Dean Fuller’s very successful Falcon Hockey
"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."