Development Programs
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Ages 7-8

DEVELOPMENT BREAKDOWNS

Our Development Programs provide players with a platform to develop and accelerate the foundational skills for hockey.  Players in these programs are expected to have an understanding of basic skating, puck control and passing concepts.  Players can expect sessions to take on focused topics, isolating basic hockey skills to provide a greater understanding. and foundation to optimize development.

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Development - Skills & Conditioning

This program encompasses the best of what the RINK has to offer in a single program. Regardless of mastery level, Skating & Skills incorporates aspects of Power SkatingShooting & Scoring, and Puck Control programs, giving players a taste of everything we specialize in.

Each Skating & Skills Program also features an off-ice component with RINK Testify Performance. This component takes place in the gym or on the track prior to or following the on-ice session. Players will focus on developing functional movement patterns that correlates to on-ice development.

The Skating and Skills Program is designed to develop great habits through the proper techniques. On-ice, skaters will focus on balance and body position for a variety of techniques. While mastering puck control, skaters will learn to give and receive passes both stationary and in-motion. This program focuses on a well-rounded approach to the skater’s skill development. 

*The Female Only Skating & Skills program will feature a curriculum that is more focused on the Shooting & Scoring and Puck Control aspects of the program.*

On-Ice Mastery Keys

Power Skating | Balance
Shooting & Scoring | Ability to Give & Recieve Passes
Puck Control | Puck Control in Basic Positions

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Location: RINK Training Centre

Pre-Season 2022
September to October

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

Development - EDGE Skating

The Development EDGE Skating Program is designed to challenge each skater to the best of their abilities. This program concentrates on body position both forwards and backwards. Precisely focusing on forwards and backwards stride, crossovers and transitions. The EDGE Skating Program allows for instantaneous instruction and direction from our professional on-ice player development coaches.

On-Ice Mastery Keys

Forwards Body Position & Stride
Backwards Skating
Transitions

Off-Ice Mastery Keys

Barefoot One Leg Balance
Isometric Hockey Stance
Depth Drop to Hockey Stance

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Location: RINK Training Centre

Winter 2022-23
November to March

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

Development - Skating & Skills

This program encompasses the best of what the RINK has to offer in a single program. Regardless of mastery level, Skating & Skills incorporates aspects of Power SkatingShooting & Scoring, and Puck Control programs, giving players a taste of everything we specialize in.

Each Skating & Skills Program also features an off-ice component with RINK Testify Performance. This component takes place in the gym or on the track prior to or following the on-ice session. Players will focus on developing functional movement patterns that correlates to on-ice development.

The Skating and Skills Program is designed to develop great habits through the proper techniques. On-ice, skaters will focus on balance and body position for a variety of techniques. While mastering puck control, skaters will learn to give and receive passes both stationary and in-motion. This program focuses on a well-rounded approach to the skater’s skill development. 

*The Female Only Skating & Skills program will feature a curriculum that is more focused on the Shooting & Scoring and Puck Control aspects of the program.*

On-Ice Mastery Keys

Power Skating | Balance
Shooting & Scoring | Ability to Give & Recieve Passes
Puck Control | Puck Control in Basic Positions

Off-Ice Mastery Keys

Barefoot One Leg Balance
Isometric Hockey Stance
Depth Drop to Hockey Stance

DEVELOP YOUR GAME HERE

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Location: RINK Training Centre

Winter 2022-23
November to March
Winter 2022-23 - Female Only
November to March

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Winter 2022-23
September to March

Development - Shooting & Scoring

The Shooting Program is designed to provide skaters with fundamental knowledge of proper shooting mechanics. This program begins with the basics, working on passing techniques and accuracy. Progressing skaters quickly into technical applications of proper puck preparation and weight transfer leading to faster and more accurate shots. Keeping players engaged, our professional on-ice player development coaches will challenge skaters to learn how to shoot off both their inside and outside leg. This program allocates skaters to have the puck on their stick throughout the entirety of the program.

On-Ice Mastery Keys

Passing Technique & Accuracy
Understanding Weight Transfer
Shooting Off Outside Leg
Puck Prep

Off-Ice Mastery Keys

Barefoot One Leg Balance
Isometric Hockey Stance
Depth Drop to Hockey Stance

DEVELOP YOUR GAME HERE

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Location: RINK Training Centre

Winter 2022-23
November to March

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

Development - 3 on 3

Here at the RINK you are always involved in the play and shifts are short to keep the pace of the game up. This game will allow for you to:

  • Develop faster reaction time
  • Work to improve your skills
  • Learn to play in confined spaces
  • Play around the net both offensively and defensively
  • Develop more confidence with the puck
  • Get a cardiovascular work-out

Players will be signed up as individuals and 2 teams will be made each week. Teams will be rotated weekly, with pinnies to differentiate teams so players play with all players in the 3 vs 3 program.

Players will receive a RINK Jersey which they keep after the program.  We will require players to bring this jersey each week to help split up teams.

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Location: RINK Training Centre

Summer 2022 Player Registration
July to August

Pre-Season 2022 Player Registration
September to October

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

Development - 3 on 3

Here at the RINK you are always involved in the play and shifts are short to keep the pace of the game up. This game will allow for you to:

  • Develop faster reaction time
  • Work to improve your skills
  • Learn to play in confined spaces
  • Play around the net both offensively and defensively
  • Develop more confidence with the puck
  • Get a cardiovascular work-out

Goalies will be signed up as individuals and 2 teams will be made each week. Teams will be rotated weekly, with pinnies to differentiate teams so players play with all players in the 3 vs 3 program.

Goalies will receive a RINK Jersey which they keep after the program.  We will require players to bring this jersey each week to help split up teams.

DEVELOP YOUR GAME HERE

Select Your Program Below »

Location: RINK Training Centre

Summer 2022 Goalie Registration
July to August

Pre-Season 2022 Goalie Registration
September to October

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

Development - Intro to Figure Skating

Program Overview

Intro to Figure Skating is an introductory program that is offered for children that have interest in competitive or recreational figure skating. This program will create a fun, enthusiastic atmosphere to learn correct technique in fundamental skills such as edges, stroking, jumps, spins, and musical interpretation. Skaters are taught in small groups by a Skate Canada Certified Coach. 

Program Requirements

The Intro to Figure Skating program is for skaters working on Stage 3-6 of the Skate Canada CanSkate program. This program is offered 2x per week for accelerated progress in figure skating with the goal of moving up into the Junior Development program. Off-ice classes are offered 2x per week and will teach fundamental off-ice development as it relates to figure skating. Off-ice jumping, dance, flexibility, and strength will be focused on throughout the off-ice sessions.

CanSkate Stage Guidelines

Skaters must have passed stage 2 or have acquired the following skills:

  • Skate forwards
  • Skate backwards
  • Glide on 1ft forwards and backwards 
  • Forward stop
  • 2ft jump while gliding forwards
  • Turn forwards to backwards
  • Turn backwards to forwards 

Equipment Required

  • Skaters must wear figure skates (no recreational skates)
  • Helmet – all skaters are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet until they have passed Stage 5 of the CanSkate program.
  • Hard guards to protect blades while walking off the ice.
  • Long hair should be neatly tied back in a ponytail or bun
  • Fitted clothing with long sleeves to allow the coach to see the lines and body positions. 
    • A RINK jacket will be provided to all skaters to be worn on all sessions. Layers can be worn underneath for warmth.
    • Leggings, figure skating dresses or skirts should be worn for bottoms.
    • Gloves or mittens 
  • Proper running shoes for off-ice classes. 

Skates and Blades

Proper equipment is important for comfort and safety on the ice. A good fitting pair of quality used boots is better than a new pair of low-quality boots for skaters still in the introductory levels. Skates should be leather and have firm support in the ankles as well as blades that are properly sharpened. When trying on skates, they should be fitted with one pair of thin socks or tights. There should be room for the toes to move but the foot should not be able to slide around in the skate. When tying the skate, the laces should not be wrapped around the top of the skate.

Ask a coach where to get sharpening done to ensure it is done properly. Hard plastic skate guards should be worn to protect the skate blade while walking on all surfaces. Blades should be dried with a soft rag after every session and then covered with a soft blade cover to prevent rusting. 

What should I have in my bag? 

  • Skates
  • Skate guards
  • Soft rag
  • Fabric blade covers
  • Helmet – all skaters are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet until they have passed Stage 5 of the CanSkate program. 
  • Hair elastics and clips
  • Gloves or mittens
 Dress the Part | Athletes are expected to come ready to train
  • On-Ice
    • Black pants and RINK Apparel
    • Layers can be worn for warmth
    • If it has been identified by a coach that a helmet is not required, females should have their hair pulled back in a neat ponytail or a bun
  • Off-Ice
    • Running shoes
    • Athletic bottoms and top
    • Females hair should be pulled back in a neat ponytail or bun

*Skaters are required to be registered with Skate Canada.  If you are not currently registered there is a 1x per year fee that applies to any programming you do. Please follow the link on your registration page to do so.

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Location: RINK Training Centre

Pre-Season 2022
September

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

Development - Junior Development Figure Skating

Program Overview

Junior Development is a beginner level figure skating program that teaches fundamental figure skating skills to young skaters that show potential to excel in figure skating. This program will create a fun, enthusiastic atmosphere and offers opportunities for skaters to develop skills in the four areas of figure skating – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretation. Skaters at this level will be given the opportunity to take tests through Skate Canada’s testing system as well as participate in competitions. Skaters are taught in small groups by certified Skate Canada coaches. Entrance into our Junior Academy is by invitation only, please contact brooklyn@therink.ca to join. 

Program Requirements

The Junior Development program follows the Star 1-5 pathway of the Skate Canada Star Skate program. This program is offered 3x per week for accelerated progress through figure skating. Off-ice classes are offered 2x per week and will teach fundamental off-ice development as it relates to figure skating. Off-ice jumping, dance, flexibility and strength will be focused on throughout the off-ice sessions. 

Equipment Required

  • Skaters must wear figure skates (no recreational skates)
  • Hard guards to protect blades while walking off the ice.
  • Long hair should be neatly tied back in a ponytail or bun
  • Fitted clothing with long sleeves to allow the coach to see the lines and body positions. 
    • A RINK jacket will be provided to all skaters to be worn on all sessions. Layers can be worn underneath for warmth.
    • Leggings, figure skating dresses or skirts should be worn for bottoms.
    • Gloves or mittens 
  • Proper running shoes for off-ice classes. 

Skates and Blades

Proper equipment is important for comfort and safety on the ice. A good fitting pair of quality used boots is better than a new pair of low-quality boots for skaters still in the introductory levels. Skates should be leather and have firm support in the ankles as well as blades that are properly sharpened. When trying on skates, they should be fitted with one pair of thin socks or tights. There should be room for the toes to move but the foot should not be able to slide around in the skate. When tying the skate, the laces should not be wrapped around the top of the skate.

Ask a coach where to get sharpening done to ensure it is done properly. Hard plastic skate guards should be worn to protect the skate blade while walking on all surfaces. Blades should be dried with a soft rag after every session and then covered with a soft blade cover to prevent rusting. 

What should I have in my bag? 

  • Skates
  • Skate guards
  • Soft rag
  • Fabric blade covers
  • Helmet – all skaters are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet until they have passed Stage 5 of the CanSkate program. 
  • Hair elastics and clips
  • Gloves or mittens

DEVELOP YOUR GAME HERE

Select Your Program Below »

Location: RINK Training Centre

Winter 2022-23
October to March

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