Edge of Excellence

Computer analysis has demonstrated that the average length of time a professional hockey player skates at top speed on any occasion during a game is 2 – 4 seconds. It is a game of short, quick, explosive movements. Becoming an explosive skater depends on a number of factors, the most significant of which are:

  • Leg Strength
  • Leg Quickness
  • Leg Flexibility
  • Trunk Or Core Stability
  • Balance
  • Skating Technique
  • The Ability To Apply The Above Factors In Game Situations

At the Edge of Excellence Skating Camps, our entire program is specifically directed at improving skaters in all of these areas. Players are also educated on ways that they can, prior to attending the camp (through our off-ice training program) and following the camp, continue to make further gains and reinforce changes in these areas.

We limit each group on the ice to 30 players with 4 to 6 instructors on the ice. The ratio of player to instructor is, therefore, approximately seven to one

On-Ice Training


The On-Ice Program moves from the technique stage to applying this technique at top speed while shooting, passing, stick handling and checking in game simulated drills. Good skating technique is useless to hockey players unless they can apply it in game situations.

Even when players have ingrained the proper skating technique into their skating style, sometimes they will still not perform in game situations with the increased raw speed that they now possess. Usually, the problem revolves around the fact that players have not been trained to use their speed, to think, and to read the ice, all at the same time.

Focus & Reaction

Another problem is often players’ lack of focus and slow reaction time. In other words, players now have the “jump” to get to the puck first but they aren’t doing it because their response time is too slow when there is a turnover or a transition in the play. We have developed specific drills and training methods to help correct these deficiencies so that the transfer of their newly improved skating technique can be applied in game situations at high speed. A simple example is not using a whistle when we start our drills.

In a game, players react to what they see not to what they hear. In a game, the only time a whistle is used is to stop the play. Wherever practical, we start the drills with the movement of the puck so players are constantly having to focus on the loose puck, i.e., what they see not what they hear.

The Approach

The approach on the ice is very structured, very disciplined, but fun even at the pro camps. We do not “bag skate” players because this does three things. It develops poor skating technique. It trains players to skate slowly, and, psychologically, it conditions players to “hate” skating or think of it only in terms of hard work. Our system teaches players to love skating and to love skating fast. The players will skate faster than they have ever skated before, well past their comfort zone. Our cordless mic system is interconnected with an extensive sound system so that we can “crank” the tunes up during the drills but shut it off or override the sound from any position on the ice when instruction takes place. Once players are conditioned to skating at an extremely high tempo while performing other hockey skills, that is the speed at which they will feel comfortable when they move to game situations.

During the ice sessions we also teach players when not to use their speed in order to delay or create open ice.

Off-Ice Training


Computer analysis has demonstrated that the average length of time a professional hockey player skates at top speed on any occasion during a game is 2-4 seconds. It is a game of short, quick, explosive movements with an underlying need for a strong aerobic base for recovery and for speed endurance. Combined with this quickness and agility, a player must also possess tremendous strength and power in order to battle for pucks and to withstand the tough physical play. Our off-ice program addresses all of these needs.

Speed & Endurance

Except in the area of flexibility, we train players to do everything fast. Players have to remember that every time they train they are affecting two systems, the energy system, i.e. aerobic or anaerobic and the neuromuscular system. If we train for endurance slowly . for example, long distance running, we are at the same time training the neuromuscular system to be slow. There is no neutral. You either train yourself to be fast or you train yourself to be slow.

Therefore, even when we have players work on endurance we train with speed. The difference, for example, with tire sprinting would be shorter sprints with a lot of rest in between, when we are training anaerobically. When the focus is aerobic, players sprint longer distances with very little recovery time before the next sprint which enables the player to develop speed endurance.

We underload the quad muscles through the use of lightning cords which permits the player’s legs to move much more quickly than they otherwise could. In this way, we try to improve the development of the fast twitch muscles fibres. We show the players methods by which they can continue this type of training after they leave the camp by doing such things as sprinting hills which have a slight decline of between 5 – 10 degrees.

Simulated Skating

The players also reinforce daily the technique they have been learning on-ice through what we call simulated skating. Part of the reason parents and players see such quick improvement in a short period of time is that the players each day, off-ice, are working on aspects of their skating. It might be the arm swing, the full extension, the knee bend, the foot position for quick starts, the upper body position on tight turns, etc. Once again, players are given a number of these drills to work on during the weekend.

Trunk Control

Trunk control is worked on in different ways but the main exercises involve the use of Swiss Balls. Many players have a lot of upper body movement when skating which dissipates the drive from the legs thus reducing speed and quickness. The lack of core stability in many players also reduces the effectiveness of the arm swing in thrusting the player forward. In other words, we want the players driving their legs and arms off a rock, not jelly.

Video Sessions


During the first ice session, each player is individually video-taped performing, at top speed, his or her forward skating, backward skating, quick starts, cross-unders, tight turns and stops. In the video sessions, each player's skating is reviewed and critiqued. These sessions are extremely important as they provide a relaxed setting in which a player can, for example, clearly see his high heel kick or his wide arm swing, and see, frame by frame or in slow motion, what areas of his technique are good and what areas need to be worked on. During the ensuing ice times, he can visualize in his mind what he saw and what he needs to do to correct it. Thus, the player will make those changes much more quickly in this way than he ever would by not seeing his skating and merely being told or by reading in a report card that he has a high heel kick.

The video sessions complement the on-ice video projection. The latter technology makes it possible for the player to kinesthetically feel and see what those changes are like as the player is actually skating.

As well, during the video sessions, players are shown, through computer presentation, video, and video prints, examples of the proper technique.

Each player receives video of a personal analysis of their skating technique with voice-over commentary and telestrator markings for further study and review. The link to this video will be sent out within after camp is complete. 

FAQS


WHAT IS THE COST OF THE CAMPS?

Mini Guns:  $295 + GST
Edge of Excellence Power Skating Camps: $625 + GST
Ringette Camp: $476 + GST
Midget / College Elite Female Development Camp: $650 + GST
Junior / College Development Camp: $650 + GST

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?

Upon payment, refunds will not be issued except when a doctor’s note from a qualified physician is provided, stating that the registered child is unable to participate in the skating camp for medical reasons. A $75 dollar processing fee will apply.

The above refund policy is only applicable to cancellations prior to the first day of camp.  Camp fees are not refundable, partially or in full, once camp has started.

WHERE ARE THE HOCKEY CAMPS LOCATED? 

The camps in Kelowna take place at the Rutland Twin Arena

The Rutland Twin Arena
645 Dodd Road
Kelowna, BC 

All of the sessions for the camps in Winnipeg take place in the Gateway Recreation Centre.

Gateway Recreation Centre
1717 Gateway Road
Winnipeg, MB

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP LOOK LIKE? 

All of the Edge of Excellence camps are specifically directed at improving a skater’s explosive skating in all of the following areas:

  • Leg strength
  • Leg quickness
  • Leg flexibility
  • Trunk or core stability
  • Balance
  • Skating technique

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With the exception of the Mini Guns camp which is a 5 day half-day camp, all of the other Edge of Excellence camps are a 5 day full-day camp.

On the first day, each player will have their skating videotaped and their skating will be analyzed by our coaches and recorded. 

Each day the player will get 2 1/2 hours ON ICE where they work on various skating techniques, and 2 hours of OFF-ICE.  The OFF-ICE session concentrates on resistance training, quick feet drills and core plyometrics, through a 1 hour session of simulated skating and video, and a 1 hour shooting and stick handling during the skills class. 

Throughout the week, there will also be an ice sessions where the skaters will skate in front of a projection screen.  On the last day there will be a review and scrimmage game.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE CAMP SCHEDULE?

Camp schedules and groups are finalized in May.  You will be notified by an email.  Please look for an email from EdgeofExcellence@hotmail.com in the first part of June.  

WHAT IS THE AGE GROUP FOR THE MINI GUNS CAMP?

The Mini Guns camps are for players ages 6 & 7, born between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014.  

WHAT ARE THE AGE GROUPS FOR THE EDGE OF EXCELLENCE POWER SKATING CAMP?

The Edge of Excellence Power Skating camps is for players ages 8 to 17, born between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2012.  The groups will be divided according to years of birth and into groups of ages 8 & 9, 10 & 11, 12 to 14 and 15 to 17.  

WHAT ARE THE AGE GROUPS FOR THE RINGETTE CAMP?

The Winnipeg Ringette Camp is for players ages 8 to 17, born between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2012.  The skaters will be divided in 2 age groups, ages 8 to 11 and 12 to 17.

WHO CAN ATTEND THE MIDGET / COLLEGE ELITE FEMALE DEVELOPMENT CAMP?

The Midget / College Elite Female Development camp is for players who have played at the Midget AAA or College levels.  There will be a maximum of 20 skaters in this camp.

WHO CAN ATTEND THE JUNIOR / COLLEGE DEVELOPMENT CAMP?

The Junior / College Development camp is for players who have played or will play in Junior and College level.  There will be a maximum of 20 skaters in this camp.

Midget AAA or equivalent players will be considered on a conditional basis.  Please send your request to: EdgeofExcellence@hotmail.com.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE EDGE OF EXCELLENCE CAMPS AND THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE CAMPS?

The Edge of Excellence camps are power skating camps whereas the Pursuit of Excellence camp is a position specific skills camp.

All of the Edge of Excellence camps are specifically directed at improving a skater’s explosive skating in all of the following areas:

  • Leg strength
  • Leg quickness
  • Leg flexibility
  • Trunk or core stability
  • Balance
  • Skating technique

The Pursuit of Excellence Skills camp is a position specific, the cost is   $450 + GST and is offered in Kelowna July 27-31, 2020.  The camp consists of 3 position specific skills sessions: 

Session 1 is Skills & Development camp  (ages 9-12) 
Session 2 is Skills & Tactics for Defenders camp  (ages 13-17)
Session 3 is Elite Skills & Tactics camp (ages 13-17)
There is a maximum of 20 skaters and 4 goalies in each session. 

For more information on the Pursuit of Excellence Skills camps, please email: contact@pursuitofexcellence.ca. 

CAN GOALIES ATTEND THE CAMPS?

The Edge of Excellence Power Skating camps are not goalie specific camps, but goalies will still benefit from our skating camps and are welcome to participate in the skating drills and be in the net for the drills that require a goalie. 

CAN RINGETTE PLAYERS ATTEND THE REGULAR EDGE OF EXCELLENCE POWER SKATING CAMPS?

Yes, we can accommodate ringette players in the Edge of Excellence Power Skating camps.  The skating drills will be the same for hockey players as well as ringette players, however during the stick drills, the ringette players will be using a ring instead of a puck.  

If you would like to sign up your ringette player for a Edge of Excellence Power Skating camp, please comment in the notes of the registration that she is a ringette player. 

HOW MANY SKATERS WILL BE IN EACH GROUP?  WHAT IS THE INSTRUCTOR TO PLAYER RATIO?

We limit each group to 30 players.  Even though the group consist of about 30 players, you will find that there is still a lot of individual attention between the players and instructors in the ON-ICE as well as the OFF-ICE sessions.   The ratio of player to instructor is approximately seven to one.

CAN I REQUEST THAT MY CHILD TO BE IN THE SAME GROUP AS HIS OR HER FRIENDS?

Yes, we will do our best to accommodate these kinds of requests.   The groups are assigned closer to the camp start date.  

Requests can be made in the notes section of the registration form, or please email your request to EdgeofExcellence@hotmail.com prior to May 22, 2020.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE CAMP IS FULL?

Once the camp is full, a waiting list will be activated.  Please register on the waiting list and should a spot open up, we will contact you.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO CAMP?

Full equipment will be worn for the On-Ice sessions.  Please ensure that the skates are sharp.  A 5/8” radius of hollow is recommended, which is a flatter hollow than the typical 3/8” sharpening.  

We will be using pucks, so please make sure to bring a stick each day and if possible, bring an older second stick to be used for the Off-Ice stickhandling and shooting sessions.

For Off-Ice workouts, please make sure you bring shorts, an extra pair of dry socks, a T-shirt and running shoes. The running shoes should have good support and should be well cushioned in the sole and heel for jumping exercises.

Do not leave valuables in the locker room or at the rink, Edge of Excellence is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

ARE SNACKS AND LUNCH PROVIDED?

Snacks and lunch are not provided.  Please pack plenty of snack items and a water bottle.  Please label the lunch bags, water bottles and other items.

WHY DOES THE REGISTRATION FORM ASK FOR JERSEY SIZE?

Each skater will be provided with an Edge of Excellence jersey on the first day of camp.  The jerseys do fit smaller, please take this in consideration when registering your child.  Should you have ordered the wrong size, there will be extras, but in limited supply.

WILL THERE BE EDGE OF EXCELLENCE MERCHANDISE FOR PURCHASE?

Yes.  Please look for the merchandise table at the camps. 

DOES EDGE OF EXCELLENCE HAVE ANY CORPORATE HOTEL RATES?

Yes, please click here to view.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY CHILD'S SKATING VIDEO?

On the first day, each player will have their skating videotaped and their skating will be analyzed by our coaches and recorded.  Each player’s personal video will contain an analysis of their skating with voice-over and telestrator markings by the coaches doing the analysis. 

Please allow 4 weeks for the coaches to complete the videos. 

The videos can be viewed on-line, and you will receive an email that will contain a password and link to the video. 

The email will be sent to the email address you provided us with when you registered.  Please contact us if your email address has changed or if you have not received your video after 4 weeks and we will try to get the video out to you as soon as possible.

KELOWNA CAMPS | WEEK 1

Mini Guns Skating Camp

July 6 - 10, 2020
(Monday to Friday)

Age Group: 6 & 7
 
Instruction: 
1 Daily Ice Session
1 Daily Skating Video/Tech & Sim Skate Session

Location: Rutland Arena, Kelowna, BC

Cost: $295.00 + GST

Youth Power Skating Camp

July 6 - 10, 2020
(Monday to Friday)

Age Group : 8 & 9, 10 & 11, 12 to 14, 15 to 17

Instruction:
2 Daily Ice Sessions
5 Daily Off-Ice  Sessions
5 Daily Skills Classes
5 Daily Skating Tech/Video & Sim Skate Sessions

Location: Rutland Arena, Kelowna, BC

Cost: $625.00 + GST

Elite Female Development Camp

July 6 - 10, 2020
(Monday to Friday)
Age Group: Must have Played AAA

Instruction: 
Edge of Excellence Program Details
2 Daily Ice Sessions
1 Daily Skills Session
1 Daily Off-Ice Sim/Video Session

Location: Rutland Arena, Kelowna, BC

Cost: $650.00 + GST

KELOWNA CAMPS | WEEK 2

Youth Power Skating Camp

July 13 - 17, 2020
(Monday to Friday)

Age Group : 8 & 9, 10 & 11, 12 to 14, 15 to 17

Instruction: 
Edge of Excellence Program Details
2 Daily Ice Sessions
5 Daily Off-Ice  Sessions
5 Daily Skills Classes
5 Daily Skating Tech/Video & Sim Skate Sessions

Location: Rutland Arena, Kelowna, BC

Cost: $625.00 + GST

Elite Male Development Camp

July 13 - 17, 2020
(Monday to Friday)

Age Group : Must Have Played AA/AAA

Instruction: 
Edge of Excellence Program Details
2 Daily Ice Sessions
5 Daily Off-Ice  Sessions
5 Daily Skills Classes
5 Daily Skating Tech/Video & Sim Skate Sessions

Location: Rutland Arena, Kelowna, BC

Cost: $650.00 + GST

Ringette Camp

July 13 - 17, 2020
(Monday to Friday)

Age Group : 8  to 11, 12 to 17

Instruction: 
Edge of Excellence Program Details
2 Daily Ice Sessions
5 Daily Off-Ice  Sessions
5 Daily Skills Classes
5 Daily Skating Tech/Video & Sim Skate Sessions

Location: Rutland Arena, Kelowna, BC

Cost: $476.00 + GST

KELOWNA CAMPS | WEEK 3

Youth Power Skating Camp

July 20 - 24, 2020
(Monday to Friday)

Age Group : 8 & 9, 10 & 11, 12 to 14, 15 to 17

Instruction: 
Edge of Excellence Program Details
2 Daily Ice Sessions
5 Daily Off-Ice  Sessions
5 Daily Skills Classes
5 Daily Skating Tech/Video & Sim Skate Sessions

Location: Rutland Arena, Kelowna, BC

Cost: $625.00 + GST

WINNIPEG CAMPS | WEEK 4

Mini Guns Skating Camp

July 27 - 31, 2020
(Monday to Friday)

Age Group: 6 & 7

Instruction: 
Edge of Excellence Program Details
1 Daily Ice Session
1 Daily Skating Video/Tech & Sim Skate Session

Location: Gateway Arena, Winnipeg, MB

Cost: $295.00 + GST

Youth Power Skating Camp

July 27 - 31, 2020
(Monday to Friday)

Age Group: 8 & 9, 10 & 11, 12 to 14, 15 to 17

Instruction: 
Edge of Excellence Program Details
2 Daily Ice Sessions
5 Daily Off-Ice  Sessions
5 Daily Skills Classes
5 Daily Skating Tech/Video & Sim Skate Sessions

Location: Gateway Arena, Winnipeg, MB

Cost: $625.00 + GST

WINNIPEG CAMPS | WEEK 5

Youth Power Skating Camp

August 4 - 8, 2020
(Tuesday to Saturday)

Age Group: 8 & 9, 10 & 11, 12 to 14, 15 to 17

Instruction: 
Edge of Excellence Program Details
2 Daily Ice Sessions
5 Daily Off-Ice  Sessions
5 Daily Skills Classes
5 Daily Skating Tech/Video & Sim Skate Sessions

Location: Gateway Arena, Winnipeg, MB

Cost: $625.00 + GST

Ringette Camp

August 4 - 8, 2020
(Tuesday to Saturday)

Age Group: 8 to 11,  12 to 17

Instruction: 
Edge of Excellence Program Details
2 Daily Ice Sessions
5 Daily Off-Ice  Sessions
5 Daily Skills Classes
5 Daily Skating Tech/Video & Sim Skate Sessions

Location: Gateway Arena, Winnipeg, MB

Cost: $476.00 + GST