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I think that's what he's doing

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anon
I think that's what he's doing
"Small class size and low player to coach ratio are the focus" does not equal Private Skating coach.

Since location is important, best advice given is to look for a figure skating coach that teaches hockey players.

If you are north of Boston, Peter Carruthers at Micro Ice in North Andover works well with the younger players but more edgework than stride.

As has been pointed out, a clinic for a few days isn't likely to make any significant difference, it's about repetition of the correct form.

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Johnny #5
Looking for some power skating instruction for my 2013 bender over Christmas break. Doing a lot of online searches, but figured I would ask the DBoard experts to get some real world info.

2013 EHF Platinum player with good skating needs instruction of getting more power from his stride, better balance. Small class size and low player to coach ratio are the focus, not looking to send him out there with 30 other kids and run the same old drills while the \"coaches\" shoot pucks down one end while 1 instructor tries to wrangle 20-30 kids by themselves.

Who have you had good experiences with in the Eastern Mass area and who do I stay away from?

A sincere thank you to people with real info. For all that want to poke fun at EHF Platinum as the feeder league to over 30 hockey, sorry your favorite instructor got cut.
Look for a private instructor
Pro stride elite is best for stride!

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Dmitri, db skating pro. Privates out of NESC and Boston sports institute. Coming from a 13 platinum coach, so yes I got cut with my kid but Dmitri is a solid skating coach.

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Thank you, I appreciate the feedback!

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https://www.jvpowerandedge.com/

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ano
https://www.jvpowerandedge.com/
Thank you!

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Call your local rink and ask for a figure skating coach who teaches hockey players. Go consistently. 1 week clinic isn't going to fix anything.

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Anon
Call your local rink and ask for a figure skating coach who teaches hockey players. Go consistently. 1 week clinic isn't going to fix anything.
Good advice, thank you. My goal in looking for clinics now is to find the right long term private instructor.

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Johnny #5
Anon
Call your local rink and ask for a figure skating coach who teaches hockey players. Go consistently. 1 week clinic isn\'t going to fix anything.
Good advice, thank you. My goal in looking for clinics now is to find the right long term private instructor.
My best advice is to find a method and stick with it for a very long time. Skating mechanics is very hard to fix, and you won't see results for a long time.

But honestly for a 2013, it doesn't really matter who you use. My kid went to a professional figure skater and he was put through the same edge drills they do in skills, which you can also find on YouTube. In the end, what really did it for him was years of going to public skating by himself and working on one drill at a time. Not every kid will have the patience for that, but if your kid isn't willing to put in the time to work on these little things, the teacher won't make a difference. I've seen some kids do power skating for years and still skate like they're carrying a fridge on their back.

Having said all that, it is helpful to check in with a professional every now and then. My kid primarily learns from YouTube and checks-in with the figure skater maybe once or twice a year too.

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Take a look at your players quad, core and glute strength then ask yourself if he is efficient (achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense). Secondly, analyze his stride by looking at his stride width (you can find info on this easily). Third, take a look at his arm swing and adjustment to stride during his start to maximum speed.
Fourth, dont waste your money on a in season clinic with a player his age. Fifth, take a page out of Sweden youth hockey and spend time and money on making him a well-rounded athlete.