FAQ’s

Eligibility Questions

Do you have any Sessions for Female Hockey Players or Adults?

Female and Adult Players are Welcome at ALL of our Programs. All of our students compete with themselves when it comes to working on the fundamentals and foundations we teach you for attaining better hockey skills…and that’s the kind of competition we like!

Is my Skater Too Skilled or, vice versa, Not Skilled enough to attend?

We take ALL levels of Hockey Players, and we break the Players up by skill levels on the ice, giving the more advanced players harder drills and concepts while the newer players get drills and skills designed for them as well… However, it should be pointed out that if we had some of our NHL Students on the ice at the same time the kids are out there…

The NHL’ers would be getting the EXACT SAME TECHNIQUES AND PRINCIPLES….

SO IT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY!

My player is a Mite, but not 7 years old … can they participate in the Camps?

It is recommended that all participants in our program should already by playing ice hockey in full ice hockey gear for and already on team. Also, the player should already go be able to skate backward fairly proficiently and be able to stop on ice skates (on one side at least) with full gear on. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, your skater should have a good attention span. If yes, then absolutely, your player can participate in our Program.

Which Group should I sign my Player up for?

We use age as predetermining factor for how we split up the groups and generally, it works out that we stick fairly close to the original group split…HOWEVER, the way we break up the groups by age is simply a guide, and if you have a more advanced 2nd year Squirt, for example, we have no problem with them skating in the Pee Wee and Up group…We leave it to you to help us determine what is best.

Do you have Programs designed specifically for more Elite Players and what is different about these Programs?

Yes, we do have programs specifically designed for the Travel A, AA and AAA Players (Check your State closely to find an Elite Program in your area)…What is different about our Elite Camps is mostly in the intensity of the teaching and the tempo of the drills…Plus, because the tempo is higher we can get to more aspects of hockey…But our techniques for better skating and stickhandling/checking are the same whether we are coaching professionals or youth hockey players. So you still get the same detailed training you have come to expect from our programs.

I’m an Adult Hockey Player, will I feel out of place skating in the Pee Wee & Up Group?

We have tremendous experience and success with mixing adult players in with the older youth hockeyplayers. Everybody is concentrating so hard on their own strengths and weakness and the techniques we are teaching, that they will not have time to notice who is in the camp with them… Also, at our Stickhandling & Checking Programs, adults can opt out of the checking portion and concentrate on more stickhandling if so desired.

Note: We do recommend that you make an attempt to get a teammate or friend to come along with you (or check with us in the office to see if there are other players that are around your age and/or size) so that you have someone to pair up with when necessary.

Are Goalies welcome at your Programs?… Yes, and here’s how it works:

Clinics: Goalies pay full price to attend our 3-Session Clinics as they are on ice doing pretty much doing the same thing as the out-skaters…learning to be more proficient skaters…which is extremely helpful for goalies as well. But, we will do some separate training with the goaltenders, such as butterflies, pad stacks, etc. We do suggest that goalies wear Full Goalie Gear to our Clinics.

Super Camps: Goalies can attend our 4-Session Super Camps for1/2 Price(50% off)…as we need the goalies to play in the net for us for the better part of the last two sessions…Goalies should wear full  goalie gear for the entire camp (it is necessary the last two sessions).

Summer Schools: Goalies can attend our 5-Session Summer Schools for 1/2 Price (50% off)…as we need the goalies to play in the net for us for the better part of the last three sessions…Goalies should wear full goalie gear for the entire school (it is necessary the last three sessions).

Curriculum Questions

What Skating Skills are stressed at your Power Skating Programs?

We try to cover all aspects of skating used in ice hockey, including: Forward & Backward Stride, Crossunders, Quick Starts, Stopping, Speed with Pucks, Transition Moves, Fakes, etc., and rather than just telling you what to do… we ALWAYS stress HOW TO DO IT and WHY IT’S IMPORTANT IN A GAME!

Do you use Pucks at your Power Skating Programs?

Absolutely!!! AT EACH OF OUR POWER SKATING PROGRAMS, we teach how to skate faster with and without the puck… And we even show the players the EXACT location where the puck should be placed in relation to the body in order to gain maximum stride efficiency and speed. In fact, we are doing a lot more with side to side moves and handling the puck with speed than we have ever done in the past.

What are the Bungie Cords and Resistance Training Devices?

Since everybody involved with Robby Glantz Int’l Power Skating is a former or current Ice Hockey player, we like to think of ourselves as stride and speed coaches, with our Program being designed specifically for the Ice Hockey Player…and we have found that a couple of the great methods for getting more speed, are training methods that we have adapted from the Track and Field Coaches. One is that we use Bungie Cords to pull players faster than they can go on their own, and yet, they still have to keep their legs moving with the Cord…This is called Overspeed Training. Another is the use Resistance devices to help build up the muscles and improve edge control and power. You truly have to see and experience our Overspeed Training, the players (including the Pros) just love It!

Do you play games or scrimmages at your Programs?

We do like to see how the players skills are coming along in a game atmosphere as well… so at all of our 4-Session Super Camps and 5-Session Summer Schools, we do play mini-games (1/3 of the ice during station training usually on Day 3) and/or have a last day of camp scrimmage… at our 3-Session Clinics, we do not have scrimmages.

Tell me about your Stickhandling & Checking Programs… and do you teach these skills at your Power Skating Programs?

We have been teaching Stickhandling and Checking at ALL of our Summer Schools and Super Camps for years… and we continue to do so at every Power Skating Summer Program… and because of the excellent feedback we had been receiving, we decided to expand on the teaching we had already been doing for years. Thus, we have many Stickhandling & Checking programs throughout N. America. At these programs, we teach stickhandling techniques and moves, speed with puck, puck protection, power moves and how to deliver a check and just as importantly how to take a check (checking training is tough at each session)… And as always, we teach HOW TO DO IT, with fundamentals broken down, STEP-BY-STEP, in an easy to understand and remember format.

How many Students are in a Class?

We make every effort to take no more than 36 Skaters on the Ice per group.

Skating Related Questions

How tight should the skates be tied?

Skate tying really is based on individual preference. However, a good rule of thumb is that you want to have the bottom 2-3 laces snug but not too tight that they cut off circulation. Then have the middle ones tight and the last 2 (at the top near the ankles) should again be snug… but the top 2 can be the loosest of all especially because you do want some freedom to roll your ankles for better edge control.

What can you tell me about skate sharpening and rockering?

Skate Sharpening: Again, this is a very personal and individual matter…. I have coached pro players who will go games without sharpening their skates and likewise, I have coached players who sharpen them between periods…

With that said, there are a couple of rules that you may want to follow… If you or your child is having trouble with stopping… then the skates are probably too sharp. A skate that is too sharp can certainly hurt a players ability to stop because before you stop, you need to slide and that is easier with a duller skate.

Likewise, if you or your child is sliding all over the ice or your skates are coming out from under you when you turn, etc. than it is probable that you need your skates sharpened (by the way, we find that the turning problems, while it is easy to blame the skates, generally comes from a technique problem in the turn).

I also am asked frequently about what hollow to get on the skate… unfortunately, there is no universal answer except to say that you should try a couple of different hollows, see which you like the best and then stick with it… and also try to stay with the person at the hockey shop who does the sharpening that you like the best.

Rockering: Many feel that rockering the skate (rounding the blade so that less blade touches the ice) canhelp with turning, quickness, etc. and that rockering the skate towards the front or the back of the blade is also important for the same reasons. Again, this is an individual preference and many players and hockey shop pros rely on it.

The positives may be a little more quickness, agility and possibly, quicker turns, etc…. while the downsides are, the less blade touching the ice, the less thrust into the ice that blade will provide, and this can hurt top speed and the ability to glide to cover distance (speedskaters use longer blades simply to go faster, for example)… but again find what works for you and then stick with it.

How important is the quality of the Skate?

The quality of the boot is vital. Parents, if possible, please only invest in the top of the line, best skates available (even though they cost more) because the support that they give to even the youngest of skaters is so important for development, balance and most importantly, confidence.

Miscellaneous Questions

What are the best times to call 1-800-54-SKATE, so as not to get the voicemail?

From January 1 to September 1, Donna ext. 0, our office manager, arrives at or around 7:00 am and leaves at approx. 2:30 pm pacific standard time (California time) on Monday-Friday and on Saturday, from approx. 7:00 to 11:00 am pacific standard time. If you call during these hours and still get the voicemail, more than likely she is tied up a lot of other lines…if this is the case, please DO NOT HANG UP, instead, listen to the multitude of options, make your selection and we will get your message and respond quickly.

When I call your office I often seem to get the voicemail…