Level 1 Coaches Training

Level 1 is for the coach who wants to further their knowledge of the fundamentals of instructing skating and other team building related skills for coaching at the developmental level. The basics of striding, stopping and turning are covered and coaches will learn a proven format of class handling skills and teaching progressions as well as basic skating and hockey related terminology.

Program Includes the Following:

  • Level 1 Coaching Manual 
  • Instructional Skill Development Program 
  • Instructional Theory Field Instruction by Skating First Director & Skating First Staff
  • Written and Practical Examination               

Skating skills covered include forward stride, stopping, basic backward skating, forward to backward transitions, cross-overs, and hockey turns. Contact the Skating First office for eligibility and a complete listing of skating skills covered.  Must be 15 years or older


Level 1 Coaches Training

Sample Weekend Agenda
6:30pm-8:00pm         Off-Ice Teaching and Skill Theory Presentation
8:00pm-9:30pm         On-Ice Skills Clinic

1:00pm-2:00pm         Hockey Skating Skills Teaching Demo (Part 1)  
2:00pm-3:00pm         Small Group Teaching
3:00pm-3:15pm         Break
3:15pm-4:15pm         Hockey Skating Skills Teaching Demo (Part 2)
4:15pm-5:00pm         Small Group Teaching
5:00pm-6:00pm         Stick Handling

12:00pm-1:00pm       Written Examination
1:00pm-2:00pm         Skating Skills Clinic
2:00pm-4:00pm         Small Group Teaching Evaluation Test
4:00pm-4:15pm         Break
4:15pm-4:45pm         Practical Skating


Level 2 Coaches Training

Level 2 is for the experienced Level 1 coach* to further enhance class handling skills, problem solving and advanced hockey skating skill development.

Program Includes the Following:
Instructional Skill Development Program-Advanced Skills Intermediate Theory and Advanced Problem Solving Introduction to On-Ice & Off-Ice Conditioning Techniques

  • Field Instruction by Skating First Director & Skating First staff
  • Written and Practical Examination
  • Product and Industry Updates

Must have completed Skating First Hockey Level 1 Training Program, hold a teaching related degree or have 5 or more years of teaching developmental hockey. Coaches must show a solid command of edges, backward crossovers and other advanced hockey skating skills. Contact the Skating First office for a complete listing of skating skills covered. 



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