Tornado’s Edge™ is a skate training innovation that rapidly accelerates an individual’s ability to learn new skills. It was developed to be an on-ice support trainer that is easy for coaches to incorporate into a training plan.
It’s a brilliant piece of equipment.Ken King, CEO Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation
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The trainer was designed as an aid that gives continuous repetition with upright success (sometimes referred to as muscle memory) in a skating development environment. From a individual perspective, the benefit appears as confidence. When the innovation was being developed, there were several intended and unintended benefits that resulted.
Learn to Skate
The advantage of the trainer for an advanced skater is that they can be instructed to be low and perform exaggerated strides to increase muscle range. A drill like “shoot the duck” can be practiced in a less intimidating process.
We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to skate. One of the unique strengths of our trainer is how all individuals can increase their abilities. From kids that are too afraid to be on the ice to advanced edge development. How can a device help such a wide range of individuals? It boils down to the stress generated by fear. When an individual is in a highly stressful state, deep learning is very limited or impossible. Our brain is in a “get me out of danger” mode. The next time you are being chased by a bear, try learning multiplication tables! Although the example is extreme, it puts some perspective on the problem. In any group of skaters, fear can vary considerably. By providing a predicable risk free environment, deep learning is enabled. It is in this state that abilities get formalized in the brain. For an anxiety prone first time skater, this can make a massive difference. Rather than just walking, they try to glide sooner when they feel supported. Once the confidence has been established, then trying off the trainer isn’t so scary. Skating requires some of the most complex motor skills and learning never stops. Fear returns as the skater is put into unfamiliar maneuvers. Once again, a predicable risk free platform helps learn that next challenge. Repeated successful iterations translates the new skill into an accomplishment. To the observer, the skater has increased “muscle memory” and “confidence”. The learning opportunity on the trainer has a very wide footprint. That is why we believe the abilities of all levels of skaters can benefit. The trainer will effectively shift the curve of skating abilities by removing the fear barrier.
We have learned that the real power of the trainer is how skills can be introduced 1-2 years sooner than traditional skate training methods. The skater can practice the skill with the support of the trainer. We see first time children able to do trainer assisted crossovers in a very short time. The motion is learned early. More advanced skills can be introduced and practiced on the trainer while they refine the skills they already know off the trainer. It allows the skater to be practicing a wider range of skills at any given time. They end result is a child that accelerates their skill development.
The Power of Fun
There is an element of how learning can be accelerated by making an activity fun. Children describe the Tornado’s Edge™ as a merry-go-round or an amusement ride. Not only has a safe risk free environment been established, the fun factor has just put learning into overdrive. The kids see the new things they can do and they don’t realize it would have been an uncomfortable experience in the past. They are performing skills the pros do! The consistent response from kids is that the trainer was the best part of the practice. That is how the power of fun further accelerates learning.
We are taking orders via email at email@example.com. We are currently selling the units however we are considering leasing options to make the costs an operating expense. We will consider adjusting price points for multi trainer purchases and potentially for a “first in” for a new geographic region. The delivery schedule for the 2018/2019 season is expected to be very busy. We can typically deliver at a maximum of 4 weeks if no inventory is available. We do carry extra inventory for the fall push. Because the trainer is such a new concept, the adoption is unpredictable. The best way to ensure delivery is to secure a unit(s) with a deposit.
Existing and Planned Trainer Locations
The following list have between 1 – 4 trainers at each location. Prince George, BC Airdrie, AB Penticton, BC Osoyoos, BC Okotoks, AB Falher, AB Airdrie, AB Revelstoke, BC Okotoks, AB Enoch, AB Peace River, AB Kelowna, BC Stockholm, NJ Hamiota, MB Coaldale, AB Calgary, AB Calgary, AB Calgary, AB Calgary, AB Calgary, AB Calgary, AB Calgary, AB Calgary, AB
Okanagan Hockey Group
Sun Bowl Arena
Pason Centennial Arena
Falher Recreation Complex
Airdrie Twin Arena (Ron Ebbesen)
Okotoks Recreation Center
River Cree Twin Rinks
Baytex Energy Centre
Kelowna Memorial Arena
Skylands Ice World
Hamiota & District Sports Complex
Max Bell Centre
Flames Community Arenas
Cardel Rec South
Don Hartman NE Sportsplex
Prince George, BC
Peace River, AB
We were fortunate enough to catch the attention of the Flames organization. They felt the trainer will help kids improve skating skills. They decided to help associations in Alberta with a pilot. The pilot will run for the 2017/2018 season. The decision has allowed several minor hockey associations to have access to the trainers.
Advertising & Donations
The trainer was designed with advertising as a potential revenue stream for the association. We are working with individuals in the corporate world to leverage this advantage. We also have an option for small communities.
Option for Small Communities
One of the best donations I have seen in sports.Jeff Cowie, CanSkate Parent
When possible, we are available to bring the trainer for an on ice demonstration for an association. We typically show the trainer for 30 minutes with 4-8 of your children at various skill levels. We follow that with 20-30 minutes of discussion for any questions. The demonstration will be kept to a drill plan we have unless there is a request for a specific drill prior to the demonstration.