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Team and Association Clinics


Take a kneeWe offer specialized clinics geared to meet the specific needs of your hockey association. Many associations choose pre-tryout clinics, exposing all players at a given level to the basics of our philosophies and techniques. Both preseason and in season clinics are offered for teams of all levels. These clinics are designed to create the most value by training players and coaches together. Players build confidence and identify the skills that they need to work on the most. Coaches get the hands on experience, tools, and know-how to integrate specialized skating into their practices, maximizing speed and overall skating development.

Karn Skating Dynamics have been the skating coaches of choice for the Bloomington Jefferson Hockey Association since the mid 80’s.

The Team and Association Clinics are usually one of three types of clinics (though we always tailor the clinic to fit the team):

Skating Clinics

Many players can’t make the jump to truly elite levels because of the speed of the game. Maximize your team and individuals speed advantage by scheduling a Karn Skating Dynamics Clinic series with your team. Regular Season, AAA, Spring and Fall League Teams.

  • Achieve better acceleration and higher top end speeds
  • Balance point training for better edge control and power transfer
  • Stability, Agility, High speed turning from forward to backwards, backwards to forwards
  • Tight space maneuverability, and acceleration
  • 11 different stopping techniques to improve every direction change
  • Forward and backward crossovers, sprinting forwards and backwards
  • Impact readiness and avoidance stance, as well as skating through deke situations offensively and defensively
  • Skill breakdown; teaching players and coaches to spot and isolate weakness and equip them with a practice prescription

“If you have the mind to think well at high speeds, you must maximize your skating ability to keep up with where your mind can take you.”

- Barry Karn

Checking Clinics

Checking is one of the most misunderstood skills in hockey.

  • What is the main purpose for checking?
  • What if I’m a little guy?
  • What if I’m a big guy?
  • When is a body check appropriate?
  • When is it not?
  • How do I support a checker?
  • How do I avoid or take a hit safely?

These are many of the questions Karn Skating Dynamics will answer and train for in the Checking Dynamics Clinics. The main purpose of checking is to give your team a tactical advantage. When the principles behind checking are learned and the techniques practiced. Many of the fears, misunderstandings and purposes are revealed. This gives the player the confidence to give and receive checks more effectively and safely, keeping their minds on the game.

  • Personal Checking Skills – Angling, pins, rub-outs, presses, tie-ups, open ice checking and physical play along the boards.
  • Safety – Avoiding and receiving checks, protecting from checking from behind, roll-outs, breaking free, protecting the puck “eating the puck” and giving a hit correctly to avoid injury to self.
  • Team Work Checking – Using support to execute checks, boxing in, partner pins and hits, and the art of the “Takeaway.”