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Are you sick and tired of being stuck inside? Does this period of self-quarantining and social isolation have you feeling down? We have a solution for you; it’s time for your very own backyard ice rink!

We know what you are thinking;

How can I have an ice rink in my backyard? Isn’t that expensive? And what about the maintenance?

Fear not, the professional and competent staff of Kwik Rinks has got you covered. We serve a nationwide customer base, and we are experts in all things synthetic ice. 

Times are especially tough right now. COVID-19 has completely taken over our lives and left us stranded in our own homes. With our help, though, you can turn your backyard into a near-winter-wonderland. 

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A backyard ice rink for your little skater

Do you have a budding pro-skater or hockey player at your house? What about a family that could use a new and exciting way to get in a little exercise? One of our synthetic backyard ice rink kits could be just the thing to turn those frowns on your little ones’ faces upside down.

Training at home on a synthetic ice rink can become a valuable part of your little skater’s regime. Especially now, when going to the gym is impossible. Your skater needs all the ice time he or she can get to maintain a competitive edge. 

Fortunately, a bigger rink is not always better. You won’t have to devote all of your outdoor space to a synthetic rink. With a smaller space, your skater can repeat a drill and correct his or her mistake while limiting the amount of time wasted getting, from point A to point B. 

What is the ideal location for a backyard ice rink?

There is no right or wrong answer to that question. 

Some of the places for your future rink include:

  • Garage- If you would prefer an indoor rink to an outdoor one, consider transforming your garage into a skating arena. 
  • Basement- Another ideal location for an indoor rink would be your basement if you have one. Chances are, you’re already using it as a rec or game room, why not use that space as a winter game room. 
  • Deck- Synthetic rinks always work best on hard, flat surfaces. If you have room on your deck, consider placing your backyard ice rink here. 
  • Driveway- If you have the ability to park somewhere other than your driveway, consider using this valuable space for a synthetic ice rink. Plus, if you have a garage, you can move your rink in and out to make it either an indoor or outdoor rink depending on the weather or your preference. Like decks, you’ll want a hard, flat surface, something like a plywood base under the rink.
  • Backyard- And, of course, you can always turn a portion of your backyard into the perfect practice rink for your little Nancy Kerrigan or Wayne Gretzsky. 

As an added bonus, any skater who trains on synthetic ice will have a leg up on the competition. Synthetic ice provides additional resistance, which will make your skater that much stronger. Give your kid every chance possible to succeed. 

Junior Hockey Player Handling Puck on Ice

Backyard ice rinks are not just for the pros

Skating provides many health benefits. It’s not just for those who participate in amateur or professional sports. And with your synthetic rink, you can stay fit year-round. 

The main benefits of a skating regime are improved stability, strength, and control. You will notice that these traits carry over into other sports and activities in which you undertake. 

Here are just of few of the benefits you and your family will experience with your synthetic backyard ice rink:

Better Balance

Ice skating is an excellent way to improve your balance. Sliding across and incredibly slick surface on two thin sheets of metal will help anyone become surer on their feet. 

Better Joint Flexibility

We all know the pain of stiff and achy joints. Ice skating is an ideal way to loosen your joints. The emphasis on quick foot and joint movements provides your legs with an excellent workout. 

You will notice an increase in your flexibility and leg strength in no time. Plus, skating is a lower impact workout than running. 

When you ice skate, you work almost every major muscle group in your body, especially your joints. 

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Build Up Your Leg Muscles

Flexibility is good, but muscle strength is vital when it comes to improved quality of life. Your chance of injury decreases when you build up your muscle mass. 

Cardio 

When it comes to heart health, cardio is critical. Aerobic exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and what better way to get your heart rate up than a couple of laps around your backyard ice rink? Skating is also a great way to build your endurance.

Stress Relief

When you engage in regular and frequent physical activity, like ice skating, you can battle the effects of stress. You will have fun and lower your stress levels at the same time. 

Mental Fitness

It is essential to work out your mind, as well as your body. With your new backyard synthetic ice rink, you will combat anxiety while you improve your physical fitness. Spend time with your friends and family, bonding in the fresh air. 

Work on Leadership and Character Traits

Through athletics and team sports, you can improve your-

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Confidence
  • Commitment
  • Passion
  • Communication
  • Decision-making Capabilities
  • Accountability
  • Delegation
  • Respectfulness
  • Responsibility
  • Humility
  • Compassion

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As a parent, you should encourage your children to participate in all kinds of physical activities. They will learn and hone these valuable life skills, plus many more. 

If you are ready to spice up your quarantine, contact Kwik Rinks today. Turn your backyard into a destination with one of our synthetic backyard ice rinks. We are your best bet for synthetic ice. 

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Hockey has steadily been gaining popularity among people of all ages in the last several years. This increase in demand has led to many opportunities for new hockey businesses.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice rinks do not require a lot of space, maintenance, money, or time. Synthetic ice is not affected by weather or temperature, and best of all, no Zamboni needed!

If you are passionate about hockey and wish there was a way you could build that passion into a business, check out the ideas below. Then contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice to get started on your custom rink today.

Starting a new business

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Take it to the students

Schools are always looking for ways to expand their physical education curriculum while staying within their budget. You could offer to set up and rent rinks to schools throughout your area.

Students would have an opportunity to try something possibly new to them right within their own walls. Avoid the logistic nightmare coordinating a field trip to a local ice rink, no lost time from other classes, and an excellent way to get some exercise.

Gym floors are an ideal place to set up a synthetic rink because they are large and flat. KwikRink hockey tiles piece together like a jigsaw puzzle so you can easily set the rink and then take it away when the program is finished.

Most Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) have money in their budget for special activities like this. When you reach out to the school, you could reach out to the PTO at the same time.

Before and after-school programs are also always looking for ways to keep students engaged. Physical education, before and after-school programs, or special events by PTOs, could all tap into one rink for a high utilization rate across multiple expense streams — always a good selling point.

Off-Season Camps

Nothing worse than having your outdoor hockey season cut short by an unusually warm winter. Or maybe there’s a business opportunity there — one that uses synthetic ice that is not affected by temperature extremes and doesn’t require a massive indoor refrigeration system.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice can be used any time of year, not just during hockey season. A true hockey enthusiast never wants to stop skating and is always looking for ways to improve.

Week-long, half-day, and full-day camps are getting so popular in the summer that most have waiting lists by March. Open a hockey training camp, indoor or out with synthetic ice hockey tiles. There are plenty of opportunities to make a place in this market.

Recreational leagues

Men, women, boys, and girls all enjoy hockey. This diverse customer base allows you to set up a wide variety of leagues.

First, figure out a location – all you need is a flat surface. Your KwikRink can be custom designed to the space you have available. Think empty retail or warehouse space.

If you don’t want to invest in something quite so permanent, check to see if you could partner with a local park or community center to set up your rink and host recreational leagues for a month or more.

Registration fees are the main income source for this type of program. Keep reading to find out some other ways you could generate income from a hockey-based business.

Expanding your existing business

Do you already have a hockey rink and want to expand it? The ideas below may get you thinking “outside the rink.”

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Skate rental

Second-hand sports stores, thrift stores, and neighborhood groups are a great resource to find used ice skates. You can build a collection of them and rent them to patrons of your rink. These rentals would give more people the ability to use the rink because not everyone has skates.

Skate Sharpening

Having skate sharpening available at your rink allows your customers to use your service rather than have to go to a specialty shop to get it done. On-site sharpening is a benefit to you and the customer as it keeps the business in house.

Snack stand

Being on the ice works up an appetite. Watching your kids skate for hours does as well. Setting up a snack bar would be a way to keep your customers fed while you make some extra money.

Hockey Accessories

Tape frays, skate guards get lost, and mouth guards seemingly get eaten by something. These can put the game into a deep freeze for some players. If you have a place at your rink where they could get these accessories and others, the game can continue.

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Used Equipment Consignment

People outgrow or upgrade equipment regularly, and not everyone can buy new. Setting up a consignment corner is a great way to keep the game going. The seller makes a profit, you make a commission, and the buyer gets a deal. The best part about this is that you need minimal space to make this work.

Open Skate Time

Take advantage of your rink and the people in your area who want to skate for fun by offering open skate times. For an admission price, people could skate for a few hours without hockey going on.

Small Practice Space

Becoming a better hockey player doesn’t happen only during the games. There are plenty of small space drills that can be done and don’t require a full sheet of ice. Add small practice areas to your business with synthetic ice.

KwikRink can customize hockey tiles to any space. This space could be rented out for an additional fee or offered as a way to make your business stand out from the others.

You could use these small areas as a place for you to give demonstrations, or for your customers to try out some of those great hockey accessories you might have for sale.

Build on your passion

Whether you have a permanent place to set up your rink or have made it mobile, synthetic ice gives you a cost-effective way to build a business around your passion.

Use KwikRink Synthetic Ice indoors and outdoors, no matter what time of year, with minimal maintenance. Check out our gallery for some great ideas of how and where you can put a synthetic ice rink to good use for your business.

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Getting people to come to you is a challenge when just about every shopping and retail activity can be done online. But nothing can beat the atmosphere of a thriving, people-centric shopping mall, where visitors can shop, relax, converse, eat and drink, and enjoy leisure activities. Why not check out the synthetic ice rink rent options from KwikRink, and provide your customers with an experience they can’t get from behind a keyboard.

Malls in decline across the United States

If you are concerned that it’s just your local mall or shopping center where through traffic is slow, don’t worry – yours is not unique. Across the US, thousands of retailers closed their doors in 2019, and malls are looking for other ways to enhance through traffic. Discounts and special deals can only go so far, though, and so mall owners are looking at innovative means to bring customers away from their keyboards and inside the brick-and-mortar stores.

Why do people visit malls?

  1. The beauty of shopping malls has always been the ability to bring a range of venues together under one roof. If you wanted to buy equipment for a camping trip, for example, you could visit this store for tents, the one next door to it for camping clothing, and the one just a few shops away for camping snacks. And even though the competition is always a factor, that wouldn’t necessarily stop the salespeople in one store recommending that you check out another in the mall for equipment that you might need and that this store didn’t carry.
  2. Never underestimate the social experience of visiting the mall. Malls offer more than just multiple shopping venues in a small, contained area. Most also offer the likes of food halls, coffee shops, and leisure activities like movie complexes, meaning that you always had something to do once you had finished your shopping.
  3. The atmosphere in a mall is another popular selling feature. Think about the last time you visited the mall during a holiday season. Chances are you heard festive music playing and could smell the aroma of delicious holiday-type snacks – sensory experiences that no keyboard shopping experience could match.

What is keeping customers from physically visiting these stores?

The ease of online shopping, and the sheer availability of just about any product, from anywhere, is both a blessing and a curse to the American consumer. It takes only a few minutes to think about a product need, research where to buy it, how much, who is offering it at the best price, and most crucially, whether it can be delivered. With this type of near-instantaneous ability to satisfy almost any consumer’s need or desire, it’s little wonder that stores are struggling to compete.

Does this mean the end for retailers who don’t have an online store?

It doesn’t have to be. Your customers are still there, but to get them to leave their keyboards and visit you in person, you need to have a hook. And that’s why you have to offer them something that an online store can’t.

What can retailers do about the declining numbers?

A visit to the mall needs to be more than just a shopping experience because, as we know, most goods can be purchased online. So if you want to attract customers to a physical store, the best way to do so is to enhance the services the mall offers. Once customers are physically at the mall, they can shop all they want.

So what kind of services?

We are a nation of people who value leisure activities, but no one said that we could only do these in or around the home. We go to movies, we visit gyms, and we play sports. And we love any sort of sporting or leisure activity that we can do all year round, and at practically any age.

What activities are thriving in the US

When it comes to sports, we are a nation of people who enjoy both watching and participating in sports. While nothing can knock American football or baseball off the top of the popular list, coming in the top five is ice hockey, a game in which we excel. And thanks to the development of synthetic ice-skating rinks, we no longer have to wait until the right time of the year to get in practice.

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Is ice skating really that popular?

It doesn’t matter if you want to skate for fun, for fitness, to play for the national league, or to qualify for the Winter Olympics. Ice skating is one of the most popular sporting activities in the United States, with an estimated 10 million people enjoying a regular glide. Skating is a hobby the entire family can enjoy, all year round as long as there is a suitable rink nearby.

So why bring rinks into shopping malls or town centers? We want people to shop, not skate!

Yes, the idea of retail outlets is to sell products. But if your retail outlets are not seeing regular traffic, then your sales will plummet, as has been shown by the failure of so many stores across the States in the past few years, and the general decline in malls. Ice skating is an experience that few people can find in their homes and one which offers benefits ranging from fitness, to watching others showing off their skills, to team building, and for pure entertainment.

Sounds like an expensive option

A synthetic ice-skating rink is easy to install, low on maintenance cost, and can be tailored to your specific needs. It doesn’t matter if you want to create a temporary rink for a special occasion or have it as a permanent feature. Our products are safety-tested, and we are continually looking for ways to improve your customers’ skating experience.

We don’t have space

Sure you do. Rinks don’t have to be enormous to attract customers. Turn a misfortune around by utilizing space where shops have had to close and build your rink there.

Put an end to the decline

Investing in your customers’ health and happiness is an investment in your business future. So get in touch with KwikRink to find out how you can turn that unused space into a valued addition to your shopping mall.

When most of us consider a hockey game, the instant visual is usually a vast, echoing arena, perfectly designed for two teams to battle to the death in a quest to become the ultimate champions. The automatic assumption is that a decent game of hockey needs plenty of space, and this can be an obstacle for many fans and players.

What if we told you that everything you assumed you knew was false and that a full-size arena is not a requirement for many drills, training aids, and even smaller-scale games? Here at KwikRink, we have everything you need to get started in a place that is convenient for you; make the most of that vacant garage, revamp your backyard, or even transform a spare room!

Why Do I Need A Hockey Practice Area?

A hockey practice area on your own property is not only a super cool addition to any home; it can be an essential way for players to keep up their skills and stay in shape off-season and between games.

Having a personal practice area also offers the flexibility to train at a time that is convenient for you, perfect if you have a busy job, young children, or simply a hectic schedule. Instead of having to adapt your routine around training, you can make sure that your activity works for you, without having to worry about arranging childcare or organizing transport to another location!

This personal practice area can also be perfect if you have specific areas you are looking to target during your training. External coaching sessions are often ‘one-size fits all,’ and this can be frustrating if you find yourself continually running drills and practices which focus on skills you already have. Having your own space allows you to hone in on your weaknesses, and use targeted exercises and activities to boost your skills in the best way for your game.

How Can I Have My Own Rink In A Small Space?

You may think that you lack the square footage for a practice rink, but synthetic ice will make you think again. It comes in panels, so it is easy to purchase enough material for your space, no matter the size limitations.

Assemble your own alternative rink and be ready to go in no time. You can even add extras such as shooting tarps or a puck rebounder to help make the space more versatile and personalized to your needs.

What Can I Practice?

Part of the appeal of your small rink is that it is an ideal space for practicing different drills and techniques. The list of potential exercises is lengthy, but here are our top picks when it comes to hockey drills for smaller spaces.

The Quad Pass

This first exercise is a great way to help players develop the perfect pass, and the restricted space forces great concentration and attention. Four players work this drill, and it starts with Players 1 and 2 executing five passes between themselves, focusing on accuracy and soft hands – there isn’t the space to go hard.

After completing the fifth pass, Player 1 will do a touch-pass give and go with Player 3 before carrying out another touch pass to Player 4. All four players then rotate around the space, giving everyone a chance to try every position.

The 1 On 1

This next drill allows players to focus on their timing. Four lines are set up facing the zone at inline with the neutral zone face-off dots. When setting up, make sure that the cones for the defensive lines are slightly staggered; this offers a slight defensive advantage.

Both players start by carrying pucks and completing a figure-eight, both coming out of the turn on the outside of the rink. The defensive player returns the puck to their line coming out of the shape and then takes on the offensive player one on one.

Their focus is on stick position to discourage any potential shot. The job of the offense is to protect the puck and move their feet to get behind the defense.

Players can then switch in and out to practice different skills depending on their individual needs.

Stop And Start

This next activity is great for younger players and builds up accuracy and technique. Players execute starts and stops with a puck, before executing a power turn, and end by taking a shot. This keeps up the pace and takes skills back to the basics – perfect if you are getting back into shape, or having issues in a particular area.

The Perpetual Cycle

A smaller practice space makes The Perpetual Cycle even more of a challenge as great concentration is needed to avoid a collision! Start by dumping in a puck. Player 1 then goes to the corner to pick it up before cycling back. Player 2 follows and picks up the cycle, before the first player cuts across the top and drives to the net, and Player 2 passes for a one-time shot.

After making the pass, Player 1 from the other line dumps the puck in his corner. The player who just made the pass heads to the top of the circle drives it into the corner to pick up the dump and repeats the cycle again. This drill can be repeated without pause and is a perfect way to help players connect and come together, focusing on working as a team, passing, and making the smaller space work to their advantage.

Why Wait?

As you can see, a smaller space does not have to hold you back when it comes to practicing your hockey skills. At KwikRink, we offer a huge range of solutions which are the perfect fit for your particular needs and lifestyle, and ensure that you can train and practice in the way which best suits you. What are you waiting for? Get in touch today to start configuring your practice area, and make the most of that small space!

Male Hockey player taping a hockey stickWith around half a million registered hockey players in the USA alone, and the numbers continuing to rise around the world, it is clear that hockey is a sport that is growing in popularity. The problem with this growing popularity is the increasing demand for ice time.

Practice ice time is limited, and the traditional ice hockey rink schedules are already full. Higher participation numbers also mean the tryout process is more competitive, upping the skill levels needed to make it onto any team.

A hockey training center would alleviate these problems. It can be a fantastic attribute to your local community, a sound business investment, and will help to continue to boost participation and enjoyment in an already popular sport.

Thinking that an ice arena is too big and too costly an undertaking? Think again! KwikRink Synthetic Ice provides a cost-effective and convenient alternative to natural ice that will fit any space. Contact us today to start imagining everything your training space could become.

Why ice hockey training?

Ice hockey is an exciting team sport, which is tons of fun. In addition, the training associated with hockey also boasts a wide range of health benefits and advantages for its participants.

Benefits achieved whether you are the star center for your local league or just looking for a more exciting way to stay in shape.

Enhancing communication and decision-making skills

The fast pace of the game requires speedy and accurate communication between team players. Excellent decision making and quick thinking are also needed to keep the game moving successfully. If that’s not enough, the endorphins released during exercise are also great for alleviating stress and anxiety.

Developing key reflexes

Hand-eye coordination is an important skill, and one significantly enhanced by playing hockey. Reaction times and overall balance are boosted. Reflexes, agility, and dexterity increase as well, thanks to fast-paced skating and passing drills.

Burning calories

The nature of ice hockey requires using short bursts of energy over brief periods. This quick acceleration burns an enormous number of calories in each match and training session.

Each player burns around 0.061 calories per pound per minute – a fantastic way to lose weight and stay in serious shape over an extended period! The skating and drills used in ice hockey training are similar to interval training, burning more calories and boosting metabolism.

Offering a full-body workout

Hockey is one of the best ways to provide a full-body workout.

It exercises all areas of the legs, such as hip flexors, hamstrings, and calves from the skating. Shoulder muscles, forearms, and triceps develop as well from the stick handling.

The sport can also improve bone strength, strengthen connective tissues, and increase your muscle mass, leading to a reduced risk of injury and better overall health.

Boosting the cardiovascular system

A healthy cardiovascular system

  • delivers more oxygen to your brain and muscles helping them to function more efficiently at all times,
  • stimulates the production of enzymes converting the food you eat into energy your cells can use, and
  • decreases your risk for other chronic illnesses.

Hockey develops muscular strength and boosts energy levels and stamina, helping to improve cardiovascular function in the long run.

Why a synthetic ice hockey training center?

As you can see, there are quite a few benefits that come from playing and training for ice hockey. The problem yet to be resolved, though, is the limited amount of space and time available for this training.

Hockey team members, as well as individuals with an interest in the sport, or those with a desire to reap the benefits of hockey training, will flock to a hockey training center. A unique business offering, a training center allows you to appeal to youth teams, adult leagues, and those looking for a new approach to fitness.

Traditional ice arenas can require massive amounts of space, are expensive to install, and costly to maintain. Synthetic ice offers a creative, cost-effective solution to each of these issues that can help to bring your business venture plans to life.

Fully customizable for smaller spaces

Unlike a natural ice rink, lubricated panels are tailored to your exact specifications, making it perfect for whatever shape and space you have available.

This customization means you are not restricted to full-sized hockey rinks but can create separate drill areas, resistance training spots, and other essential training sections for a comprehensive on-ice experience.

Lower capital investment

Synthetic ice is suitable for any climate and therefore does not require temperature-controlled enclosures during the warmer months or massive refrigeration systems to start. Fewer structural requirements and less equipment, mean lower initial capital outlay.

Lower operating costs

Melting ice requires frequent resurfacing with large pieces of specialized equipment. Underlying refrigeration systems often require annual shutdown periods for maintenance and repair.

However, self-lubricating synthetic ice panels do not require any type of resurfacing. The latest technology even eliminates the need for topical sprays. The only maintenance required is an occasional sweeping and mopping.

Designed to withstand professional hockey training regimens, these panels are resilient for up to a decade. This longevity will allow your business sufficient time to recover the initial investment before needing to schedule capital expenditures for typical wear and tear.

You need a hockey training center in your town

Full-scale ice hockey rinks are limited to the number of hours they have available for training and games. Most require annual shutdowns for maintenance as well, even further limiting their availability.

In the meantime, hockey participation rates continue to climb. There is a growing interest level at all age and skill levels. Even those with a casual interest in hockey, but looking for a fresh way to keep up with a physical fitness routine, are looking for spaces to train.

A new hockey training center would provide the solution. One utilizing synthetic ice with no required resurfacing, low maintenance, and material longevity would lead to lower on-going operating costs, resulting in higher profit margins.

Here at KwikRink, we have everything you need to start making your hockey training center a profitable reality. Get in touch today for a consultation and take your first steps towards that lucrative business venture!

Hockey is enjoying a boom in recent years. The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) reports that in the 18 states and the District of Columbia that play under NFHS rules, hockey participation is up from 44,669 players in 2017, to 44,933 players last year.

A surge in girls’ hockey programs since 2013 has resulted in record-setting female participation in the sport.  With more players of all ages and demographics seeking ice time, rink design that’s versatile, efficient, and flexible is a necessity for new and existing hockey programs alike.

The business-savvy synthetic ice rink costs from KwikRink Synthetic Ice make your hockey programming and business goals easily attainable. Call us today to begin custom-designing your state-of-the-art synthetic rink.

Synthetic Ice: a flexible alternative

Natural ice may have been the preferred hockey playing surface for generations, but synthetic ice allows for the exponential expansion of playing and practicing opportunities with a superior business model.

If you’re in a region where the weather is warm most of the year, a natural ice rink could be cost-prohibitive and environmentally taxing.

Regardless of the climate outside, indoor natural ice center owners must expend significant funds on creating the rink surface, as well as flooding, and freezing systems. They also must maintain the ice after freezing. That means extra dollars for Zambonis and the staff to run them.

Synthetic ice offers a lower-cost and low maintenance alternative to spendy indoor natural ice arenas. Custom-cut ice tiles lock together like puzzle pieces and boast easy clean-up and glide maintenance with simple spray cleaners and a wipe-down with a soft cloth.

With KwikRink Synthetic Ice, you can leave your ice rink set up for hockey and other ice sports 100 percent of the time, or you can place and remove your rink with ease for other recreational or community programming in your arena space.

Further, with synthetic ice, hockey entrepreneurs can opt for a non-traditional arena location, like converted warehouse space, community centers, gymnasiums, or other large multi-purpose venues.

Synthetic ice and natural ice quality match

Synthetic ice technology has undergone a revolution in the last decade. With new materials that eliminate the need for extra blade lubrication, skaters can lace up and go, just like on a natural rink.

As long as you maintain a clean skating surface, skater glide for hockey and other ice sports (like broomball, figure skating, and pleasure skating) is nearly identical to natural ice.

Skaters can sprint, stop, turn, shoot, and check on KwikRink Synthetic Ice just as they do on natural ice.

The small differential in glide between synthetic ice and a natural skating surface also creates a training effect in hockey players. Skaters will push off, stop, and turn with a slightly stronger muscular power stroke on synthetic ice, which develops more strength and stamina.

If and when a player has practice or a game on a natural rink after training on synthetic ice, their performance and experience will improve.

It’s a similar phenomenon to Olympic athletes who train in high altitude and compete at low altitude–they’ve got an edge over their competition because of their high-altitude physical adaptations.

More skaters, more ice demand

Skating of all kinds is emerging as a growing recreational activity, according to Grand View Research. Families with increased disposable income are looking toward ice skating as a fun and different way to hang out together, enjoy team dynamics, and compete with others.

Even though seasonal outdoor rinks in colder climes are cost-effective and environmentally friendly, their use is limited to a few months of the year. Indoor arenas are weather-independent and remain open and potentially profitable year-round.

Synthetic rinks make excellent business sense, especially for owners and managers of multi-use facilities.

Lower overhead, higher ROI

When a program director can assemble a rink of any size in minutes with no freezing time, she can run a hockey team practice for an hour a few times per week. When a practice is over, the rink comes apart, stacks, and stores for the next programmatic demand.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice tiles come apart and stack easily in an equipment closet or the corner of your programmed space. Throw a cover over the stacked tiles to keep them dust-free and gliding well each week.

Our highest quality ice tiles last up to 10 years when properly cleaned, so once you’ve invested your start-up capital in the tiles, there’s little extra cost to keeping a superior skating service for years of team registrations.

It’s easy to conclude that the ROI on a quality synthetic ice rink outranks that of natural ice. If your hockey program overhead is lower, it may also offer you more flexibility on the program fees you’ll charge in your market.

This flexibility could make your program accessible to a wider cross-section of players who may not otherwise have tried the sport. Growing your hockey audience by making the sport more accessible to different players creates a reliable revenue stream in uncharted hockey territory.

Expand your synthetic ice rink revenue with additional services

When you’ve opened your KwikRink Synthetic Ice rink, you have expanded opportunities for revenue. With hockey and other ice sports forecasted to grow in participation, opening a hockey program or arena makes sound business sense.

Providing skate rental, private and group lessons, other skating activities like open skating, figure skating, and broomball leagues add to your profit while keeping customers engaged and confident in their developing skating skills.

Your creativity and the people on your team have the freedom to innovate new ice programming as the seasons roll by. Chances to cater to your hockey parents while their kids skate, parties and events, and other community engagement tools offer still more revenue streams to your growing hockey empire.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice: Your partner in custom rink design

Whether you’re building a regulation ice arena pad from the ground up, or re-purposing a multi-use space, KwikRink is your partner in creating the custom synthetic ice rink that meets your business needs. Call us today to begin planning the rink of your future.

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October

Hockey Is On the Way Up

Posted by KwikRink
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Whether you live in snow country or tropical climes, hockey is everywhere these days. NHL fandom is robust as always, and safety gear innovations keep kids and adults playing injury-free for longer. Hockey parents are still the norm from Minnesota to Texas.

Despite our changing climate affecting outdoor ice seasons, hockey is here to stay. To that end, the hockey industry always promotes ways to stay ahead of the curve in terms of ice costs and program revenue.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice is the leader in maintenance-free, state-of-the-art synthetic hockey ice rink design. Contact us today and get a free custom rink quote for any space or application.

Women players, women winners

According to The Ice Garden, women’s hockey participation has grown by a whopping 17.6% since 2010. Nearly 80,000 women are registered players with USA Hockey. And, that number has steadily increased since the US women’s gold medal win at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Women continue to add depth and breadth to the sport and have proven they can play every bit as tough as the guys and come out on top.

At Kwikrink, we’re excited to be part of serving the growing demand for ice time from female players. We continue to champion hockey programming for all.

Our synthetic hockey ice systems make program launch and participation more accessible and more profitable for community organizations and coaches alike. Here’s how.

Benefits of Synthetic ice over natural ice

Versatility: Kwikrink Synthetic Ice can be set up anywhere in just about any dimension. All you need is a flat surface. Our ice works well in the following locations:

    • Church social gathering rooms
    • Event centers
    • School gyms and cafeterias
    • College field houses
    • Community center multipurpose rooms and gyms
    • Convention centers
    • Outdoor skate parks or basketball courts

Non-weather dependent. Synthetic Ice glides, whether it’s -40 degrees or 85 degrees. Your rink space never has to be climate controlled with Kwikrink synthetic ice. Though a little air conditioning might be helpful if you’re running a full-on team practice in hot weather!

Further, there’s no need for a built-in, floor-based water freezing system with KwikRink materials. You’ll simply lock the ice tiles into place, strap on your skates, and glide for as long as you want.

Lower cost. Since our synthetic ice needs no additional equipment to keep it functional, your hockey program overhead costs just dropped significantly.

When you factor in the initial capital of freezing equipment, Zamboni and driver, as well as the maintenance and added energy costs to maintain natural ice, synthetic ice is a no-brainer to improve your hockey program profit margins and registration accessibility dramatically.

Low maintenance. Our infused surfaces promise years of low-maintenance, superior glide, and a clean surface guarantees the best performance.

Your cleaning schedule will depend on ice usage frequency, storage location and condition, and environmental factors. In other words, if your synthetic rink is outside, you’ll likely clean it more often for optimal performance.

Cleaning KwikRink Synthetic Ice is a breeze. Spray the surface with a multipurpose cleaning solution, let sit for a few minutes to break up any dirt buildup, and then wipe clean with a cloth. No Zamboni required, although you might want to use a small commercial floor scrubber on larger rinks.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice boasts 95% of natural ice glide. KwikRink Synthetic Hockey Ice boasts a comparable rate of glide to natural ice. You can work on all the sprints, stops, turns, and shots-on-goal that you would on a natural surface, with a nearly imperceptible difference in feel.

Strength and stamina gains. Because there is a slight glide differential from synthetic to natural ice, your team will develop more strength and stamina on the synthetic surface.

Similar to Olympic athletes training at high altitudes, our systems may help your team perform better when they play on natural ice from time to time.

Synthetic Ice: A profitable choice for “dead” space

If you run a large facility like a church, community center, warehouse, senior center, or athletic facility, you’ve likely got “dead” space from time to time. A synthetic hockey rink may add a revenue stream to unused floor space.

Our ice tiles are fully adaptable to your space availability and dimensions. Plus, our tiles feature a “snap-together” design.

Set up and tear-down are quick and manageable. Our tiles will store in any closet or even stacked on the perimeter of your space for easy program conversion.

You can easily convert from basketball practice to a hockey game or clinic in one evening or afternoon with synthetic hockey ice from KwikRink.

Profitability

Synthetic hockey ice provides a speedy avenue to revenue, especially if you live in a hockey-friendly community, or if you’re pioneering a hockey program in a new region.

With the easy set-up and versatility of KwikRink synthetic ice, all you need is a coach and a few players to build a team and some hockey momentum. Since equipment logistics are a no-brainer, you can utilize your business acumen by spreading the word and marketing a new youth or adult sports opportunity.

Our tiles travel and snap together effortlessly in small locations. That makes them great for community demos, school visits, mall expos, or neighborhood gatherings to build buzz and allow potential hockey players to try out the ice.

With a qualified coach and a simple online registration system, you can effortlessly collect fees and waivers, then move on to promoting teamwork, health, fitness, and hockey fun in no time.

Fundraisers, special events, and corporate entertainment with synthetic hockey ice lend further revenue stream opportunities to your organization. All you need is a flat space and a pair of skates to make the event a success.

Contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice for hockey in a snap

Our team stands ready to help you build the custom synthetic ice hockey rink that fits perfectly for your programming and space needs. Give us a call today, and we’ll help you measure and craft the ice your community will enjoy for many seasons to come.

Great hockey can happen anywhere, anytime with KwikRink Synthetic Ice systems.

 

 

 

home synthetic ice rink

Plastics were first used as a substitute for ice for skating in the 1960s. Synthetic ice rinks were made from materials such as polyoxymethylene plastic, developed by DuPont in the 1950s. In 1982, the first full-sized artificial rinks were produced with High-Density Plastics. They were completed using interlocking panels.

So, artificial ice has been around for a while. And, there were, of course, challenges skating on synthetic ice when it first came into existence.

Technological advances and higher quality products have resolved many of these challenges. Some, in reality, can make you a better skater for overcoming them.

With that said, if you are in the market for a high-tech, high-quality, synthetic ice rink, contact our staff at KwikRink. We can answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, let’s review how to ice skate on current, high-quality synthetic ice.

Use your regular skates

Whether they are figure skates or hockey skates, you will not need any unusual type of skate for use on artificial ice. Skates no longer dull as quickly with the latest synthetic ice technology.

Enhanced molecular structure and glide technology are essential to reducing friction which dulls ice skate blades. KwikRink’s latest formula finds that ideal combination of glide while still providing for just the right grip, creating the perfect conditions for skating.

This enhanced molecular structure and glide technology helps to cut down on friction and the need to resharpen skates as often as is needed with older, traditional quality synthetic panels.

Wear your regular clothes

Current self-lubricating panels require no topical sprays and do not ooze slip agent. No topical sprays or slip agents means no oily mess to stain clothes, costumes or uniforms.

Old assembly methods also meant flooring could move and slide over time. This movement would create gaps and uneven surfaces. New dovetail interlocking designs mean panels stay in place both horizontally and vertically. An even surface means nothing to catch or trip on, except, maybe your toe pick.

So go ahead and practice your butterfly saves or the closing move to your paso doble, no need to take special precautions with your clothing.

Skip the hats, scarves, wool socks, mittens, and parka

Synthetic ice does not require cold temperatures. So you could be skating anywhere from a traditional arena setting to a small in-home rink, to an expansive outdoor rink in the middle of summer.

You won’t need to wait until it is cold enough outside for the ice to freeze. No more being forced to practice when it is so severe or snowy that you won’t survive more than 20 minutes before needing a break in the warming house.

Leave the broom in the closet

No, we haven’t switched to the topic of curling — that was one of last month’s articles. Skating on inferior quality synthetic panels generates a considerable amount of abrasions and shavings requiring frequent sweeping of the surface.

With the latest technology, the panels are now self-lubricating, and the surface remains more intact, which means the broom doesn’t have to come out of the closet as often.

Leave the cleaners in the cabinet

Besides the broom, you can leave the cleaning products in the closet too. Higher quality products are designed to withstand the elements. No lubricants or topical sprays means the surfaces do not attract dirt and grime as quickly as older materials. Both have the effect of the rink staying cleaner, longer, as well.

An occasional mopping (or use of a floor scrubber on larger, outdoor rinks) will still be required, but KwikRink’s synthetic panels are designed to take the punishment of any hockey or figure skating regimen. Indoors or out, these rinks are designed to last up to a decade or more.

Practice all your regular moves

So, you can wear your regular skates, and you can wear your regular clothes, and yes, you can practice all your regular moves. From long glides to hockey stops, and spins to jumps off your toe pick, you can practice all the skills on synthetic ice.

It used to be that backward skating and transitioning were slowed down and unnatural on synthetic ice, but that is no longer the case. KwikRink’s 5th generation formula provides for 95% of real ice speed and a glide of up to 50 ft on one stroke.

Be prepared to become a stronger skater

Although KwikRink’s 5th generation formula provides for 95% of real ice speed, that does still mean that you will need to work a little harder to recover that last 5%. That, however, is a good thing.

The slight extra exertion required is like training with weights on, something almost every sports discipline uses. Training with weights builds extra muscle mass. Then, removing the weight will make repeating the same movement seem almost effortless.

Figure skaters may need to make the muscles work just a little harder to get up off the synthetic ice into that jump. That little extra work will then make them feel light as a bird when they return to real ice.

Hockey skaters may have to push just a little harder on a synthetic rink. But it will make them feel like they are wearing rockets when they start doing speed drills on the real ice rink.

Give it a try

If you haven’t skated on a synthetic rink recently, or ever, give it a try. Skate, drill, block, check, shoot, glide, spin, and jump just like on real ice.

When you’ve convinced yourself that it is a satisfactory alternative to real ice, check out KwikRink’s website. We’ve got tons of ideas on how to use synthetic ice rinks for commercial, residential, and rental applications.

A person in shorts and hockey skates skating on synthetic ice with KwikRink logo, floor level point of view

You’ve decided a synthetic rink may be the right fit for your ice flooring needs. But what are you looking for in a synthetic ice product, and how do you choose the best one?

Let’s avoid trying to skate on old plastic cutting boards. Instead, why not develop a rink everyone can utilize effectively for years to come?

Several factors make one synthetic ice product better than another, and here at KwikRink Synthetic Ice, we have them all covered. Visit our website to start configuring your rink.

Whether you are looking for a backyard practice space, a rental rink, or a full-service training center, we have the product your skaters will want to glide across.

Regardless of whether you are a residential or commercial customer, we are the company to contact today.

User Performance

The first factor to consider when choosing a synthetic ice flooring is how well your skaters will be able to perform on this surface. One drawback of skating on older artificial ice is lack of glide.

Our latest high-tech formula has a solution to this issue. KwikRink’s newest 5th generation formula panels have 95% of real ice’s glide and allow a glide of up to 50 feet on one stride.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice is designed to be hard enough that it can withstand the grueling training regimens of hockey and figure skaters alike, but not so hard that it would quickly dull skating blades.

It is soft enough that you can “feel” the ice, but not so soft that you are creating excess friction that slows your glide and makes you feel like you are skating on train tracks.

Further, our materials require no topical sprays. And the slip agent for these self-lubricating panels won’t ooze out from between the joints either.

No topical spray or oozing means no oily residue on the panels. No oily residue means no mess or ruined clothing. Who doesn’t love keeping their uniforms and costumes pristine while skating in any climate?

Customization and Assembly

When you’ve decided on a synthetic ice flooring product, what’s next?  Customization and ease of assembly are the next factors in functional and enjoyable synthetic ice flooring.

From a simple practice rink in the basement to something as elaborate as the Harris Winter Wonderland in Rockford, IL, we can design and customize the rink to fit your space.

Panels are typically 4 ft x 8 ft but can be cut to any size depending on your application. Your rink space may need cutouts around supporting columns or angled walls, or a detailed design through a park and around trees.

KwikRink has all the rink accessories you may need. They will work with you to design the best layout for your space.

KwikRink can also provide:

  •       dasher boards,
  •       plexiglass,
  •       goals and nets,
  •       shooting tarps, and
  •       colored lines and markings,
  •       as well as rental skates and sharpeners.

Assembling your custom rink is as simple as putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Our proprietary Lock-Rink dovetail system fits together in a snap, taking as little as 30 minutes to install your new ice flooring.

That Lock-Rink dovetail system also leads to an almost seamless surface. No bumps or catches for your skaters means promoting a superior product your skaters will want to use.

Durability

Your skaters will love skating on our, ahem, leading-edge synthetic ice. Rink assembly is a snap. Now, how long is it going to maintain those high performing qualities? Durability is one more factor to consider when choosing a synthetic ice product.

For a rink that lasts from 7-10 years, choose our 3/8” thick panels. Choose our 1/2” heavy-duty panels to survive your skaters wear and tear for more than a decade.

With either product choice, KwikRink Synthetic Ice is designed to hold up to the full rigors of competitive hockey and figure skaters.

In addition to our generous panel thickness, our flooring does not bleed slip agent, and the surface will always keep its glide. Many products that ooze slip agent or need spray lubricants will diminish in performance over time.

This type of aging of the surface leads to a poor skating experience. Your investment will last a long time and continue to provide peak performance when you select a KwikRink Synthetic ice rink.

We value our customers

Once you have a product with top of the line performance, can be entirely customized, fits together seamlessly in minutes, and will last over a decade, what more do you need?

A company that you can work with and trust like KwikRink is the, uh, “icing” on the cake. We continually update our research and development to provide you with the best product possible.

You can trust a company with 20+ years of experience in customizing synthetic ice flooring. We’ve handled a variety of challenging applications with ease, and we work hard to deliver the rink you need for the ice-time you want.

Our company has constructed ice rinks on five continents around the globe. We’ve worked with customers from NHL hockey stars to professional coaches, to the aspiring figure skater, to the young hockey student.  We understand functional skating performance for a variety of sport applications.

What makes a good synthetic ice flooring?

A superior synthetic ice flooring is defined by its glide, its cleanliness, its durability, its ease of assembly, and its ability to fit your space, purpose, and budget.

The people behind its design, installation, and customer support also define the best synthetic flooring. Contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice today and get started on your new rink.

Outdoor synthetic ice rink

Perhaps you love to ice skate, or you are just a weekend hockey player. Maybe you used to play hockey but couldn’t fit getting down to the rink into your schedule.

Maybe your child wants to take up figure skating or ice hockey, and they need a place to practice. Do you have a secret love for curling, and are preparing for your Olympic debut? Or perhaps your child is already an accomplished skater and is trying to compete at a higher level.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have access to an ice rink close to your home and all-year-round?

That’s not an impossible dream anymore. With advances in technology, you can now install synthetic ice anywhere, indoors or out, in any weather climate. At KwikRink Synthetic Ice®, this is our business.

We can bring a fun, safe, and affordable year-round ice rink to your home, school, or business.

Here are seven reasons why synthetic ice is so cool.

1. You Can Install it Anywhere

Synthetic ice is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) an oil polymer that is slick, similar to ice, that gets extruded into sheets or panels with interlocking edges.

You can install it like puzzle pieces into existing areas and cut it to fit as needed. You can quickly turn your backyard, driveway, or basement into a small rink area to practice, install it over a larger amount of square footage for a half-size or even full-size rink.

2. It Doesn’t Melt

Made with high-density polyethylene, and not water, synthetic ice doesn’t need to stay frozen. You don’t have the excessive cooling costs associated with a traditional ice rink. It’s also self-lubricating, so it remains slippery.

You can keep your basement at average home temperature, and skate without an issue. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the heat of summer, you can get your ice skating practice done with a synthetic ice rink.

If you’re installing your synthetic ice outdoors, you’ll be pleased to know that it is UV coated to protect the surface from damage from the sun. It’s okay if your synthetic ice gets rained on; you’ll want to clean it of any debris before using.

Best of all, you don’t need a Zamboni to maintain it. Just a broom and a mop.

3. You Can Put It Down and Take It Up

Synthetic ice isn’t a permanent installation. Since it snaps together with edge-locking grooves, you can install it for a while and then pick it up if you need to use the space for another purpose.

Garages make perfect places for home-based synthetic ice rinks since they are large and flat. If you need to host a family reunion or use the space for another purpose, you can lift the synthetic ice panels and store them to use again later.

4. It’s Close to Real Ice But Gives You a Better Workout

High-quality synthetic ice such as KwikRink is made with silicone additives to decrease the friction and get as close in feel to actual ice. Synthetic ice isn’t as slick and frictionless as water-based ice, but it’s quite close, within about 10-15% of the friction of real ice.

That means you have to work a bit harder to propel yourself across the synthetic ice.

Much like trainers attach weights to swimmers’ legs and arms or have runners run through sand and snow, the extra friction of synthetic ice means that if you train on it, you’ll build up additional strength and speed. When you return to actual ice, you’ll be even faster and perform better, thanks to your synthetic ice training.

5. Customizable and Easy to Install

You can order the number of synthetic ice sheets you need to fit the space you are installing them. Synthetic ice comes in various sizes so you can customize it for your unique space. You don’t need to pay for extra materials, only the ones you use.

Since synthetic ice snaps together like puzzle pieces, you don’t need expensive installation equipment or tools to get your customized ice rink. All you need is a rubber mallet to tap the pieces together securely.

You can also order edge guards and add goalie creases, face-off dots, and lines as you prefer.  

6. Long-Lasting and Durable

 

Top quality synthetic ice like KwikRink will last up to 10 years with minimal maintenance. You can practice for countless hours and many years with a single investment. You can even travel with your synthetic ice panels. Load them up in your van and install them on site for an ice-skating party or vacation.

7. Puck and Stick Handling Practice

You don’t need a full-size rink to practice your shooting and stick handling. A 10’ x 10’ area is enough to practice critical skills to up your game. You can practice these skills in your tennis shoes and back yard, but then you’re building muscle memory without your skates, and the puck handling isn’t nearly the same.

When you practice on a synthetic ice installation, you get a very close approximation of how the puck moves across the ice. You can practice passing, cradling, dribbling, and shooting with realistic ice-feel and from the height of your skates, which makes for better transfer of practice skills to the actual rink situations.

Contact KwikRink to Install Synthetic Ice for your Location

Not all synthetic ice is made the same. Lesser quality synthetic ice has a lot more friction and your skates, nor the puck will glide properly. It can also dull your blades and even leave plastic shavings you have to clean up.

Cheaper synthetic ice will only last a few years and not provide the smooth slick ice feel you want. You want the synthetic ice you install to provide the quality, durability, and glide you need.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice is located in Maple Grove, MN, and we are proud to have installed synthetic ice rinks in many locations here at home. You can find KwikRink installations around the world in five continents.

We are a pioneer in developing synthetic ice, and we’ve been in the business since the mid-1990s. We are continually reinventing our product to make it even better, and we’ve just introduced our fifth generation product, which provides unsurpassed glide and reduced drag.

Give us a call at (888) 275-2345 or fill out our rink configuration form to get started. We stand by our product and have a customer satisfaction guarantee.