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Creating a top-notch training program is essential for taking your team to higher levels of performance and making more than the perfect pass. Cultivating a fun, positive, and focused environment will make your training center the one everyone wants to be a part of and your team the talk of the town.

A well-rounded program includes on-ice and off-ice practice and skills training as well as continued development in the off-season. Developing a winning system takes a commitment to fundamentals, age-specific training, intentionality, and strong leadership.

At KwikRink Synthetic Ice, we partner with coaches and cities to provide training and competition surfaces for all levels of hockey players. Check out our website to learn how we can be a part of your top-notch training program.

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Set Your Goals and Expectations

Before starting any training program, it’s essential to assess the needs, abilities, and goals of the team and the individuals. These assessments should include your hopes, expectations, and priorities not only for the team but also for yourself.

You should determine how many times per week you will be training, how long the seasons (off-season, pre-season, in-season) will last, and how much time you need to develop the skills and tactics you desire.

Time management on and off the ice will be especially helpful for staying on course. Create a team calendar and clarify expectations for your team. It can also be beneficial to give each player a list of things you expect from them, such as a positive attitude, outstanding work ethic, commitment to skills training, etc.

Safety First

Always remember that in all training, safety should be first. A hockey player who isn’t suited up won’t be able to perform or develop. Keep up to date with the medical history of your players, be knowledgeable on equipment, facilities, and emergency protocols for practices and games.

Keeping the players healthy should be your top priority. You must be careful not to overtrain or cause burnout, mainly depending on the age of your team. You can also include guidelines about what they should be doing outside of training – sleep, nutrition, game study, etc.

Choose age-appropriate training methods and scale progression plans up or down based on feedback from their performance. The easiest way to categorize your players is Beginner (< 1-year experience), Intermediate (>1 year), and Advanced (multiple years playing).

You can find age-specific training guidelines here.

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Skills and Movement Training

Your skills training should start with teaching and building on the fundamentals. Foundational skills include passing and receiving, skating, puck control and protection, stickhandling, shooting, and checking.

Quality movement should be a top priority – players who move well by default (skating especially) can then focus on more advanced tasks at hand. Strength training methods should focus on mobility, stability, and transfer of power, especially for the hips and core.

Strength, speed, and movement training will be developed mostly in the off-season. Movements like squats, deadlifts, lateral lunges, rows, push-ups and pull-ups, planks, and side planks should be the primary focus as you develop hockey-specific strength.

Once this is covered, it’s time to work on speed and power development, acceleration, first step, and conditioning specific to hockey.

It’s your job to continually monitor the development of your players and adjust the components of practice based on this feedback. Utilize both successes and failures; both can be great teachers.

Tactics and Drills

Preparation is key to building confidence and getting your team to perform and execute at high levels. A correctly implemented training plan, practice, and game schedule will help your players learn and grow in the ways you want them to.

Focusing on the same concepts for consecutive practices will help your team grasp the ideas you are teaching. Spend additional time on anything that is stalling development or creating issues, especially in games.

Drills might include small-sided games, working in the offensive and defensive zones, backchecking, forechecking, and creating offense. The penalty kill and power play units will also need your attention.

Some example focus areas:

  •   Forward and backward skating
  •   Skating with and without the puck
  •   Passing and receiving
  •   Shooting and creating shots
  •   Blocking shots
  •   Chasing loose pucks
  •   Winning 1-on-1 battles
  •   Working off the puck

Situational drills and position-specific (goalie, defense, center, forward) teaching will enhance the players individually and help them see how the team works together as a whole. Playing games is another way to teach teamwork concepts.

Races, relays, and other competitions can instill some fun into the practice. Even playing other sports like juggling a soccer ball or playing team handball can get your team’s creative energies flowing.

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Culture and Leadership

Creating the right kind of environment starts with leadership. The values, expectations, and priorities that you instill in your players and larger organization will determine the levels of your success.

Communicating the what, how, and why will help create a winning culture. Determine what values, skills, and tactics you want to emulate, how the players will demonstrate them, and the bigger purpose behind your mission. A properly formulated “why” can help you get your players to “buy-in” to what you are asking of them.

Cultivating positive relationships with players and parents is imperative to building trust and confidence. Communication and honesty go along with maintaining a positive, learning-friendly environment. If your players feel that they can trust you, they are much more likely to listen to your advice and receive your coaching.

Make sure to also address life outside of hockey – emphasize open and honest communication about successes and frustrations, injuries, and other areas pertinent to their overall health. Open communication shows that you care about them just as much as an individual, not only as a hockey player.

Putting It All Together

Developing the best hockey training program takes intentionality and commitment. If you put safety first, focus on fundamentals, develop skills, and create an environment where your players can learn and grow, your program will stand out above the rest.

Check out our website for more resources and let KwikRink Synthetic Ice help you make the perfect pass to creating your best hockey environment and training program.

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Most people mistakenly believe it takes millions of dollars to open and run their own business. While you certainly can spend as much money as you want building and operating a new organization, it’s just as easy to launch a business with low start-up costs and a fun operations model, like a synthetic ice rink rent business.

With hockey programming on the rise nation-wide, a portable synthetic ice rink in your community can offer a turn-key avenue to year-round hockey training and a reliable revenue stream.

Your business ownership adventure begins with an expertly crafted business plan. Let’s break down how to write one that helps you launch your synthetic ice rink rent service with confidence.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice offers a versatile, low-maintenance, all-weather ice product customized to any space and size. Visit our website today for a free rink analysis and quote. We’ll help you build a profitable rink rental business with superior products and support.

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Start at the end and work your way backward

An effective business plan begins with a comprehensive executive summary. You’ll write a bird’s eye view of what your business will look like in the first few years of operation.

However, this section of your business plan is the last step to complete. There’s a bit of groundwork to tackle before you can “tell the story” of your business in a captivating way.

Instead, start with the following elements, and compile them as you go:

  • Market research: What is the potential demand for synthetic ice rink rent in your community? You’ll want to check out existing family, youth, and adult programming at churches, community centers, schools, and other gathering places to determine if there’s a programming gap your synthetic ice rink can fill.

Other places to research include:

    • local charities and businesses (for fundraising events), and
    • the youth birthday party market where you live. A synthetic rink can be a unique event idea for more than just hockey programs.

Do your diligence to clarify all the places where your rink can service your local population.

    • Competition: Are there any other skating programs in your area? This may be more of a concern if you live in snowy places where skating is the norm. If you live in a warmer climate, you may not have as many skating programs competing for a share of the local market.
    • Start-up costs: your business plan should list every cost associated with launching your rink rental business, including:
      • Capital purchase: the rink, fencing, and other equipment like skates, hockey sticks, protective gear, mats, and anything else you’ll be offering as part of your rink rental service. At KwikRink, we can kit you out like the pro you are so your service stands out as professional and comprehensive.
      • Insurance: A small business owner needs a couple of policies in place for complete peace of mind.  Consider getting a property policy which protects your rink and equipment from damages, disasters like weather or fire, and theft. You will also need a liability policy to protect you in the event of a lawsuit from someone getting hurt while on your rink or using your equipment.
      • Monthly fixed and variable costs: If you rent a storage space for your rink tiles, that’s an example of a fixed monthly cost.  If you hire other people to help you install and tear down your rink at different venues, those could be variable costs depending on how much labor you need for each rental gig. Brainstorm all the regular costs associated with running your rink rental service, and compile them in your business plan.

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  • Financing: How will you raise the money to start your rink rental business? There are several options for getting start-up cash:
  • Personal savings
    • Small business loans: Check your local Small Business Association or your bank for more information on financing for small businesses. Some cities and regions have additional financing resources for minority owners in many demographics.
    • Business lines of credit: This is essentially a credit card dedicated for business expenses.
    • Crowdfunding: Using a website like gofundme.com can help you create campaigns to raise money for specific projects related to your rink rental business. You can get super creative on your fundraising goals and how to ask for and incentivize various levels of giving.  For example, if a donor gives several hundred dollars to your campaign, perhaps you reward them with a free ice skating party for their family and friends.
  • Cash flow: Now we get to the good part, which is making money.  What’s your plan for generating revenue once you have your rink? How much will you charge for your services? Your ability to generate rental gigs and profits will depend on several factors:
    • Pricing your services wisely (making sure you charge enough to balance your costs and have a healthy profit margin while not being too expensive that customers can’t afford you.)
    • Networking
    • Existing relationships
    • Local marketing (offline strategies)
    • Digital marketing (your website, social media, and online paid advertising)

You’ll need to have a solid strategy in place for at least 12 months of marketing and revenue forecasting. It’s a good idea to include a best- and worst-case scenario in your business plan and how you’ll manage each of them, knowing that your actual results will likely fall in the middle of the two.

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Pull it all together

Now that you’ve done all your homework, you can compile your executive summary. Tell the story of your synthetic rink rental business.

Detail what it is, why you’re launching it, what your needs are financially and physically, as well as how you plan to finance your start-up and begin to generate revenue, and eventually, profit.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice is your partner in innovative small business operations. Our professional staff provides an expert resource as you gear up to offer expanded, all-weather skating in your community.

We’ll help you design your rental rink for the highest functionality and convenience, as well as years of low-maintenance reliability in our synthetic ice products. Call us today to help launch your, ahem, “leading-edge” rink rental service.

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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.

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With hockey popularity on the rise nation-wide, creating a hockey program could be a natural boon to several types of community spaces. If you manage or associate with a community center, church, or school recreation program, you may have an ideal facility for ice hockey rink dimensions.

Even if your region never gets cold enough for outdoor ice, a synthetic ice rink from KwikRink Synthetic Ice makes your hockey programming dreams an easy click-and-snap into reality.

Setting up a business plan for a hockey training center is a lot easier than you may think. Keep reading for all the essentials to include in your hockey programming foundation.

Once you’ve ironed out your hockey programming particulars on paper, visit our website for a free rink dimension analysis and quote. KwikRink is your partner in hockey programming for all ages and spaces.

First, start in the middle

Though it’s crucial to format your business plan with the executive summary at the beginning, you’ll complete the overview as your last step. Let’s begin with some market research. Try asking yourself and your organization these questions:

  • What is the demand for hockey programming in your community? It may be that you have a population screaming for a new youth and adult hockey league, a hockey instruction program, or a coach’s clinic. If this is true, you’ll have an easier time with marketing and program registration. If your region has not traditionally offered hockey, you may also have some work to do to educate your desired audience. Try offering a survey to your existing audience to gauge excitement around hockey programming. You can also mine your audience for other essential information like how much families and individuals would pay for teams, tournaments, practices, and private coaching.
  • What physical resources do you need? You must cost out your skating rink and any additional equipment like rental equipment, rink barriers, goals, maintenance, additional utility costs, and other incidentals. When you purchase a rink from KwikRink, we can also supply all rink accessories as well as rental skates and other equipment. If you’re bringing a hockey program to your community for the first time, enabling parents to rent skates and equipment as they experience hockey and learn about the sport makes sense. Your audience can step gradually into the sport, absorbing league-associated costs incrementally.
  • How many staff will you require for a successful program? If you’re in a smaller town or will share hockey space with other programming, you may only need a coach and perhaps an assistant to launch a small but successful league. You’ll need to be sure that the staff you hire can handle registrations, practice scheduling, and customer service, as well as the more specialized coaching and hockey instruction. Don’t assume all hockey coaches are gifted at marketing and outreach. Be sure you have talented people lined up for each role that will make your program shine.
  • What systems will help you deliver a superior participant experience? You can have the best coaches in the world and the most ideal practice space ever conceived. But, if your audience can’t find you, cannot pay online, or cannot contact anyone within the program to answer their questions, your program is doomed to fail before it begins. Effective player and team management systems build successful programs. There are many team roster, tournament organizer, and registration-capturing software programs out there. Be sure to research a number of different program management systems to find the one that will meet your needs while also offering you room to grow. Providing an online payment option is also essential to generating revenue with ease for both participants and organizations. Do not skimp here. Be willing to invest in a product that meets you where you are and offers you expansion options as your hockey program evolves.
  • How will your desired audience find out about your hockey program? Effective marketing involves several moving parts. Will you have a website? A few social media accounts? Does your company already have a website to which you can add a landing page or promotional pop-up with a registration and info link? What are some offline tactics you’ll use to spread the word about hockey in your region? A blend of “organic” (unpaid) marketing and paid advertising can help you drive more participants to your training center. If you have the budget for it, enlisting the help of a marketing team in your community can help you create a strategy that will generate more customer traffic, registration, and sales.
  • What else are you forgetting? Other expenses involved with any new program can include insurance (for the facility, contents, and coaching staff), additional utilities, security systems, and more. Walk your facility and make a list of all the ancillary items, both tangible and abstract, that you’ll need to be successful.

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Put the “fun” in funding

Any business plan must have a robust financial section. You’ll need to cost out all the expenses mentioned above.

Provide two columns of expenses in your business plan: one for start-up expenses like rink purchase or any other build-outs to your space, and another for monthly recurring expenses.

The more detail you can provide in these two categories, the more prepared you’ll be for the financial ups and downs of launching your hockey training center.

You’ll also need to list how you plan to pay for your start-up expenses. This section of your plan should include:

  • Existing capital (savings, checking)
  • Investor capital and terms
  • Crowd-funding
  • Business loans
  • Lines of credit

It’s all about the margins

Once you’ve financed your start-up, on paper at least, you must detail how the business will sustain itself in the first few years of operation.

As you reference your monthly expenses and any monthly loan payments, begin to price out your programming according to:

  • Your market: If there are other hockey programs in your region, it’s smart to price your registration fees competitively, unless you’re offering a luxury or specialized experience targeted toward an audience who can pay elevated fees.
  • Your expenses and desired margin: If you’re adding a hockey program to an existing rec facility, think of your margins like this:

Cost of additional staff hours + marketing costs + plus system fees = total programming costs (per month).

Programming costs + desired margin (30% is a good place to start) = desired program revenue per month.

Desired program revenue per month/minimum number of registrants desired for optimal team experience = Individual registration fees.

Your math will be a little more intense than we can cover in this article if you’re opening a brand new dedicated hockey training center.

Pull it all together with KwikRink Synthetic Ice

Finally, once you’ve done all the heavy lifting with your business plan, you’ll finish it up with an Executive Summary that outlines your company mission, your big-picture business goals, and your “why” behind launching a hockey training center.

With KwikRink as your dedicated collaborator, you’ll save money on start-up costs, maintenance, utilities, and more. Our synthetic ice tiles are versatile, durable, low-maintenance, and fit any space available with speedy installation, tear-down, and storage.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you launch a successful hockey training center.

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The joy of a white Christmas is not a blessing everyone can experience. Lack of snow and cold needn’t stop would-be skaters from experiencing a winter wonderland in the form of an outdoor skating rink, though.

Living in warmer climates does not mean your business or community can’t benefit from an outdoor skating rink. Synthetic ice panels from KwikRink Synthetic Ice snap together in minutes, can be cleaned with a broom and a mop, and still provide the feel of real ice.

If you think buying a synthetic ice rink is cost-prohibitive, look into their rent-to-buy program. Renting a rink is a great way to test out the concept and then purchase the materials you need.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice has set up rinks all around the United States for the holidays. Here are just a few that you can check out if you happen to be in the area.

See for yourself all the innovative ways businesses and communities have incorporated ice rinks into areas where you wouldn’t think possible. Then, give KwikRink a call to get started right away on your synthetic ice rink rental.

Farmington, MO

The Farmington Convention and Tourism Bureau came up with the idea of an ice rink to help draw business into the downtown area during the chillier months. The problem was that wintertime in Missouri still isn’t always cold enough for a traditional ice rink.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice to the rescue! Supplying a few pallets of synthetic ice panels that snap and lock together like puzzle pieces was the perfect solution. Throw in some decorative fencing and rental skates (though everyone can use their own skates as well), and presto–residents and visitors have established a new wonderful winter tradition.

To make this idea even better, volunteers from different organizations staff the rink each night. That means skating is offered to the public for free. The volunteer groups get to take a portion of the skate rental fees and refreshment sales back for their fundraising efforts.

Create a new winter tradition, offer charitable organizations a way to raise some much-needed funds, and revitalize a business community – now that’s a way to make a synthetic ice rink work for everyone!

Season: now through the end of February 2020

Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday, 5-9 pm (through January 5 only)
  • Fridays, 5-9 pm
  • Saturdays, noon – 9 pm
  • Sundays, noon – 6 pm

Admission: $0, skate rental $2 or bring your own

Address:  Farmington Public Library

101 N. A Street (in the back parking lot)

Rink size: 112’ x 56’

Town of Dobson, NC

With average temperatures running between 30 and 50 degrees during the winter months, traditional ice rinks would be a bit of a lost cause in North Carolina. However, that didn’t stop the Town of Dobson from wanting to offer the traditional outdoor holiday activity.

They created an outdoor skating rink under an existing picnic shelter, and so far this season, they have received nothing but positive feedback on the venture.

They charge $5 for a 20-minute skating session, and that includes rental skates (visitors can also bring their own skates if they prefer). Visit Ice Skating in the Square for more info.

Season: now through January 19, 2020

Hours:

  • Fridays, 5-8 pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays, 2-8 pm

Admission: $5 for 20 minutes, includes skate rental or bring your own

Address:   Dobson Square Park

110 South Crutchfield Street

Rink Size: 60’ x 24’

Holdmdel, NJ

Located in the Holiday Village, as part of the Magic of Lights event, a synthetic ice rink gives visitors one more reason to tour the lights, shop local businesses, and enjoy some traditional winter activities regardless of the temperature outside.

Over a million lights are on display, with themes varying from Sports to Christmas Around the World, to Enchanted Tunnels, that visitors can drive through. At the end of the light show, there is a Holiday Village with regional vendors and ice skating for all to enjoy.

A little rain or snow won’t mar the 60’ x 40’ surface, and the rink cleans up in a snap with a broom or mop if needed.

Season: now through January 4, 2020

Hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 5-10 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays, 5-11pm

Admission: Check out Magic of Lights for ticket information

Address: PNC Bank Arts Center

116 Garden State Parkway

Rink Size: 60’ x 40’

Your Town, USA

These are just some of the ways towns and businesses are incorporating skating rinks into their holiday venues around the country:

  • Offering new attractions to draw visitors to existing business areas
  • Allowing schools, churches, youth groups, and other charitable organizations to benefit by volunteering to run the rink and contributing a portion of the proceeds to their fundraising
  • Adding a rink to an existing holiday venue to freshen up a tradition
  • Converting existing park and rec facilities into skating areas where none existed before

Warmer temps are no longer a stopping point for setting up these traditional holiday activities. Where environmental factors would have prohibited these ventures in the past, the use of synthetic ice allows for a unique experience making your venue or event stand out from the others.

Glide up to 50 feet on one stride, skate backwards, and move effortlessly through skating transitions. No topical additives are needed and therefore no oily residue either. Skating on KwikRink Synthetic Ice is just like skating on the real stuff.

KwikRink’s rent-to-buy program is a great way to test out the concept. They offer:

  • Custom-sized synthetic ice rink tailored to your needs
  • Decorative fencing
  • Rental skates
  • Skate sharpeners
  • Rubber matting
  • On-site supervision and installation

At the end of the agreed-upon rental period, you can then purchase the specific materials you need going forward.

Visit these wonderful holiday venues and then start working with KwikRink Synthetic Ice now to get your next Winter Wonderland up and running.

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!

Winter Wonderland Rinks

In a world of constant stimulation and entertainment, helping your business to stand out in a crowded market can be a real challenge. Whether you are searching for a new attraction for your hotel, seeking a unique selling point for your convention center, or trying to help your resort transform into the one to watch, we have a secret weapon up our sleeve. Welcome to the world of rental custom ice rinks!

You may be under the impression that you will need lots of space, a bottomless budget, and a lot of maintenance to install an ice rink on your premises, but renting a synthetic ice rink will eliminate many of these obstacles.

A synthetic ice rink is the chance to put your business and brand on the map for all the right reasons. Whether you want to attract new customers, pull off a once in a lifetime event, or simply cement yourself in the mind of your market, this can be a real chance to offer something totally different, without the financial burden of an initial outlay, or the headache of ongoing maintenance.

Here at KwikRink, we take care of the details, allowing you to sit back and reap the benefits!

Why Choose a Custom Synthetic Ice Rink

There is a long list of advantages to adding a synthetic ice rink to your business; we have a few listed here!

Offers a talking point

Many hotels offer swimming pools, games rooms, and even cinemas and theatres. Standing out can be difficult, and the rise of the internet and social media means that competition is increasingly cutthroat. Offering an ice rink is something unique, and can be a fantastic marketing focus.

A unique form of exercise

An increasing number of customers are focusing more energy on their health and well-being. So fitness centers are becoming an increasingly common feature of convention centers and hotels in particular.

Ice skating is an incredible form of exercise, burning calories, improving balance, and offering a fun and energetic workout. It can also make staying in shape a far more appealing prospect to your customers!

There is also the chance to open the rink to participants outside the hotel and offer up the resource to members of the public. This increased access means you are not only making the most of every guest, but you are also making sure that the rink continues to generate revenue even if you are having a quiet season.

Boost time spent on site

One of the significant advantages of an on-site rink is that it ensures your guests have everything they need right there in one location. This convenience is especially true if they have children or young families; ice rinks are a particular appeal here and encourages your clientele to stay at the hotel rather than heading out to off-site activities.

Having a great reason to “stay in” will also mean that guests are far more likely to avail themselves of on-site facilities, such as restaurants, spas, arcades, and fitness programs. More customers at these facilities is a boost to your total income, and will help the rink to pay for itself!

Offering extra activities

Having a rink within your business opens up a whole new stream of revenue, which has the potential to be super lucrative! From late-night ice shows to the chance to witness demonstrations from the professionals, and even the opportunity to offer lessons and courses from the comfort of the hotel, the possibilities are limitless.

Families are big business and have the potential to generate some serious revenue, and offering birthday parties with an experiential theme can be part of that potential. These can be offered as part of a hotel package, or opened up to external parties and non-guests!

Christmas is another fantastic opportunity to boost profit, and a skating rink can really bring in the cash during the festive period – this is guaranteed to be a talking point and give your guests a holiday to remember!

Installing a custom ice rink can soon recoup its initial investment if utilized correctly, and this can also prove a brilliant marketing point for your business by offering yet another way to stand out in a crowded market!

Low maintenance amenity

One of the upsides to a synthetic ice rental rink is that the maintenance and upkeep are left mainly to the rental company. This frees you up to focus on staffing your new amenity and other aspects of your business, such as marketing and making the most of the rink to attract maximum attention and use.

Synthetic ice does not require extensive piping systems, water supply, or an extreme temperature-controlled environment. A flat space, and a mop or some small floor cleaning equipment, is all it takes to set up and maintain a synthetic ice rink for years.

How to Get Started

Prepping for your rental rink takes a few simple steps, and these include:

Pick a location and design your rink

The experts at KwikRink are ready and able to develop a custom synthetic ice rink that will make your business property stand out from the rest. From a small square area for a hockey drill zone in an arcade to a square space that fills a ballroom, to a lazy winding river of ice twisting and turning its way around your grounds, KwikRink can make it happen.

Pick your accessories

Once you have designed a standout rink, choose the accessories you need to finish the project. Decorative fencing, rubber mats, rental skates, and skate sharpeners are items you may want to consider adding to your rental agreement.

Have your custom ice rink installed and enjoy

What happens when your rental term is up, and you and your guests are loving the best amenity ever? A rent-to-own program may be the perfect option. Choose a month to month rental. When the rental period has expired, you can then determine if purchasing the items you need is a more profitable way to go.

Make your property the one to beat

Adding a custom ice rink to your business may turn out to be the best decision you ever made. It may seem an unexpected addition, but this is perhaps the best reason to go for it!

Here at KwikRink Synthetic Ice, we will help you make the most of your custom ice rink and can take care of everything from design to installation to skate sharpening. Contact us today to start your new venture, and get your business property firmly on the map!

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.

Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

That is really what you want to do, isn’t it? You want to change the world. Maybe just a little piece of it. That’s why you are inspired to create this grand event.

Something that will draw people to your cause, make them aware of it, help them understand it, and maybe raise funds for it — all to change the world.

Adding a portable ice rink to your next event may be just what it takes to make it genuinely grand and world-changing. Contact KwikRink today for all your synthetic ice rink rental needs including:

  • Custom-sized synthetic ice rink panels tailored to your needs
  • Decorative fencing
  • Rental skates
  • Skate sharpeners
  • On-site supervision and installation

To get started creating a truly successful event, do the following:

Define your purpose

Determine if the objective of your event is to raise funds or awareness around a cause. Or is it to promote a product or service? Perhaps you want to create a sense of community or a safe space for people of all kinds to gather.

Ask yourself — what is your why? What values are you trying to promote? The purpose of this event will be an extension of those values.

A skating event is a fun, creative, healthy way to unify people around your purpose.

Now that you have your purpose define your goal

General goodwill and giving back to the community are not sufficient goals. Getting specific around your event objectives will create more success on the day of your event. Raising funds or connecting with a particular demographic are more specific goals.

Next, be sure your goals are measurable. Define the exact dollar amount you want to raise. Set a number as to how many people you must educate on your topic.

Then, make your goals achievable. If you hope to draw people from all over town or even the state, you’ll need to go beyond selling discount cards to local businesses.

If your organization has a significant financial need, a local bake sale isn’t going to cut it. When you set your goal, make sure you can see your way to achieving it.

Relevant goals are also critical to a successful event. Getting everyone to wear purple may be a goal if that color will raise awareness for a cause.

But, if your primary goal is fundraising, wearing purple isn’t relevant. Charging an extra admission fee for not wearing purple might cover both bases, though, for example.

Lastly, goals need to be timely. Determine a timeframe within which to achieve your goal. Could this event run for weeks or months? Determine how you will keep it fresh and relevant if it goes on for an extended period.

When you plan a portable ice event, you can craft your timeframe and delivery to ensure all your planning is organized well before the synthetic ice tiles arrive at your venue.

Now define your audience

How successful will your event be if your goal is to raise awareness around the working conditions of nurses, and you plan your event inside a hospital? That audience is already well aware of their working conditions.

Define who you are trying to reach and where you can reach them. Research where and how they spend their time. Determine the types of activities they enjoy. You will need all these answers if you’re going to attract them to your event.

Remember, it’s a breeze for many people to skate on our synthetic ice. We even provide the rental skates and instruction for your audience. Plus, you can ensure comfort indoors on any flat surface. No need for parkas and scarves.

And your budget

Now for the dreaded question – what is your budget? You will need some idea as to the size and duration of the event you can plan. If you are thinking your funds are inadequate to pull off something exceptional, try partnering with businesses in your area.

Other business or related causes may want to team up with you. Ask if they would be willing to contribute funds or products or time. They may be willing to take on some of the marketing efforts (keep reading) with some co-advertising. You don’t have to do this all alone.

If fundraising is one of your goals, make sure your budget is well below that goal; otherwise, you will have had a great event, but not achieved its purpose.

With KwikRink’s budget-friendly customization, we’ll craft a rink that enables you to maximize your profit on ticket sales or donations.

Plan your marketing and sales

The best-intentioned event will be of no use if no one knows it is happening. You have defined your audience; now, you need to determine how you will get the information about this event to them. Use all your resources, printed materials, networking, mail, phone calls, and of course, social media.

Create a process for handling any sales or reservations at your event – admission, product sales, etc. Investigate online booking software, ticket sales, reservation systems.

These systems can make great partners by marketing your event for you. Make sure you have the technology available and the personnel trained so you can make your event run as seamlessly as possible for your attendees.

Don’t forget to say thank you

Thank everyone who contributed to the event – planners, donors, volunteers, vendors, etc. Ensure your guests will come back by showing them how much they matter.

Last, but not least – make it stand out

Make your event stand out with a rented portable ice rink from KwikRink. Need a little more inspiration? Check out these images of portable ice rink possibilities.

Consider hosting on-ice talent competitions or mini hockey tournaments. Are you into building community? Offer family hours with kid-friendly music and games.

In contrast, offer adult-only skate times as well and bring in food trucks or catered options serving adult beverages and gourmet foods.

Unlike traditional ice rinks, weather or space requirements do not limit the use of a synthetic ice rink. Anyone can skate, and it is an activity that promotes fitness and connection.

So, when should you get started? There is no better time than the present. Contact KwikRink now by calling (888) 275-2345 and asking how they can assist with the rental of a portable ice rink for your event.