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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. 

child and parent preparing for ice rink

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. 

Joyful parents ice skating with child

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

childs feet in ice skates

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. 

Female athlete, bottom of feet to camera, resting on a dandelion mixed lawn

If you have a budding hockey star at home, the off-season is a critical time in their development. Make sure your player has all the tools they need to succeed in their training endeavors.

In the off-season, your aspiring athlete should focus on strength and power movements, conditioning specifically to hockey, and honing their stick handling skills. Training should help boost confidence and enhance performance as they prepare for the upcoming season.

If you are looking to build an at-home practice facility, our synthetic hockey ice may be the perfect investment for your young hockey player. Enjoy more time at home and enjoy the ability to train year-round. They can simulate skating drills and other training exercises without having to reserve ice time or travel anywhere else.

Check out KwikRink for more information about turning your garage, basement, or extra space into a high-level training environment.

Creating your off-season training plan

When your current season has come to an end, it is important to take a couple of weeks off from intense training to focus on rest and recovery. For the initial 2-4 weeks after the last game, you should mend any nagging injuries and give their body a full recovery.

This time of recovery should be a mental and physical break from the structured environment of the season. Activities can include playing other sports recreationally (especially ones that involve hand-eye coordination), doing yoga or other forms of flexibility training, and light cardio and conditioning such as jogging, hiking, swimming, or biking.

Scott Caufield, Coaching Education Manager of the National Strength and Conditioning Association says, “Take a break, enjoy time with your friends, enjoy a vacation with the family, and don’t think about anything related to their sport. It’s a good chance to just play, ride a bike, have fun, whatever it is.”

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Off-season conditioning

After a few recovery weeks, you should begin dry-land/off-ice and some on-ice forms of aerobic and anaerobic conditioning.

Hockey is played at a fast pace with quick substitutions that are on the fly. The shifts are short and intense, and rest is also limited. It is crucial to train in ways that are similar to what you will be experiencing on the ice, as well as develop a strong aerobic base that will provide optimal recovery between training sessions, practices, and games.

Most of the game is spent in the anaerobic (meaning without oxygen) training zones, utilizing the phosphagen and glycolytic systems to create energy. These energy systems deplete rapidly and must be replenished with adequate rest to keep up power and endurance.

Guidelines from the National Strength and Conditioning Association say:

To train anaerobic capacity:

  • Use short sprint intervals – 10-30 seconds with a 1:3 or 1:4 work-to-rest ratio (sprint 10seconds, rest 30-40 seconds),
  • Start with a few sets and progress each week over the off-season

To train aerobic capacity:

  • Use longer intervals with less intensity – 30seconds up to 3 minutes with 1:1 or longer work-to-rest ratios
  • Use slower runs or bouts of activity 20 minutes or longer

You can use various modes to achieve these intensities – running, biking, rowing, slide board, and of course, skating.

Black and silver hand dumbbell, red towel, white water bottle on floor of a fitness center

Off-season strength training

When designing a strength training program, it’s helpful to know what types of exercises to include and which movements take priority. You should focus on fundamental movement patterns and building mobility, stability, and proper technique.

Dan Meinz, also of the NSCA, says, “In order to prepare a player for the season effectively, it is necessary to have a thorough understanding of the demands of the sport. Skating requires powerful legs, strong hips, and a stable torso to allow efficient transfer of force from the body to the ice.”

Your focus should be to develop transferable strength and power and to stay injury-free. This will help you skate faster, hit harder, play quicker, and become more resilient.

Mobility and flexibility training, especially for the hips and core, will help you move well on and off the ice. Strength training should also focus on the hips and core and include upper body training as well to help you hold your own on the ice.

Movements like squats, deadlifts, lunges (especially lateral ones), rows, push-ups, and pull-ups all make up a sound full-body approach to strength training. Start with your own body weight and then add other forms of resistance – dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, etc.

Train the core through full ranges of motion and incorporate varying challenges to stability and balance. Planks, side planks, bird dogs, med ball throws, and cable chops can develop hockey-specific core strength and stability to be nimble on your skates and absorb hits.

Power and plyometric movements such as broad jumps and medicine ball throws can build the explosive strength you need to shoot a puck or make a dash to the blue line.

Once you have mastered these fundamentals, you can start incorporating more advanced methods and more complex movements. Speak with a personal trainer or strength coach to ensure you are covering all the bases and won’t get hurt. Your team may have their own coaches as well.

Male hockey player in black/white/yellow practice uniform on ice rink waiting for a pass

Off-season skills training

Skills training should go along with your strength training and conditioning in preparing for the upcoming season. There are many training drills and small-area games that can be valuable.

Passing, receiving, shooting, and stickhandling drills can all be added to your repertoire. You may want to utilize a shooting pad and shooting target. This is another area where a synthetic rink could do wonders for your training!

Passing and receiving drills work best with a partner, and playing small-sides games with a couple of friends can be fun and beneficial. Games such as Monkey in the Middle, Keep Away can also be included to add a more dynamic environment.

There are some great resources usahockey.com, and hockeyshare.com that include all sorts of stickhandling, puck control, shooting, and skating drills to practice.

Try to perform drills daily and spend lots of time with the puck. The important thing is to be consistent and intentional with your training. Honing your skills will help you stand out at tryouts and show your coaches that you have put in the work in the off-season.

Improve your conditioning, strength, and skills

A well-designed off-season training program can help reduce injuries, improve your strength and conditioning levels, and take your game skills to the next level. Check out our blog for more helpful hockey and skating tips!

hockey stick being taped in the foreground with out of focus player in the background

There are actually several answers to the question – why do hockey players tape their sticks? First, players may tape their stick to protect it from wear, tear, and damage. Secondly, players tape their sticks to change how the stick feels and how the player handles it. Lastly, taping a hockey stick can change the control and interaction between the stick and the puck.

To learn more about each of the reasons players tape their sticks, keep reading. Then check out KwikRink Synthetic Ice.

Are you looking to turn your rink into a full-fledged hockey arena? No Problem. KwikRink is your one-stop-shop for the complete ice skating experience.

In addition to fully customized synthetic ice floors, they competitively source and supply a wide variety of accessories for your hockey rink needs. Contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice to get a quote on everything you will need for your custom skating rink.

Taping hockey sticks for protection

Back in the days of wooden sticks, wrapping friction tape on your hockey stick was a way to protect the stick from ice melt so that it didn’t warp.

A warped hockey stick makes it challenging to execute the perfect pass. Wooden sticks also are prone to splintering, and taping helped to prevent that from happening.

As the game moved from wood sticks to composite sticks, and with the development of synthetic hockey ice, protection from warping due to snow and ice buildup became less of an issue.

Protecting the blade is still essential, however, and taping the stick still prevents the blade from chipping or breaking.

Taping for added stick and puck control

Another reason players tape their hockey sticks is to increase their control over the stick and the puck. Composite sticks can feel slippery. Taping the handle can improve the player’s grip on the stick.

Often a player will use tape to create a knob at the end of the shaft. This knob helps to prevent the stick from slipping out of the player’s hand and makes the stick handier to pick up when dropped.

More tape added to the shaft improves the player’s grip on the stick, which makes it easier to control the puck.

Adding tape improves the contact between the blade and the puck. The taped surface of the blade makes it easier to control the puck and accurately shoot a pass across the expanse of the rink to a speeding teammate.

The contact provided by the taped surface can also make it easier for the player to put more spin on the puck. That may be the difference between the puck spinning into the corner of the net or landing in the goalie’s glove.

After taping their stick, some players add a coat of wax or mink oil to the taped stick. If you are playing on natural ice, the wax layer can protect against snow or ice buildup. It can also allow for a little more friction between blade and puck, helping the player to control the puck better.

How do hockey players tape their sticks?

The most frequently used tape for hockey sticks is cloth tape. Most people are familiar with the cloth tape used in the past for medical bandages. The tape used today to wrap a hockey stick is very similar.

There are many techniques for taping hockey stick blades. Probably the most common is to wrap the tape across the blade. Players may differ on how much tape to use, the amount of blade to cover, or the width of the tape. All will affect the blade surface and, therefore, how it interacts with the puck.

Wrapping tape around the blade does cause some additional drag between the stick and the ice, which some players find makes stick handling more difficult.

One alternative is to place a single strip of tape across the length of the blade, which does provide some additional control of the puck without creating the friction between the ice and the stick.

As a note of caution, it is unwise to retape over a previous tape job, or it will weigh down your stick with the watery tape of the prior effort.

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Where to use each taping technique

The single strip method may be particularly useful when skating on the synthetic ice sheets that are becoming more common and are available in all sizes from custom practice areas to home ice skating rinks, to full-scale training centers.

Fully taping the blades is beneficial when skating on traditional ice where the player wants to avoid warping due to water damage or as extra insurance against breaking and splintering.

In the final analysis, hockey stick taping may be more art than science. There are as many ways to prepare a hockey stick for action as there are hockey players. Some of the best players in the history of the game took different approaches.

hockey players in random colored gear lined up sitting on a bench holding their hockey sticks

Do all hockey players tape their sticks?

If you look at the stick that Bobby Orr used to score the winning goal in Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup, you will struggle to find any tape. He didn’t really like using it and gradually reduced the amount he used over his career.

Whether science or superstition, stick taping is an integral part of hockey. If you are facing off at center ice in the NHL or a subscriber to the NHL Center Ice television package, understanding the intricacies of the game will enhance your enjoyment of it.

Enhance your game

Now that your stick is ready to go, how about your rink? KwikRink® Synthetic Ice is a superior ice surface for competitive athletes and recreational skaters.

If you run a commercial rink, are a competitive athlete, or you’re an ardent fan, call and find out how KwikRink Synthetic Ice can enhance your game.

 

synthetic ice flooring built into a spare room

Are you building a new home or remodeling your existing one and thinking about adding something unique. Do you have a young hockey player who aspires to be the next Sidney Crosby or Natalie Darwitz hockey superstar? Do you want an excellent form of exercise for the whole family? Then a home hockey rink is an ideal choice.

If you are a construction company striving to build “the next best thing” in the neighborhood, consider adding a home hockey rink to the plans. For a remodel, creatively convert an extra space, such as an attic, spare bedroom, garage, or unfinished basement.

In a new construction home, instead of adding a four-season porch, incorporate a unique feature such as a home hockey ice rink. In any case, you may be the envy of the neighborhood.

Take a look at these examples of how you might want your finished rink to look. Then contact us at KwikRink today to get started on your home project.

Add value to your home

Add an indoor synthetic ice practice area similar to the indoor practice courts we are seeing on upscale model homes using artificial ice flooring. Install synthetic ice over existing hardwood or concrete.

The home hockey rink uses a synthetic ice surface that is suitable for those who want to skate for entertainment, for budding superstars, and even for the high-level athlete. In no time, you can have your rink set up and ready for use.

Your future hockey stars, figure skaters, and general skating enthusiasts can begin perfecting his/her skills. Extra practice is key in boosting confidence in skating, executing training exercises during practice, and enhancing performance on the ice during a game.

Believe it or not, a KwikRink synthetic ice surface feels like the real thing. Skate blades glide with little friction. The artificial surface does not negatively impact the skater’s speed and ability to navigate drills and exercises.

We take pride in developing technology that will not cause skaters to slow down as they change from forward to backward skating, both of which skaters need to complete drills and other training aids.

Not only does the ice surface feel natural, but it is long-lasting and “self-lubricating,” so it does not dry-up. It is impossible to skate on a dry surface. Invest in a product that will last for years and add value to your home.

Save time and money

You don’t need to have a big backyard or live in a cold climate to have the convenience of a personal skating rink. This convenience will save you time and money,

You won’t need to pay for a costly gym membership or hire a personal trainer because ice skating is a year-round activity that can provide excellent physical fitness benefits. It is something fun you can do with the entire family too.

You won’t have to worry about sending your child somewhere else to practice or devoting time to arranging rides and driving your child around to other rinks. Save your hard-earned cash by spending less on gas and ice-time rental fees.

Don’t lose any more practice time because a snowstorm kept you from getting to the rink. Or not being able to skate outside because of dangerous wind chills or melting ice.

Spend more time practicing and being with family instead of driving around to whichever rink has open ice-time tonight. Believe it or not, your child may enjoy more quality time at home, practicing with friends, and being close to you instead of running off somewhere else.

Arial shot of a synthetic ice hockey rink in a summer setting

Better than a pool or traditional ice rink

Having a synthetic ice rink in the convenience of your home has many advantages. Unlike an outdoor ice rink, a synthetic rink requires very little time to put together and is low maintenance.

You don’t need to clear off an indoor synthetic rink due to precipitation, or constantly tweaked due to changing weather conditions. You can eliminate the worry of having your ice rink melt, and the time spent clearing your yard for set up, or the constant efforts to maintain the ice surface with a synthetic ice rink.

Outdoor pools are also costly to install and maintain. And, unless you live in a tropical climate, or the north pole, outdoor pools, and traditional ice rinks are limited to short, weather-appropriate seasons.

The KwikRink synthetic ice surface is affordable, easy to install, convertible, and adaptable. The design of the synthetic ice tiles allows them to be put together with ease, much like puzzle pieces.

The entire system can be separated, removed, and reinstalled in a short time frame. These rinks are tailor-made to fit in any area; the main requirement is that it is a flat surface.

These artificial ice rinks can also have the appearance of an authentic hockey rink. Add markings specific to playing hockey, including goal crease lines, face-off spots, and circles patterns.

Hockey is a growing trend and is no longer limited to cold climates, so adding a synthetic rink is desirable in many different weather conditions. You don’t need a full-size rink to perform many of the drills and exercises; you can even hold a small scrimmage on this surface.

Best of all, your skating enthusiasts won’t have to abandon their favorite activity just because the season changed. There will be no more excuses for lapses in working on their skating and hockey skills, and for exercising year around.

Make it a memorable home

A synthetic ice rink is kind to your pocket-book and can save you time and money. You don’t need to rack up a large water bill to create and maintain the rink.

It is durable and is not affected by changing weather conditions, and it has very minimal upkeep costs. It doesn’t require any special refrigeration or other equipment to maintain – you only need to invest in a quality broom or mop.

If you need to sell your home, it should attract buyers who are looking for something different and will increase the value of the house.

Saving you time and money, while still making your home the place to be and memorable — a great addition to your home for today and the future. Contact KwikRink for a consultation on how to add a rink to your new home or remodel design today.

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!

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.

When it comes to trying something new and exciting, ice skating is a sport that ranks pretty high on the list. If your child is looking to try something a little different, this is a great chance to have a lot of fun while also reaping the benefits of a great workout!

Want to make this an even more exceptional experience? Consider installing a synthetic home ice rink. It is way more doable than you think. Contact KwikRink and find out how.

Whether you head for lessons at the local arena or choose to create a home rink, this is a sport with plenty of benefits for the whole family!

Is Ice Skating A Good Workout?

In addition to being one of the most fun forms of exercise, ice skating has the extra benefit of providing a whole-body workout. It is easy on growing joints due to the low impact nature of the sport, and so can be a gentle and suitable alternative to running or jogging on growing bodies.

And those are not the only benefits.

Balance and coordination can also be hugely improved. These skills are targeted because ice skating is an activity that uses a lot of so-called ‘stabilizer muscles,’ which everyday life rarely uses fully.

These are primarily located around the knees, hips, and ankles. Muscle tone is also improved, and the challenge of keeping your balance helps to build a strong core and overall body strength.

Need more persuasion?

Ice skating can also be a great way to keep in shape as your child grows; skating at 14km per hour can burn up to 300 calories with minimal effort!

What If I Can’t Get To A Rink?

Despite the growing popularity of ice skating, families living in remote or rural areas may struggle to get out to a rink for lessons. The good news is that you don’t have to!

Building a home ice rink may seem like a daunting challenge. Though overwhelming, this does not have to be the case.

Contact the folks at KwikRink Synthetic Ice and see how easily you can be skating, year-round, on your very own rink! Before long, your child will be building and honing their skills and abilities in the comfort of their backyard, or even their basement.

A home rink can be perfect for newbies who are just starting and who may be nervous or self-conscious in a public space. They are also an ideal solution if you are already a keen skater, looking to get a head start on next season. Or to perfect a technique, just in time for a test date or big performance!

What Can Your Child Learn?

Why should you go to this trouble just so your child can skate? As we have mentioned, getting on the ice is a great way to build strength and agility, and is a great physical and mental workout for your child. There are a host of benefits to the sport, and participants can learn some precious lessons, such as:

If you fall, get back up: Ice skating is a tricky activity performed on a very slippery surface. At some point, a fall is inevitable, especially when you are just starting. Though sometimes a little painful, this can also be an excellent chance for your child to learn some serious resilience.

To improve and become the ice dancer they have dreamed of, every skater has to fall, get back up, and try again. This lesson applies to life as well as on the ice.

Try, try and try again: When you see fluid, graceful ice skaters performing at the Olympics or in a show, it is easy to think that their moves look effortless. In truth, there are hundreds of hours of practice which have gone into perfecting their techniques and routines, and this can be an excellent lesson for your child.

The only way to get better is to practice, and there is always something to learn.

Exercise can be fun! We know how important regular exercise is for growing bodies, and as a way to boost mental health. However, organized sports can be a turn off for many children at a young age.

Ice skating is a perfect way to show them that there are fun alternatives. They are introduced to new ways to move their bodies, which do not require team sports or a traditional workout.

Establishing a love of exercise at a young age is valuable, and something your child will carry through their lives.

Confidence is key: The unique challenges offered by ice skating means that progress can be slow. This slow progress can lead to a powerful moment when your child can reflect on how far they have come.

Spending several hours mastering the basics may seem tedious at the time, but the rewards will follow. In the long term, it will allow them to stand tall and confident when it comes to trying the more complex moves.

It will also show them that a little hard work and self-belief will help them to achieve more than they thought possible!

Balance is essential: A big part of succeeding in ice skating is the ability to master your balance and coordination. These areas are crucial to unlocking more complex moves, and training and practice will give your child a better awareness of their sense of balance.

They must use all the parts of their body to succeed – if they neglect one area, the whole trick falls apart.

Acknowledging and understanding this also allows for an opportunity to extend this concept more fully into their life. Just as balance is essential for performing a tricky spin in skating, it is needed in everyday life to help your child stay well-rounded and adjusted.

Learning to master their balance and body on the ice can provide the tools they need to succeed in a range of other areas.

Why Wait?

Getting started with ice skating may seem daunting; there are lessons, schedules, transportation, and safety equipment to consider.

A backyard rink can alleviate a few of these considerations and provide as many benefits as a commercial space, all while having the bonus of being available 24/7 for your child!

With so many fantastic benefits to the sport, why not take the plunge today, and set your child up for a whole host of positive outcomes. What are you waiting for?

Contact KwikRink to get started, and get your child on their way to being the best they can be today!

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Are you tired of waiting for an available rink to get out there and practice your skills each week? Perhaps you are a coach waiting for your team to have enough time and space to get in more one-on-one training. A backyard ice rink can prove to be a fantastic investment and a whole lot of fun.

You’re not alone in your need for ice – right in the backyard. Let KwikRink provide you with a customized quote for your backyard rink today.

Is Your Back Yard Big Enough?

If you’re looking out your window and wondering if that seemingly small patch of grass is really enough to install an ice rink, don’t sweat it. In many situations, it’s possible to get a custom ice rink set up even in a small area. If it gives you enough space to practice goals or goalie skills, it’s worth it.

One stipulation of a backyard rink is to have enough flat space. You may not need to get out there with a level to make sure it’s perfectly flat, but synthetic ice requires a small, flat surface for assembly. Laying it directly onto the grass isn’t an option. The good news is KwikRink can help you with that!

What Can You Do on a Small Backyard Ice Rink?

Take a look out into your backyard. Imagine having a beautiful ice rink set up and ready to go. What could you do on it?

Run Practice Drills: Whether you are out there at 4 am on your own each morning, or you have a group of friends over, it’s easy to run drills on a backyard ice rink. No worries about anyone watching you, which is a fantastic benefit for those who are up against the competition in a traditional ice rink. You also can practice as much as you want.

Hit 100 Goals: If shooting goals is the biggest challenge for you, you can practice them now on your own time, over and over again. You can help your son or daughter with goal shooting in various environments with defenders at every corner. For those that need a bit of help with technique, this is an easy way to perfect your goal shooting.

Pee Wee Practice: With a bigger backyard ice rink, you can host your entire team’s practice. Get them out there after school each day. Because they don’t need a full-sized arena, you can teach so many skills on your time. While the big rink in the city may be able to only give you an hour or two a week for practice, in your backyard, you can practice as long as you want, as often as you want, when you want.

What If You Have a Big Backyard? Imagine the Possibilities

When you have enough space in your backyard for a full-size ice hockey rink, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples of what you could do with a bigger rink.

Get Ready for College Hockey: Perhaps you want to be the next person to make the ranks of Division 1 Hockey Records in the coming year. You’re good, but you need some help with technique. With a large, open backyard ice rink, there’s no stopping you from practicing and perfecting your skills.

Set Up a Bit of a Competition: Do you have another team that’s struggling to get in enough playing time before the season begins? Host a competition in your backyard hockey rink. You can do this to gain skill and practice in game-like conditions. Test out a few unique plays, or get your defenders on target before they hit the ice for their first real outing.

Perfect the Power Plays: Power plays are some of the most sought after of all types of hockey events. Power play goals make the game. It takes a lot of practice and hands-on learning though to get to this level. You also may want to practice more challenging scenarios, such as short-handed goals and assists.

Be the Envy of Your Neighborhood: Let’s face it – if you have a big backyard ice hockey rink, you are going to have a lot of fun with friends and neighbors. Host a competition between a few friends, or invite the entire neighborhood to test it out. That makes for an enjoyable bonding experience.

How to Make a Backyard Ice Rink Work

What’s outstanding about KwikRink is that you can create a residential ice hockey rink without a lot of difficulties. The company does it all for you. With 90% of real ice’s glide, KwikRink Synthetic Ice is a solid solution for a backyard rink. It’s designed to fit together just right to create the size and shape you need.

Custom backyard ice rinks are possible for most spaces. You may be able to install the ice rink for just a few months or keep it there throughout the year. You can even move it as you need to. The key here is that it gives you big hockey in your backyard! It’s also uncomplicated to maintain, so you do not have to worry about it breaking down after a few months of use.

If you’re not sure if you have enough space or enough flat space, let KwikRink help you figure it out. They offer adaptable solutions that fit most goals and space availability.

Could You Benefit from a Backyard Rink?

It all starts with an idea. Take a walk around your backyard, or your garage, driveway, patio, or any other open area you have. Get an idea of how much space you want to devote to this incredible experience. Once you have an idea of the types of skills you want to practice, and what features you would like designed, contact KwikRink. Learn about all of the options and find out just how flexible these rinks can be for residential areas. Contact us now to get a quote on a backyard ice rink.

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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.

When most of us think of ice rinks, we imagine large arenas, filled with cheering crowds. We picture a vast expanse of ice upon which 12 hockey players battle for victory.

Or, we see a lone figure skater accelerating down the ice toward a series of impressive jumps and spins. Alternatively, we may picture a grand ice show with players and costumes and music.

We at KwikRink Synthetic Ice are here to expand your vision of what constitutes an ice rink. Contrary to popular belief, a functional ice rink is not limited to standard hockey rink dimensions.

We can have you skating year-round in a variety of rink shapes and sizes to fit just about any space.

Visit our website today and get started configuring the exact amount of ice you need for simple setup and skills and drills practice on any flat surface. You’re just a few clicks away from gliding, scoring, and triumph on your very own ice.

Synthetic Ice–not just for hockey stadiums any more

Natural ice may never go out of style and fans will still flock to large arenas to watch their favorite winter sports. However, you can now have ice at your disposal any time of year, even if you don’t have the full 200’ x 100′ hockey rink dimensions available.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice makes it possible to have a convenient span of ice that assembles, comes apart, and stores with ease. Our interlocking puzzle-piece design and variable-size ice tiles make synthetic ice fully adaptable to the space you have.

We create ice in both commercial and residential settings on any budget and for many purposes.

Are you practicing drills? A few square feet of ice are all you need.

For the competitive hockey player to the weekend hockey enthusiast, try setting up a small KwikRink Synthetic Ice rink in your basement, garage, or office.

You can work on many of your foundational skating and stick drills with a surprisingly small area. If you have a garage floor or basement you can clear out; a skating rink will fit right into those dimensions.

A small space like this is ideal for practice on:

  • Starts
  • Spins
  • Turns
  • Stickhandling
  • Shooting
  • Small area games
  • Passing
  • Puck drills

If you add a goal to one end of your small rink, you can use the space for partner drills, defense, shooting precision, and stamina. Players can take turns on defense, offense, or as goalies, or create scoring or puck games and drills to build skills while having fun.

In a figure skating application, a small amount of synthetic ice is ideal for practice with many figure skating skills. Because synthetic ice produces a bit more resistance than natural ice, many figure skaters find they develop more strength and stamina for footwork, turns, and jumps.

A small ice space promotes focus on perfecting the details of skating, like body placement, balance, edging, and toe picks.

Small and medium ice rinks offer a wide variety of programming potential

If you have a larger space than a garage but a smaller space than an arena, you can still create a multi-functional ice rink for a variety of uses.

Spaces like gym floors, cafeterias, warehouses, multipurpose rooms, or even back yards or parking lots that are flat convert to synthetic ice in a snap. (Literally, the ice tiles snap together.)

If you’ve wanted to launch a hockey or figure skating program, but you don’t have access to natural ice, we can solve that problem easily at KwikRink Synthetic Ice.

Our ice tiles connect effortlessly to convert your gym or cafeteria floor into a budding hockey program or figure skating fundamentals class. These spaces are ideal programming areas in churches, schools, or community centers.

In a flash, you’ve got a use for unused space, as well as a community-building opportunity that may also serve as a revenue stream for your organization.

Make a large rink out of any ample space

Finally, if you DO have access to an area which can accommodate full hockey rink dimensions, but not natural ice, KwikRink Synthetic Ice has you covered.

Open warehouse space makes a fantastic spot to lay down our synthetic ice tiles. Depending on the thickness and type of assembly you choose, your ice can remain in place semi-permanently, or pack up and store with ease.

Our thicker, half-inch ice tiles offer a more durable rink that lasts for over a decade. These tiles are designed to withstand the rigorous training of competitive hockey and figure skaters.

If you can leave your ice tiles in place, try selecting larger tiles. Large tiles mean fewer seams and speedier cleaning. If you know you’ll need to swap out your rink for other activities; smaller tiles may be a better option for easier installation and storage.

Custom space, custom ice tiles from KwikRink Synthetic Ice

Now that you’ve expanded your vision of all the places in which an ice rink can fit, it’s time to customize your rink.

We love working with unconventional spaces to make them into functional ice havens any time of year. We can even convert an empty, single-level pool into an ice rink!

Whether your space is small, medium, or large, irregularly shaped, indoors or outside, we can create a rink for you. The only requirement is the ice surface is level. Parking lots, open fields, and driveway pads can all convert to short-term, seasonal or year-round synthetic ice.

At KwikRink Synthetic Ice, our professional staff will consult extensively with you to create and install your rink.

We’ll help you determine the ice-tile size and shape that will work best in your space. We will also define the tile thickness and assembly that will fit your budget and storage needs.

Call KwikRink Synthetic Ice today and get started configuring your space. Our professional staff is standing by. We are ready to outfit your home, school, church, parking lot, warehouse, and so much more with ice you’ll enjoy for years to come.