One of the beautiful things about the game of hockey is all you really need to train off the ice is a stick and ball (or puck). With just these two things, you can create muscle memory, improve hand speed and quickness, and get stronger. Eventually, though, you’ll max out your training with just these two pieces of equipment and, frankly, your training will get boring.
When you’re ready to upgrade your off-ice training and train like the pros do, you’re ready for slick tiles. These synthetic tiles create an ice-like surface that will help take your training to the next level. You can train in your sneakers or with inline skates with slick tiles and you can even use regulation pucks.
These tiles help you train in a way that will translate faster and easier to your game on the ice. When it’s time to get more serious about your off-ice training, you can set up a training area with slick tiles in your home. Here are a few tips on how to do this.
Find a flat area
The first thing you want to do when you set up a training area with slick tiles is to make sure the area is relatively flat and level. It will make your slick tile trailing area more like an ice rink and your pucks and balls won’t roll off.
Basements and garages make ideal spaces to set up your slick tiles but you can do it on any level area. This includes driveways, patios, or even grass or dirt areas. Don’t worry if your training space isn’t permanent. Slick tiles are easy to assemble and disassemble if you need to.
Measure the space
They say, “measure twice, cut once”. You don’t have to cut your slick tiles (they come in easy to assemble 12” by 12” (or 1 square foot) tiles. You should measure twice though before you order though so you make sure you have enough to cover your triaging space. To find the spree footage, multiply the length by the width of the space.
If your space is 6’ wide by 10’ long, the square footage of your space is 60-feet. Each box of Snipers Edge slick tiles has 20 square feet of tiles you’ll need three boxes in this example. If you’re covering a big space with slick tiles, you’re in luck. The more boxes you buy, the bigger discount you get.
Add the right mix of training equipment
Slick tiles are just the first step of setting up a high-quality hockey training area right in your home. Once you have the tiles, you’ll want to check out some of the other gear that Snipers Edge provides. You’ll want some regulation pucks, for sure, but you also may want to pick up a set of Movemaster hockey training dryland pucks to train different skills with different weight pucks,
For shooting, you’ll want to check out a shooting tarp if you have a large wall space to cover or a shooter tutor if you’re shooting on a real net. The other two major areas you will want to focus on in your new click tile training area are stickhandling and passing. For these two skills, you can do a seemingly endless number of drills with a Sweethands hockey stickhandling trainer and a Passmaster hockey passer and puck rebounder.
Setting up a training area with slick tiles is a step every serious hockey player should take if they are serious about getting better and want to train the right way. With slick tiles from Snipers Edge Hockey, you’ll get high-quality, durable, and easy to install slick tiles at a great price. Just to make sure of that, if you see a better price anywhere else, we’ll meet it or beat it!
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