Why Houseleague Hockey Players Benefit from a Backyard Ice Rink

DSC00713Improving your hockey performance is very important when it comes to practicing outside the arena and working on your skill development at home. Even shooting a puck into a net would make a difference, especially when you have the advantage of having ice handy and get a feel for using skates when shooting. This is a great improvement compared to a dirty paved road, old running shoes and a hockey stick you’ve grown out of a long time ago.

As you get older and continue to play house league hockey, you get less practices you get as a team. Research shows that an average player gets only about 20 seconds of puck possession each game, some players not even getting a chance to touch the puck. Sometimes players only get one shot every two games!

This proves that hockey players need more practices to work on specific parts of a game, as well as certain defense and offensive skills that will be used in every play and game. Using your imagination and an open mind, you could have the ability to learn new things and strategies with the puck.  With a variety of skating, stick-handling-training, pivots, slapshots and more, your hockey skill level and stats will grow!

So training is good, but sometimes feels hopeless if you don’t have the right training equipment and accessories for this outdoor winter activity. We provide the right training tools for your hockey needs, as well as fun for the whole family and the improvement you need for this hockey season. Are you ready to embrace the winter and take your game to the next level?

The Unexpected Advantages of a Wood Frame for Ice Rinks

  1. Wood is stackable and takes minimal space to store.
  2. Wood is versatile because it can be shaped, cut, changed and designed as desired. This is a great advantage when you are accomodating an unlevel site. Most ice rink site locations do have a slope.
  3. Wood is reusable for other home projects after your outdoor ice rink building years are over.
  4. You save on shipping because you avoid paying for overweight and oversized packages. You can simply buy the wood frame in your own hometown.


2 Additional Fast Steps and Success with Moderate Slope of 5”- 9″

There are no additional costs for a moderate slope, just follow these extra two steps after the four initial steps from the gentle slope guide.

1. Add a second tier in the end or the side where your water is highest. This is one of the easiest solutions to handle with our backyard rink assembly system and the J-Brace 5 in 1 rink stake.

2. Now take out the 4 screws in each J-Brace 5 in 1 rink stake and pull your amazing J-Brace 3″- 4″ higher out of the ground until the top screw holes on the  J-Brace 5 in 1 rink stake face matches up to face of the new second tier of wood framing material. (do this one J-Brace at a time and refasten)  Re attach your 4 screws and you have now bound the top and bottom tiers together. No extra materials needed.

Elapsed time: 5-8 minutes for about 10  J-Braces and no need to order any thing extra.

Now place your liner flap over your new second tier and again temporarily re secure with liner clips.

Start you water flow again. When the water is completed flowing and you have at least 2-3” of water in shallowest area, secure the liner over the top on the outside of the frame towards the bottom of your rink framing.


If you have a slope of more than 9″  and you are having difficulties you need to call our incredible support team 1.800.448.6648 or see our 2 Step, Easy Deep Water Support  You Tube Video.

4 Steps and Success with Level or Gentle Slope up to 5”

1. Place and organize your frame/box on the flattest, least amount of slope area in your backyard rink site with  2” x 8” s  as a minimum board height

2. Use the amazing J-Brace to fasten your backyard rink frame all together. All seams will be fastened together with a J-Brace

Series 3 and with 4-6 screws.

3. Lay in your poly liner tarp leaving at least 2 feet on all sides as a flap. Hold the liner in place with liner clips and turn on the hose. Don’t walk on your liner ever.

4. If your site is level or with a gentle slope then you are ready to secure your liner on the outside but towards the bottom of your frame and skate when frozen. If  the water is approaching the top of your backyard rink frame then turn off the water and move to the next 2 “easy fix” steps below.