This weeks tip is on the skating stride and the ‘How to’. Have a look at the video’s above and below that our good friends at M2Hockey puts together, great results.
One of my old coaches told me that Speed Kills and he wasn’t talking about auto racing. He was talking about skating and skating real fast because to skate quickly is very crucial to your game. Because you know it’s nothing like getting beat by another good skater and coming to the bench and being told that you can’t continue to get beat to the puck. So you better do something about it right.
Here is a few skating tips that are basic but need to be enforce and used.
- Good skating habits start with good posture.
- Posture helps balance, and balance creates power.
- Keep your help up
- You should be looking at the top of the boards, not the ice directly in front of you.
- Bend at your knees and ankles, not at your waist.
- Your shoulder, knee and the ball of your foot should all be lined up vertically.
- The fastest skaters take the fewest amount of strides over the same distance. Long, powerful strides are what you want.
- At the beginning of each stride reach your foot out as far out in front of you as possible. As your foot passes along side of you, turn your toe out to the side. This gives you more blade surface on the ice to push against and creates more power.
- Keep the entire blade of your skate on the ice for the complete length of your stride. At the end of the stride, stretch your working leg out behind you as far as you can, then snap your toe for that extra push.
- A lot of young beginner skaters are in a rush to start the next stride so they lift their foot off the ice too early. This short stride produces a choppy skating style. Bringing your leg back quickly will only help you skate faster if you’re getting the most out of every stride.
When you bring your trailing leg back up after each stride, make sure it’s positioned directly underneath you. this gives you the balance you need to put as much power as possible into the working leg.
The extra effort you put into improving your skating will pay off more than any other part of your game. Just keep working at it and you will improve.
- One of the best skating drills you can do is called sculling. This drill helps increase the power of your stride.
- Start this drill by getting low into a hockey stance, dig in with your heels and push all the way out for a full leg extension, then bring your feet back together directly under your body. Extend your leg without lifting your skate off the ice.
- You can practice this drill for both forwards and backwards. whn moving forward, the weight should be on the heel of your skates and when going backwards the weight should be on the toes.
By Warren Nye, UltimateHockeySource.com
February 12th, 2012