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|Skating Hints||Hockey Hints|
|Beginners||When skating: Always keep your knees bent, lean forward slightly, and don’t look at your feet.
For absolute beginners, start by taking little steps, toes slightly turned out, holding on to a rail or fence (perhaps even on a carpeted area, to slow the wheels down)
|When Playing: Keep your stick on the ground and your head up. Remember to look, talk, spread-out, pass quickly (don’t hold the puck too long) and shoot – if possible – from in front of the net, between 3-7 meters away. Avoid slap shots.|
|Intermediate||Practice: Skating backwards in both clockwise and anti clockwise directions. Forwards and backwards skating are helped by work on your forwards and backwards crossovers, and practicing your edges (inside/outside).
Practice different stopping techniques and don’t just rely on the break/stoppers.
|Practice: (1) Quick starts & stops. (2) Stationary and moving passes, keeping the puck flat. Work the backhand, as well. (3) When trying to perfect a shot, avoid just shooting one puck – have 10-15 pucks lined up and quickly shoot all of them at the net, repeating the same shot each time. Repeat the process 10-20 times, at least (100-300 shots).
Teamwork & timing & fitness should be at the core of your development. The goals tend to look after themselves, if you have done the work and have the right team focus.
|Advanced||Never stop practicing. You have been doing this for a while, and you understand the risk and the rewards. If you stop falling over, you have stopped “pushing the envelope” and improvement will be slower – although you will get less bruises – so, decide if you want. Do you have what it takes to be an elite skater?||Never kid yourself. Egos become the greatest weakness of the potentially greatest players. Never stop passing or setting up plays, just so you can hog the puck and get the goal yourself – it will not work against good opposition. Never stop practicing (training and playing less than 3-5 hours per week, 40-50 weeks a year, makes progress too slow). However, never over-train or train through injuries – think prevention and rehabilitation! Think “TEAM!”|
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