Diane Ness

Creating warm-up skating drills


By Diane Ness


As most teams are up and running right now, finding good warm-up drills are key to setting the tone for a good practice. Obviously, the fact that I focus on skating, the warm-up drills I do are always done to repeat skating skills that we have already learned. For my warm-up drills, I like to always touch on balance and edges to start. Depending on the level, we will move into more difficult skills as well, such as crossovers, transitions, agility and power turns.  

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By Diane Ness


As defined by the dictionary, “agility” is a rapid, whole body movement with change of velocity or direction in response to a stimulus. To put it in hockey terms, it’s the ability to change the body’s position efficiently and to move quickly in any direction. Much like a running back in football, it’s basically the skaters ability to be “shifty” and “nimble.”

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Basic skating for the Mini-Mite


By Diane Ness


As hockey season is finally here so is the start of Mini-Mite hockey. Whether you are a coach or a parent that wants to get out on the ice with your son or daughter, take along my must-have checklist. Always remember at this age to try and make skating and hockey fun and creative. Engage yourself into a lot of little games. Remember, everything is a contest at this age, even getting into line. So from right out of the skate shop and onto the ice, here we go...

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Blade positioning


By Diane Ness


When examining skating, one needs to understand how a skate blade works, as well as the blade positioning. If I were to ask any skater how much blade is in contact with the ice, most would answer “the whole blade.”

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Increasing speed


By Diane Ness


After a good summer of training, players that prepared themselves properly should feel confident going into camp.  In the photo of Ryan McDonagh, you will notice him executing a stride. This photo was taken as a screen shot from videos. We took videos of Ryan at full and half speed during a summer practice. Notice the knee bend and extension in the photo. These attributes always seem to be the same while examining a skater with excellent speed.

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