Diane Ness

Finding the right pair of skates

 

By Diane Ness

 

As hockey camps are in full swing, I have seen many younger skaters who are in need of a different pair of skates. Buying the proper fitting skate for every skater is essential.

When trying to buy skates, fit, type of skate, stiffness of a boot and sharpening are some things to consider. This is the most important piece of equipment a skater can have. Parents may be able to cut costs on some other equipment, but make sure to invest in a good pair of skates. There are so many choices out there so here are some things to consider.

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The art of skating

 

By Diane Ness

 

When looking at what makes a good skater, sometimes attributes we see may be subjective. After all, if we sink a putt or make a basket, we get the immediate feedback of doing something correctly. How do we tell a good skater from a weak skater? We can do simple timing speed tests, but that just scratches the surface on how good a skater actually is. Is the skater efficient? Does the skater corner with speed? Is the skater agile? Does the skater have good balance and is strong on their skates? When evaluating any skating skill, whether it be forward crossovers, quick starts or backwards skating, there will always be four main key components to every skill. For each skating skill to be proficient all of these skills must be present and executed properly, so let’s look at all four.

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Skating as the offseason approaches

 

By Diane Ness

 

So the offseason is coming, now what? We know we need to skate and train, but what should we do? What should focus on? The first thing that we have to understand is that after a long season, certain things start to happen in our skating

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Practice makes permanent

 

By Diane Ness

 

In skating, one of the main areas of concern is getting every skater’s center of gravity lower to the ice. This means getting your knees bent, your ankles flexed and your butt down. This does not come with a few repetitions of  drills, but rather with countless hours of an actual concentrated effort.  

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Refining technique

 

By Diane Ness

 

At the end of a long season, you may notice that most players’ skating technique begins to suffer. Minor things like a skater’s stride getting choppy or a skater not bending his/her knees are most evident. While most teams work on power play, penalty kill, breakouts and forechecks during the season, there leaves little room for skating and skill development.

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