Andy & Diane Ness

Pushing to the side

 

By Andy Ness

Understanding the physics of skating is very important. It’s important to understand how speed works while on skates. Very simply, if you are in shoes, you are moving your feet front to back. If you are on skates you need to push out on your edge. Speed is created by downward force. In a nutshell, the stronger you push against the ice, the faster you will go. There are other things like gliding and friction, but essentially if your blades stay in contact with the ice by pushing outwards, you will gain speed.

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Back to the fundamentals

 

By Andy Ness

 

When we do our camps, regardless if it’s Mites or the pros, it always comes back to the fundamentals of skating. It is very clear to me that there is a distinct difference between doing something and doing something well.

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All about skates

 

By Andy Ness

Whether you are a Mite or a high school player, a pair of skates is one of your most important pieces of equipment you can have. There are so many variables from sizes to sharpening to brands. I will try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that we get in hopes that you can better understand how a skate actually works.

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Stride drills

 

By Andy Ness

 

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the three main ingredients of an efficient stride (the load, the push, the extension). I would like to share a drill that we got from former Olympic speedskater Dave Cruikshank over the summer. It is one thing to understand how the technique should look and it is another to understand what drills help accomplish this.

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The load, the push, the extension

 

By Diane Ness

 

I have come across some great photos of young NHL skaters while we were working on their stride during a summer session. While looking at the pictures, it should give you a better understanding of the three main elements that go into a stride. The load, the push, and the extension. Although there is more that goes into a stride than that, I would like to revisit these three main components.  

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