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NHL Rules NBA Sux 08-31-2006 11:51 AM

An update on my progress
 
A little while ago, i posted a thread here on how i was just getting into the sport, getting my skating technique down, etc etc..

I am happy to report that things are going pretty well. I have learned how to do things such as stopping, crossovers, skating backwards (although this is a bit tricky, I am still working on this) The people at the rink have been really helpful and they said that once I get to a certain level with my skating, that they would refer me to the hockey coach.

The problem that I am having however, is that I am getting really anxious and I want to start playing soon. I am a little bit afraid of playing for the first time (being thrown to the lions syndrome) but I'm kind of wondering what it will be like to play for the first time. What are some of the experience ya'll have had? I hope to be ready at least by january of next year, if not sooner. What does everyone here think

stick9 08-31-2006 12:08 PM

When you first start out, leave the Malkin jersey at home.

This was in high school. I was sent out because this kid went to the bathroom during the game and when he came back the coach could tell he went and had a cigarette. Anyway, the play heads up ice and the bench is screaming "SKATE, SKATE". So I chug it out and look for the pass. Well I ended up being off sides. The coach motioned to change up and that was it.

I was nervous as hell playing my first game in an adult league. I hadn't played in a league type game since high school. I don't remember any of it.

Nbr-17 08-31-2006 12:13 PM

Well for me the one thing that struck me the most when I started playing, was how much more difficult it is to play hockey than to watch it. Skating is one thing, stickhandling another, shooting another and then seeing the ice/game, once thrown all together...oh boy.
IMHO Ice Hockey is one of the, if not 'the', most difficult sport to play.
I've played sports for all of my life.

DGraf 08-31-2006 12:57 PM

Starting down the same road myself this fall. Thinking about the first shift gets my heart going too.

Gino 14 08-31-2006 01:28 PM

Just remember, it's really not a matter of you getting hurt, it's a matter of you hurting someone else. You need to make sure you know how to stop, and do it quickly. One of the biggest dangers in playing is getting a new guy on the ice that can't stop and ends up taking out another players knees. Other than that, it will come to you.

DGraf 08-31-2006 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Gino 14 (Post 6397784)
Just remember, it's really not a matter of you getting hurt, it's a matter of you hurting someone else. You need to make sure you know how to stop, and do it quickly. One of the biggest dangers in playing is getting a new guy on the ice that can't stop and ends up taking out another players knees. Other than that, it will come to you.

Oh, never really thought of that. Was mostly concerned with hurting myself. Good point on that.

I play other competitive sports and never really get too nervous but thinking about playing in a competitive league for the first time gets butterflys going in my stomach.

The best way to lose them would be to practice hard, in the other sports I play it greatly helps with confidence. Hoping it will apply to hockey aswell. :) My outlook is really concentrating on skating and hockey skating technique before diving in. Even if you aren't that great with the puck, in lower leagues skating makes the difference from what I've heard.

The first time I get on the ice in a game situation AND get the puck I am going to pass it right away, hey, you can't make too many costly mistakes without the puck if you play a clean game right?

KariyaIsGod* 08-31-2006 03:00 PM

Unfortunately for the South Floridian, the rinks don't feeze down there but for us Canadians, the winter is a fantastic time to improve, for free.

Ti-girl 08-31-2006 03:03 PM

Just go out and do your best.

I started a year and a half ago and go thrown in. I SHOULD have played beginners, but because of where I was living they had a tier 2 that I knew of.
The girls were so much help and I worked my *** off to get to be as good as they were. Sure I made my fair share of mistakes, but everyone does.

I went from being the fourth line LW and would usually get about 8 or 9 minutes a game to the next year top line LW and now am trying out for an NWHL team.

Am I the best?

No. God no.

I had to work twice as hard to be half as good as the other girls. I still do. I spend about 8 hours a week on the ice and about the same in the gym.

Go out, have fun and be a constant student.

Oh, and the best advice I ever got from my coach. "Keep your head up, keep your stick down, keep your feet moving and keep having fun."

Take that onto the ice with you and you'll be fine.

sc37 08-31-2006 07:03 PM

I'd say just go for it. Maybe head out to a drop-in or something or at least a stick and puck. If your really nervous, try and go to a lunchtime session, fewer people are there.


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