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09-24-2007, 10:58 AM
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I'm just checking to make sure that you're talking about stopping on a smooth surface (concrete, wood, sport court, etc.) and not on asphalt. Hockey stopping on asphalt isn't really a good idea, I'd just use a T-stop by placing one foot behind the other perpendicularly to the direction you're moving and then dragging it.

Now for a hockey stop on a smooth surface, the first thing you need is soft enough wheels for the surface you're playing on. Anything over a 77a will most likely give you trouble. Now if you've seen other people do it you'll notice it makes a lot of noise. That comes from taking one of your feet and swinging it in front of you while at the same time bending your ankle way towards the inside, as if you're going to lay your instep on the floor. This increases the amount of surface area on your wheels that is now touching the floor. Now lean back and press down hard with that foot and you'll feel like you're skidding. It may take some practice to get used to this feeling and to maintain your balance but you'll get it.

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