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12-16-2009, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Clint View Post
I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but am I the only one who thinks that ShannMC17 should NOT be shelling out cash for lessons until she's mastered skating and has committed the fundamentals to muscle memory? I'm thinking that she may get frustrated at what could be perceived as lack of progress if his skating fundamentals aren't where they need to be.

I've seen this happen over and over again at my local rink by adults and seniors who throw down over 2 G's for top of the line gear, skates, stick, and lessons then look like fools when they step on the ice and can do little more than stand up straight.

I would recommend putting in a LOT of time at the local arena just skating in the public sessions at first. Once the OP can cross-overs, (left and right, forward and back) and stop on a dime, then I would recommend putting a stick in her hands and strapping on pads.

Bottom line is you don't need to pay for a beginner's hockey lesson to learn the fundamentals of skating. That's just a waste of money. It can be learned by practice and repetition much cheaper than paying for individual or group lessons.
Think about that for a second. What do you want to commit to muscle memory? Technique based on good basics or bad?

I will agree that time on ice is extremely important, but starting off with proper basics and a regular dose of good coaching will hugely multiply the effects of time spent on the ice.

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