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12-08-2011, 03:36 AM
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Originally Posted by beth View Post
I learned them both at the same time, no problem.
I second this. Do not wait until you're a proficient skater forwards! In fact, I am one of the best skaters on my team, but I still have a lot of things I have to work on my forward skating, so that means I still wouldn't skate backwards?

Skating backwards is a very valuable skill on every hockey team, even more so on a low skill, beginner hockey team. It will give you more options in most situation, and it will give you more icetime on the D.

I thought backwards skating was cool, so I started to learn right away by myself. Granted, you'll fall, but it's not that hard to learn. I wore an inline girdle and elbow pads under my clothes for public skates, so didn't have to worry about falling either.

As nike says: just do it!

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