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04-11-2012, 03:36 PM
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If you can't skate well, the rest of it is irrelevant. 90% of a beginner's time should be spent on skating, and most of that should not involve a puck. Take the pucks away and get them skating well first. Anyone who doesn't want to work on their skating doesn't want to be a better player.

I coach kids as well and when a kid can't skate, he isn't able to execute any of the stickhandling or shooting drills properly anyway, so unless you back him up and focus on the skating, the rest is really just a waste of time. Some kids just aren't mature enough to understand that, but you would hope most adults would be.

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