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04-12-2012, 10:51 AM
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I second noobman's advice to explain HOW to do stuff. My first skating lessons at this one location just told us to 'OK now go backwards... Yeah just move backwards' with NO detail about how (yeah I'm looking at you, Skate Canada o.O), it was incredibly frustrating to plug away at it without having a clue as to the 'how'. Later I took some skating lessons at a local rink (local/smaller programs FTW) where they actually explained how to do the backwards stride and fine-tuned it as we did it, and it actually clicked. Same story with where your power comes from when doing sculls and c-cuts. Oh I could go on...

And that's just skating, so when teaching both skating and hockey skills I think it would be even more important to give them a breakdown of what their bodies need to be doing.

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