How good will my skating have to be for my "Beginner Learn to Play" Class?
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09-03-2012, 01:30 AM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Bay Area
Originally Posted by
xX Hot Fuss
Not sure if you remember or not, but i'm the guy who is in
"Learn to Play" class that starts up Thursday night. School started a few weeks ago and i havn't been able to get to the public skates like i wanted to.
-I can skate backwards very comfortably
-I can do forwards crossovers pretty well
-I can do backwards crossovers...kind of...i was told that i dont need to pick my foot up when i cross it over my other foot (not sure if that's right or not)
-I can do a hockey stop but only with my left foot leading, cant do it with the right
-I tried stopping going full speed for the first time last week and it resulted in my worst fall i've ever had. Went feet first into the boards (hard) and hit my head on the ice (not very hard)
-I can kind of do transitions but my skates scrape a lot (not sure if they're supposed to) and also havn't tried those full speed yet
I think its pretty safe to say that i'm nervous about this class because i have no idea what to expect. It is a
class but what does that even mean? What can i expect on Night 1?
Thanks in advance
I'm 7 weeks into my beginners hockey class so i recently felt exactly as you do (With a similar starting skill set, stopping on the left side but not the right, etc..) What i noticed about the class is that there is a HUGE variance in skill. There are some who have never really skated before, and a couple of really skilled guys who want the ice time and to work on the fundamentals. I found myself feeling like i was in the upper middle.
As for each class, mine was heavily (almost completely) skating oriented until about the 5th class. The first day we worked on balance, proper skating technique, and a little bit of stopping and built from there. Week two was more intense stopping, with an intro to crossovers by learning your edges around the face off circles. The next 2 or so weeks built from there (more stopping, transitions, tight turns, more cross overs) Week five we did a little passing and shooting and some backwards cross overs. The idea that i didn't have to pick my foot up on backwards crossovers confused me as well at first, but it actually helps, and they should have you practice it. The past two weeks have been more hockey oriented with puck drills and a little hockey strategy with short scrimmages at the end of class.
All in all, if your class is anything like mine, you are plenty prepared, and it will end up making you an overall better skater. I'm really glad there was so much skating at the beginning, because now i can do more advanced hockey stuff than i thought i could because i don't have to worry about my skating.
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