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11-07-2013, 11:52 AM
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Isbrant
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Originally Posted by CornKicker View Post
as for standing up, drop the stick and get them to get up tall on their knees, put one skate on the ground and push with both hands on their knee. it usually takes 5-6 tries before they get it once. then drill it for 4-5 mins, 85% of you kids will stand up on their own. then you give them theor stick back and use the exact same approach but instead of hands on knees, stick accross knees. it took us 2 practices to get 16 kids standing up on their own. then we make it a game.
This is the proper way to get them to stand up. No hands on the ice when the kids are standing up. If there is someone having difficulties, kneel in front of them and put your hand out. Them them to put one of their hands on your hand to push on to get up.

Also make sure you teach them how to fall properly. If they are falling forward, chin up, hands out. If they are falling backwards, tuck the chin down. Helmets are to never hit the ice. Simeon says is a great game for practicing.

I am also working with a group this year and have started making them step backwards and glide backwards by pushing off the boards. None of the kids can skate well forwards so not being able to skate backwards well is not a concern for them. It is going very well so far.

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