Hi! I plan on playing pickup games at my local rink, and apparently, they're getting a league going pretty soon.
I have to say I suck at skating, well not suck, but I'm kinda awkward on 4 wheels (i only have 4 screws in my CCM chassis) and my stickhandling while standing still is okay... when i'm moving it needs work. I'm using an old wood CCM multi-lam bare handed, (haven't bought gloves yet.
do it, its fun and you'll get better with practice. spending money on good skates if you plan to keep it up, and getting a 2 piece stick should be in the plans since blades ware a lot quicker than ice. oh and usually leagues have rules on proper equipment so you might want to pick up whatever gear you're still missing.
Never played hockey before? The morning after my first time I was unbelievably sore. My back, feet, and core were on fire. If you've never played hockey before, you've never used those muscles in the way that you did, so of course you're going to be sore. After a couple of weeks, those muscles will get stronger and you wont be so sore the day after.
Pulling sick dekes and nasty toe drags might be "sexy", but skating is the single most important attribute in hockey. Just keep skating. Watch how the best players skate, and try to mimic their form.
Thanks for the tips... I like Alex Ovechkin's skating style a lot, he always seems 2 steps ahead of everyone else. But i don't know if my body could reach that kind of output on skates yet.. Hopefully it will soon
I used to get really sore when I started playing roller hockey. It takes a while to build up your endurance and back strength. You really should focus on skating/conditioning first, like other have mentioned.
I've been playing organized roller hockey for about two seasons and I'm getting to the point where I can play regular shifts and not have any pains. It takes a while to get in hockey shape and builf up your core before you can really begin to develop as a player. My hands are JUST starting to come in right around now.
Also, it takes a while to find your balance. It will be difficult to shoot while skating at first, just keep practicing. I know it's cliche but you really do have to just keep working and working on it.