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The plans for the new Plymouth rink are up in the foyer of the current one.  It's not kidney shaped, which is a relief!  (Goodness only knows which bright spark thought that was a good idea, as the current kidney-shaped rink is a pain in the backside and useless for dance patterns.)  It's not full size, though; 56m x 26m.  Apparently building a full-size one would be too expensive.  I think it's supposed to be open in about 18 months to 2 years.
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I don't know. I skated at the old one around 1999 - just realised I'd missed it off the list.


I read next February.  I have seen pictures of the building, so it is real.
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General Ice Skating Chat / Re: how many ice rinks have you skated on?
« Last Post by Christy on Today at 12:50:56 AM »
Is the new Romford rink open?

I don't know. I skated at the old one around 1999 - just realised I'd missed it off the list.
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General Ice Skating Chat / Re: how many ice rinks have you skated on?
« Last Post by The ice mouse on Yesterday at 06:53:39 PM »
Is the new Romford rink open?

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General Ice Skating Chat / Re: What did you achieve this week
« Last Post by WednesdayMarch on Yesterday at 02:39:31 PM »
This week I achieved one halfway decent right forward inside twizzle.  And I fell over.  Not from the twizzle, but from a LFO closed mohawk (Foxtrot) where I leaned a bit far back on the second edge and appear to have forgotten that I skate on dance blades now, which are much shorter...

But I lived!  That was my first fall since 9.20am on the 22nd March 1999.  Glad I got that over with.

Oh, and it appears I can actually spin on dance blades.  Not overly impressively but I can still do it.  Ish. 

And now I need a nap...
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Ice Hockey / Re: Another hockey beginner
« Last Post by Leif on Yesterday at 01:02:19 PM »
Hello Andy

I guess it depends when you turn up. During the weekday, outside of holidays, Basingstoke has good ice and not many skaters so it is really good for practicing drills. They usually do a wet squeegee first thing, and the ice is fine all day. Evenings and weekends the ice is usually absolutely atrocious. No squeegee between 10am and 4pm, with figure skaters on between 10 and 11, so you can imagine the state it gets into. I am told that Guildford is busy weekday mornings (lots of kids), less so in the afternoon. The ice is usually good. Bracknell is good weekdays, the ice is usually lovely. If you can give me lots of notice. I have three days hols left this year, which need to be booked over the next week or so.

As you know, I keep moaning that others do not pass to me. Well last night someone made a beautiful pass to me, from the goal area to the middle of the rink. I would have had a nice clear run forwards, maybe a shot, maybe a pass to a team mate who could finish it off. So I excitedly went to move my stick to intercept the pass, and my stick would not move. It was frozen in a horizontal position at waist height, and would not move no matter how hard I pulled. I looked round and discovered that the blade had got stuck between two of the boards that line the rink walls.  :o  ;D I'm told it looked quite amusing!

On a more positive note, several friends without prompting said I was skating much better than in the past. They also said I was holding the stick better (two hands on the shaft, blade near the ice). I was also trying to take in some advice from another lad, who thought I panicked whenever I received the puck. He said to slow down, take your time. He's right of course. I am lucky that I get constructive criticism from several people, and it really really helps.

I am sure you are right about good technique. Fluency and confidence will come with practice, no doubt, and you will be better than those who are more casual in their approach. Whether or not the more, err, senior players, such as thee and me can ever get really good remains to be seen.  :)
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General Ice Skating Chat / Re: how many ice rinks have you skated on?
« Last Post by Christy on Yesterday at 02:13:06 AM »
If I can count those throughout my life:
Durham
Whitley Bay
Sunderland (Crowtree Leisure Centre)
Billingham
Chelmsford
Canary Wharf temp rink
Navy Pier, Chicago
Harbor Springs temp rink (Michigan)
Vail (Colorado) Lionshead temp rink
Rockerfeller Center rink
Wollman Rink, Central Park
Skate on State temp rink, Chicago
Waterbury (Vermont)
then 5 local indoor rinks and a new one soon for my competition  ;)  plus 2 local outdoor rinks and another next Friday night because they are offering free hot chocolate!!
Plymouth NH Arena with newly sharpened blades

adding:
Steriti Memorial Rink, Boston
Frog Pond Winter Rink, Boston
Romford
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Ice Hockey / Re: Another hockey beginner
« Last Post by AndyinSwindon on November 23, 2017, 05:05:32 PM »
Hi Leif,

I'd be more than happy to come down your way for a skate when my working schedule allows, pick your rink and I can be there.  Always nice to try somewhere new.

As for lessons, I'd recommend it.  I often get blag from hockey mates when I practice my 3-turns and 2 foot spins, about the 'airy fairy' stuff.....but they can't do it, and it's fun watching them try.  I had a one on one session with an ex hockey pro a few weeks back, and his take on it was that I may be a weak skater now (but not as weak as I was), but as I am learning correctly, and with proper technique, the day will come when I could potentially outskate the detractors.  As I've mentioned before, it amazes me how many of my hockey friends can barely skate on one leg, let alone backwards on one leg around a circle.
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Ice Hockey / Re: Another hockey beginner
« Last Post by Leif on November 23, 2017, 10:05:11 AM »
Andy: It is at least reassuring to hear that I am not alone in my frustrations. I am lucky as I have found a novice friendly group on Saturday evenings (2 sessions per month), and another one on Monday morning although that needs me to take some leave from work. Have a search round and you might find a more suitable group. I have the advantage that I live not too far from Basingstoke, Bracknell, Guildford and Gosport rinks which gives me more choice. It is annoying that a Skate n Puck session which is supposed to be FOR novices is stuffed to the gills with show ponies. Yes a skate would be good, I am flexible as to time but Swindon is a bit too far for me as I am in the GU34 area.

WednesdayMarch: I am sure you are right. A friend who skated for a real team 30 years ago said he learnt a lot from figure skaters, and his technique is really good, he has the smoothness and agility of a proper skater. I am wondering whether or not to take lessons from coaches at a local rink. I'm not bothered about the cost (20 per half hour), but whether or not I would benefit, and whether they might teach me things unsuitable for hockey. Some do teach hockey players, and they make them do standard drills (edges, hockey stops etc).

The height of your blades shouldnt be a problem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEPTtsiWAuQ&sns=fb
 ;D

 ;D Wow!
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Ice Hockey / Re: Another hockey beginner
« Last Post by WednesdayMarch on November 22, 2017, 11:45:28 PM »
One thing I noticed recently on a LTP session was that one of the coaches ran some 'skating skills drills', a few of us, myself included, skated over to him to practice core skills (backwards crossovers, shooting etc), and a few of the others, whilst they could have used the tips, almost seemed loathe to join us, instead going for hockey drills, almost out of embarrassment for being identified as lesser skaters.

Andy, it might not be that long before those show ponies are the lesser skaters.  Back when I was training, the pro-ice hockey team used to take lessons from the ice dancers in order to improve their basic skating.  "Power skating" was what we called it.  ;-)  Basically, forwards and backwards stroking, forward and backwards crossovers and some turns.  The hockey boys saw us training one day and were quite astonished at the way we could move very quickly around the rink with hardly any pushes and they wanted to know how we did it.  Those lessons did them the world of good and they admitted to enjoying them, too.
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