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AndyinSwindon

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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2017, 02:01:35 PM »
Well things have stepped up a bit with the LTS now....namely 3-turns (fun trying those on hockey skates, NOT) and she delivered  the bombshell that we can start trying spins (LTS-level 6 - again, fun on hockey skates) now.

I have had the direction discussion with a few people now, and have suggested perhaps the way ahead would be to do an hour about.  The public skate sessions are generally 2 hours long, so it would break it up nicely.  At the end of the first hour they could sound a horn, and have a dot matrix board up at each end of the rink with an arrow indicating skating direction.  Shouldn't cost too much to install and implement. 
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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2017, 03:56:06 PM »
Just imagine, all those people who for years thought they could skate, suddenly wobbling aound like beginners.  ;D It would be brilliant swapping directions, maybe each half hour, I don't know why so few rinks do it.

I managed a one foot hockey stop while skating on my right foot (inside edge) today, to my surprise. I thought why not, and it worked.  :D So one of my tasks over the next few months is to learn to do the same on both legs, using both inside and outside edges. This might take a year.  :o A one foot forwards to backwards transition would be the mutts nuts, perhaps I need the full hockey armour for that. But it would be sick, as my rink mates say.

Andy: are you wearing hockey skates for LTS? I know hockey skaters learning the 3 turns, they are doable.,But surely spins are a no no on hockey skates?

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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2017, 06:32:36 PM »
Hey Leif,

Well we had a nearly empty rink in Swindon today, so thought I'd have a go at CW crossovers - a bit wobbly, but slowly getting there.  As you say, a lot of people can skate well in one direction, but it's a different kettle of fish going the other way around.  Sorts the skaters out from the wannabees (I am firmly in the latter camp at the moment).

I'm wearing hockey skates for LTS, the 3-turns are doable, but a greater degree of skill is required than that which I currently possess.  Practice, practice, practice (or, as I prefer, your mud analogy!).  As for spins, I find if I get the blades absolutely flat, I can find a sweet spot that is potentially able to spin, but the margin for error is much less than that on figure skates.
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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2017, 09:12:43 PM »
I'm wearing hockey skates for LTS, the 3-turns are doable, but a greater degree of skill is required than that which I currently possess. 

Is this useful?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV0ko8N3Lno

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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2017, 10:20:27 AM »
Hi Leif,

Many thanks for the video link.  I hadn't found that one and it looks pretty helpful so will give it a few watches to get it into my mind.

Cheers,

Andy
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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2017, 11:47:26 AM »
Session 4 last night. It was great fun. However, my stick handling is really poor and massively degrades my skating. So, I have something to work on ...  :)

Incidentally, yet again I was taken out, and ended up flat on the ground. At least it was the opposing team this time. My own team must have started to like me.  :D If anyone is concerned about injury, don't be, the 'suit of armour' really does protect you against falls, I felt nothing. I've had many falls, and not a bruise, no pain, nowt. I suppose if one of the larger players landed on me, I'd be in pain. And some of them are quite big. :o
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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2017, 07:15:46 AM »
Post removed and copied to the correct thread!..oops!
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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2017, 08:11:04 AM »
Apologies Leif, I managed to post my update to your thread by mistake, so have done a copy and past to put my update back where it belongs.  Sorry to hijack your continuity!
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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2017, 08:40:34 AM »
Moved to t'other thread!

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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2017, 11:39:15 PM »
Session five this evening, five minutes of drills, then scrimmages. Great fun, again. I felt a lot more at ease on the ice, with the suit of armour and stick, and moved around more fluidly. I was rather pleased with my skating, and switched from forwards to backwards and vice versa, and accelerated and stopped, with ease. The exercises I have been doing especially on clockwise skating are paying off. And it's almost as if the stick helps balance. I'm sure my technique leaves much to be desired, but it's improving. My stick handling is still pants, but improving. Mind you, my team mates have never passed to me. Not once.  ;D I have to tackle opponents to get the puck.  ;D What are you telling me lads?  :)

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Re: Another hockey beginner
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2017, 06:21:11 AM »
Hey Leif,

It must be a common thing.  The other day we had a drill whereby 4 of us were around the face off circle and had to pass to each other, with one guy in the centre trying to intercept the passes.  I found that with the exception of one of the guys whom I am quite pally with, I wasn't getting passed to.  I was waiting for Ann Robinson to skate up and tell me 'You are the weakest link' and escort me off the ice!  This was despite the one or two passes I did make being pretty solid and none of them getting intercepted, and meeting their target!  As mentioned in the other post, on another drill we had to skate from a corner around a face off spot, receive a pass, go one on one with a defender, take a shot, skate to the other corner, take a shot, take a turn as D, then make a pass to the next attacker.  (This was one exercise in which I got confused and ended up looking a bit bewildered and got shouted at by the coach!).  On my attempt on goal, the D man looked up, said 'oh, it's you....', and skated casually towards me, looking completely unbothered and unthreatened.  Oh how sweet when I sailed the puck past him into the goal and heard his exclamation of 'oh [email protected]O0
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Currently working through NISA LTS Levels.
Currently wobbling through hockey LTP sessions.