3 Quick Tips on Forward Skating

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Without a doubt the most important skill in hockey is SKATING. There are many characteristics that make up a good skater and in this video we will look at forward skating and three tips on how to help players become more efficient.

 

Tip #1: Upper Body Movement

It is important for players to keep arms moving in a forward motion and not side to side in front of their body. This side to side motion causes our upper body to move east to west instead of the direction that we are skating. A good cue for players is to pump their elbows back and forth rather then side to side.
 

Tip #2: Knee Bend

It is very important for players to stay low when skating. This comes from a player having good hip mobility, knee bend and ankle flexion. With all three of these joints engaged, a player will have the ability to get low and maximize the length of their stride which translates into more power, speed and overall efficiency.
 

Tip #3: Skating in Straight Lines

What is the fastest way from Point A to Point B? Most players skate in a side to side motion, their glide leg and foot is usually gliding away from their body while the stride leg is pushing. If players focus on loading their glide leg under their body and keeping their knee and foot pointing straight, this allows them to skate in straight lines while loading more power on the glide leg before they push.

 

Special to HockeyClan by Dwayne Blais

 

For more high quality videos or quick tips on hockey skills visit us at improveyourskills.org

 

Dwayne Blais is an internationally recognized provider of hockey skill development.  Dwayne currently owns Total Package Hockey in London, Ontario and is the Skill Development Coach for the Washington Capitals and their affiliates.

 

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