Will Not Only…
Contribute to a player’s balance but more importantly, it will ensure their stability, and improve their power and speed!
Posture and stance are the first things that we work on when teaching skating technique.
- Ankles flexed and knees bent 90 degrees, knees pressed out over the toes
- Hips are low and upper body slightly forward, bent from the hips with the back straight
- Chest and head up
- Skates hip width apart – not too wide
- Ankles held up straight with blades on flats – ankles not caving in (pronating) or falling out (supinating)
- Once skaters have the basic stance we practice the stance with a wide “V” as well so that the inside edges can be used for forward skating and quick starts
- Stick on the ice and in front