"One simple clinic and your instructors accomplished what my son's coaches and I have been trying to do forever, lengthen his stride for more power and speed! We skated for the first time since the clinic four days ago and everything they taught him has stuck. He almost beat me in a full lap race. He really dove into the corners with tight turns and a quick burst coming out from the net area."
David F. Columbus OH 2011
Toe Start Video mini lesson by Instructor Team Leader Alan Noble.
Toe Starts take years and years of practice to master and effectively use in your hockey game. But don't give up, even getting one step on your toes will still give you an advantage over a person you are racing who starts on their heels.
Try to practice these as often as possible and whenever starting from a dead stop in your practices, always do a toe start. When you have the normal starts down, try using them in more advanced situations as shown in the video.
Skating just got Incredibly Important for D
Defensemen struggle in the new NHL, because for their entire life they could use their stick illegally -- to a greater or lesser degree. Now they can't at all. They have to play the opposing forward as if they have no stick in their hands so they are required to mirror him perfectly. Actually, they must also learn to poke-check again, something that's been missing for thirty years.
By Jack Blatherwick, Ph.D. / Physiologist, Washington Capitals Hockey Team.