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"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

Backward Crossover Video mini lesson by Instructor Team Leader Alan Noble.

The crossovers shown are best used for gaining acceleration and lateral mobility and should not be done in a one on one situation.

Also players shouldn't do the "reach in" technique until they have already mastered normal backward crossovers powerfully and to full extension. When players try to do the reach in and have not fully grasped the technique of the normal crossovers, it tends to make the crossovers worse rather than better. It would be like adding in a puck to the forward stride before the player has the normal stride down, its just too much to think about right off the bat and should be built up to in a progression.

Tip: Drag Touch

After pushing off, fully extend your pushing (left) leg and drag the first two or three inches of the left inside edge (called "the toe") on the ice for about two seconds. In order to drag the inside edge of the toe your left leg and skate must be turned outward. If they are turned straight downward you will be dragging the "tippy toe" of the skate, with the leg now in a walking-running position (a "no-no" for skating).

After dragging the toe, now drag the heel of the returning skate back under your body until that heel (left) touches the heel of the gliding (right) skate. Your feet should now be in a "V" position (heels touching, toes apart). If your knees are well bent, the shape between your thighs, knees and ankles will form a "diamond" shape. I call this recovery position the "V - diamond" position.

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DOUG BROWN :

 "I learned more from one hour at Laura's clinics than from all the hockey schools I had been to."

 

Catch or Be Caught

How do you know if someone is a fast skater? The best way to find out is always by having a race. And the type of race that most often stands out in a game is the race between a skater on a break away and one back checking.

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by Alan Noble, Instructor

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