"Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how fantastic your program is!
My son attended over the weekend at Oak Lawn Ice Arena.
Every aspect of your program was fantastic!
He learned things in the first hour that he hasn’t learned in the year that he has been playing hockey.
He was so pumped up the first night, he couldn’t wait to come back the following morning.
The instructors were awesome and so patient with the kids, all while having fun too.
WE WILL DEFINITELY ATTEND NEXT YEAR!
Thank you again for a great experience!"
Donna S. Oak Lawn IL 2014
Forward Stride Video mini lesson by Instructor Team Leader Alan Noble.
A note on the arm swing; the arm swing shown is used for generating maximum possible speed. The technique was taken from speed skating and adapted into hockey. Only use this one hand arm swing when you are in low pressure or no pressure situations in a game such as on a breakaway before you get to the goalie or back checking while trying to catch the skater with the puck.
Most game situations require 2 hands on the stick, such as passing, shooting, receiving a pass, stopping, turning, transitions, and most other game situations. The only time you have one hand is when nobody is near you and you need pure SPEED. For younger skaters it is important teaching them when to go one hand on the stick and when to go two hands on the stick. You don't want your players to always have 2 hands on the stick the same as you don't want them to always have 1 hand on the stick.
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.