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"Another critical camp is Laura Stamm Power Skating School. As a coach, I can say that the kids who attend this camp are easily distinguished from those who don't." "I can personally attest to the value of this camp. We could see the improvement in our players' skating skills when the took the ice every single day. The impact is huge."
Danny H. Newark, OH 2013
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.
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.
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.
by Alan Noble, Instructor