Skating = Balance + Control + Power
Walking and running are natural movements of the body, but if you try to use the same motions on the ice, you will have limited acceleration and speed. That’s why learning how to skate can be frustrating. Skating is not a natural movement for the human body, and many of your intuitions regarding how you should move on the ice will hinder your learning rather than help it. Here, I share some of the basic movements and skills that will help you when learning to skate.
6 Ideas for End-of-Season Player Gifts
Consider skipping the typical trophy this year in favor of a more usable item. Grab a silver Sharpie and personalize these items with each player’s nickname. Whether your players are 4 or 14, boys or girls, you’ll find something for them here.
Develop Eye-Mind-Body Coordination
Vision is the signal that starts the muscles of the body to respond. All sports involving a puck, ball or quick body movements require excellent eye-mind-body coordination. When you miss a pass or whiff on a shot, what could be happening? It’s not necessarily “bad hands” but inaccurate visual input to your body. To help develop eye-mind-body coordination, try this Arrow Jump activity.
Are You a Team Player?
At the Mite age level, the outcome of any scrimmages or jamboree games is often determined by the skills of one player who is a little taller, quicker or stronger than the others. However, as players progress and start playing as a team, it becomes much harder for one player to make a difference by himself. Players who learn early to work with their teammates have much greater success than those who focus more on their own efforts. Playing as a team involves several things. These include: