Friday July 21 2017
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Hockey: Forward Stops

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Hockey requires players to stop and change directions instantaneously. While skating forward, there are two main hockey stops players can use to bring themselves to a halt.

The QUICK TURN is not technically a stop, but a way to change direction. First, the skater must glide into the approach. After deciding which way they want to turn, they should place that skate in front of the other in a heel-toe arrangement. As this occurs, the skater should turn their head and shoulders in the same direction, and bring their arms and stick to the matching side. Next, exert pressure on the outside of the lead skate and the inside of the trailing skate. As the turn begins, the skater should apply more force to the surface, which will cause the turn. Momentum will likely try to propel the skater out of the stop, and they should be prepared to counter the force with the proper body lean.

The 2-FOOT STOP is an advanced move and should initially be tried by new skaters to their strong side. As the skater is gliding to the spot in which they want to stop, they should turn their body at a right angle to the direction they are traveling. Begin the stop by turning the shoulders and the hips, as the skater swings the outside leg into braking position. The inside skate should be slightly ahead and the skater’s weight should be distributed equally. The skater should extend their legs hard, exerting pressure on the inside edge of the lead skate and the outside edge of the following skate.

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