Monday, May 30, 2011

UBC Power Skating Lessons Recap and Review

So a while back I wrote about how I signed up for power skating lessons at UBC. Here is my recap of the lessons, and my thoughts.

The lessons lasted 8 weeks every Sunday, and each week we focused on the fundamentals of skating and also implemented drills. Here's the breakdown of what we covered each week:

W1: skating technique, stick handling, stance
W2: stopping, passing
W3: quick turns, slapshot, stickhandling
W4: crossovers, breakout,
W5: more mixed skating and drills
W6: more mixed skating and drills
W7: backwards crossovers
W8: pivot; shooting drills

At the end of most lessons, we'd finish off with 5 on 5 scrimmage hitting the 'posts' for 15 minutes or so.

So Are The Power Skating Lessons Worth It?

Yes. If you're a newbie skater, or a veteran that wants to shake those bad habits, these lessons are essential to improving your game. Sure, we all can skate but what about learning how to do it properly? I've already utilized what I've learned from these lessons and applied them to my game in both league and pick up play.

We all wished our parents signed us up for ice hockey when we were younger but the fact is that's not possible for everyone. So to learn the fundamentals from our seasoned coaches Amy and Bradley (both were great btw), it was a blast.

No matter how many lessons we take, the only way we can improve is to practice, practice, and practice some more. I found backwards crossovers the most difficult, and I'm still trying to master power stopping on both sides. My tip for you beginners out there? Bend your knees and stay low.

Where did you learn how to skate?