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Old January 1st, 2017, 07:53 PM   #10
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Smile Hockey Stops or sliding sideways on your skates!

Hockey stops.

1) In general I don’t see anybody doing Hockey stops, unless you go to a skating session and it seems or appears those who do “hockey stops” do it with fiber glass wheels.

1a) So the key is a very slippery wheel, that does not provide much traction/grip laterally…lol!

1a) So when people are sliding sideways they are barely touching the wheels of their skates to the skating surface and really are just skimming across the floor like one throwing a flat rock across a pond or lake and the flat rock just skims or skips across the skating surface/or lake/or water pond.

2) When I did Hockey Stops over 50 years ago we were skating on a very hard clay wheel, Fo Mac Zephr skate wheel. The floors were very slippery and natural wood. The only way to get traction was putting a white resin powder on the floor which gave grip in only designated areas of the floor. The places that did not get powder were like the center of the floor and designated egdes of the floor, like around the outside perimeter of the rink/wall railing.

2a) So that is where the sliding occurred or where you stopped sliding before slamming sideways into the wall. The trick was to time it just right so when you stopped sliding you would be standing right next to the wall and stop sliding…lol!

3) When people are doing “hockey stops” they are “un-weighting” their skates. You kind of jump into the air, turn sideways, and very carefully brush the wheels across the skating surface sliding sideways, so really you don’t have much weight on your skates at all, as you are sliding sideways.

It’s kind of like your body motion is going up in the air as your skates lightly brush the floor while they are sliding sideways. It’s called un-weighting the skates. The faster you go before the slide the farther the “slide” will be. As you slow down the wheels grab more traction like when people ski and then at the last second you let all the weight down on the skis/skates and the wheels dig into the floor for the final stopping motion.

4) The key is very slippery wheels or slippery skating surface and unweighting your skates as they slide sideways across the skating surface. You still need skill and practice, but a slippery surface or slippery wheels is the key.

Larry O and good luck
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