To become an efficient skater, you need to focus on and master quick hockey starts. Here are 3 types of forward starts that will get you flying up the ice.
1. Forward Quick Hockey Start
One of the most efficient and powerful starts in hockey
- With this method, your starting position should be in the basic hockey stance (knees bent, chest up)
- The center of gravity is slightly shifted forward, with your body weight placed on the inside edge of the skate that will be driving into the ice
- Initial strides (3 to 4) are short and quick, without gliding
- As the number of strides increase, you should take progressively longer strides, pushing more to the side
- Make sure your driving leg is powerful and extends at the hip, knee, and ankle
This hockey start is used primarily at a face-off draw, for that quick burst of speed you want at the drop of the puck. The difference between the T-Start and Forward Quick Start is the positioning of the skates.
- Both legs are bent
- The leg that is driving into the ice is positioned at a 90-degree angle to the direction in which you want to go. The driving leg is positioned behind the leading foot, which is how the T is formed.
- The start is initiated by the force of the leg that is driving into the ice (inside edge)
- After the driving leg pushes into the ice, the leading foot is raised and ready to drive into the ice for a nice, quick hockey start
3. Crossover Hockey Start
Used when a player has made a complete stop. This creates the quick start.
- Try to keep your skates as closer together as possible (less than shoulder-width apart)
- Turn your head and shoulders toward the direction you want to go
- Lean forward, bend your knees, and keep your chest up
- Only one crossover is necessary, as you want to get into your forward stride right away
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