One of the most important skills that you will ever master on your new best roller hockey skates is stopping. If you can stop quickly and gracefully, you will have more control over your movements during a game.
You might already know some tricks to get yourself to stop, but you need to master stopping properly.
Whether you have been playing ice hockey and are transitioning to roller hockey or you are completely new to hockey, you need to master the roller hockey stop. For ice hockey players, the stop is not going to be the same and will need to be learned as its own move.
Step 1: Stance
To begin with, you need to be sure that you are in an athletic stance. This means your skates should be shoulder-width apart with your knees slightly bent. You will get a lower center of gravity in this stance and have better control.
This is the same stance that is used in many different sports, because it focuses on your center and gives you more control over your body. This will help you to stop successfully no matter what the speed that you are stopping at is.
Step 2: Shift Weight
Once you are in the athletic stance, you will need to shift your weight. Shifting weight is a skill you need in all aspects of skating, stopping included. It means that you are moving the majority of your body weight over one leg instead of both of them. The weight-bearing leg will need to bend to support that weight well.
You will need to identify which leg you are going to rely on as your stop leg. The back leg is the pivot leg. Whichever leg is more comfortable in front is the stop leg. Practice shifting your weight on the pivot leg.
Step 3: Turning Hips
Now that you know which direction that you would like to stop in, it is time to try it out. Begin by skating forward at a comfortable speed. Turn your hips the direction that you want to stop in. While turning your hips, you will need to shift your weight on your pivot leg.
You will need to lean back slightly in order to do this effectively. Then, you will use your stop leg by digging your wheels in and turning.
Step 4: Mastery
When you have the general idea on how to stop, you will need to practice the speed and order of your stops. If you need to stop quickly, more of your weight will need to shift forward onto the stop leg, whereas with a slower stop, all of your weight should be on the pivot leg.
The angles that you move your wheels at will also affect how quickly you can stop. If the angle between your wheels and the floor is higher, you will be able to stop faster than if the angle was lower. You will slide more with a lower angle as well, giving you a more gradual stop.
Remember that the faster that you stop on your skates, the quicker that you can be off again in another direction. Keeping light and quick on your skates will give you an upper hand against your opponents.
If you are not comfortable stopping quickly yet, start with a slower stop and work your way up to a faster stop. Control is everything. The more control that you have over your body and your skates, the better your game will be.
When you are using new wheels, you will have a harder time stopping than with more worn wheels. If you have trouble at first, keep at it. You will want this skill to improve your overall game play.
As is the case with any new skill, mastery only comes from practice. Keep practicing your roller hockey stop at varying speeds in order to learn how to do it quickly when you need it the most.
Once you have become a stopping master, you will find that your focus in the game will be less on your feet and more on defeating your opponents.
Hey there, my name is Shawn and I’m a semi-professional hockey player. I’m also the founder and chief editor here at Hockey Pursuits. I love playing hockey and helping players improve their game and that’s why I decided to start this blog.