New Hockey Players – Start Slow and Be Safe!
Some of us have been skating and playing hockey for decades, while others start later in life.
If you are new to playing hockey or have never skated, don’t let that stop you.
It’s important to first learn how to skate, before trying to play hockey.
How To Videos are at Playing Hockey.
Tip: Don’t try to learn too much at once. Watch a video, then go skating. You won’t be a great skater right away. Be patient and keep practicing!
- Do you have a friend that can help you learn to skate?
- Check with your local rinks to see if they have adult skating lessons.
Tip: DO NOT purchase new skates or other equipment yet. Try to borrow these items until you’re positive you will be playing.
Problem: You are going to fall on the ice.
Solution: THERE IS NONE! You’re on a slippery surface, balancing on skate blades that are approximately 1/8″ wide while moving forward/backward, turning and stopping. If that isn’t bad enough, with every stride you take, you are briefly only on one skate. But don’t let all of this scare you, because the more you practice, the better you’ll get. You will still fall once in a while (everyone does).
Safety Tip: Before stepping on the ice, REMOVE your skate blade protectors (soakers/guards/covers). If you don’t, I guarantee you will fall, maybe get injured and definitely be embarrassed.
No Checking DOES NOT mean No Contact. Collisions still happen. You can also fall without being hit (it happens to NHL players).
BE SMART: I recommend wearing a helmet, gloves and elbows pads every time you skate.
Once you start playing hockey, wear all the equipment every time you play!
Have fun playing the greatest game on earth!
STAY ON THE ICE