(Hockeyshot) – To become a complete skater, you want to be able to explode on the ice from a gliding or stopped position. Many skaters take too much time to gain speed. Hockey is a game of transitions, and you must master the quick start to gain speed quickly from any positions. By following the quick start technique you will gain speed a lot faster. You should also engage in off-ice training and conditioning, as your leg strength is the vital factor in achieving an explosive start.
• Bend knees deeply (you will need all your leg muscles to engage in a powerful start).
• Form the letter ”V” with both skates with your knees pointing outwards.
• Spring forward and drive off from the ball of your foot.
• Fully extend your legs on each stride and fully extend the ankles (a lot of the explosive speed comes from the ankle flexion).
• Visualize yourself as a sprinter (you should be jumping and landing on your fist 3 to 4 steps).
• Thrust your body forward and transfer as much body weight as you can to the jumping foot.
• Focus on having ”quick” feet as the faster you execute your jumping strides, the faster you will gain speed.
• Good deep knee bend is vital to a quick start.
• Engage in off ice training to develop powerful leg muscles (the more powerful your leg muscles, the more explosive you will be on the ice).
• Do not lean your body too far forward, as you will loose your balance.
• The ability to get up on your toes is what will get you to explode faster.
• Keep on practicing and don’t get discouraged (improving explosiveness takes time and practice).