Edges- Last Newsletter we discussed the hockey stance and how important proper balance is to skating skills. Once a player understands the hockey stance we then develop their edges. Edge work is the base for all skating skills. When teaching Power Skating we discuss the following: inside edges, outside edges and flats. Young players often think their skate blades resemble a butter knife with one not two edges. Its important for players to understand that each skate blade has two edges. The use of inside and outside edges are implemented when ever a player chooses to move off a flat. The use of edges provides bite into the ice allowing for power, increased speed and turning ability. Edge work is taught while remaining in a proper hockey stance.
(A) (B) (C)
(A) Flats When equal pressure is applied to both skates, and both inside and outside edges at the same time we have flats. Flats are used for gliding in a straight line.
(B) Inside Edges In the hockey stance rolling the skate blades to “inside” edges.
(C) Outside Edges In the hockey stance pushing out the ankles rolling to the “outside” edges
Combining edges (inside and outside) are used in cross overs and tight turns
Soft Edges and Hard Edges - In addition to inside edges, outside edges and flats we also have hard edges and soft edges. The more vertical the skate the more flat (soft edge) of the blade rolling the skate over to a 45 degree angle creates a strong edge. For that reason we need to teach players when to use a soft edge or hard edge.
Edge work for entry level players have them in their hockey stance standing still demonstrate flats, inside & out side edges. Have them skate to the blue line and in their hockey stance have them perform their edges & flats. (watch their balance)
Advanced Edge Work - As the kids become more capable have them do it on one skate flat, inside & outside edges do the drills frontwards, backwards & mix in balance drills. As the player develops increase the complexity of the edge work (below) with tighter turns, frontwards, backwards with & without pucks.
Frontwards Inside Frontwards Outside Backwards Inside Backwards Outside