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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryKing View Post
    I've got a stupid question. I've never been to a stick time session. So... What actually happens? Do you run through drills? Or just play with yourself (giggity)?

    I went from playing roller hockey then decided to play ice hockey one night at a Pasadena ice pickup game. I kept playing in pickup games and got a little better over time. I'm wondering if stick time would have helped me.
    Stick time is generally open ice where you can work on skillz but not in a game format. Some times people do drillz in a quasi-organized fashion.

    A good thing to do is pick one item and focus on it the whole time.

    Example(Recommended order):

    Note: Stick handling can be done on dry land with a roller hockey puck on a flat tennis court smoothness court. Once you get use to stick handling with a puck you can use a golf ball to work on the quick soft hands.

    1) Skating skills (Forward/ skating, stopping forwards/backwards, turning (forward and backwards) (Can be done at normal ice sessions but if the stick time is empty you will have more space without worrying about other skaters)

    2) Skating skills with the puck (Forward/ skating, stopping forwards/backwards, turning (forward and backwards)

    3) Passing forehand and backhand

    4) Passing while skating forwards/backwards

    5) Shooting (Wrist shot, snap shot, slapshot, and the backhand) (Can be done on dry land against a brick wall with a roller puck)

    6) Shooting while skating (Wrist shot, snap shot, slapshot, and the backhand)

    7) Using a buddy you can work on skating, passing, receiving, and shooting all in one drill. Make up the drill and try it out.
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    I posted it in another thread but got no nibbles, but anyway, a buddy of mine organizes a pick up game late Friday nights at Pickwick in Burbank. Usually 11:30 ish to 1am. Skill level is beginner to decent. Beginners are absolutely welcome. Let me know if anyone is interested. I try to make it out there when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnholyGoalie View Post
    I posted it in another thread but got no nibbles, but anyway, a buddy of mine organizes a pick up game late Friday nights at Pickwick in Burbank. Usually 11:30 ish to 1am. Skill level is beginner to decent. Beginners are absolutely welcome. Let me know if anyone is interested. I try to make it out there when I can.
    I'm definitely interested in this, or will be once I get shoulder pads and my hockey socks arrive in the mail. I'm a decnet/intermediate-ish skill roller hockey player and total beginner on ice
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    Early morning on the weekdays at valley ice are pretty empty. 2-3 people usually.

    I took a beginner hockey class at Pasadena a few months back. I didn't hate it but I felt that all the stuff they had me do could have been done by watching YouTube how to videos and practicing them during stick time. Lots of people really enjoy it though.

    I do recommend the beginner class at the Toyota Sports Center. I enjoyed myself any time I went out there. Pasadena was a lot of boring drills by yourself and the class went by so fast and Toyota Center was more scrimmage drills playing with other people.

    The best advice I can give is just continue to get out on that ice as often as you can and work on every aspect.
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    For the beginners to save on the price of hockey sticks, you may want to start with a wooded hockey stick. They break less and you can get a good one for about $30.

    Now, if someone ispestering the hell out of you on the ice, hold youe hockey stick with the end just behind your elbow. Get next to your opponent and stick him/her over and over again in the same spot between the pads. You will probably: A) draw a penalty when they get pissed off and B) take them off their game.

    Monkey OUT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlon View Post
    Early morning on the weekdays at valley ice are pretty empty. 2-3 people usually.

    I took a beginner hockey class at Pasadena a few months back. I didn't hate it but I felt that all the stuff they had me do could have been done by watching YouTube how to videos and practicing them during stick time. Lots of people really enjoy it though.

    I do recommend the beginner class at the Toyota Sports Center. I enjoyed myself any time I went out there. Pasadena was a lot of boring drills by yourself and the class went by so fast and Toyota Center was more scrimmage drills playing with other people.

    The best advice I can give is just continue to get out on that ice as often as you can and work on every aspect.
    Do you remember which class you took? Hockey 1, 2, or 3/4? I chatted with the people at the rink yesterday and they seemed to think Hockey 3/4 would be the class I'd take, noting that for 1 & 2 it's just all skating drills but for 3/4 you do hockey things like drills with a stick and pick and full gear at all times

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    I'm only aware of two adult classes for hockey at the TSC. There's one for those who have never skated before and one for those who know how to skate. I was on the second one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlon View Post
    I'm only aware of two adult classes for hockey at the TSC. There's one for those who have never skated before and one for those who know how to skate. I was on the second one.
    I was actually talking about Pasadena, since you mentioned you had taken a beginner class at Pasadena that you weren't really satisfied with. Do you remember which level it was there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnholyGoalie View Post
    I posted it in another thread but got no nibbles, but anyway, a buddy of mine organizes a pick up game late Friday nights at Pickwick in Burbank. Usually 11:30 ish to 1am. Skill level is beginner to decent. Beginners are absolutely welcome. Let me know if anyone is interested. I try to make it out there when I can.
    I am also very interested in this....can't do it for a few more weeks, but that is a great time for me!

    And, I absolutely agree with mitchrock that you should use a wooden stick. I love my wooden stick! I have never used a composite or one of the fancy newfangled ones. The only one that feels good to me costs $250, so I will be sticking with my nice Sherwood. It was only $30 at Discount Hockey in Woodland Hills where they also do an amazing job of skate sharpening. I am very, very particular about my sharpening, and I have skated 6 very long sessions on this sharpening and think I still have a few more times before I need to get them done.
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    Yay !!!! Another wood stick user ! United !

    Boahockey makes custom wood sticks (custom curve, custom paint, name stamped on) it takes a little while to get those but I really like mine. About $50 but Im happy. I actually made several shots where I intended them to go. Not once but TWICE ! They also have 'off the rack' ones for less that ship fast. And they're made in 'Murrica.

    Otherwise its an old $10 twig I picked up at the Hockeytron grand opening sale. LoL
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