August 13th, 2013, 04:27 PM #1
Best stick time for an absolute beginner
I started skating a while ago, (I'm 46) and am starting to feel a bit more comfortable on skates, but I still have not braved a stick time. I usually skate at Toyota Sports Center, and when I check out the stick time, I see ECHL warm ups, and guys who look like they have been playing their whole life.
I'm looking for a stick time where I can practice skating with the puck, (for the first time) and shooting. I'd like not to get in everyone's way, or be the only one there who learned as an adult.
I live in El Segundo, and travel up to the Valley occasionally for family, and I am willing to try very early or very late times to get the right place to go. Any suggestions for a fat old guy who has been on skates for a few months? Thanks for any and all assistance!
August 13th, 2013, 04:48 PM #2
try the 6am sticktime at TSC. There are a couple of regulars that show up all the time. Very cool guys. They taught me how to do a hockey stop. I've seen them around town and say hi. I suggest that one.
I did the Valley (panorama City) one with Lappy on several occasions during the day and it was just us there.
August 13th, 2013, 04:54 PM #3
Some of the other guys will probably have better suggestions, but I think it's cool you decided to start playing hockey. You're never too old to start playing. I started when I was 26 and have been playing for about 7 years now. Met some of the coolest guys and I love the game more than ever.
I started on roller hockey skates, playing at the Rose Bowl with that crew. It was cheap (free actually) and you get all the stick time you want. My suggestion, try roller hockey skates and you can practice in your own yard as much as you want. Eventually, play in a LGK ice game with us in El Segundo. All the guys are cool and patient with beginners out there. Like I said, the others here probably have a better suggestion, but this is what worked for me. My 2 cents. Have fun out there!
August 13th, 2013, 09:09 PM #4
Thanks Angry King and SuperCalo2000. I will give the 6am time a shot. Stupid question. Is it bring your own pucks, or do they dump a bunch out?
August 13th, 2013, 11:08 PM #5
Good for you! I just RE-started playing at 48! And I started the first time around at 28, played for about 9 years, then took an almost 11 year break. Let me know if you find a good stick time in the Valley. I know they have one on Sat nights at LA Kings Valley Ice Center, but haven't been. There used to be some good over-40 leagues around, but haven't researched enough to know if there are still any. (I always used to swear I would never play in the over 40 league! How young and foolish I was....) And when you feel ready, come out to an LGK game....people of all levels there. I will be the one sucking wind on the bench......
August 14th, 2013, 11:17 AM #6
Here's a tip from Coach mitchrock, since you are an absolute begginer, you must listen to David Bowie's "Absolute Beginners" to inspire you. Let me know when you have passed this stage and I will give your your next tip.
August 14th, 2013, 11:54 AM #7
Anybody know how busy the early morning weekday sticktimes in Panorama City are? I'm in the same boat as the original poster - just bought my first pair of ice skates a few weeks ago and have gone to maybe a half dozen public skate times. I've got a decent amount of roller hockey experience so pretty much everything translated quickly other than stopping - and at public skates I can't really practice stopping the way I'd like to with all the pedestrians and kids everywhere. All I've been able to figure out so far is the one-footed snow plough, I think by getting in full gear and just falling on my rear end 100 times I could figure it out in one or two stick times.
Oh and as a side note, does anybody have any experience with the adult beginner hockey classes in Burbank or Pasadena? Those are the closest rinks to me and I'm thinking of taking a class there because my goal is to play in the lowest level league they have by next spring/summer
August 14th, 2013, 02:55 PM #8
This is probably useless informationf or you, but KHS in Anaheim has the best stick time. They have ST 3-4 times a day (if not more) and sometimes they are back to back (i.e. 8-9 and 9-10). Ice is pretty bad, but you rarely have to share ice with private lessons and often times it's just you and 2 other people out there. I've heard stories of people having the entire rink to themselves.
August 14th, 2013, 06:41 PM #9
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.
August 14th, 2013, 06:45 PM #10
Stick time is where you hold your tongue on the ice and stick.