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    Where do you skate? Maybe someone can meet you at a public skate to help.

    For hockey stops I don't think its as much as turning or swinging your whole body around as much as it is turning your hips.

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    Laura Stamm International Power Skating System is coming to Lakewood in a few weeks, well worth every penny.

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    Welcome to the great(and expensive) sport of falling down. I started a little over a month ago myself. I skate at Pasadena once/twice a week. Usually the afternoon of my beginning hockey class on Wednesdays and maybe Fri/Sat nights if the girlfriend feels like a skate date. I also go to 2-3 stick times a week at the LA Kings Valley Ice Center(they have 2-3 stick times daily) which is where I've made the most improvements on my game. Best thing to do is set goals for yourself and skate multiple times a week. Pasadena has walk in lessons sometime on the weekends if you want to get your skating fundamentals down (which is by far the number one more important aspect of playing hockey).

    Stick times are the best because you can go in all your gear and try all sorts of different ways to fall. When I public skate, I like to wear my shin pads under some track pants and elbow pads under a sweatshirt. I sweat like crazy but totally worth it. You're gonna need pads in order to be comfortable enough to take a risk without the fear of busting your ass on the ice.

    For stick handling, there are a few great items that will improve your hands. Smart Hockey stick handling balls (ball designed to simulate the weight/feel of a puck but rolls around and can therefore be used anywhere), Green Biscuits(two disc plates held together by a bearing that slides around like a puck on surfaces where pucks usually can't), and wooden Swedish stick handling balls(small wooden balls that improve your hand speed). Any of these are awesome to just work on your handling at home.

    It looks like you already ordered some stuff online. But I recommend going to an actually local hockey shop so you can talk to experts on the game and really get a feel for the equipment before making the buy. I usually go to Discount Hockey out in Woodland Hills to pick up some stuff. They'll have everything you'll need to start out and will have answers to almost every question you have.

    But congrats on making the leap. Keep it up and you'll be improving exponentially. Trust me, the things I'm able to do after just a month make me wanna keep getting back on the ice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaddy View Post
    How much did your Vapor 3.0s cost? I went to jakes today and those fit me great and were reasonable price for $150 for beginner skates. I might start going to my local ice rink where I used to ice skate when I was smaller. Hopefully I could remember everything.


    Wow over priced at jakes. i got them for 90$ Shipped with 15% off from hockeymonkey online and just took them down got them baked and sharpened for free. Instore they are only 99$ plus tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Lososaurus View Post
    Where do you skate? Maybe someone can meet you at a public skate to help.

    For hockey stops I don't think its as much as turning or swinging your whole body around as much as it is turning your hips.
    At pasadena rink. I think my problem is turning my whole body and not keeping my shoulders parallel to ice so i swing around. Will try new again today. Im def trying and going as much as possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darlon View Post
    Welcome to the great(and expensive) sport of falling down. I started a little over a month ago myself. I skate at Pasadena once/twice a week. Usually the afternoon of my beginning hockey class on Wednesdays and maybe Fri/Sat nights if the girlfriend feels like a skate date. I also go to 2-3 stick times a week at the LA Kings Valley Ice Center(they have 2-3 stick times daily) which is where I've made the most improvements on my game. Best thing to do is set goals for yourself and skate multiple times a week. Pasadena has walk in lessons sometime on the weekends if you want to get your skating fundamentals down (which is by far the number one more important aspect of playing hockey).

    Stick times are the best because you can go in all your gear and try all sorts of different ways to fall. When I public skate, I like to wear my shin pads under some track pants and elbow pads under a sweatshirt. I sweat like crazy but totally worth it. You're gonna need pads in order to be comfortable enough to take a risk without the fear of busting your ass on the ice.

    For stick handling, there are a few great items that will improve your hands. Smart Hockey stick handling balls (ball designed to simulate the weight/feel of a puck but rolls around and can therefore be used anywhere), Green Biscuits(two disc plates held together by a bearing that slides around like a puck on surfaces where pucks usually can't), and wooden Swedish stick handling balls(small wooden balls that improve your hand speed). Any of these are awesome to just work on your handling at home.

    It looks like you already ordered some stuff online. But I recommend going to an actually local hockey shop so you can talk to experts on the game and really get a feel for the equipment before making the buy. I usually go to Discount Hockey out in Woodland Hills to pick up some stuff. They'll have everything you'll need to start out and will have answers to almost every question you have.

    But congrats on making the leap. Keep it up and you'll be improving exponentially. Trust me, the things I'm able to do after just a month make me wanna keep getting back on the ice.
    After one day i wanted to go on the ice. Its ver addicting and its something ive always wanted to do but never tried till now. I def check out in store before buying its only way to really find what fits good i believe. Im in the center of DTLA so not many if any local shops around here lol But wll def keep trying and trying till i cant go no more.
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    For stick handling, there are a few great items that will improve your hands. Smart Hockey stick handling balls (ball designed to simulate the weight/feel of a puck but rolls around and can therefore be used anywhere), Green Biscuits(two disc plates held together by a bearing that slides around like a puck on surfaces where pucks usually can't), and wooden Swedish stick handling balls(small wooden balls that improve your hand speed). Any of these are awesome to just work on your handling at home.
    Learning Basics (all can be done from your driveway):

    Step 1: Start with those hockey training balls to get the basic's down.
    Step 2: Move to a roller puck and learn how a puck feels.
    Step 3: Start trying to stick handle with out looking directly at the puck (using peripheral vision)
    Step 4: Switch to a golf ball this will improve your touch as the golf ball will react more then the training balls and pucks.

    Learning to stickhandle an object that is ment to bounce and explode off an any type of impact is better then a learning to stick handle off an object that requires effort to move. As you learn to control the quick reactions of the golf ball you will be able to react to the slower movement of the puck.

    Step Xa. In between each step change your approach on stick handling from various positions. (One knee down, two knees down, set up items to stick handle around, under and over, and be creative, etc..)

    Hockey Sticks with a closed face (No wedge or very little wedge) are much easier to stick handle with then large open faces. Also, same can be said with where the curve of the blade starts can also impact stickhandling. Sticks with the curve starting mid-way down the blade are easier to use then at the heel for stick handling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudfisher View Post
    Learning Basics (all can be done from your driveway):

    Step 1: Start with those hockey training balls to get the basic's down.
    Step 2: Move to a roller puck and learn how a puck feels.
    Step 3: Switch to a golf ball this will improve your touch as the golf ball will react more then the training balls and pucks.

    Learning to stickhandle an object that is ment to bounce and explode off an any type of impact is better then a learning to stick handle off an object that requires effort to move. As you learn to control the quick reactions of the golf ball you will be able to react to the slower movement of the puck.

    Step Xa. In between each step change your approach on stick handling from various positions. (One knee down, two knees down, set up items to stick handle around, under and over, and be creative, etc..)

    Hockey Sticks with a closed face (No wedge or very little wedge) are much easier to stick handle with then large open faces. Also, same can be said with where the curve of the blade starts can also impact stickhandling. Sticks with the curve starting mid-way down the blade are easier to use then at the heel for stick handling.
    One other note, watch the players in your beer leagues and the nhl, they aren't holding the puck on their stick in traffic, they are tapping it to change it's direction. Try not to think that your stick has to move with the puck, change it's direction and then receive it.

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    Golf ball is a good cheap alternative for stickhandling as well.

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    I started skating recently too!! (age 25) Definitely trying to get to the rink more often but its tough when you live in the Pasadena area and commute to Santa Monica for work..

    I was actually trying to find a good local hockey shop to go to pick up a good pair of beginner skates and some basic gear so I don't fear falling.. Saw a couple names listed throughout the thread but if anyone has any recommendations that would be great! Especially on where I'd be able to get the skates baked also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinji2787 View Post
    I started skating recently too!! (age 25) Definitely trying to get to the rink more often but its tough when you live in the Pasadena area and commute to Santa Monica for work..

    I was actually trying to find a good local hockey shop to go to pick up a good pair of beginner skates and some basic gear so I don't fear falling.. Saw a couple names listed throughout the thread but if anyone has any recommendations that would be great! Especially on where I'd be able to get the skates baked also.
    I work in west wood and live in downtown LA and still find time to get at least 1 hour of skate time at Pasadena! Next few days they have sessions from 8-10. Ill be there tonight even though kings are playing im serious about getting my skate on.

    Id recommend Hockey monkey in Irvine a bit of a drive but pretty awesome guys help you out look for right skate bake them and sharpen them for you. Post up next time you plan on going! could use a few more noobs for encouragement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xLAxKingsx View Post
    I work in west wood and live in downtown LA and still find time to get at least 1 hour of skate time at Pasadena! Next few days they have sessions from 8-10. Ill be there tonight even though kings are playing im serious about getting my skate on.

    Id recommend Hockey monkey in Irvine a bit of a drive but pretty awesome guys help you out look for right skate bake them and sharpen them for you. Post up next time you plan on going! could use a few more noobs for encouragement.
    Awesome!! Thats exciting! I'm pretty much the only one in my sphere of friends interested in skating and hockey so being able to meet up and skate with fellow LGKers will be awesome! Will they have the 8-10 time tomorrow night as well? Was gonna try to catch the train to LA Live tonight to see if I could squeeze into ESPN zone for the game tonight heh.. Though that may be a lost cause and just watching at home might be a better idea.

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