August 13th, 2007, 10:38 AM #111
I said try them on somewhere near you first then buy online but I guess you're right, it doesn't mean they'll have the same fit as the ones you tried on.
Originally Posted by SirJW
I got a pair of CCM 652 Tacks @ Encore sport on Ventura, maybe called something different now, but got em for $99 and paid 30 bucks to have them heat molded to my feet. With torn Lig's in both ankles that made such a difference.
August 13th, 2007, 10:54 AM #112
The best thing to do is hire a coach to work with you at sticktime (or even a figure skating coach to work with you at public skates). You may not have to hire them for long periods of time, hopefully only 2 or 3 sessions since they're only tweaking the stopping skills of a player who already knows how to skate.
Originally Posted by imamonsta
Somebody who knows what they're doing has to watch you to figure out your flaws, and you have to be able to watch them demonstrate it right. It's tempting to wish and hope that someone can type words on a message board that illustrate what you're doing wrong in your skating/stopping, but I don't think it can be done right that way (also why books on skating are futile).
Coaches typically run $60-$100/hour (group sessions are substantially less), but you knew this was an expensive sport when you started, right?
What rink(s) are closest to your home / work?
August 13th, 2007, 11:00 AM #113
thanks i was already debating on some lessons if that part doesnt come back to me as easily in the next few sessions i skate.
Originally Posted by beingbobbyorr
i live in the south bay so im close to TSC, Bay Harber & Ice Chalet in PV
November 20th, 2007, 08:44 PM #114
Alright, you guys have motivated me to try and learn to ice skate. I'm going to call a few places and get some more info. I'm moving to Fountain Valley next week or so. Does anyone in the area go to public skates or do lessons during the week? I don't really get home until 6:30 or so during the week so I can't make anything before 7pm usually. Just curious.
November 28th, 2007, 07:21 PM #115
There have been some excellent things passed along on this thread.
A few of my comments.
If you are going to learn to skate I suggest that you set yourself up to skate REGULARLY. There aren't any substitutes for regular ice time. Ideally you could grab one stick time/pick up game and one skating session per week.
Yes getting instruction on what to do right (aka don't start out with bad habits) is a fantastic idea. I am a student of Laura Stamm's so I'd advise getting her books and the video. This is particularly useful to read before you get skating session time. That's where you can experiment on your own time and begin to incorporate things you learn. MANY of the simple drills I can usually only focus on at skating session time can really improve your skating ability. They can make a huge difference on my lower body strength and the results of my skating.
As you improve it might be good to find out when some of the Bantam or Midget teams practice and get a close-up look at what they are doing.
January 6th, 2008, 03:24 AM #116
Finally got around to going to Westminster Ice today. Had a blast, but boy were my feet cramped as hell in those rental skates. I decided I'm probably going to sign up for lessons as soon as I buy some of my own skates. I'm a little flat-footed, and I've heard it can cause foot cramping without proper skates.
Anyone here skate there? I'm probably going to sign up for beginning adult classes on Saturday mornings.
January 6th, 2008, 12:33 PM #117
I've been "meaning" to sign up for a class there for the past year or so.
Originally Posted by Defgarden
January 11th, 2008, 09:24 PM #118
Originally Posted by Defgarden
Have you signed up yet? Let me know what class & I'll join you if I can.
January 13th, 2008, 08:03 PM #119
i have played roller hockey for 13 years and the reason i never tried ice is because the closest ice rink is over 2 hours away.
i recently moved to Northridge for school and really want to learn to ice skate so I can start playing some ice hockey.
One question I have is this. In roller hockey, we wear pants, but I know in ice, obviously they where the big socks and shorts. It is really necessary to switch to the shorts and socks for ice? Or i could I stick with the pants while I am still learning to skate?
January 24th, 2008, 11:42 AM #120
This is a wonderfully useful thread!
I'm buying my first pair of skates this weekend. My goal is to be in a beginner league come June/July. I've never played in my life, and I can understand Chinese better than I can skate.
I'll try to keep you posted on my progress. And i'll check back for any further skating/learning tips.