How to Stop on Skates for Beginners

Two Methods:The 'V' StopThe Hockey Stop

Being able to stop on skates is a very important thing to learn. It will reduce chance of injury and can be fun sometimes. Below you will find out how to stop two different ways, but it is suggested that you learn the "V" stop first.

Method 1
The 'V' Stop

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    Start off slowly. Give yourself just a couple of pushes while keeping your knees bent slightly (like sitting in a chair).
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    When you are ready, point your toes inward like a V shape. You should be gradually coming to a stop.
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    Keep practicing that and try going a little faster, but not so fast that you think you'll crash.

Method 2
The Hockey Stop

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    Start at a slow speed and slightly bend your knees (like sitting in a chair).
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    When you are ready quickly turn one skate to any side. It's a good idea to learn how to stop on both sides.
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    When you turn your feet sideways, you should push/dig your feet into the ice to have a quicker, faster, and sharper stop.

Tips

  • In first learning, a helmet might be a good idea, especially if you are toed-out. Some people will accidentally go into a turn when they're trying to stop, which can easily result in a loss of balance.
  • Remember to stay at your own pace and try to take things slow.
  • Don't expect to be able to do these stops on the first try.
  • Don't give up! You will eventually learn how to stop on skates.
  • Always keep you knees slightly bent.
  • Be ready to fall - if you fall, you know that you are trying hard.
  • Try not to look down, though sometimes it might be a good idea to do that and figure out if you are doing something wrong.

Things You'll Need

  • skating rink
  • skates
  • protection such as knee pads or shin pads
  • gloves or mittens
  • helmet, no matter what kind, any head protection is very important

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Categories: Ice and Figure Skating