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5 Off-Ice Ways to Improve Skating

Skating: It's the first skill players learn in the game of hockey. It's a skill that sets our sport apart from others and one that is absolutely necessary in order to succeed on the ice. Here are five effective ways to tackle and correct any skating woes plaguing players this season.
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(B) Body Check
The body check is the end result of a number of skills coming together in a defensive tactic designed to regain puck possession from the opponent. While body-checking is not allowed until the 14U age category, it is important for 12U players to be exposed to proper body checking in practice.
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Q: What does my son need to do to get ready for body-checking?
A: The transition to body-checking for young athletes is not an overnight adjustment. Acquiring proper skills and readiness for body-checking begins at the youngest ages of mites and continues all the way through peewee hockey and beyond.
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