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Objective: To practice repeated quick blasts of power/sprinting (good for jammers); to get some good exercise; to practice transitions (if you so choose)
Typical length of drill: 7 mins timed (add or subtract minutes depending on your skaters' abilities)
Materials needed: None
Skill level required: None
Description: Have all your skaters line up next to each other along the long side of your rink/space. It's good for them to stand at least one arm's length away from the person next to them, so that they don't risk running into each other once the drill is going. The timer and the skaters start on a whistle blast. The skaters sprint from one long side of the space to the other. At each end they perform your choice of turning toe stop, hockey stop, T-stop or knee slide and then get right back to sprinting to the other side. That's it. The skaters simply sprint back and forth like this, over and over again for the entire time.
Additional notes: It's a classic, it's simple, some might perhaps call it boring, but it's effective. This kind of drill is done in a lot of different sports, and in fact, it also works really well off-skates where the skaters just touch a line or cone at each end instead of performing any sort of transition or stop. It's also a good base for variations. We will be posting some soon.
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