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Fill in your information and they will find a spot for you to play! How cool is that. You can also try the hockey community to find pick-up games in your area. Also, you can ask your local rinks about beginner programs and leagues. Locally we have what is called a Never Ever League. These guys teach all aspects of the game over the course of 10 weeks. All gear and equipment, including two sticks and a gear bag are included. I have been on the ice four times with gear at our local stick time.
Totally intimidating the first time out, but has gotten better. I am truly terrible, but at 46 if not now, when? Thanks for all your articles and howtohockey.
I started skating last November and would never have had the confidence without your site. This new site looks great too! I am a 46 year old woman and going to play hockey for the 1st time this winter. I started about 2 years ago, at first with just skates and some public skate time. Not before long I was playing in mens league and know I feel so comfortable on the ice with other people.
It just some time and dedication. Going to try to play my first game of hockey soon at 40 years old. I can skate, but not well. Can stop facing my dominant side, crossovers on same side, skate backwards but not fast.
Really nervous about embarrassing myself! I am an assistant coach on my sons Atom team and one of the parents of a kid on the team invited me to play with him in their rec league.
So you think you can turn up and instantly be a Air Hockey Hero? For us mortals, here are some Air Hockey Tips to improve your game and help you win matches against your friends and family. There are several ways to hold the mallet. A lot of the time a new players first instinct is to grab the central knob with the palm facing either down or to the side of the knob. This is ok, but is not optimal if you want to play with speed and accuracy.
Many of the pros hold the mallet by bending their middle finger and placing it against the back of the knob whilst the forefinger and ring finger are placed to the side of the knob.
The thumb and small finger do not touch the mallet or the table. Personally, I place all four fingers in the mallet rim behind and to the side of the mallet. Not holding the mallet with your palm allows for greater wrist action, control and faster shots. The are several shots you can use to score a goal, but before we get to some of the better examples, a quick note on where on the air hockey table you should strike the puck. You can strike the puck anywhere upto the centre line as long as your mallet does not cross the centre line.
You have 7 seconds to take your shot. Use this space and time to line up your shots. Do not strike all your shots near your own goal — the puck has further to travel and your opponent has more time to react. The aim of this shot is to hit the puck straight into the corner of your opponents goal.
If you whip your stick in an arc as you're passing, it's harder to predict where the puck will go! The puck could leave your stick at any point in the arc. Again, it is extremely important to make sure both hands move in the direction of your target.
Imagine a straight line drawn on the ice that leads to your target. Your stick should travel in the direction of this line as you pass the puck. These suggestions apply when receiving the puck on either the forehand or the backhand.
As the puck is coming towards you, move your stick towards the puck and tilt the top edge of your stick towards the puck. As the puck contacts your stick, let your stick move a bit in the direction of the puck to cushion the impact of the reception.