Use videos of NHL (or elite females) players to watch how fast players skate (arm and leg movement and body position).
Focus on the 5 specific characteristics of fast skaters:
Arm movement side-to-side
Wide stride with a lot of space between skates.
Low recovery after push-off.
Quick recovery after push-off.
Videotape analysis of players skating to identify 1 or 2 things we can work on to improve skating.
Use drills to improve the performance decrements each player has.
Focus on “game-performance skating” — we get players to skate like they do in a game.
Work on the 27 Game-Performance Skating Characteristics
Use pucks on every drill.
Use rubber resistance and over-speed training for “quick feet” and acceleration.
We analyze, teach, give positive feedback, use game-performance drills, and motivate players to become better.