Bio: Retired after 35 years of teaching High School Science President of Stick to Science consulting Head Instructor for the NMHA Initiation program President Barrhaven Children's Softball Co-ordinator of Children's Activities at Canada Day in Barrhaven Helping Hand Renovations

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  1. Dom Macdonald says:

    Hi Dave, I noticed your comment about stick length on the parent rep checklist. Just so you know I always encourage my players to have stick length as per link below – chin or below on skates as opposed to up to their noses, especially for youth players. I’m sure you know this already and are just saying that for those who come in with the “extra long” stick to try to last it through the year!! Just in case you see my kid’s stick and say it’s too short. 🙂


    (Oliver’s Dad)

    • dwvip says:

      I agree in principle BUT there are a few reasons for that measure. Parents always can make a decision about their kids play.True too long sticks force a too upright stance and the heel of the stick to come off the ice . With beginning skaters who are just learning- too short a stick means that they reach for pucks and fall. The net result is that they are frustrated. Very young players do not “sit down ” on their skates to get more power since this results in a rocker effect (both forward and backwards) that their balance is not good enough to compensate for.A too short stick requires them to lean forward with a guaranteed fall. While kids skates have flat rocker meaning they are stable through a large range they do easily fall – (usually backwards). A big part of early skating is learning back to front stability (or instability).Lateral instability is far easier to learn because you can move your opposing foot to stabilize yourself.This is not as true in backwards crossovers… as most people can tell you. The difference between nose and chin is about 2 inches. The extra length allows for a little growth during the year and has the effect of allowing them to reach out for pucks in front and to either side without going past their balance point.. The 2 inches has no effect on their ability to produce power.Power in young skaters comes from their stride length, the extent their edges cut into the ice, the strength of their push off, the time the blade is in contact with the ice and their foot speed Timbits need to find a balance point from which they can pivot. For beginning skaters this point is slightly higher since their posture is slightly more upright. Only some professionals use shorter sticks since they allow them the toe drags and other higher end manouvers. It also has the added benefit of being able to shoot while falling down.They have the added advantage of being able to select their lie.

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