How to Stop in Roller Hockey Skates

How to Stop in Roller Hockey Skates
Many ice hockey players can become frustrated when they try to play their sport on a hard surface. The inline skates used for roller hockey are more difficult to maneuver than ice skates and are just as hard to stop. Many children's roller hockey skates have rubber bumpers the user can rub against the ground to slow down, but the best way to stop is by using the T-stop, also called a drag stop.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Roller hockey skates Helmet Knee pads (optional)
  • Roller hockey skates
  • Helmet
  • Knee pads (optional)
Step 1
Place all your weight on your dominant foot, keeping both knees bent. Your dominant foot should be facing straight ahead.
Step 2
Lift your other foot and touch it down lightly on the ground behind your dominant foot. The back skate should be perpendicular to the front skate to prevent spinning.
Step 3
Increase pressure on the back foot. The friction will slow you down and bring you to a stop.

Tips & Warnings

 
Put your brake foot down lightly early on, then practice stepping down harder. If you brake too hard without having a feel for the T stop, you stand a good chance of wiping out.
 
Always wear a helmet when skating.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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