You have a few hours to kill before you head off to a game or another round of golf. Rather than wasting time at a desk or in a house, why not use the time to your advantage and visit a nearby rink or field? You might end up learning something new that will make the time fly by even faster! Here are some tips on how to do the hockey stop.
Be A Pro
There’s nothing worse than showing up at a hockey rink only to find out that the place is not going to be ready to play. Especially when you’re not prepared for the unexpected, you have a lot of stress and worry that eventually drains your fun out of the sport. Always check with the facility manager or coach before setting up shop at a rink to make sure that everything is going to go smoothly. For example, if there’s construction going on and it’s not clear when it will be completed, it’s important to find out what to do so you don’t mess up your plans. Sometimes there is no solution, especially if the construction is outside, but in other cases there are ways to work around the issue.
Watch The Ice
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to watch the ice. It really is incredible how much a frozen surface can tell you about the game. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, watching the ice is a great way to get familiar with the sport. There are always people around who can help if you have questions, and it’s the perfect place to learn how to play. Learning how to watch the ice is a great way to improve your game.
Learn The Rinks
There are many things you need to know about the rink where you will be playing, including the size of the ice surface and the location of the locker rooms and food concession stands. It’s also important to know how to get there and where to park. Sometimes you have to make a few detours to get to your destination. Knowing how to navigate can make a world of difference and save you a ton of time and trouble. Once you’re there it’s all about learning the layout of the place and knowing where to look for the most equipment and what is where. Make some time to walk around and get familiar with the ice surface before the first puck is dropped so you don’t have any accidents on the way to the bathroom during the game.
Check In Early
It’s always smart to check in early so you don’t have to rush to make your seat reservation or worry about finding a place to sit once the place starts filling up. Sometimes you can even get lucky and find a cancellation or two so you can get in some extra skating. You can get on the ice and work on your moves and skating technique while also getting some exercise. It’s important to get a good night’s sleep and eat healthy foods so you can stay strong during the game.
Bring Your Source Of Power
There are a few different types of hockey stops, but all of them begin with getting power to the ice. In most cases the electrical supply to the rink will be turned on several hours before the puck is dropped and turned off immediately after the final whistle. Sometimes you might even have to do a little bit of research to find out what type of power supply is used at the rink so you can bring it with you to use as a reference. Most rinks will use either 115 VAC or 230 VAC line voltage to supply power, so you will need a voltage converter at your disposal. While not essential, having a few different types of equipment you can bring along can make a difference in terms of fitting in with the other fans at the arena. Also, it prevents you from having to run around seeking power outlets to charge your devices before each game.
As you can see, there are several ways you can use the time before a hockey game to make it more enjoyable. Be sure to check with the facility manager or coach before heading out to ensure everything is going to run smooth and that you will learn something new. If you follow these tips and do your research, you will most certainly enjoy your time at the rink, even if it’s not for a game!