Hockey Stop

Ages 2-6-Play Age 1-4 years in sport

Objective: To go straight down the fall-line then rotate both skis simultaneously coming to a
complete stop.
Primary Skill: Rotary
Justification: This maneuver develops leg rotation; the ability to turn the lower body independently
of the upper body.
Slope: Beginner groomed terrain that is even from side to side, without sidehill or fall-away.
Set-up: Using Whiskers placed every three meters, lay out a 3 meter wide
corridor that is 9 meters long in the fall-line. A finish, 9 meters in width is
placed 9 meters after the last set of Whiskers such that it is centered with
the previous corridor.
• Skier starts at the first Whiskers in a straight run down the fall-line
• Skis remain hip-width
• After the 9 meter straight run, both skis are pivoted
• Skier comes to a complete stop in the 9 meter by 9 meter zone
• The task is performed in each direction
Criteria for perfect execution:
• Skier goes straight down the fall-line in the 3 meter by 9 meter corridor
• Skis are hip width and parallel in all phases of the drill
• Skier stops within the 9 meter by 9 meter zone
Kid-Friendly Start Instructions:
• Ski straight through the first section
• Then quickly pivot your skis to turn them
across the hill, turning both feet sideways at
the same time
• Stop by setting your edges
• Keep your skis hip-width apart the whole
• Then do the same drill turning your skis in
the other direction
Based on the description and criteria for perfect
execution above, the skier will be judged on a
scale from 0 to 10 where 10 is perfect
demonstration of the skill and task and 0 is the
inability to demonstrate the skill and task.
Base the total score on the average of the left and right trials.

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