In this week’s video, we take a look at one of my favorite skating drills – The Star Drill. The Star Drill is a great, quick exercise to work on lateral mobility, stops & starts, and foot speed. It also has the benefit of being a great conditioning drill.
Some key points to keep in mind while running this drill:
- Make sure the player keeps his/her hips and shoulders facing up ice, don’t let them turn into the crossovers
- Force older players to push themselves to execute the drill with fewer steps – stronger skaters should be able to cover the ground from the middle to the edge of the circle in 2/3 steps
- Ensure they’re getting powerful starts off each stop
- Keep the head up