So, no Fresh Meat for me tonight. It's my very awesome friend Shannon's birthday today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRIEND) so after varsity, I am heading straight to her birthday drinks. To make up for the lack of Fresh Meat shenanigans, here is some more detail about the skills I need to master over the next little while. Tonight's subject, recovery tactics:
Skater must perform the following falls safely, correctly and naturally. Skaters must be able to slide into knee contact with the floor rather than crashing onto pads. Slides should be performed from a brisk pace without using hands or flailing arms. Recovery to a normal skating pace should be smooth and immediate unless noted otherwise.
Knee Taps (Left and Right)
- Performs each knee tap without coming to a complete stop.
- Taps a single knee without breaking normal skating stride.
- Recovers from knee tap without using hands to get up.
- Performs two consecutive knee taps in stride, with low recovery.
Double Knee Slides
- Knees do not make contact with the ground at exact same time.
- Returns to active skating within three seconds.
- Recovers without using hands to get up.
- Momentum used to initiate the slide is continued into the recovery to normal skating motion.
As I mentioned last week, we've already started with the double knee slides. In fact, that was one of the skills I learnt during my first round of Fresh Meat. All the other falls we learnt are no longer applicable though which is a pity, some of them were really fun. Anyhoo, if you want to view the full list of skills, click here.