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In this review I compare the old HockeyShot tiles to the new hockey training tiles. I look at how slick they are, how well the puck glides, how durable they are and how easy they are to put together.

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Air Hockey Tables


A normal air hockey table consists of a large smooth playing area, encompassed by a rail to prevent the puck and mallets from leaving the table, and slots in the rail at either end of the table that serve as goals. On the ends of the table behind and below the goals, there is an area to retrieve the puck after a goal. Also, tables will usually have machinery that produces a cushion of air on the play surface through tiny holes, with the purpose of reducing friction and increasing play speed.


Sometimes the machinery is deleted altogether in favor of a slick table surface, usually plastic, generally these are your cheaper models. One thing to note is that there are also pucks that use a battery and fan to generate their own air cushion, but they tend to break so they are commonly marketed only as toys.


USAA (United States Air-Table-Hockey Association) currently approves only the 8-foot tables manufactured by Dynamo for tournament play. Approved tables include the Photon, Pro-Style, older Blue Top, Brown Top, Purple Top or Black Top with unpainted rails.


A mallet is usually nothing more than a handle attached to a flat surface that lies flush with the surface of the table.


Thin discs of lexan polycarbonate resin are used as the hockey pucks. USAA approved pucks must be either yellow lexan, red lexan or the dynamo green.


Basic rules


Here are some basic rules as defined by the USAA:


* A face-off or coin toss decides which player gets the first possession of the puck.


* The first person to score 7 points by shooting the puck into the opponent’s goal wins the game. When the puck breaks the horizontal plane inside the goal, a point is counted, whether or not captured by the electronic scoring device.


* Once the puck is on a certain player’s side of the center line, he/she has 7 seconds to hit the puck back across the center line. Otherwise a foul is committed and the opponent receives possession of the puck.


* Placing one’s mallet on top of the puck, known as topping, is a foul. Here the opponent receives possession of the puck.


* A player cannot touch or strike the puck with any part of his/her body or with any object other than the mallet. Doing so causes a foul and possession changes hands.


* If the puck is on a clear path into the goal and the player stops it with anything other than the mallet, this is goal tending. Here the opponent receives a free shot.


* Hitting the puck when it is on the opposite side of the center line, or crossing the center line completely with one’s mallet causes a foul. Here the opponent receives possession of the puck.


* If the puck leaves the table, a foul is called on the player that caused the puck to go out of play due to offensive motion and the opposing player gets possession of the puck. Generally, when a player causes the puck to leave the table with a forward motion of the mallet, even defensively (known as charging), the foul is charged on them. An out of play foul results in the opponent receiving possession of the puck.


Game Play


Competitive (tournament) play is usually distinguished by the following:


* The mallet is gripped behind the knob using one’s fingertips, not on top of it. This allows more wrist action and helps the player to move the mallet around the table faster.


* For basic defense, the mallet is kept centered at least 8 inches out from the goal. In this position, very slight movements to the left and right will block virtually all straight shots. To block bank shots, one pulls back quickly to the corners of the goal. This is known as the “triangle defense”.


* Shots are often hit out of “drifts”, where the puck travels in set patterns designed to throw off the opponent’s expectations and timing. The most popular drifts are the “center”, “diamond”, “diagonal”, and “L”.


* Shots are often organized into “combos”, meaning groups of shots which are hit with the same apparent delivery but opposite directions, caused by hitting the puck at slightly different locations on the mallet. For example, a transverse motion of the right arm can lead to a “cut shot” to the left corner of the opponent’s goal or a “right wall under” (bank off the right wall, into the right corner of the opponent’s goal).

Mike writes on different air hockey related issues like recent tournaments, table reviews and links to air hockey table suppliers at http://mike-airhockey.blogspot.com/

Footbed / insole options to reduce foot pain for Hockey Players

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In this video we cover foot pain after skating and how footbeds / insoles can help. We talk about standard footbeds and and aftermarket footbeds like Superfeet, CCM Curex and the Bauer Speedplates.

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Last week I shared the Journey to the Hockey Cave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFTY-F_3hhM This week we drop the puck and play some hockey!
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LEARN TO ICE SKATE: 11 videos

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SHOOTING APP: http://howtohockey.com/new-isnipe-hockey-shooting-trainer-app/

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If hockey is your game, you may want to try playing hockey games online. You will find a wide variety of hockey activities at your perusal. Best of all, you can play them for free. This can be a great way to spend a Friday night after a long week of work or school. You can even have friends or family around to compete against each other. Regardless, what a great way to unwind and have fun.

One of the most popular online games to play are the sports games such as baseball, hockey, or basketball. In the past couple of years, online activities have become better, faster and very appealing due to technology. The colors, graphics and animation are spectacular to see. While playing hockey games online, you will actually feel like you are playing the game. Try to score as many points as you can within 3 minutes while your opponent is trying to reach the goal as well. You will keep wanting to try to beat your score for hours while having fun.

We all grew up with games and still play them as adults. You will be able to find a game for all ages. Maybe you will like adventure games such as being in a spaceship fighting off the aliens. How about a detective finding clues to solve a mystery or even a quest to find the treasure that is awaiting for you. There are also action games. How about shooting targets for points and see how high your score can get. There are super-hero games that may have a story attached to draw your attention. What about puzzles? There are jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and even action puzzles to spark your interest.

One great benefit of playing hockey games online is that there is no extra equipment to hook up like regular video games. You will not need to install software. You are mainly using your mouse or the keypad. Everything is right there for you. There are also instructions and descriptions to make it so much easier to understand. Internet games have become popular over the last couple of years. When you play some of these, it will definitely bring back the days of going to the arcade and playing for hours there. You will definitely feel like a kid again.

You will be able to access hundreds of games and play as long as you want without any hassle.

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A hockey stretching routine, as part of hockey training, ensures optimum strength, enhanced resistance to injuries and improved flexibility.

When performing this 10 minute hockey stretching routine, be sure to warm up first and if any of the exercises cause pain or severe discomfort, discontinue immediately. Review our article on the rules for safe stretching for more information… http://stretchcoach.com/articles/good-stretch-bad-stretch/

  In selecting the perfect field hockey stick, it is necessary to choose the proper length.  Choosing the correct length will enable a field hockey player to become a champion.  Because a player with the right length stick is more comfortable, he plays better. However, the perfect length stick varies among players.  This article describes two methods of choosing the best length stick.

  The first method is called the Dutch Sizing Method.  The player holds the stick with its head in the air, upside down.  The head of the stick is inserted in the arm pit, and the stick ends somewhere near the knee.  The key to proper fit depends on where the end of the handle is in relation to the knee.  It should be between the middle of the knee cap to no more than one inch below the knee cap.  The field hockey player selects a field hockey stick of that length, from the arm pit to the middle of the knee cap.  Amazingly, ball control improves with fewer unwanted lifted balls and fewer broken stick heads.


  In the second method, field hockey stick length is related to the height of the field hockey player.  In choosing a stick, a player should select the longest stick that he can control comfortably. A more skilled player can handle a longer stick.  Goalies prefer a shorter and lighter stick.  Two problems will become immediately noticeable if the stick is too long.  Too long a stick may cause undercutting of the ball with frequent raised balls. Another problem is excessive hard contact with the playing surface which causes fracture of the head of the stick.

  Players may be guided by the following list of heights and corresponding stick lengths: 4’3” and under, 31 inches; 4’3” – 4’6”, 32 inches; 4’6” – 4’9”, 33 inches; 4’9” – 5’0”, 34 inches; 5’0 – 5’3”, 35 inches; 5’3” – 5’7”, 36 inches; 5’7” – 5’10”, 37 inches; 5’10” and up, 38 inches.

  Both of the above methods are great in selecting the proper length field hockey stick.  Selecting the right length has advantages.  Field hockey players have better control of the ball and they play better.

Our goal at http://UltimateFieldHockey.com/ is to help you select the perfect field hockey stick for your level of skill and the position that you play. Ultimate Field Hockey offers Dita field hockey sticks and Dita field hockey turf shoes. Ultimate Field Hockey offers custom shortening and a free gift with any purchase! Visit the ultimate field hockey shop.

Zoë shows us what ice hockey is like in Malaysia and shares some great advice for all hockey players.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MALAYSIAN HOCKEY and Zoë below
Malaysian Ice Hockey:
Instagram – @malaysiaicehockeyfederation
Twitter – @MsiaIceHockey
Website – www.mihf.my

NEWS ARTICLES
http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/scoreboard/2015/10/16/no-more-cold-feet-for-the-ladies-womens-ice-hockey-gets-a-boost-with-fifth-edition-of-try-out-sessio/

http://www.kln.gov.my/web/twn_taipei/home/-/asset_publisher/8pPT/blog/supporting-malaysian-women-ice-hockey-team-on-25-march-2016?redirect=%2Fweb%2Ftwn_taipei%2Fhome

http://www.thestar.com.my/videos/2014/08/30/mihf-malaysia-invitational-ice-hockey-tournament-2014/

Facebook – Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation (MIHF) https://facebook.com/MalaysiaIceHockeyFederation/

IIHF – http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/countries/malaysia/

LEARN MORE ABOUT Zoë
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLVOI8is8HdKJYJJ_RYcTlg

IIHF CCOA 2016 – http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/team-life-with-malaysia/

https://youtu.be/IG6Ph8BT0ik (posted on iihf’s fb)

Instagram – @ungkuzoeanysa

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LEARN TO SHOOT – 5 video series:

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How to Skate (for Hockey Players)

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SHOOTING APP: http://howtohockey.com/new-isnipe-hockey-shooting-trainer-app/

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