HOW TO BRAKE

  1. Bend your knees – It is important to lower your center of gravity and help you keep your balance when stopping.
  2. Move your feet into position – Your dominant foot should move forward slightly, while your non-dominant foot moves backward. Shift more of your weight onto your dominant/front foot, so that your non-dominant/back foot will be free to reposition.
  3. Make the T – Raise your back foot slightly so that you are gliding on only your front foot. Turn your back foot at a 90-degree angle, perpendicular to your front foot. Gently lower your back foot, allowing it to make contact with the skating rink floor. Continue to keep most of your weight on your front foot.
  4. Maintain your trajectory – Keep your hips facing forward in line with your front foot. If you allow your hips to open up or get pulled to the side, you’ll start to veer off course, which could result in a collision with another skater.
  5. Come to a stop – Continue dragging your back foot until you come to a stop. The more pressure you apply to that foot, the faste you’ll stop – but be careful not to stomp down too abruptly or you may lose your balance.