Breaking it down
We have an awesome speed skater on our team. Her mom, who is also an awesome speed skater, offered to come in and show us "a few things".
What she essentially did, was come in and break down the perfect skating stride for us, turns, backwards skating, jumping etc. Things that I have been doing for six years, and doing WRONG.
I can backwards skate, but always had trouble crossing over. She corrected my stance, and boom! Whizzing around the track like I'd been doing it for years!
Same thing with my stride. I'm one of the faster blockers on the team, but I FEEL like I should be faster. She broke down a stride for us, and I realized how much energy I wasted doing it incorrectly. I started pushing more effectively, and I could feel all the POWER in my legs that I don't feel normally. (I also found some new muscles to be sore)
Basic footwork and maneuverability was also a big part of the night. At the end, I felt like it was one of the most beneficial practices that I could have gone to. I wish I wish I wish I had done this six years ago!
Does your league bring in guest coaches to break down basics for you? I love our coach for her ideas on strategy, plays, pushing us hard, etc, but it was nice to have a guest coach come in and show us some basic skating! I have a lot of new things to work on now, that I can incorporate into our normal practice times!