Being able to balance on one foot is a fundamental skating skill. As with the basic stance, the player must keep the knees and ankles flexed to maintain balance. However, all of the player’s weight will be transferred to the one foot remaining on the ice. Make sure the stick is out in front of the body so it cannot be used as a means of support.
Once players can balance on one foot, they can progress to jumping up and down.
Keeping constant flexion in the knee will help to develop greater agility and leg strength.