Wow, what a difference from Crew... the most I carry to practice is my uni-suit, sunglasses and a water bottle!
After a 50 minute drive I arrived at the Conway Arena. Talk about nice! It's brand new and the locker rooms were even freshly washed.
While getting dressed I got my jersey caught in my pads and had to ask a woman to help me. By the time I got all of my gear on, I was already sweating! But at least I wasn't the only one who had some trouble getting dressed.
There were about 15 of us at the beginner clinic and only 4 of us had never played before. We did everything from "skating 101" to basic drills. I actually wasn't too bad. I practiced stopping and did pretty well, which was surprising since I couldn't do it at all the last time I skated.
The one thing I was lousy at was going backwards. The instructor started us on one of the blue lines in groups of two and had us do this thing where we moved our feet in and out; kinda like making hour glass shapes I guess. I was the second to last one to finish every time. But then again, the final time we did it I noticed most of my group started about 6 or 7 feet out from the line. (Those cheating bitches! ;-)
We did a rotating scrimmage of 3 on 3 at the very end. Good Lord. I actually did score two goals, but I got so frustrated a bunch of times. The puck would come to me and then stop between my legs. Instinctively I tried to back up to get it and then "whoosh!" I'd fall over. I'd scramble to get up and that was just a disaster. My legs would go out from under me and I'd just be flailing.
At one point I was going full speed to try and get the puck away from one of my opponents. I forgot that stopping thing and mooshed her into the boards. Thanks to all the padding, we both got a good laugh out of it at least.
So all in all, I LOVED IT!! I can't wait until next week's session. I'll try to have Tina come along with the camera to take actions shots. (Haha!)