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How to T-Stop on Inline Skates
How to stop on skates by dragging one skate behind you.
The t-stop is a stopping technique used by
inline skaters, ice skaters and quad roller skaters.
What is a T-Stop? (Definition)
A skater performs a T-Stop by dragging one skate behind
them until that skate causes enough friction to slow
the skater down or make them come to a complete stop.
How to Do a T-Stop (Tutorial)
How I Learned to T-Stop
Before you attempt to drag your back skate:
Put all of your weight on your front foot
Make sure both knees are deeply bent
Make sure your front skate is facing straight ahead
Make sure your back skate is exactly perpendicular to the
front skate (this will prevent you from spinning when your back foot touches the ground).
Start practicing the T-Stop by tapping your back foot on the ground v-e-r-y lightly.
Exert only enough gentle pressure to get comfortable with the
feeling of touching your back foot to the ground, but not enough pressure
to cause any spinning or stopping.
Slowly and gradually, as you gain confidence, start exerting more
pressure on your back foot, until you find you are able to confidently
slow yourself down, or even make
a complete stop, by dragging your back foot.
Keep practicing your T-Stop at every opportunity, until you
no longer find yourself thinking about how much pressure to apply
to your back foot, because it all comes naturally.
This technique for learning the T-Stop was taught
to me by Janet Miller Sheehan, owner of the
California Skate School
in Southern California. Janet was selected by the
International Inline Skating Association (IISA) as
their 1996 "Instructor of the Year", and she
is an IISA examiner for certifying new inline skating instructors.
In a 1-hour lesson, she taught me everything there is
to know about doing a T-Stop (Thank you Janet!).
What's Good About a T-Stop?
The T-Stop a good technique to have in your arsenal of stopping
and slowing-down methods. Every skater should learn the technique,
even if they prefer to use their friction heel brake for stopping.
Learning how to do a T-Stop
is a good exercise in skating with more control, because
you need to have good balancing skills to perform it successfully.
What's Bad About a T-Stop?
THE BIGGEST DRAWBACK: There is one T-Stopping drawback that everyone will agree with:
The technique is very hard on your wheels. If you use this stopping technique
on a regular basis you will find yourself rotating and
replacing your wheels more often than the average non-t-stopping skater.
ANOTHER DRAWBACK: For me personally, the
T-Stop is more of a slowing down technique than a stopping
technique, because I can stop more quickly and reliably using
my friction heel brake. If you frequent many inline skating
message boards and news groups, you know this topic (t-stop vs. heel brake)
is a topic that can always be counted on to generate a hot
debate among skaters with differing opinions.
T-Stopping While Skating Backwards
Tony Chen on the Backwards T-Stop
From the Internet
Scott Weintraub T-Stop Tutorial
Liz Miller T-Stop Tutorial
Tony Chen on the T-Stop
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