Have you just begun learning how to roller skate and need assistance slowing down? Perhaps you’re sick of slamming into walls, tripping over and landing in the grass, or grabbing your friend to stop. If so, then this article on how to stop on roller skates is especially for you.
We can learn this in a number of ways, starting with simple stop techniques like knee pads, the heel or toe brake, or spinout stops. Then you can improve your stopping ability by using a plow stop, a T-stop, or any other stopping technique. While it takes time, stopping at skates is just as important as grabbing safety gear. But until you fully comprehend it, you should exercise patience and keep practicing.
All facets of stopping on skates, from the beginning stages to advanced ones, will be covered in this article. Keep reading!
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10 Best Ways to Stop on Rollerblades
The ten stops are listed below, along with quick links to each. To make it simple for you to follow along, I have created step-by-step guides and recorded instructional videos for each technique.
I therefore hope you will learn something new, whether you are a beginner just getting started or a season derby girl. Let’s get started!
1. Toe Stop Drag
Learning to use the built-in toe stops while skating forward is the first method of braking. For beginners, this is by far the best and simplest way to stop.
Only quad roller skates and the majority of rollerblades will function with this technique. Due to the lack of toe stops on some aggressive inline skates and rollerblades, this technique will not be effective with those skates.
The toe stops of your rollerblades will be on the skate’s heel. The toe tops are on the front of the skates when wearing quads.
To use the stopper on quads roller skates:
- First roll forward.
- The next step is to drag your toe stop across the ground while standing on one foot with the other foot at a 45-degree angle.
- Put pressure on the toe stop.
- Your speed will gradually decrease as a result of this until you stop altogether.
To use this method on rollerblades:
- Roll forward to start.
- Then, with just one foot, lift the skate’s front portion while pressing the heel stopper into the ground.
- Put force on the toe stopper.
- You’ll eventually come to a complete stop.
Simply check that your toe stops—not the top of your boot—are making contact with the ice. You risk getting cuts and dings as well as damaging your boots if you don’t. Check out my article on the best toe guards if you are concerned about damaging your boots. Your boots will stay in better shape and be protected.
2. Taking a Knee
The following stop is a fantastic place for beginners to start learning how to stop on skates. It does, however, have one prerequisite. To use this method of stopping, you must be wearing knee pads. The benefit of this approach is that it functions admirably on quads, rollerblades, or inline skates.
- Move forward to start by rolling.
- Next, position both of your feet close together.
- After that, extend your arms into a T shape for balance.
- Take a slow kneeling motion.
- Stand up on one foot and let your knee pad scrape the ground. It resembles rolling kneeling.
- You’ll stop moving forward gradually.
My personal preference is to use stoppers rather than to kneel, but when learning to skate, some skaters and roller derby players favor this approach. Being on your skates while moving quickly makes stopping more difficult. It really comes down to personal preference and whether you have the necessary knee pads to make this stop.
3. T Stop
The T Stop is the next technique for slowing down while skating. It is possible to use this technique on quads, rollerblades, or inline skates. You must be able to stand on one foot and have good balance in order to master this position.
Due to the shape your skates take in this position, this stopping technique is known as the T stop. The wheels of one of your skates are used in this technique to stop moving.
- Skate forward to start. Please, no Frankensteins or mummies; just remember to budge your knees.
- Lift just one foot off the floor.
- With your toes pointed outward, rotate your lifted skate 90 degrees.
- Lay the raised foot back on the surface of the ice behind your moving skate.
- Be careful not to snag your rolling skate on the back wheels.
- Once you’ve stopped moving, apply pressure to your back foot. You come to a stop as a result of the perpendicular skate’s friction with the ground.
Note: The main disadvantage of frequently stopping in this manner is that more friction on your wheels can shorten their lifespan and result in flat patches. This may eventually cause your wheel to roll with an annoying thudding sound. This occurs when a single area of the wheel is worn down. This is something that needs to be done repeatedly, but I still felt the need to bring it up. Although this is a strong stop, it shouldn’t be used too frequently.
4. Slalom Stop
The slalom method comes after that. This position will feel very natural to those of you who have experience skiing. You slalom from side to side while you’re rolling until you come to a stop.
- Go forward on the rollerblades to start.
- Move on to turning your skates to one side while keeping your feet parallel.
- Then swiftly turn around and head around to the opposite side.
- Whenever you turn, shift your weight to the inside.
- Your skates will stop moving forward gradually.
5. Plow Stop
Another reliable technique for stopping while skating is the plow stop, which I personally prefer to use these days.
With the plow stop, you move your feet in and out in a motion akin to that of a pair of scissors. Either end of the scissor can be used to slow yourself down. Either when you spread your feet apart or when you bring them together.
This is an excellent way to slow down if, like me, you don’t wear toe stops.
- Knees bent and both legs parallel, skate forward on the rollerblade.
- After that, slowly spread your legs apart while keeping them parallel. Your legs should be at least two shoulder lengths (or more) apart.
- Push on the outside edge of your skate as you spread your legs as wide as they will allow. Your speed will be slowed by spreading your legs widely.
- Alternatively, if that sounds too terrifying, you can roll forward while turning your toes inward. Your feet will naturally reunite as a result of this.
- Kneel down, slightly lean forward, and press down on the inside of your skates as your feet re-join.
- You can stop by applying pressure to the inside edge of your skate and pressing down.
Note: If you are skating quickly, be careful not to crash your skates together or you will fall quite spectacularly.
6. One Toe Stop Going Backwards
I’ll then demonstrate how to stop while moving backwards. A toe stopper is necessary for both this position and position #6, which are very similar. Without a toe stopper, you cannot perform this position while skating inline.
On quad roller skates:
- Start by skating backwards on the rollerblades.
- Next, adopt a regular skating stance by bending your knees and leaning slightly forward.
- One foot’s toe should be pressed against the toe stopper.
- You will eventually come to a stop.
- Start by going backwards on the rollerblades.
- Then, stoop your knees.
- Lift your toes up by pressing the heel of one foot down onto the toe stopper.
- You’ll eventually come to a stop.
7. Two Toe Stop
The process for stopping will be the same if you are going backward. We use both brakes simultaneously for this stop when using this method of braking, though.
- When going reverse, bent your knees,
- Tilt in an upright position with one foot, but don’t lean too far or else you will fall
- And keep this foot behind yourself
- Press it into your front knee
- firstly you will slow down and come to a stop
8. Power Slide
Another sophisticated technique is the power slide, for which you should have good balance and backward skating skills. This is what you must do.
- Turn around and sate backward
- Bent your knees leaning forwardly
- Turn your one foot at 90-degree, placing it behind you to press it into your front knee
- It will slow down you and results in a halt of movement
9. Spin Out
My preferred skating stop is the spin out maneuver. By quickly spinning in a wide circle, this technique slows you down and is visually appealing. You do need to be able to skate backwards, turn around, and spin at least once to use this technique.
- Skate forward to begin.
- After that, turn one foot 180 degrees and put it behind your front.
- Continue to maintain a small gap between your feet. 1-2 skate lengths is enough.
- On the inside edges of your feet, squat. You want to begin moving in a wide circle as your momentum builds.
- To stop, use this large circle and apply pressure to the inner parts of your feet. I regularly spin myself to a stop.
10. Hockey Stop
The hockey stop is the final stop. This is, in my opinion, the trickiest way to stop moving at a high speed without collapsing. Some will claim that the spin out is more difficult. Actually, it just depends on the skater.
When first starting out, you should maintain a slow speed to successfully use this technique.
- Move forward at first.
- Turn your feet in a curve while moving at full speed.
- Lean back a little while pressing your parallel feet out in front of you.
- Until you come to a complete stop, your wheels will slide along the ground.
When you get good at it, it’s a lot of fun and it looks really cool. You may also hear a loud screeching sound when stopping in this manner on a coated wood floor. I used to stop like this when I was a teenager just to catch some girls’ attention. People always turn and look when there is a loud noise.
I hope it was fun teaching you how to slow down on the skates. I hope you learned something new, regardless of your level of experience playing roller derby.
If you’re in need of some skates, be sure to check out my Best Roller Skates and Best Rollerblades pages, where I discuss my top picks for all different types of roller sports and skill levels.
Keep skating and get out there until next time!
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