In hockey, there are many things that can happen during a game. One thing that can happen is slew footing. What is slew footing in hockey? I asked this question when I was a kid and my friend said it means you’re trying to score from a bad angle. It’s not really clear. In this article, we’ll explain what slew footing is and why it’s dangerous.
What Is Slew Footing In Hockey?
Slew footing is a hockey term for when a player trips other players from behind. It’s called slew footing because when you do it, the other player goes down like he or she has been swept off his or her feet.
It’s not a very nice thing to do, and it can be dangerous. So it’s frowned upon by players and coaches alike. If you’re thinking about slew footing an opponent, know that you could get suspended from the game or even have to pay a fine.
But if you want to talk about it in polite company or just around your friends, you should use the full version: “Oh man, did you see that last play? Player A totally slew Player B!”
Causes Of A Slew Foot
If you play the sport of hockey, you’re at risk of getting a slew foot. This can be a nasty injury. The good news is that you can prevent it. You just need to know what causes a slew foot and how to avoid it.
Here are some facts about the injury:
It’s caused when someone kicks your legs out from under you while you’re standing on skates. Or your feet are otherwise unable to keep in contact with the ground
You can sustain a slew foot when you play other sports, too (like volleyball) as long as you aren’t wearing skates or have your feet off the ground
The most common injuries caused by a slew foot are sprained ankles, ligament damage, and torn meniscus (cartilage in your knee that helps it move)
A slew foot can cause your ankle to turn inward or outward; this is called an inversion sprain or an eversion sprain, respectively.
Another type of injury caused by a slew foot is a stress fracture. A stress fracture is when your bone cracks because it’s taking too much pressure. Like when there’s not enough lubrication between the bones in your feet and the skate blade
Effects Of Slew Footing In Hockey
Slew footing is an illegal tactic, and it can result in a major penalty. No one likes to be harmed, but slew footing poses a particular threat to hockey players. The sport takes place on the ice, and falling can result in serious injury.
The technique is usually done when the victim isn’t expecting it. Since the rule is that you’re not allowed to touch your opponent above the shoulders, most players are focused on their upper body. Often, the offending player will wait until the victim is vulnerable. When they’re reaching for the puck, before sweeping their legs out from under them with their skate or stick. The offending player may also try to push their opponent off balance by hitting them while they’re skating backward. This can cause them to lose control of their body and fall back onto the ice.
The best way to prevent yourself from being slew footed is to keep your knees bent and your center of gravity low at all times during play. You should also avoid looking at the puck directly; instead, look at where it has been and where it’s going next so you can anticipate what will happen before it does!
What Can Be Done To Prevent A Slew Foot?
If you’re looking to avoid a slew foot on hockey, you have a lot of good options. One of the best ways is to make sure that you always wear your skates correctly. A lot of people who play ice hockey play barefoot. So when they get hit, their feet are completely exposed. This makes it very easy for them to get injured.
If you want to stay safe, it’s important that you always wear your hockey skates with their protective gear on them. This includes shin guards and padding for your feet. If you don’t wear these things, then you may end up getting hurt by one of the many hits that happen during a game.
Another thing that can help you stay safe is to keep your head up while skating. You’ll find that keeping your head up will keep you from getting hit as often as other players do. If you’re having trouble keeping your head up, then it could be time to consider getting yourself some new skates or a new helmet.
Even though it is not necessarily the most fun part of the game, there are a few things that can be done to prevent a slew foot on hockey. The first thing is making sure that the skates are properly fitted and comfortable on your feet.
How Did The Slew Foot Occur In Hockey?
Well, you see…
The plain-toe skate was first invented in 1892. It had a simple blade that was attached to the shoe with a leather strap and two pegs. In addition, it was pretty much useless for anything besides ice skating.
A few years later, in 1895, players started trying out the rockered skate. This one had an upward curve on the front of the blade, which helped it move more efficiently through the ice. It wasn’t very good at turning sharply or stop-and-go movements, but it was great for straight-ahead speed.
This type of skate stayed popular until 1952 when the hockey skate took off with players. This one had a flexible blade that could be bent in any direction to give players more agility on the ice and help them fight for a better position in front of the net. The only problem was that some players would use their skates to pull an opposing player off their feet by their ankles, which is how we got slew foot. Nowadays, this is known as tripping and it’s a serious penalty in hockey!
Difference Between Tripping And Slew-Footing
Tripping and slew-footing are two common penalties. Tripping is when you use your stick below the opponent’s knees to make them fall. Slew-footing is when you knock your opponent’s skates out from under them, usually by shoving a skate between their legs from behind.
Both give the other team a power-play opportunity, but there are differences in the severity of these penalties. In addition to giving up a power-play opportunity, tripping will result in either a 2 or 5-minute penalty depending on whether it occurs during play or after play has been stopped.
Slew-footing has more severe consequences: A 2-minute penalty if it occurs during play. But if it occurs after the play has stopped it results in a five-minute major penalty for the perpetrator and also ejection from the game.
Can The Goalie Be Called For Slew Footing?
The short and simple answer is: yes, a goalie can be called for slew footing.
But why would a goalie do that? How does it even happen? Why would a goalie want to kick another player in the feet (slew footing is a kick to the back of the opponent’s legs)? It seems like an odd infraction for a goalie, who’s supposed to be keeping the puck out of their own net, not being called for penalties.
Well, we have some examples of goalies getting into trouble and some reasons why they might have done it.
Let’s start with the most recent example: Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. Price was playing in an exhibition game against Buffalo Sabres player Kyle Okposo, who was trying to score on him. Okposo tripped Price as he went after the puck, and Price retaliated by slew footing him. Price was given his second penalty of the game for this slew foot and was ejected from the game.
What about when players are trying to get around a goalie? Hockey is fast and goalies are big targets. can’t they just knock them down? Yes, but not with their feet. This is where we get into slew foot territory.
Slew footing is a dangerous move in ice hockey that should be avoided at all costs. Slaying is the act of moving your feet in quick, successive steps, often used as a means of evasion or to gain an advantage on the ice. With so much on the line, players and coaches should encourage a safe and smart play style that does not involve this potential danger.
James Anderson loves sports and writes about them. He is a sports ethicist who has studied ethical issues in sport for over 20 years. James is also an avid runner, cyclist, and skier.
Words from the Author:
‘’I have been writing about sports for over 20 years, and I am a sports ethicist by trade. My work has always focused on the ethical dimensions of sport, and I have studied it in depth both academically and practically. In addition to being an avid runner, cyclist, and skier myself, I love all types of athletics from baseball to gymnastics.’’