How to Skate Backward in Rock Hockey
How to Skate Backward in Rock Hockey – Skating backward is a technique you will frequently do as a hockey player. You need to do this movement primarily when you want to return to your position during play or when the puck goes out of play. You will also need to skate backward on other occasions, such as when dealing with an opposing player and when you want to take a defensive position. You may sometimes need to efficiently use this technique when attacking. In a nutshell, backward skate is not less important than forward skate. You have to master both techniques to be a professional hockey player.
Skating backward may feel awkward the first time you do it. Moving backward while wearing your skates on a slippery surface without having a clear view of where you are going may give you an edgy feeling. Think about doing it under pressure in a tense hockey game. It will truly be a challenge, right? If you want to beat this challenge easily, you should practice backward skating by paying attention to the two most important factors of steady backward skate: starting stance and backward striding technique.
When you are getting ready to do backward skate, you have to stand steadily with your legs and ankles bent. Pretend as if you are sitting on a chair and you are good to go. Be sure that you don’t bend your back because doing so will not give you extra power. In fact, if you bend your upper body, your center of gravity will be far in front of the middle of your skates, making it harder to skate backward. Keep your upper body straight in order to position the center of gravity right in the center of your skates. Just bend your knees and ankles and you are ready for action.
Striding Backward Technique
When you skate forward, you will do the regular C cut as it is: you draw a true C on the ice to gain forward momentum and to push your body. When you skate backward, you will also do C cuts to push your body backward; however, the shape you draw is something like a question mark or teardrop instead of a true C. This way, you can gain the most power to stride backward smoothly and steadily.
Let’s be more specific. You should start each of your C cuts by extending your feet as far as possible from your body so that you can create the fullest C cut possible, thereby boosting your power for a fast backward move. Push your skates 45 degrees outward to gain the most pushing power. At the end of each C cut, recover properly to make a full C cut and to get ready for the next C cut. Practice with one foot for a while before you try to push backward using both of your feet. To achieve smooth backward movement, the gliding foot, i.e. the foot that doesn’t do the C cut, must be kept in straight line.