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05-07-2011, 09:40 AM
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backward crossovers

i started playing hockey probably a year ago and i have gotten decent i think the one thing holding me back is backward crossovers i can do forward crossovers both ways any tips or video that helped you?

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How comfortable are you going backwards in general? For me, backwards crossovers didn't get really good until I was comfortable going backwards on one foot. That's where you should start - work on backwards one-foot glides, then one-foot backwards inside edges, and one-foot backwards outside edges. Lotsa good drills and tips in these two videos:

Try to force yourself to spend half your practice skating time going backwards, and it will become natural in no time. You need to get yourself to the point where you can skate backwards without thinking "hey, I'm going backwards now", and then crossovers will be just as easy as doing them forwards.

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Great advice ^

I found that I learned how to do them while on roller skates because compared to ice, pavement and the wheels are more grippy; allowing me to be more stable going backwards on one foot and such.

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definitely practice in roller hockey if you can. Ive always skated a ton of roller and its made me a great skater for ice

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Originally Posted by jwitz04 View Post
definitely practice in roller hockey if you can. Ive always skated a ton of roller and its made me a great skater for ice

yes sir

I have actually just learned my backwards crossover come at the price of some skinned elbows but that part of learning

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I am reasonly proficcient at this now even though I've only skated for about 4 months...

practice practice practice...

I find that thinking in the term of cross-under makes the most difference, and taking defencive shifts most often will be the best application to force you to learn fast.

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