Backwards Skating with a Hockey Stick
Learning how to skate backwards in roller hockey
Backwards skating is also a major asset in roller hockey. Thus as a defender, you can face the offense of the opposing team and have a whole view of the game. That technique requires several elements of the basic stance.
The basic stance of backwards skating
- upper body, knees and ankles bent (imagine that you lean on the tongue of your boot)
- one hand on the stick
- head erect to see around
The backward push
- start your stride from underneath your body towards the outside.
- you should keep your legs bent and your chest upright but slightly bent forward.
- keep your pushing foot on its inside edge.
- alternate the pushes to the sides in 'repelling' the ground, on the right foot then on the left, foot with a rolling phase in-between two pushes.
In order to skate efficiently backwards, you can slightly lean forwards. Putting a bit more weight on your toes may help backwards propulsion.
Proposition of drill
- Do half circles (scissors) with one foot: one to the left then one to the right, in order to gain momentum backwards.
- Then you can do backwards scissors.
- For the most talented ones, start crossing backwards to gain speed.
Mistakes to avoid
- head and body leaning too much forwards (risks of forwards falling)
- useless arm moves
- holding of the stick with both hands
- twisting of the head and shoulders
With or without puck, the stick always stays in contact with the ground!
Useful linksBy Jeremy Defossez and Alfathor
Photos: Bruno Delbart
Translation: Chloe Seyres