For our first video of 2011, we wanted to go over a topic we covered at one of our recent holiday camps – backward quick starts. The backward quick start is an often overlooked skill essential for both defensemen and forwards.
Key Teaching Points:
- Low, powerful stance
- Don’t stand up when you cross over
- Start perpendicular to the direction you want to go
- Load the weight to your front leg and push powerfully, driving your toe into the ice (weight on the balls of your feet)
- Generate power with your under-leg by pulling with the outside edge
- Listen for two distinct pushes
- Keep your head and chest up
- Keep your stick in front of you
Stay tuned – tomorrow we’ll post a quick video outlining a couple practice drills for the backward quick start.