Backward Quick Starts [Video]
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.
4 Replies to “Backward Quick Starts [Video]”
Happy New Year!
Great video on showing the different points of view from the front and the side.
Didn’t know about the shoulders and keeping the stick in front – I’ll have to keep that in mind.
These little details is something I haven’t seen anyone else explain.
Great video. I’ve always been amazed at how quickly good defensemen can generate speed going backwards. Now I know the technique. Can’t wait to practice it.
Seeing the footwork in slomo from different angles helps. Going to try this again.
Excellent video! I am starting to play D in my league now and I am struggling to get started backwards.
This is exactly what I needed to know, thanks!