"One simple clinic and your instructors accomplished what my son's coaches and I have been trying to do forever, lengthen his stride for more power and speed! We skated for the first time since the clinic four days ago and everything they taught him has stuck. He almost beat me in a full lap race. He really dove into the corners with tight turns and a quick burst coming out from the net area."
David F. Columbus OH 2011
Backward Crossover Video mini lesson by Instructor Team Leader Alan Noble.
The crossovers shown are best used for gaining acceleration and lateral mobility and should not be done in a one on one situation.
Also players shouldn't do the "reach in" technique until they have already mastered normal backward crossovers powerfully and to full extension. When players try to do the reach in and have not fully grasped the technique of the normal crossovers, it tends to make the crossovers worse rather than better. It would be like adding in a puck to the forward stride before the player has the normal stride down, its just too much to think about right off the bat and should be built up to in a progression.
Skating just got Incredibly Important for D
Defensemen struggle in the new NHL, because for their entire life they could use their stick illegally -- to a greater or lesser degree. Now they can't at all. They have to play the opposing forward as if they have no stick in their hands so they are required to mirror him perfectly. Actually, they must also learn to poke-check again, something that's been missing for thirty years.
By Jack Blatherwick, Ph.D. / Physiologist, Washington Capitals Hockey Team.