Weaving from one side to another creates lateral mobility and is the basis for faking (deking). Faking is accomplished by crossing over one way (right over left) and then alternating to cross over the other way (left over right). In weaving crossovers a third step must be added to the crossover sequence to neutralize the feet, the original direction of curve, and body weight. Only after the neutralizing step can a player skate in the new direction.
We have discussed the first two steps and first two pushes of crossovers in previous articles and tips. Here we will discuss the all important third step and accompanying third push.
The Third Step
Note: Contrary to straight forward or straight backward skating, lateral motion requires wide base. In order to shift weight rapidly from side to side, the feet should be somewhat wider apart than the shoulders. The following sequences show forward and backward weaving crossovers.
Skaters should practice variations of weaving crossovers down the ice:
by Laura Stamm, © March 2005