General Skating

Forward Outside Edges

Workshop Lesson Plan




Consecutive Forward Outside Edges

The primary goal of this element is to display the ability to skater alternating curves on a forward outside edge.

The forward progress across the ice must demonstrate the ability to transition from one foot to the opposite foot while presenting an erect body line combined with natural free leg extensions and relaxed arm positions.

  • Smooth Transitions when Changing Feet
  • Blade Control when Gliding on One Foot
  • Perform with an Even Tempo
  • The Free Leg Extensions Should be Equal
  • Maintain an Erect Upper Body - Do Not Bend at Waist When Pushing
  • Relaxed Shoulder and Arm Positions
  • Emphasize pushing with the entire blade. However, toe pushing is expected at this level.
  • Free leg extensions should be low. The free leg should be a natural extension of the line from the hip to the toe of the skate.
  • Transitions from one foot to another requires changing weight while both knees are bent.
  • Gradually straightening the skating knee as the free leg extends backward and forward over the tracing.
  • An ability to hold a sustained edge should be observed.
  • Upper body position must not break forward at the waist.
  • Head should not look down while maintaining balance over the skating foot; however, the eyes may look down.
  • Hands should be waist high and the shoulders should be level.
  • The change of positions of the free leg and arms should not disturb the arc of the tracing.
  • All curves should be equal size and shape, with a minimum of sub-curves.
  • Skater should demonstrate the ability to check upper body rotation.
  • Glide on 2 feet in a straight line to practice arm switch – arms brush sides of body while switching.

  • Glide on 1 foot in a straight line, balance, switching arm positions, then moving the free foot from back to forward.

  • On a large circle, push onto an edge – balance, switching arms,  and changing the free leg from back to forward.