Backward Cross Strokes
The primary goal of this element is to demonstrate the ability to skate
cross strokes on edges that are equally proportioned down the length of
Introductory steps and crossovers on ends are optional.
- Sable core body
without flaying arms
- Cross strokes, not
- Pushes should be from the entire blade. Toe pushes
are not acceptable at this level.
- Free leg extensions should be a
natural line from the skater's head to the toe of the skate.
- Transitions from one foot to another requires changing
both knees are slightly bent.
- Stepping over the weight bearing skate is not acceptable.
- A long axis should be maintained.
- Upper body position must not bend at
the waist. Head should not look down.
- The skater must be able to maintain their balance over the
foot while transferring their weight to the new skating foot.
- Hands should be held out to the side at waist level.
There should be a minimum amount of upper body movement.
- The exact number of cross strokes per side depends on the
size of the skater
and maintaining their speed from start to finish.
- Skaters must be able to acquire power from the cross
- Weak posture and shallow edges are not acceptable.
- There should be a "ripping" sound. Toe scratching should
- Forward and backward cross strokes should demonstrate equal
power and control.
- 3 backward cross strokes
hold in position for 1/2 circle and repeat