Purpose

Defenders practice skating backward.

Setup

  • Players line up at the goal line in the corner of the rink.
backward skating with cones drill

How it Works

  1. Coach blows his whistle or says “Go.”
  2. First player in line skates backward around each cone.
  3. When first player is about halfway through the cones, the next player goes.
  4. After all players reach the center line have them skate backward around the cones back to the goal line.

Coaching Tips

  • Players should keep their knees bent and their chests up as they skate backward.