This relay race has players working on foward stride, forwards to backwards transition, and backwards skating. The players should be shown a good demonstration first and then give them several repetitions before having them race. The players will go forwards to the tire, transition to backwards as they go around the tire, then backwards all the way to the goal line.
- flip the hips as you get even with the tire so your butt is facing the direction you are transitioning.
- use the outside edge of the inside skate to push off of and start your momentum backwards.
- try to limit the transition to one cross over before starting backwards C-cuts.