A good warmup and movement drill to get the body moving and to build momentum.
What You’ll Need: A flat surface, running shoes.
Body Position: Begin in an athletic stance with knees bent. Legs will shuffle side to side.
- Shuffle from side to side, sinking to bend the inside leg once the end is reached. The inside leg will be taking the majority of the weight. Make each step matter – it should be purposeful.
- Once you are comfortable, move to the Crossover. This drill is similar to the Lateral Bound but one leg will cross over in front of the other while still keeping the side to side motion. Push off with the outside foot.
- Using active arms and a low body position, maintain the athletic stance. Keep your eyes ahead and look to where you want to go.
This drill teaches players how to plant their feet and change directions smoothly and properly. Putting force on the proper areas will maximize movements and boost a player’s footwork on the ice.