Figure Skating-Cross Rolls vs. Cross Steps
What is the difference between a cross roll and a cross step?
Is there a difference between the two? I have never taken dance and I see a cross roll as more of a dance step. I am assuming I would teach it a cross roll different then someone who does coach dance, but what is the difference? Cross Rolls are in the Juvenile Moves in the Field test. When I was at a recent PSA PACE seminar, a fellow coach came up to me and asked me how I teach a cross roll; what a great question! The diagram below is the Cross Rolls pattern from the Juvenile Moves test.
How I teach cross rolls-Cross Rolls are on outside edges. I teach cross rolls with thighs crossed or legs crossed above the knee. I have the skater put their free foot down right before it passes in front of the skating foot so that both skates are on the ice for a brief moment. A cross step to me is when the free leg is put down after it crosses the skating leg.
The following are definitions from some technical manuals as definitions of both cross strokes and cross rolls.
Cross Stroke (XS) | A forward or backward step started with the skating foot crossing in front or behind, respectively, the previous skating foot so that the legs cross above the knee and with impetus being gained from the outer edge of the foot which is becoming the free foot.
Cross Roll (CR) | A roll started with the action of the free foot approaching the skating foot from the side, so as to strike the ice almost at right angles to the skating foot, started forward with the feet crossed in front or backward with the feet crossed behind. The impetus is gained from the outside edge of the skating foot as it becomes the new foot. In this case, the change to the curve in the opposite direction creates a “rolling movement.”
Today on Rinkformation:
IceCoach.net: Figure Skating-Cross Rolls vs. Cross Steps
Cross Stroke | While gliding on the outside edge with the free leg in the back, the free leg is crossed over the skating leg and placed on the ice on an outside edge. The other foot then pushes with the outside edge, is extended to the side and back, before it is then crossed over the skating leg and placed on the ice on an outside edge.
Cross Roll – While gliding on the left forward outside edge with the free leg in the back, the right foot is placed on the ice in front of the left foot on an outside edge (with the toes of each foot nearly touching). The right foot continues to glide past the left foot on an outside edge, while the left foot is extended off the ice to the back and swings to the front before the feet are placed back together again. The same maneuver can be done starting on the right forward outside edge and crossing the left foot for the cross roll.
If you are a coach, how do you teach Cross Rolls vs. Cross Steps? If you are a skater, how have you been taught Cross Rolls? I am especially interested in hearing from those of you who have coached dance or do dance!
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Juvenile MIF F & B Cross Strokes: USFSA
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