We got linear forward, we linear backward. We got right, we got left and then we have angles. We got forward left, forward right, backward right and backward left. So, we got all these multiple directions that work for us in terms of our athletic performance. How do we perform those?
From forward to right, we want to plant with the outside leg, push to slide. If we are going backward—we have the same situation. We come forward, we want to plant and push away to open the hips. Therefore, going forward at an angle we cut and explode of the outside foot. We teach this progression first by skipping so that we get the downward pushing to the ground and then progress to running.
Here is our skipping, we come forward to lateral.
On this drill, we want to make sure that we work every direction equally. If you find the weakness in a certain area, you may want to repeat that a few more times.
On the backward skip, we want to open that hip and push away from the direction we want to go. All these drills can also be done starting from the front cone working from a back pedal into each direction change.