DIAGONAL STRIDE SKILL RUBRIC

 

 

Outstanding

Competent

Developing

Non-mastery

Body position

Forward, athletic ready position: eyes forward, knees/hips/ankles flexed and forward lean (hips over the feet).

Maintains forward, athletic ready position, two out of three components: eyes forward, knees/hips/ ankles flexed and forward lean

Upright position with knees flexed.

Upright position with little or no flex in legs.  Weight often back—leans or falls back.

Arm-pole movement

Forward angle at pole plant; arm comfortably flexed at elbow and wrist when planting; arm fully extends behind skier; arm recovery is a straight relaxed arm swing;  arm motion remains at skiers side throughout—does not cross in front of body in plant motion.

Forward angle at pole plant; partial arm extension; arm motion remains at skiers side throughout—does not cross in front of body in plant motion.

Vertical pole plant; arm extends only to hip.  Arms may cross over in front of body in plant motion.

Backward angle at pole plant; little or no arm extension; arms cross in front of body in plant motion.

Leg and Body movement

Alternating push-off from one ski onto gliding ski; forward body position; flex in hips, knees and ankles; strong push from the whole foot is down and back;  leg is fully extended back (knee and ankle straighten) while forward leg remains flexed for balance and next push.

Movement as described in “Outstanding” without a strong push or full confidence in balance on glide.

Skier exhibits push mechanics or glide position, yet is unable to sequence both motions in succession.

Skier shuffles skis in tracks without a recognizable push and glide.

Timing

Opposite arm and leg movement in diagonally opposite directions; push occurs when feet come together; opposite pole is swung forward and planted.

Opposite arm and leg movement in diagonally opposite directions; push occurs early or late of feet coming together.

Opposite arm and leg movement in diagonally opposite directions without push or glide—essentially a diagonal walk motion.

Same-side arm and leg movement; arms in same side synch with leg shuffle.