I’m not sure if this is written anywhere in “the rules,” but this is what we probably should be using:
“Front” and “Back” should relate to the way the unicycle is facing, assuming it is right-side up. Seat drag in front would have the front of the saddle touching the floor. Seat drag in back puts the back of it on the floor. This stays the same whether the rider is going forward or backward, or presumably even if the rider is facing the wrong way on the unicycle.
The above general concept comes from Artistic Bicycling, which is where we get our basic rules for Standard Skill. On an artistic bike, it matters which way you face on the bike (and there are lots of tricks with the rider facing the wrong way). On a unicycle it doesn’t matter so much.
Forward and backward should refer to the direction of travel in relation to the way the rider is facing. So if the rider is facing the wrong way on the unicycle and riding toward his rear, that should still count as “backward.” Unfortunately it can get confusing if the rider then starts seat dragging while in this position. Since there is so little difference between riding a unicycle while seated forward or backward I don’t think we need to worry about it.
I hope that makes things more clear instead of less clear…
Now that’s an awesome link for getting information on skills with formally agreed-upon names and descriptions! Well done Leo V. or whoever put it all together!