It seems like these Fun Fridays are just flying by. We are quickly coming up on the one year anniversary of Swing Big! (March 25th to be exact). How crazy is it that’s it almost been a year. Thank all of you for following along on this journey.
This first video is Wynter Childers floor routine at the Nastia Liukin cup. This routine was actually originally (different meet) sent to me via Facebook, and I’m so happy I saw it. This is an awesome routine. If you have any routines you think are amazing feel free to shoot me an email or send me a Facebook message.
This second one is a cute little level 8 from WOGA. Very nice to watch, it’s fun to watch these little ones develop.
Today I’m going to post two similar yurchenko drills that I think are of paramount importance when teaching yurchenkos. Seperating the different parts of the yurchenko is neccessary to ensure that each piece is technically correct and sound before letting gymnasts flip yurchenkos with all the parts combined.
This first drill is the version of the drill that uses a resi mat. It’s a great place to start. Since the resi mat has give it’s a good time to use this drill is when you are still working on how gymnasts are coming in contact with the table. This will give you time to correct things without your gymnasts taking a pounding.
This second is the version using the vault. It’s important that gymnasts understand that there has to be height AND flip, and that the two are separate things. This gives the gymnasts a better feeling of what each of those things are.
So I really enjoyed doing the post yesterday on bars side stations and I thought I would do a similar one today with tumbling. I have a couple different ways of dealing with tumbling depending on the level. With rec I generally like to make circuits, a lot of which doesn’t change from week to week so that the gymnasts know the expectations of each drill, and when I get to team I generally like making tumbling cicuits, where both corners are being utilized, but also generally the tumbl trak and a bunch of smaller stations placed along the edges of the floor. This way everyone is always doing something.
This first drill is a really nice cartwheel drill that I like. It really does help kids get kicking over the top well. There is one major thing to watch out for though, and that’s that it CAN encourage kids to arch their backs in their cartwheels which is something you don’t want. So if you do this drill I would recommend having kids lay on both their stomach and their backs first with their legs straddled (like in the middle of a cartwheel) and have them squeeze everything. That way they can feel what straight is like.
This second drill is one that I generally start around level 2 or 3. Spotted to start, because I want them to get the shapes right. It’s a good way to work leg strength, turn over and muscle memory all at the same time.
So today I’m going to talk a little about side stations that can really improve your bars. I know I do a decent amount of these kinds of posts, but it’s because I know this is a problem many gyms run into. Sometimes it just feels like there are never enough sets of bars, and your gymnasts can never get enough turns. If you are utilizing your side stations correctly (and these can even be thrown into conditioning circuits, other events etc.) it will dramatically help your bars even if your gymnasts are getting the same amount of turns.
This first one is a kip drill I really like, and doing it only requires two small panel mats. That being said, I really want kids to keep their heels on the ground at the end (not in that pike hold), because what I want to see is their shoulders in front of their hands getting into that compressed shape that I want at the end of a kip.
This second drill is a great one for giants, and can help dramatically with shaping. I have to say it helps doing it with a set-up like this where the bar literally can’t move. Because sometimes when you try this with a normal floor bar that isn’t grippy it will slide. It’s nothing that can’t be fixed but it’s something to be aware of. Again, if you’re utilizing these side stations as much as possible, not having your kids on the bar as much as you want won’t be AS BIG of a deal.