Today I’m going to talk a little about teaching your little ones how to vault. I have to say I work on slightly different things when they are really little. Since they are usually too little to get much out of the board I generally focus a lot on shapes and muscle memory, and then on developing a good run.
This first video is actually a drill I only discovered about a year ago, and I have NO IDEA why I hadn’t seen it before. I have to say it’s amazing. I like to do it starting with arms down because I think it better resembles what happens on the vault. Note: the first few times your kids try this they may not make it over, and it may be a little ugly. But stick with it, it helps TREMENDOUSLY.
This second drill is very, very common. That being said, I don’t think it is drilled enough with little ones, and I often dont think people put enough emphasis on the shapes. I know, teaching little ones little drills like this can seem tedious and time consuming at best, and be down right frustrating at worst but I PROMISE this will pay off.
Photo Credit: Febbraro Family
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