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But wait! We’re on floor?!

Hi All,

Alright so today’s post is about working beam skills, ON THE FLOOR. This is SO, SO, SO important. If you can’t do it perfectly on the floor (or pretty darn close), the chances of you successfully on the beam are almost none. Also, there are tons and tons and tons of fantastic beam drills you can do on the floor/panel mats if say…all the beams are taken.

This first video is a very nice set up Al Fong posted. It’s a great drill period, but this set up allows it to be done with a larger group which is even better. Getting young kids to have the muscle memory of kicking over the top in cartwheels on the beam (even if it’s a floor beam) is really important.

This second video has a number of drills for front aerials, back handsprings, back walkovers and onodis. All done on the floor. Pick some, add them to your beam (or floor) rotation. See how much they help!

For more drills and exercises to create strong, confident, technically correct beam workers look here:
Building Up Beam: Drills to Build Confidence and Correctness

Train hard!

From the beginning to the end

Hi All,

Back handsprings are one of those skills that gymnasts are going to use throughout their entire career. It follows them from floor and tumbling, to beam series’, to yurchenkos etc. It’s one of those things you really want to get right to begin with, and have to continue to work on all throughout their career.

This first video is of a fairly typical (but very effective) back handspring drill. Teaching kids how to jump, and push through their toes (among other things), by having them back handspring over a panel mat.

This second video is of another fairly typical snap down back handspring drill. Helping gymnasts develop speed and power by doing back handsprings in a series. It’s always fun when they get older/better as well and you can start adding tucks, layouts and fulls to the end of the series. I also appreciate the fact that they have 4” ers down. Protecting kids from early overuse injuries is important.

Train hard!

Back handspring drills

Photo Credit: Erin Costa

Connected?

Hi All,

So today I’m going to talk a little about back handsprings on beam. Or, possibly better, back handspring SERIES on beam. If you’ve been in the gym for any length of time you’re probably very aware of the trouble some kids have connecting their series, and possibly some of the methods coaches use to correct this. I’m a big fan of mixing it up. Back handspring series on the floor, 1 back handspring on the beam connected to another back handspring that goes off the beam to a panel mat, back handsprings off a spring board onto the beam etc. The more I can mix it up, the more confident I think kids get. That being said here are a couple drills you may like.

I LOVE this drill. I think it gives kids a lot of confidence, it often fixes bent knees and it feels a little more like what they will experience coming out of their first skill. Notice that her arms are up the entire time. Let me note, this is another one of those you may want to spot first. Kids don’t understand the feeling at first and I’ve seen a lot of arms buckling, could land on head type situations from this kind of thing if you don’t spot the first few.

This second one is the same as the first but put on the beam. I think it gives kids a more realistic feeling of what coming out of their first back handspring is like, so I like to introduce this drill early even if we are just starting to put back handsprings on the beam.

For more drills and exercises to create strong, confident, technically correct beam workers look here:
Building Up Beam: Drills to Build Confidence and Correctness

Train hard!

Connecting beam series

Photo Credit: Erin Costa

They Go Together

Hi All,

So today’s post is about round-off back handsprings. Note, the title is “they go together.” The purpose of this was to help people realize that a problem in one of them can affect the whole thing. Ie. if you have a major problem in the round-off it will probably show up in the back handspring. But if you see an ugly or incorrect back handspring out of a round-off, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is something wrong with the back handspring. So when I talk to coaches about problems they are seeing more times than not I go back to the round-off (it’s a good place to start). So here is a video for each of these skills.

This first video is a demonstration of a commonly used drill. Round-off missing feet to land on back (often on a mat) in the pit. It’s great, helps kids work turnover etc. One thing to make sure is that your kids don’t pike through at the end just to make it to their back. Technique is more important in this case than just chucking it to their back.

This second video is just a nice short video posted by Al Fong about back handsprings and body shapes. To be honest I haven’t try the jump back to straight body and then fall on back drill. I’m kind of curious about it, and want to try it. Has anyone else used it? Success?

What are your thoughts on round-off back handsprings?