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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

There are some things…

Hi All,

Okay, so we all have weaknesses. Weaknesses in our knowledge, skills, and possibly our philosophies. I am the first to acknowledge that I have many. So today’s post is actually about one of mine. And that is spotting anything that twists. Granted I haven’t spent A LOT of time with learning this anyone who can really teach me it well. But still, I identify it as a weakness and something I would like to improve in the future. That being said I am SO impressed with people who do it well. Good spotters are hard to come by.

This first one looks like a REALLY awesome yurchenko progression. But definitely goes on the list of things Zari is not going to spot any time soon. Any else tried this?

This is a nice twisting drill I’ve seen done before, seems like something I would be more likely to spot, but still going on the list of ” needs to be done with someone who does it all the time first.”

Train hard!

Tumble Time

Hi All,

So this has been an awfully weird week. I’m actually having dreams about tumbling, both about me tumbling, and children have have coached tumbling (just to make things double odd). So I thought I might as well do a post on it since it is so clearly weighing on my mind.

This first video is a compilation of front handspring drills. It’s lovely, and I’m having tons of new ideas as to setting up floor circuits! Oh, and I’ve never see the front headspring drill done to that landing, AWESOME.

This second video is just of some level 6’s (old), playing around with some combination tumbling. Up training is SO MUCH FUN. What are things you like to have your kids experiment with?

Oh, that other event

Hi All,

So I feel like I rarely do posts about vault on here (granted, not my favorite thing to coach), but here we go. To day will be another post on yurchenkos! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. This is a vault that TAKES TIME. There are a million drills you can do, and 27 (or more) ways to build up to the same skill. Take your time, figure out what works for you and your kids and don’t sacrifice technique for progression speed.

This first video is one that was put together by Justin Laury. If you’re looking for side stations or things to add to your vault warm-up this is a great place to start.

This second video is really good drill for working turnover in roundoffs onto the board. Start with one panel mat (or a partial panel mat) and work your way up. If you’re kids are able to round-off with good technique up to two panel mats, the likelihood of them being able to turn over their round-off onto the board is much greater.

If you would like to find more drills like these click here for my mini ebook on beginning yurchenko progressions – Beginning Yurchenko Progressions

What are your favorite yurchenko drills?

Lovely Layouts

Hi All,

So today I’m going to share a few drills for front layouts. I have shared a few before both here and here. But here are a few more ideas. People have A LOT of different philosophies about front layouts. It’s probably one of the skills I run into the most differentiation between coaches on. Where the arms go etc.

This first drill is GREAT for working with the shapes of the front layout, it helps get rid of that pike whip thing a lot of us see. Secondly, it gets some of the fear out of the way that helps kids focus on other things.

This second drill is actually one I haven’t used before. I have used the variation of it where kids do tic tocks with their hands (ie. bhs, fhs, bhs etc). But I had never really thought about trying it without. It seems pretty effective. What do you guys think?

What are your favorite drills for front layouts?