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We can never forget

Hi All,

Today I’m going to share a few videos that might be helpful with your rec classes. It’s easy for coaches (especially those who just work with team) to forget about the rec kids. To forget that so much has been done with these kids possibly before we even see them. Even if you are strictly a team coach it’s always a good idea to communicate with your rec staff. To explain to them what you would like kids to know by the time they get to you, to see what ideas they have, to exchange information. Good communication between rec and team staff is imperative in building an effective program.

This first video has some very nice stations for teach backward rolls. I especially like the first one, and the one with two panel mats is a GREAT one. Oh, and the colored floor beams at the beginning of the video, I use them EVERY DAY when coaching, they’re amazing.

This second video is a nice little circuit set-up. Circuits are a great way to keep kids active, engaged, and to incorporate conditioning and drills that don’t seem monotonous to kids. Note, these circuits can contain ALMOST ANYTHING.

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.

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Back handspring drills

Photo Credit: Erin Costa

Trying new things

Hi All,

Today’s post is about trying new things. My personal belief is the more we expose our gymnasts to the easier it is to teach them new skills. This means starting things early, and it means building in time to your workout to try new things, things that you think maybe wont go into their routines THIS season. And this means on everything. It means trying new jumps on beam, teaching whips or other things in combination on floor etc.

This first video is another good one from Mike Durante. Combination work on tumble track is GREAT. It’s a perfect place to start. Low impact, good fun. Challenge your kids to connect different things, to come up with fun combinations. The awareness will make them better tumblers, and they might be good at some skills you hadn’t thought they would be.

This second video is of combination tumbling using Tumbl Trak’s Air Floor. Which, by the way, is a FANTASTIC product. I absolutely love it. But that’s beside the point. It’s another great place to have your kids play around. Especially going into a pit (if you have access to one). Have them try new things, whips or multiple fronts in a row. Who knows, you might come up with some new passes for the season.

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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!

Muscle Memory – Layouts

Hi All,

Alright, so I’m today I’m finally back to posting about SKILLS. Not that doing the rest of it wasn’t fun (alright, REALLY fun), but this may be more useful tomorrow. Today I’m going to share a couple back layout drills.

trampoline double drills

I’ve shared this first drill in a different video before but I’ll share it again, just because I think it’s SO WORTH doing. Even just 5 of them every time you go to floor or tramp or something. Getting the muscle memory right, and engaged early will help your tumbling the whole way through.

This second is a nice little drill for layouts. Great for kids who may not actually be doing them yet, but you want them to train the muscle memory. Great side station, or just something to mix up a tramp rotation with.