So, I was talking about this with another coach the other day, and decided it was probably something I should share. My personal “philosophy” about fear is progressions, progressions, progressions. I never want a kid to just throw something (giants, tumbling, back handsprings on beam etc). I want to make sure the child is confident at each stage of the process and that the skill is technically correct. Here are a couple videos to that effect.
This first one is a PERFECT example. It’s another great video from Jason Mortimer. As we are in/approaching off season I know a lot of your little ones are probably working on getting this. It’s often scary for us (lets limit this), and scary for them. So giving them safe, confidence building ways of training the skill is important.
This second video is another look at double backs. A lot of gyms out there don’t have access to pits, and if you’re going to train doubles without one (or even with one) this is a great air awareness drill that gets kids confident in knowing where they are. This eliminates A LOT of the fear.
How do you combat fear?