Alright, today I’m going to talk a little about rushing things, especially on vault. Specifically, YOU DON’T NEED TO. Here’s the thing, especially with flipping vaults. If you take the time and do the progressions when it comes time to putting it on the table it will be cleaner, safer and your kids are going to be MUCH more likely to stand up their vaults consistently. That being said if you rush it, do one or two drills and then have kids start timer-ing over the table immediately you run the risk of your kids developing fear blocks, unsafe habits due to inconsistency or wrong shapes, or just bad things happening in general. I PROMISE you, if you do the progressions and take the time on the front end, what happens when your kids actually flip off the table will be 100x easier. Here are a couple videos that might help.
This first one is a drill I REALLY like. 1. It takes the fear out of flipping onto the table. 2. Because of the way the drill is set-up it builds air awareness and helps correct body positions errors that would happen in post flight. 3. It’s FUN! There is no reason you couldn’t do this drill for several weeks before having kids timer on the table. It will build A LOT of confidence into your gymnasts.
This second video is a nice video of drills by Daniel McCartey of R Athletics. Of course you don’t have to use ALL of these before your kids start timer-ing onto the table. But pick a GOOD CHUNK of drills and make sure your kids can do them proficiently and with good form before you even touch the table for yurchenkos. Your success rate will sky-rocket.
Not to worry!
The full 45 minute lecture of Bars Shaping from Pre-Team Up is now available for download, along with the full powerpoint and all of the videos!