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?