I wanted to share a couple more things you can be doing today for round offs and back handsprings. These are probably the skills that I get the most questions on, and I think part of it is that we often get bored with using the same drills year after year after year. Every time I see a new back handspring drill I’m a little giddy, because while I have my normal set of progressions, I’m always interested in trying something new to see if it works better, or if kids understand it better.
I like this lever drill against a wall. If you’ve got a wall by you in any of your circuits I would definitely think about adding it. One thing I might do is is put a line on the wall of where they should put their hands (maybe two if you have shorties and tallies). If this is too advanced for your kids, I’ve also done a similar drill where they are just holding the bent knee lever – but they have a couple panel mats stacked behind their back foot so they know how high it’s supposed to be.
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