Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
(via Swing Big)
You could SPOT a beginner on backward handspring. :-(
Far better is to set-up dozens of progressions without spot. Let the child move step-by-step at their own speed. Have success at each. Dozens of successes.
Let them take ownership of the skill. :-)
In last month’s Tumbl Trak newsletter Doug Davis wrote about how progressions build confidence and reduce fear. Just thinking about an athlete “balking” in a round off-back handspring, or other tumbling series is enough to make me shudder.
“Connecting the Dots” is a way to describe all the steps involved in the physical preparation of an athlete and offering an athlete frequent opportunities to feel confident in every step in the process. In a recent video session filming skill progressions, we worked with a young athlete who has good basic training combined with good genes from her parents. The video session focused on cartwheel, handstand, and back handspring progressions from jumping to limbers to fly-backs to work in the pit, (which she had done in many workouts previously).
After filming more than 30 different progressions that lead to a back handspring, our session ended in the pit where we saw in her a confidence and will to move on to her very first back handsprings!! Wooo Hoooo!! We cheered and celebrated with hip-hip-hurray’s and it dawned on me…..we had spent the last two hours “connecting the dots” for this athlete. All the preparation she had done in her classes, put together in a sequence, helped to give her to confidence and success.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
I love to see girls doing anything on Rings. They are even better for general upper body strength than rope.
Click PLAY or watch a few drills on YouTube.
I especially like the flyaway from Rings. :_
Rings are one of least expensive apparatus you can add to your gym. Those from Tumbl Trak cost as little as $56.
(via Tumbl Trak email newsletter)
Check out the great task card graphics on gymtasticsgymtools.com.
26 coaches from 6 clubs attended. The diverse group included instructors in Trampoline & Tumbling, dance, Rhythmic, Cheer, CrossFit and Mobile Gymnastics. We were thrilled to find that preschool guru Jeannie McCarthy is now at Sunrays. :-)
Themes of the day included:
• positive coaching
• alternatives to spotting
• safer, faster, easier, FUN learning
• teaching good shapes … and avoiding mis-shapes
• motor & physical fitness
• life skills (e.g. discipline, respect, listening)
• positive coaching …
Click PLAY or watch Nikki teaching Floor & Bar on YouTube.
Tumbl Talk – Teaching good habits in Phoenix
Cover of the University of Saskatchewan Activities Guide.
How the Body Moves
(Ages 5- 8 at Physical Activity Complex)
Children in this camp gain experience in the basic movement patterns of gymnastics. The facilities available at the Physical Activity Complex allow for exposure to specific skills with apparatus. Many skills are taught in a game setting, which makes this camp enjoyable for younger participants.
In gymnastics there is a saying that “we have no right to put a child up onto any height until we have taught them how to come down and land safely”. This is the first step in creating indestructible children. …
- Landing on your feet
- Landing forward on your hands
- Landing backwards on your hands
- Landings while twisting
By teaching your children how to fall properly now, not only can they PLAY safer this summer, but this lifelong skill may save them from hospital visits later.
Play Gymnastics – Soft landings: Helping keep children safe when falling