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Back handspring advice

Discussion in 'Skill Directory' started by Melmouse, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Melmouse

    Melmouse New Member Proud Parent Former Gymnast

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    My little one, who just turned 6 years old, learnt her back handspring 2 weeks ago. When she is spotted (with just a one hand spot) she keeps her legs together and straight. On her own she tends to keep them open and bent. As well she doesn't seem to push back as much as she does when spotted. Are these things that will improve with time and experience? Are there any hints or exercises I can give her that might help her.
     

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    gymmomx2 Member Proud Parent

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    Time and experience (more practice). She is only 6 :)
     
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    Jard.the.gymnast Member Gymnast

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    When she gets more confident, it Will improve
     
  4. Jeannie6

    Jeannie6 Coach Coach Former Gymnast

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    It will improve with time. But I do sometimes give my girls a hand spot just to make corrections. This way they feel the proper way to do it and I reinforce muscle memory. I also use the old paper between the knees trick for keeping legs together. I make it a challenge to keep the paper between their knees on standing back handsprings.
     

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    tpMom New Member Proud Parent

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    It took my DD at least a few months after getting her bhs to consistently do the skill cleanly, and she still sometimes throws an ugly one on the floor. The more she's practices the better it will be.
     
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  6. CoachTodd

    CoachTodd Coach Coach Proud Parent

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    It's that magic good form button all girls seem to have on their lower back. It seems that anytime a coach touches it, their form is perfect. If the coach doesn't touch it, it doesn't even look like they are doing a skill :) .
    It will come with time. One girl I coached did round-off to really ugly back handsprings. Suddenly, one day, she did the best looking round-off to 2 back handsprings I had seen. Since then, she was one of the most powerful tumblers in the gym.
     
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    MimiGymnastics New Member Proud Parent

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    3eww
     
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