Hi all, I just saw this topic. LGCM, there do seem to be quite a few 5 yos who have gotten their press hs. A little girl at our gym (turned 6 in Feb) got hers when she was 5. She just won L4 States last weekend. I didn't realize it was easier when they are younger. L is getting better at coming down out of the HS too and is looking much tighter in it. Rebecca, your DD sounds really talented. I'm sure she'll get the front walkover soon. My DD is also 5 but turns 6 in October. She has her front walkover on her good side really nicely now and I do think that mastering the front limber really helped. Getting the front walkover has helped her with the front handspring too. It's counterintuitive for them to keep their heads back but that is what they need to do.
For Dazed, I agree with Rebecca about gentle reminders. I usually tell my DD to point her toes or keep her feet together if she is doing handstands or cartwheels at home and that helps her remember to stay tight. It's hard to have pointed toes and not be tight. At gym, the coaches should be reminding her. Our coaches spend a lot of time correcting the girls' posture, their arms (up by ears) and their overall tightness. One other thing I've noticed is that all the girls stay tighter on floor when they start their forward skills in releve. That might work for handstands, handstand forward rolls and handstand bridge kickovers. Best of luck to your DD!