We just do LOTS of leg swings (laying down and standing up), and what we call hanging "split pulls" - hanging on a bar and lift legs to a split, switch split and a switch side. Also tumble track split jumps, switch sides, straddle and turning jumps.
In the past for little kids I've also done a leap landing on a raised soft mat to a split, and a drill where you hold the gymnast's back leg in a back arabesque, and they have to jump and lift their front leg by themselves, and vice versa.
Hope that all made sense. What do you guys do for leaps?
when i used to work on leaps it was weights, we also had a leg swinging machine that we could use to help. and most of the time was on the pbars doing switch leaps and pushing each one out as far a we could go or just single leg leaps.
I could do really good split jumps, but my leaps were really bad, so my coach told me to think about doing a running split jump instead of thinking split leap. It worked and my split leaps are much better. Also, work on your splits. They help with everything.
At our gym in the UK we do alot of jumps from crouch position on the edge of the springboard or track or mat or something similar. It reli works the legs right from the squat position and also gives a little extra high to allow the gymnast to concentrate on perfecting the shape
Too often kids do rocking horse split leaps. If the run steps into it are optimal and they merely focus on jumping up and doing a split jump, the momentum will carry them up and forward to give the split leap that look of "floating."