This comes from Thomas Hambline from Tumble Tech . Very good set of drills that the kids will love. I like the fact that it is very difficult for the gymnast to do it “wrong” plus that there is minimal spotting involved!
Drill of the Day- Back Tuck
This set up can also be used on the Double-mini Tramp (second video). Yes you can do it on the end of the tumble track!
The task: The idea is to have the athlete jump up against the wedge causing the wedge to tilt back. Once the wedge tilt back then the athlete will begin to pull their knees up and rolling their hips over their head doing a backward roll. The athlete should be able to jump at least half way up to the wedge in order to tilt the wedge over.
The purpose: What makes this drill so great it really help avoid a lot of mistakes such as throwing the head back, arching their back, not setting up, pulling the knees up to soon, and throwing the shoulder back during take off. You will see this mistake toward the end of the second video. All these mistakes are quite common when they first learn the back tuck. This drill really fix it all in one!
Coach’s notes: If you have a folding wedge it can work as well. Having a folding wedge can be beneficial because if you don’t jump high enough or pulling the knees to soon, you may find yourself being eaten by the wedge (wedge being folded)…he he. If you don’t like it being folded then you can turn the wedge around using the back of the wedge.
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