I am thrilled to announce that Tumbl Trak has once again teamed up with Inside Gymnastics to present the 2nd annual GymConUSA Gymnastics Conference. This event is geared towards gym owners and coaches who are interested in expanding their knowledge, meeting new people and most of all...having FUN!!!
Last year's conference attendees said they thoroughly enjoyed the conference, appreciated the take-aways and had a blast in Vegas! We hope you will join us this year. Visit www.gymconusa.com for more information. Early bird registration ends March 17th, so don't delay!
The Air Floor PRO is a great substitute for a Rod Floor and it's portable, so it doesn't require a permanent location in your gym!
New built in pocket system allows the straps to be conveniently stored away when not in use.
Add a Climbing Wall Overlay to your purchase of the Power Launch and watch your kids have a blast with your portable climbing wall!
The Launch Pad and Micro Ramp together make a great small training station for a variety of skills and drills!
Success in a Back Handspring and in Life
Coaches by one definition are those who assist athletes to compete. Whether this is the case, coaches are also teachers who help students achieve success in small steps, as I mentioned last month, after our visit from Jeff Lulla. His personal best approach to teaching and learning is universal.
Repetition, consistency and prioritization are three more tools that teachers and coaches need to help their students or athletes achieve success. Repetition is necessary so that activities whether mental or physical become habits. Consistency,to repeat these activities is needed as well, and prioritizing which activities to encourage, is equally important.
An example that I recently observed was a student learning a back handspring. She had been performing prerequisite skills of good handstand work with walls and mats, flybacks onto a soft mat, and jump backs over a barrel with and without a pit, for some time. Yesterday was a good time to see if the repetitions and consistency had paid off. A few warm up reps jumping back over the barrel into the pit, reminded her of the priorities of jumping hard, aiming her body backwards, and stretching that body out, over the barrel. When she seemed ready, I offered a new possible step of taking out the barrel and jumping back from the bottom of our soft Pit Pillow mat into the loose foam. After a little thought as to whether she felt safe and confident to move to this next small step, she threw that first back handspring, with no physical help from me, and with great excitement, which we both enjoyed.
These early attempts were not perfect, but, since safety and confidence were my priorities, they were huge successes to me. While it is always tempting for a teacher or coach to want to add a “now just straighten your legs, keep them together, keep your head in, reach more”, and a few other helpful suggestions, I was able to remember those priorities and to offer no other advice than to enjoy that success. Who can remember the joy of those first successes? The big ones come rarely, but the small ones can come often, if you allow them to.
Later, when the confidence is there, as was the case, we moved right on to those soft Pit Pillows on our inclined end of the Tumbl TRAK. There was no doubt or balking, since my advice was to just stand and feel whether her body (really her mind) was ready for that step. Guess what, it was. Again the first Back handsprings were not perfect, but were very safe, nice and long, and extremely successful. Since she had seen others performing back handsprings on the floor her next question was, can I do that now? My response was to enjoy your new success, and not to rush the process.
Keep in mind that success may be fluid. What is successful the first weeks or months of learning, may not be the same as what we would ask for and expect after a time. While success was definitely overcoming fear, and developing confidence in the beginning, it may shift to what control can be made of those legs, arms or head, at the appropriate time.
Actually, I would advise no back handsprings on any flat or firm surface until the content of that skill is perfected to show the open shoulders, head in, legs together and straight, and the long, flat, minimally arched back that we want to help her develop. So, after the priority is to be safe and over come any reasonable fear of the skill, then the priority shifts to perfecting the shapes. This fits in well with Neil Resnick’s suggestion of learning two back handsprings in series on soft, bouncy and inclined surfaces with quality, before attempting a round off to back handspring anywhere. [Read More]