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Tumbling Tips: Back Handsprings


Back handspring on trampoline with ankle magnets
Recommended prerequisite skills:
  • 60 seconds dish and front support holds

  • Shoulder flexibility past the ears without arching back

  • 5 second handstand hold without assistance

  • Handstand pop and hold for 1-2 seconds

  • Roundoff with height in the rebound (body rebounding in tight 7 shape)

  • Roundoff rebounds x 3

  • Back walkover (ideal but not necessary especially for older athletes)

Mastered drills:
  • Pike sit to tight body extension

  • Fast arm swings past ears without arching back

  • Leg extensions pushing panel mat (emphasis on power and pointing toes)

  • Jump back to tight body extension on crash mat (emphasis on open hips and tight arms)

  • Handstand snap down to tight body extension on crash mat

  • Roundoff jump back to tight body extension on crash mat

  • Sit onto roll/barrel push back to body extension, hands rebounding on wall

  • Pike sit on high crash mat, body extension onto hands landing in front support

  • Jump back to roll/barrel onto hands landing in front support

Progression to the skill:
  • Spotted back handspring to front support

  • Back handspring to mat landing in front support

  • Back handspring to handstand against wedge on wall

  • Roundoff STOP spotted back handspring

  • Roundoff spotted back handspring

  • Roundoff back handspring



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