GymCastic is not the only acrobatic audiocast. It’s the only one currently available on iTunes.
Leigh Hennessy Robson is posting audio news for Trampoline Sport. She hopes to get them into iTunes … soon.
For now you have to listen via her website.
Here’s the next episode of the podcast TrampCast; the latest project of Trampoline Pundit. This one features stories about “The Ultimate,” Eurotramp’s newest competition trampoline; upcoming competitions; and Guest Pundit posts from our friends at Trampoline and Tumbling Express.
… The biggest stars in Canadian gymnastics will be coming to town for the 2013 national championships from May 21-26. …
Ottawa hosted a highly successful provincial men’s and women’s artistic championships last season at the CE Centre, which will again act as the venue for men’s and women’s artistic, plus trampoline and tumbling, while Carleton University will welcome the rhythmic event, and host participants in its residences. …
They recommended longer back handspring for power.
I advocate beginners do backward handsprings as long as possible. Straight arms. Correct hand position. Accelerating.
Manjak, famously, requires 10 sets of 5 backward handsprings a day on Tumbl Trak or Rod Floor.
But you’ll see technique change as gymnasts improve.
Longer is not necessarily stronger.
For example, here are two 2004 Olympic Floor finalists. Both superb tumblers.
Kate Richardson – distance hands-to-feet on backward handspring
Kyle Shewfelt – distance hands-to-feet on backward handspring
It was Iarov who pointed out the obvious to us at one clinic.
Kate used a classic LONG backward handspring. Kyle’s is about as short as they get. Yet both work.
Iarov prefered the short back spring for a number of reasons: less risk of Achilles injury, less risk of out of bounds, greater chance of connecting acrobatic elements. And Kyle can leave the floor more vertically. Less rotation needed to complete the skill.
To have a backspring that short, however, you need be incredibly fast and fast twitch. It’s not for everyone.
Biomechanically, I like long first half of backward handspring, short second half.
Those principles you could call simpletonisms. For triple twist you’ll use a longer second half backward handspring than for double layout.
… If you want to discuss this issue in detail, talk to a Power Tumbling coach. You’ll need a lot of time (and beer money) to talk all the nuances of backward handspring distance.
Trampoline will make its debut appearance at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George BC in February 2015. As part of the lead up to the Games, funding has been provided by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation to help develop the athletes and coaches in the next two years.
The first event is being hosted by the Grande Prairie Gymniks … Long time Provincial and National Team coach, Brett MacAulay, will be travelling up to Grande Prairie for a Coaches Clinic to 10 local coaches, introducing them to the sport of competitive trampoline.