gymnastics – “environmental coaching”

Shaping Skills with Drills

For lack of a better term, I’ll call it “environmental coaching” — ssetting up the equipment so the gymnast is required to do the drill in a specific way.

For example, have contests to see if kids can do drills with a foam sponge between their feet or knees.

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Christchurch School of Gymnastics

Other popular examples include tumbling beside vertical mats for alignment. (e.g. Cartwheel facing the mat.) Or through a tunnel of mats.

I love to set up vault contests where kids need to land up on to a “table” of mats. Or over a stack of mats. Instantly the run improves and you are a great sprint coach.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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