Shaping Skills with Drills
For lack of a better term, I’ll call it “environmental coaching” â€” 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.
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.