Here’s a recently announced coach education program. Prices are not yet available.
… Positive Approach Philosophy and consists of curriculum ranging from recreational gymnastics to elite gymnastics. …
This program was designed to be used as auxiliary education to standard USAG education material. The National Gymnastics Curriculum was created in collaboration with some of the country’s most renowned gymnasts and coaches including Liang Chow, Kim Zmeskal, Yin Alvarez, Jake Dalton, and others.
In fact it’s a random collection of some of my favourite WAG & MAG drills that work well in a wide number of different kinds of competitive clubs. It includes some progressions that I find infrequently used in the 30+ Gyms I visit each year.
create > conserve > convert. Convert as much energy as possible to the vault itself.
actually, each athlete has an optimal speed of run. Not all are fast enough to handle their maximum run speed.
visual – what do they see?
shapes at each phase
arms as straight / tight as possible on Round-off
knees as straight / tight as possible on the Springboard
hips up quickly on the preflight
head watches the board before preflight, but eyes watching hands on contact
watch the horse on post-flight. (Lifting the head too soon can later cause early twist problems.)
Extending the hips while on the Springboard generates rotation through an indirect reaction force of the feet on the board. Nick has gymnasts train backward layouts on Tramp without using the arms — requiring them to use hip extension to generate rotation.
Gainer backward layouts would be an alternative to this, requiring hip extension on takeoff.
Note that Nick doesn’t actually show the full Yurchenko vault. As Edouard Iarov first made clear to me, once the hands leave the horse it’s too late to change height, distance or total rotation. The flight phase is more related to trampoline basics than vault.