Forward Roll with Block (pike position)
- 1 Forward Roll with Block (pike position)
- 1.1 Objective
- 1.2 Prerequisite
- 1.3 Equipment
- 1.4 Execution
- 1.5 Spotting
- 1.6 Common Mistakes
- 1.7 Warning
This is a fun and very good drill for level 1 gymnasts that teaches a combination of skills like; springboard usage, lift and roll. This drill is closely related to the “Forward Roll with Block (tuck position)“, but with a couple of differences. The roll is done in the pike position and this drill also includes an optional heel lift to further develop the gymnasts skill when lifting and rotating.
- Learn to use a combination of skills to execute the drill.
- Learn the importance of lift.
- Learn the importance of correct hand position when doing certain skills.
- Learn to gain height and rotation by lifting with your heel (optional at level 1)
- Forward Roll
- Springboard Straight Jump (straight arms)
- Springboard Straight Jump (straight arm overthrow)
- Takeoff (1 foot to 2 feet)
- Forward Roll with Block (tuck position)
Jump onto the springboard with both feet (see the “Takeoff (1 foot to 2 feet)” drill for details). Landing on the springboard should be as straight as possible (slightly hollow), and as soon the gymnast rebounds from the springboard they should reach towards the ceiling while pulling back with their heel to gain lift. At the same time as the gymnast is trying to gain lift their body should also be starting a slight rotation towards the roll. Now the gymnast should place their hands on the block (or trapezoid) as close as possible to the front edge and roll (make sure the gymnast rolls on their shoulders and not their head). The roll should be in a pike position. The gymnast opens up just before completing the roll and let the momentum help the gymnast stand tall.
Stage 1 – Takeoff
Stage 2 – Lift
Stage 3 – Flight
Stage 4 – Initiate Roll
Stage 5 – Roll
Stage 6 – Open Up
Stage 7 – Finishing
SpottingIt is important to remember a couple things when spotting:
- The coach should only spot, meaning they should not actually do the drill for the gymnast. Let the gymnast do as much as the drill as possible and do not help with more than what is needed.
- Spotting should be avoided. Only spot when gymnasts are learning new skills or for safety reasons. If a gymnast is having difficulty executing the drill then the coach should consider new drills that help the gymnast improve the area they have difficulties with.
- Spotting can turn into a bad habit for gymnasts. If gymnasts are being spotted all the time they will be dependent on a spotter and have a very hard time doing the skill when their is not a spotter (this is true for all skills and very common)
Spotting Method 1 – Roll Out Spotting
Spotting Method 2 – Lifting
Common MistakesCoaches teach gymnasts how to do skills correctly, but most gymnasts learns how to perform the skill correctly when coaches corrects their mistakes. This is not wrong, this is actually how gymnasts learn. This being said, it is very important that coaches corrects mistakes all the time. If a gymnast continues doing the same mistake over and over then they will be good at doing that drill with that mistake and have a difficult time later correcting it.
- Always correct mistakes
- Correct the first mistake you see the gymnast do (even if it is before the actually drill, i.e. the gymnast forgets to stand tall with arms over their head)
- Correct only one thing (sometimes two if they are related)