Backward Straddle Roll on Wedge
- 1 Backward Straddle Roll on Wedge
- 1.1 Objective
- 1.2 Prerequisite
- 1.3 Equipment
- 1.4 Execution
- 1.5 Mistakes
- 1.6 Warning
A roll where the legs are straight and in the straddle position while rolling backwards. In this drill we use a wedge to help the gymnast to gain momentum backwards and thereby making it easier to complete this skill.
- Learn to roll with straight legs.
- Learn to push off with hands to complete the roll.
- Learn to keep a tight straddle position while executing the skill.
Start in the stand tall position with legs wide apart. Arms should be straight above your head before you start the drill. Bend forward and stick both hands between your legs and start falling backwards. You should roll through the “Pancake” position. It is important that you keep your body in a tight pancake position through out the roll backwards, do not open up from this position. When you roll onto your shoulders then you should place your hands next to your ears and make contact with the wedge with your hands. At this point you should be supporting your body weight on your arms and your neck and head should not touch the wedge at any point. Push as hard as you can down at the wedge to get your head and neck distanced from the wedge. Land on your feet and push up with your hands until you are in the same position as you started.
Stage 1 – Setup
Stage 2 – Hand Placement and Initiation
Stage 3 – Roll Back
Stage 4 – Roll into Pancake Position
Stage 5 – Roll Back
Stage 6 – Shift Weight to Arms
Stage 7 – Push Away
Stage 8 – Finishing
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)