Forward Pike Roll on Wedge
- 1 Forward Pike Roll on Wedge
- 1.1 Objective
- 1.2 Prerequisite
- 1.3 Equipment
- 1.4 Execution
- 1.5 Common Mistakes
- 1.6 Warning
This is one of the more difficult forward rolls to execute. The gymnast rolls in a sandwich position, keeping compressed as they execute the roll. The use of the wedge helps the gymnast with momentum of rotation and making it easier to complete the skill.
- Learn to stay tight in a compressed position (aka.sandwich position).
- Learn to push off the wedge at the correct position to stand tall after rolling.
- Forward Straddle Roll
Start in the stand tall position with your arms straight above your head. Bend forward and bend your legs while placing your hands on the wedge in front of you, you should now be in tuck position ready to execute the roll. Push hard down on the wedge with both your feet and extend your legs until they are straight and push off to initiate your roll. As you roll, tuck your head in and roll on your shoulders. Your legs should be straight at all times from this point on. As your roll around and come into a sitting sandwich position you should push down as hard as you can with your hands while lifting your butt upwards (make sure to compress more at this point). Open up as you roll up into the stand tall position (same body position as you started).
Stage 1 – Setup
Stage 2 – Bend Forward
Stage 3 – Initiate Roll
Stage 4 – Roll on Your Shoulders
Stage 5 – Roll
Stage 6 – Sitting Sandwich Position
Stage 7 – Lift and Compress
Stage 8 – Opening
Stage 9 – Finishing
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)