Headstand Kick Back to Support
This drill is used to help the gymnast work on getting into a handstand when doing a “Backward Extension Roll“. The drill is designed, so the gymnast only works on the extension part of the roll. This allows the gymnast and coach to correct specific problems at this point of the extension roll.’
This drill differs from “Headstand Kick Back to Support (from knees)” by having the gymnast support their weight on their arms and not their knees.
- Learn the shape of the extension part of a backward extension roll.
- Learn to kick back while pushing away from the floor.
Start by standing on your head with your legs in the tuck position. Now kick back with your legs and at the same time push hard down at the floor with both hands. As you kick back make sure your body stays in a slight hollow position.
Stage 1 – Setup
Stage 2 – Kick Back
Stage 3 – Finishing (support position)
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)