- 1 Layout Lift
- 1.1 Objective
- 1.2 Prerequisite
- 1.3 Equipment
- 1.4 Execution
- 1.5 Spotting
- 1.6 Common Mistakes
- 1.7 Warning
This skill requires the gymnast to be able to tighten their bodies. While the gymnast keeps a tight body the coach gently lifts the gymnast into the stand tall position.
- Learn to keep the body in a tight straight position (layout position).
- Learn to trust the coach as they lift the gymnast.
Lift the gymnast by the shoulders until the gymnast is in the stand tall position.
Stage 1 – Setup
Stage 2 – Lifting
Stage 3 – 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)
This exercise requires spotting and can be done with one or two spotters.
Besides teaching the gymnast to be tight, the drill also bonds a trust relationship between the coach and the gymnast. This bond is very important, the gymnast needs to know that as long as you are their that nothing will happen that can injury the gymnast. The coach must have full control over this drill and must be able to handle the gymnast with ease.
If a gymnast should be on the heavier side and you are not sure you can handle the gymnast with ease, then you have a couple of options at hand:
- Get another coach to help you (best option)
- Don’t do the exercise
It might seem strange that not doing the exercise is an option, but as stated if you lose control of the gymnast then you will have a much harder time teaching new skills when the gymnast does not trust you. Next time you have a session be prepared and have an assistant with you.
Spotting Method 1 – One Coach
Spotting Method 2 – Two Coaches
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)
Mistake 1 – Arching
Mistake 2 – Relaxing
Mistake 3 – Breaking