- 1 Jump Down
- 1.1 Objective
- 1.2 Prerequisite
- 1.3 Equipment
- 1.4 Execution
- 1.5 Spotting
- 1.6 Common Mistakes
- 1.7 Warning
This drill teaches gymnasts to stick their landings. Using a blocks at different heights the gymnast jumps up and sticks the landing by bending their legs to absorb the impact.
This is a great exercise and can also be very fun for new gymnasts. By adding simple skills like tuck, pike or split positions (shape) into the jump the exercise becomes more challenging and fun.
- Learn to stick landings.
Stage 1 – Setup
Stage 2 – Preflight I
Stage 3 – Preflight II
Stage 4 – Takeoff
Stage 5 – Touch Down
Stage 6 – 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 – Back and Front Support
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)