Handstand with Wall (Inwards)
- 1 Handstand with Wall (Inwards)
- 1.1 Objective
- 1.2 Prerequisite
- 1.3 Equipment
- 1.4 Execution
- 1.5 Spotting
- 1.6 Common Mistakes
- 1.7 Warning
This drill is about working with a handstand were the stomach is facing towards the wall.
The gymnast crawls up the wall backwards until they are in a tall straight handstand.
Only the gymnasts’ feet should be touching the wall. Some coaches want the gymnast to touch the wall with feet, legs, hips, chest and arms, but this is a level 1 tumbling guide and we want the gymnast to understand the hollow position and avoid arching. If we allow a new gymnast to touch the wall with all body parts, then they will just relax against the wall and that is not what we are aiming for.
- Build strength to hold the handstand position.
- Teach the straight position (minimum hollow position at this level)
- Work on keeping tight in the handstand position.
Stage 1 – Setup
Stage 2 – Tuck
Stage 3 – Crawl
Stage 4 – Extend Part I
Stage 5 – Extend Part II
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 1 – Shoulder Support
Spotting Method 2 – Hollow Check
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)