Crooked Back Handsprings

Hey coach Its a honor to talk to you I just wanted to ask when i do my back handspring I keep looking over my shoulder which causes my backhandspring to look crooked. What do i do? And also how long does it take for your tape to come in?

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Remember the back-handspring is a BLIND entry. That means you will not SEE where you are springing to until AFTER you've landed. Usually the twist/turn your describing happens when a student is attempting to SEE the floor where her hands are going.


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Practice with a spotter & slow down the leg-spring & arm reach for a few dozen handsprings and see if you can REACH for the mat with your hands without looking... instead... FEEL how your body is traveling and moving and let the FEELING guide you to your hands... also, use your peripheral vision to keep your orientation.
With matting (an incline mat with a folding mat on top of it is great) you can create a workout environment that lets you experiment some... to learn and play with small variations in your handspring. Think of it as STUDYING your handspring... and explore how different changes in your timing, approach, push, etc. affect the results you are getting.

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