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Hi Wayne,

I know how to do a round-off backhandspring but when I land my knees like I am crouching down and I want to land straight and I want to learn how to do a round-off backtuck if you have any suggestions please e-mail me back so I can be ready for cheer try-outs.

To put an end to your crouching... do NOT step-out of your handspring... INSTEAD... SPLIT the legs as they pass through the handstand position... and STEP backwards... one leg at a time. (like a lunge-step-exit)
This does TWO things:
1) It will FORCE you to identify WHEN you pass through the handstand position. Yes the handSPRING is a handSTAND based skill! If you don't make SURE you do a SUPERBLY formed handstand in the middle of it then your handSPRING will be poorly formed.
2) It will help you keep your HIPS elevated on the landing.

After you've practiced a few HUNDRED of those... you'll be ready for good rebounds and tucks

Coach Wayne is the Head Coach for the Savannah College of Art and Design Cheerleading team and Executive Coach of Olympic Gymnast Zuzana Sekerova. His articles, videos and books have been used by students and instructors world wide since 1991. Coach Wayne is available for in-gym instructor training and performance tumbling clinics throughout the year. For booking information, coaches/owners should call 912.398.8082. Students and parents should request coaches/owners to contact Coach Wayne.


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