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Hi Wayne,

I know how to do a round-off back handspring 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 back tuck 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 backward... 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

You may also be interested in the following:
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Back Tuck Progressions
Benchmarks of Excellence
Cross Arm Spot
Gymnastics Jump
Jump, Set, Tuck
Lunge to Handstand
Round-Off Hand Placement
Straight Body Fall


Coach Wayne was 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 worldwide since 1991. Coach Wayne is available for tumbling instructor certification training. For booking information, coaches/owners should text or call 912.238.1747.


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