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Coach Wayne,
I happily landed on your web site today! My daughter consistently lands her backhandspring in a squat position, sometimes even landing on her knees. One gymnastic instructor told her she wasn't hitting her handstand while another said she needed to work on her snap down. We have been at this same spot for almost TWO years! Can you help? I'm sure they are giving me good advice but I need drills OR SOMETHING to correct these problems. Do you give private lessons?


Switch her to a "step-out" for the exit from her handSPRING. YES, she MUST pass through a handSTAND position and then instead of snapping down together, have her split the legs and step backward as far as possible to finish in a basic gymnastic stance (arms overhead) That will pretty well FORCE her into good form. After she's completed a couple of HUNDRED step-outs she'll get the snap-down quite easily.

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It's EASY to practice this at home. Give her a clear wall to work against and simply practice her "step-to-handstand" AGAINST the wall. IMPORTANTLY, she must place her feet into the EXACT same positions when moving UP and stepping DOWN. Fingers must be about 6" from the wall, and she should start as FAR away from the wall as possible.

ANY error in her handSTAND position will be MAGNIFIED in ANY other skill that UTILIZES the handstand as a basic element. (handspring, cartwheel, walk-over, round-off) The surest way to strengthen her tumbling is to strengthen her handstand.

My handSTAND and handSPRING videos WILL help her 100% guaranteed.


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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