Moving back tucks
Hi Coach Wayne.
How are things going? Good here.
Staying pretty busy.
I have a student who is now working on a whip back. I have been doing some research on this and between what I have found and the other coach working for me, I am very confused.
Everything I have read, says it is like a back handspring where you whip your legs over. Some things I have read says it should be a high back handspring with no hands and others say not. As far as the arms, where do they go? I was told today by another coach that the arms never leave their ears and that the whip is actually coming from the arms no the legs.
Could you please clarify this for me. I want to make sure I am teaching my students the correct way to do this.
The arms whip backward vigorously. This initiates the rotation if the gut and buttocks of the athlete are squeezed. When the arms reach their maximum point of reach behind the ears the body should be by now in a position where the feet are somewhere between 8 and 9 o’clock and the body is arching toward the floor just like in the back handspring. From here there are different techniques for what the arms exactly do…in power tumbling, there is a specific way the arms must move in order not to get deducted for the skill. In cheerleading and gymnastics, the arm position by itself is not judged. What always worked for me was returning the arms toward my thighs by keeping the arms narrow.
The arms would not come all the way down to the thighs though. They’d come down about 60% of the way down and by that time the feet should have passed the vertical and start snapping down and be about the 2 o’clock position. By returning the arms back down the athlete can accelerate the rotation of the flip just like a skater would in pirouettes by pulling the arms in. In the final phase, the arms start going back up to the ears so that they can reach backward into another back handspring, or set for a flip.
Have fun, be safe, push hard.
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