LEVEL 1 TUMBLING

Skill: Cartwheel

Definition: A non-aerial tumbling skill where the athlete supports the weight of their body with their arm(s) while rotating sideways through an inverted position landing one foot at a time (as defined by USASF Glossary version 2015-2017).

Demo: See a demonstration of this skill here:
https://connectionv2.fierce-brands.com/videos/cartwheel/

Prerequisites:
– Athlete should be able to lunge and lever in and out of handstand properly.
– Athlete should have strength to support body weight on hands while in an inverted position.

Technique:
– The athlete should start in a lunge, arms straight by the ears. Lever leaning forward toward the ground making a ¼ turn just before the 1st hand makes contact with the ground. As the 1st hand makes contact kick the back leg up and over pushing with the front leg as the 2nd hand makes contact hitting a side handstand in the straddle position with straight legs and pointed feet. As the 1st hand pushes off the floor the 2nd foot lands and begin to lever back down to a finish in a lunge position with straight arms up by the ears.
– The cartwheel should have a hand hand foot foot rhythm. 1-2-3-4.

How to Spot: Stand on the ‘front leg side’ of the athlete. (If they start with their right leg in front, stand on their right side.) Place your nearer hand on the athlete’s waist while the other hand will be raise and ready to spot the other side of the waist as the athlete hits the side handstand. Assist with turning the cartwheel and ensure the athlete lands in a lunge and returns to a finish position safely.

Here is a video of a coach spotting a cartwheel.

Drills:
Cheer RX- Download the Cheer RX app for iPhone. Select Level 1. Select Cartwheels. There are 8 drills there for you to view.

Skill: Round off

Definition: Similar to a cartwheel except the athlete lands with two feet together on the ground instead of one foot at a time, facing the direction from which they arrived (as defined by USASF Glossary version 2015-2017).

Demo: See a demonstration of this skill here:
https://connectionv2.fierce-brands.com/videos/round-off/

Prerequisites:
– Athlete should be able to lunge and lever in and out of handstand properly.
– Athlete has mastered a cartwheel.
– Athlete can perform various round off drills with consistency, for ex: handstand snap downs, block cartwheel, 2 step hurdle cartwheel.

Technique:
– A round off can be performed various ways. These directions are from a standing lunge. The athlete will start in a lunge. Lever and reach forward the same as if doing a cartwheel and ¼ turn to place hands on floor, 1st hand in cartwheel position, second hand turned in fingers pointed toward the first hand (hands should make a T shape). Kick legs forcefully up as in cartwheel, legs meet each other in the air and snap down on opposite side, remaining in hollow position, focus on hands. Push fast and hard through shoulders immediately after hands touch floor so that once legs snap down, the body finishes in straight hollow stand position facing opposite direction.
– A deep lunge and long reach are important to generate the proper momentum. An aggressive blocking off of the hands and snapping of the feet are necessary to turn the round off over sufficiently for a stretched back handspring.
– The athlete’s head needs to be kept in (neutral) throughout the skill. Leaving the head out causes the round off to go around the side rather than over the top.
– Arms must reach forward and not to the side at all because that could result in crooked tumbling.
– T-shape hands for round off see image (Resource www.tumblingcoach.com)

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How to Spot: Use the same spotting method as you would for a cartwheel.

Drills:
Cheer RX- Download the Cheer RX app for iPhone. Select Level 1. Select Round offs. There are 8 drills there for you to view.

Video Drills and Education- 2 videos/resources total

Video #1- This video is by Jeff Benson. These are round off drills for tumblers who have the basic motion of a round off, but are still mastering the technique.

Video #2- This video is by Tumblebear Connection. These are cartwheel drills for beginners. Lots of great stations.

This is an excellent article by Coach Sahil on Round offs.
http://tumblingcoach.com/blog/round-off-mistakes/

This is an article on Heart of Cheer with cartwheel stations and tips.
http://www.heartofcheer.com/coaches/coaching-heart-cartwheels/

Variations
Cartwheels- 1 hand cartwheel, dive cartwheel, block cartwheel, knee cartwheel
Round offs- standing/power round off, running round off, knee round off

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Resources

www.fierceconnection.com
www.usasf.net
www.tumblingcoach.com
www.youtube.com
www.sites.google.com
www.tumblebear.com

 

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LEVEL 1 TUMBLING Skill: Cartwheel Definition: A non-aerial tumbling skill where the athlete supports the weight of their body with their arm(s) while rotating sideways through an inverted position landing one foot at a time (as defined by USASF Glossary version 2015-2017). Demo: See a demonstration of this skill here: https://connectionv2.fierce-brands.com/videos/cartwheel/ Prerequisites: - Athlete should...