How to Do a Back Tuck on a Trampoline

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The first step in perfecting the back tuck on a trampoline is to learn the hollow position in the air. Understand the proper body alignment for the back tuck with advice from an experienced gymnastics coach in this free video on gymnastics techniques.

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Hi there, my name is Lisa, I'm here from World of Gymnastics in Woodstock, Georgia. We coach gymnastics, we also have cheerleading here at our campus and then there's swimming across the street. So we have a family feel in our campus. So now, we're going to talk about how we teach a back tuck in our gym. We first start off, once again with the body positions. We want to make sure that the kids fully understand how to do the body positions. So I'm going to teach Lena how to hit a hollow position in the air. So we're going to do it laying on the floor. So she's in this nice high hollow, now I'm going to tell her to pull her knees up to her belly, so she's going to bend her knees and pull them up into a nice tight tuck and come back down. And we're going to do repetitions of those before we ever let her try a back tuck. So I'm going to say, lift into your candle, they have to be super tight, and now pull your knees up to your tuck. Now I also want to make sure that before we ever start teaching a back tuck that these kids know how to do a backward roll. If they don't know how to do a backward roll you're going to have a really hard time teaching them the body position for a back tuck. So now we're progressing to teach the kids how we actually do a tuck. At World of Gymnastics we do our first spots with a double spot. So we utilize two coaches, we're lucky enough to be able to do that. If you're not, I would say, make sure you're using mats around the kids. This way we're teaching the correct body alignment with our kids. She's going to jump up in the air, hit that nice tight candle, pull her knees to her belly. The coaches are going to slow her down for the first few. So she's going to jump, reach, the coach's hands are on her at all times and making sure she's stands up. She gets that nice, tight, tall set that we call in gymnastics world and she's learning the body positions very, very clean. Once they learn that double spot we're going to go ahead and just use one coach so that the kids are doing more of the work. Megan's showing you how we spot with two hands and still capable of controlling most of the kids. So you can reach her up in the air and actually stop her in the middle if her head and arms are in the wrong place. From there we're going to progress just to using two hands, making sure that we catch the kids all the way around on this back tuck. So Katie's actually have to do most of the work by herself. Make sure you catch those kids on those landings so they don't fall forward onto their arms. Once she's learned that on the floor we're going to go ahead and move her over to the trampoline. We're going to start with our arms up, we're going to do the same thing. There's two different ways to do it. You can either jump with your kids or you can just have them do it stationary. The trampoline gives them a little bit more spring. We're going to try it first with a jump. She's going to go on the count of three, just like we did on those front tucks. You ready, Katie? Here we go on the count of three. One, two, three. And once again you want to make sure that you're spotting them the entire way around. From there, the way that I do it without a spot jumping is I'm just going to have her stand and she's going to count to three. One, two,three, and do that same back tuck. And I'm making sure that I'm catching her so she doesn't land on her back. From there I'm going to have Taylor come on over and she's going to show you how we do it once we've learned it without a spot. Looking for that nice tight set and the nice stretch to finish. So once they've mastered it on the trampoline by themselves and you feel comfortable with them spotting you can go ahead and let them try it on their own on the floor. Go ahead, Summer, let's see your standing tuck. Very nice. And once again we're looking for that nice strong stretch coming off the floor.


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