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Excerpts — Coaching Youth Gymnastics eBook

Six guidelines for shaping skills in youth gymnasts

After you have successfully taught your gymnasts the fundamentals of a skill, your focus will be on helping them improve the skill. Athletes learn skills and improve on them at different rates, so don’t get frustrated if progress seems slow. Instead, help them improve by shaping their skills and detecting and correcting errors.

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Landing and falling; important skills for youth gymnastics

Landing properly and knowing how to fall are both key aspects of injury prevention in the sport of gymnastics. These are prerequisite skills for gymnastics performance, and gymnasts should be continually educated in these areas. Education and reminders should be built into lesson plans and used for each apparatus.

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Youth gymnastics coaches learn drills for prehandspring vaults

These are important drills and progressions leading up to a handspring vault. It is highly recommended that the coach take the gymnast through the proper drills and progressions as stated in this section. Once the gymnast has acquired the basics, she will be ready to begin the next phase of a handspring vault.

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