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Coaching Youth Gymnastics


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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Coaching Youth Gymnastics
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Developed by ASEP in cooperation with USA Gymnastics, Coaching Youth Gymnastics covers all the basics of coaching and gymnastics in a concise style that is customized for entry-level gymnastics coaches. Techniques and skills for bars, floor, balance beam, and vault are presented by skill level rather than by age groups and are applicable to both boys and girls where appropriate. This book will help you to create an environment that promotes learning, enjoyment, safety, and motivation for youth gymnasts.

© 2011
Book   272 pages
ISBN-13: 9780736084031

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