Posts Tagged ‘gymnastics competition preparation’

World Selection Camp- Observation on Preparation

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Selection Camps are always such a great opportunity to learn more!! Watching some of the best coaches in the country prepare their athletes is very exciting and educational.
One thing I can say is the best thing for your athletes is to remain calm in all situations, take the emotion out of the challenging moments and they will too. I saw plenty of athletes hit obstacles in training and warm ups and hit in the competition… how? Preparation of course, but in the moment keeping your head on helps the athlete keep theirs on. Small corrections and a bit of TLC goes a long way.
Good Luck to our USA team, they are looking very prepared!

PUNCH FRONTS ON BEAM – video

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

OUTLINE FOR PUNCH FRONTS ON BEAM

1. Prepare athlete to understand the rise and the rotation for any front somersault.
A. Punch / blocking the chest up / arms back
B. Rotation from rounded chest / hips overhead / kicking behind
2. Drills are or technique and development but also to cut down on overtraining injuries. This skill can be tough on a variety of body parts over time.

Drills for Punch:
-On Beam HIGH punches front and back on beam
-Short run preparation punch UP to landing position
-On floor 3 punches to straight jump up to block
-On floor 3 punches front to floor, then add up to block
-On floor using same run as you do on beam, punch up to block with flat hips arms overhead
-On floor do front exactly as you do on beam then up to block
-On low beam with block at the end of the beam: do punches down beam and then up to block.
-Remove block – 3 punches to front off end of beam
(this can also be done off of the end of the high beam)

Drills for Arm Swing:
-Using wrist weights, stand in releve on floor and on beam and do “sets of arm speed” / repeat on beam / also laying on back lifting hips off floor
Drills for Shape and Landing:
– continuous front rolls to finish shape
– hollow tuck rockers (also weighted)
– sets of roll backs to finish position
– roll backs off panel mat
– connected front tucks on tumble trak
SUPERSETS TO INCREASE STRENGTH
1. 3 front rolls 2. Roll back with kettles 3. Front up to mat
1. pass on TT 2. 3 punches up to block 3. Off block to stick
UP TO .5 FOR LANDING TO LOW – DRILLS WILL HELP ELIMINATE
THAT DEDUCTION AND REDUCE THE # OF HITS!

*I would recommend using pads A LOT. I usually begin a couple weeks out having them do the first routine without and then alternate.

Planning for Competition Preparation

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

#1 Awareness! Always keep athletes informed of their timeline until competition readiness is expected. Map out for each athlete the path to get there based on their physical readiness, consistency of new skill and old skills, in or out by a certain date, how to fuel and stay rested. This will help keep everyone on the same page and eliminate any “circular battles”.
#2 Excellence Expectations! What is counted and what doesn’t count needs to be clarified each week as the competitions get closer. What counted 8 weeks out should be completely different than what counts 2 weeks out and that always needs clarification.
#3 Competition Plans! Make sure athlete and parent know the “team” plans for the meet so everyone can make their personal plans plenty in advance. Everyone has different travel ideas for their team, all are fine as long as they are mapped out and all participants in the weekend know your vision! (including attire details)