Level 2 Front Handspring

Discussion in 'Is this legal?' started by caitlyn_the_camille, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. caitlyn_the_camille

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    I've looked for a thread about this but didn't see anything, so sorry if this topic has already been discussed somewhere else!
    So according to the rules, front handsprings are legal in level 2 running tumbling. Why do you never see them? I understand it takes more out of an athlete and is hard to make look good, but it seems like you would still see a few in routines. Or are they there and I'm just looking in the wrong place? Lol
    About 1/3 of our junior 2 have amazing, nearly perfect front handsprings. Another third have them but they aren't as pretty. It's not really something we've worked at in tumbling, just something they've picked up.
    How, if at all do most coaches incorporate them into their routines? Or are they more work than they're worth?

     
  2. McKenna.M

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    I feel like people dont use them because it's easier to do a front walk over before s tumbling pass.
     
  3. cheer25mom

    cheer25mom Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    CP's youth 2 used them as the opening pass in the routine last year for half the team. The way I understand it however, the only thing you can do out if a front handspring is a forward roll, so that limits what you can do with them.


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  4. NJ Coach

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    That's incorrect, you are allowed to tumble out of them.

    As to @caitlyn_the_camille question. They're there, but not common. Very few true level 2 athletes have them, or have them cleanly. Most times they come off looking like a running fwo, or aren't technically sound and wind up hurting your technique score.
     
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    cheer25mom Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Can you tumble out of them both standing and running, or just running?


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    running...in level 2 you aren't allowed standing series handsprings, front or back.
     
  7. cheer25mom

    cheer25mom Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Ah, that's why I was confused!


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    FierceIsTheName Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    I've seen front handsprings (we call them fly-springs?) step out and then into a running tumbling pass. IMO front handsprings are harder than back handsprings, but then again I hate front tumbling.

    I've seen front handsprings three ways (tell me if theres a different name for one of them if I'm wrong!!)
    -Starting as a front walkover but landing with both feet
    -Punching with both feet (like a punch front) and going to your hands and blocking off onto your feet
    -^ same thing but stepping out of it.

    You could really have some creative tumbling passes with them if they punch into their front handsprings, Like round off handspring, rebounding 1/2 turn, punch front handspring step out, round off, back handspring (not sure if that makes sense).
    Just some ideas :)
     
  9. Meganl

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    At the start of our routine we had a group of girls do a standing BHS and as they went back another group came forward in the gaps doing fronts handspring. This looked really effective.
     
  10. caitlyn_the_camille

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    Thanks everyone for the responses! I think we're going to spend some time actually focusing on the front handsprings we have today at practice and go from there. I'd like to put some in the routine, but only if they're perfect!
     
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    The first is a front handspring, the second one is a fly-spring, and I assume the third one is a fly-spring step out?


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    Fly-springs are allowed in level 2, correct?
     
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    As far as I know, yes. I've never seen one done in a routine but I'm not aware of a rule that says it can't be done!


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    yes, fly springs are considered front handsprings
     
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    Thank you! If you (or anyone else) know any difficult level 2 passes, please post! I coach a level 2 team that's highly advanced in tumbling, so we want to challenge them (they don't have the stunt skills for level 3 so we're staying level 2). And sorry for hijacking the thread lol.