I’m Mandy Butler on behalf of Expert Village
and we’re going to talk about tumble track warm ups today. Next, I’m going to go through
the standing back hand spring. This is a big deal for cheerleading on the middle school
and high school level because a lot of squad require you to have a back handspring before
you’re even eligible to try out, so a lot of people try to rush through this skill.
It’s very important that you take your time and do it correctly because it’s not safe
otherwise. What I’m going to do is I’m going to sit with my chest up, knees slightly bent,
and I’m leaning backwards. Just before I do the back handspring, I’ll feel that if I moved
any farther back, I would fall on my back. I must jump in order to keep myself from falling
backwards. It’s a little bit tricky. Your body will get used to that sensation, but
you’re going to sit and move backwards. Right at the moment where you feel like you’re going
to fall, that’s when you know to jump yourself backwards into a back handspring position.
When I hit my hands on the mat, it’s very important that I keep my arms nice and straight.
Again, a tumble track is a great tool to teach this because there’s less resistance and so
you’re less likely to bend your arms, hit your head, and hurt you neck or your head.
I’m going to sit, swing my arms backwards. I’m going to extend my arms and go into a
bridge position. The last step of back handspring once I hit my hands on the mat is to bring
my legs over in handstand snap down position. I’m going to bring my toes and my feet over
my head, squeezing my bottom, landing in a soft landing. I don’t want to land completely
straight because it’s dangerous for my knee. I’m going to land slightly bent. Again, you
have a little bit more leeway with tumble track because it’s a softer surface. If you
take the same skill to the floor, you land straight legged. You’re not going to get away
with it without hurting yourself. Chest up. This is the standing back handspring.