The Benefits of Basics – Why do we still do forward and backward rolls?
Any gym worth its salt will include basics and progressions in their program and continue to espouse the benefits of basics, progression and patience throughout the levels whether it be Gymnastics, T&T or Cheer. If you are a part of a program that seems to work on skills alone and you rarely see a skill deconstructed into drill stations, I ask that you reevaluate your choice of program or facility.
The short, quick answer to the initial question is that once your child reaches a certain proficiency in the sport, they will begin to leave the ground and flip without any hands contacting the floor. The first shape they will utilize is the tuck. The Back Tuck and Front Tuck are the first flipping skills they will master and being able to achieve the tight tuck position while airborne is important to their success. For this reason, we continue to practice this shape on the floor all the way up into our advanced levels by doing tucked backward and forward rolls and variations thereof. Continue reading “Why do we still do forward and backward rolls?”