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tanya wrote at 2014-10-14 12:33:15
I would definitely get a new coach if you're not doing a back hand spring. My daughter is 6 started cheerleading the end of July and had no tumbling skills. Aug came she had a front and back walk over. Aug they started training a back hand spring. With in the first 5 times of spotting she had it on a wedge mat alone. From there she had it on the ground in a week. Gymnastics is competitive just like cheer all stars. This is only going once a week for an hour. After she had the hand spring on the ground she could automatically do a round off back hand spring with no spot. She made it into a round off triple back hand spring by herself. All this was in a month time frame from having no hand stands or bridges. Not saying it's flawless  but her legs are together and knees slightly bent doing a back hand spring. Corrected it's right 5 out of 8. She is moving to tucks


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Rik Feeney


I can answer questions regarding all levels of the sport of women's gymnastics, the business of gymnastics, and the marketing of gymnastics programs.


I am the author of "Gymnastics: A Guide for Parents and Athletes" currently being published by McGraw-Hill. I am also a ghostwriter and co-author of the Gymcert series of books "Levels 1-3 Gymnastics Coaches Certifications Manuals" for recreational gymnasts, and the "Levels 4 - 6 Skills and Drills" books as well as Safety Basics for Gymnastics Instructors. I have written several other books on the sport of gymnastics for Richardson Publishing, the latest of which is titled, "Back Handsprings: The Secret Techniques." Oh, and by the way, I was a competitive gymnast through high school and college (Temple University), gymnastics club owner for 10 years, and women's gymnastics coach for 30 years working with gymnasts at all competitive levels

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