Drills=Skills Show 43 – Visual Focus

Wendy Bruce-Martin returns to discuss the Visual Focus of tumbling on this week’s Drills=Skills.

Drills=Skills Show 42 – With Tom Balent

Tom Balent from Perfecta Flip joins Shea and David to talk about their products and how they can help tumbling.

Drills=Skills Show 41 – With Matt Kelly

Matt Kelly from Woodlands Elite and Karma Returns joins Shea and Sean on the first show of 2018.

Tip: Stunt with Different People

Stunting with different people will make the athletes better as individuals and the team more alike. The individual athletes will become better because they’ll learn to make a wider variety of adjustments and corrections based on the tendencies of their new partners. Stunting is so much about being able to make to correct adjustment quickly that being exposed to more scenarios that require adjustments will better prepare athletes for the competition mat. For example if Amber heels, but Betsy toes, the people that stunt with both Amber and Betsy will be used to make adjustments for either position and more likely be able to hold Cathy regardless of where she is on the heel to toe spectrum.

Changing partners also gives athletes a chance to learn from more people. Having a base work with a new partner provides an opportunity for some detail of the stunt to be performed a little different and turn into a teaching/learning moment.

I also believe having people stunt with different people on a regular basis will make the stunts more similar to each other. If one group was consistently fast and another consistently slow, swapping some of the parts will push them toward meeting someplace that works for everyone.

Drills=Skills Show 40 – Thoughts on Early Competition Season

Shea and David share their thoughts on the early season competitions they’ve attended on the 40th Drills=Skills.

Tip: If You Ain’t Cheatin’…

Cheating is generally considered a bad thing, but when it comes to cheat grips and tricks for stunts it can be a good thing. Finding a way to get the same look of a skill, a full up for example, using a grip that makes it easier or less risky is a great training tool and helps the athletes build confidence.

Figuring out cheat tricks and grips isn’t always easy. I usually get ideas from watching stunt videos in reverse or watching live stunts fall. Finding them takes time, a different point of view, and a little creativity, but when you find them it makes it worthwhile.

Drills=Skills Show 39 – Your Perfect Cheer World

The Perfect Cheer World is the topic of discussion on the 39th Drills=Skills.

Tip: Play Add On

When working stunts add an extra element to the end. Instead of doing only your 4 elements to hit the high range, practice with a 5th or 6th, even if it’s a repeat of one of the first 4. This will help build stunt endurance and increase control of the stunt sequence, since they’ll need to maintain control of the stunt to be able to add additional elements.

Drills=Skills Show 38 – Level 4 Tumbling

This week’s Drills=Skills features Shea and David talking about Level 4 tumbling.

Tip: Jam On It

This one also could have been named practice to music because as much as possible your teams should practice to music. This will get the athletes used to counting music and more importantly, counting to music while performing skills. This can only help a team when performing to music.

At a minimum use an 8 count track, like this one by Bowd Beal with Go! Fight! Win! Music: