Teaching Fundamental Gymnastics Skills

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Human Kinetics, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 297 pages
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Now you can teach or coach gymnastics--even if you don't have a gymnastics background--and ensure that every child learns and succeeds.

Teaching FUNdamental Gymnastics Skillsis a hands-on guide that provides you with a strong foundation in exploratory gymnastic skills as well as formal gymnastic skills and helps you bridge the gap between the two approaches.

A unique feature of Teaching FUNdamental Gymnastics Skillsis the use of specific verbal cues for different learning styles. You'll get "kinder" cues appropriate for young learners, plus cues that address these learning styles:

- logical/mathematical
- visual/spatial
- bodily/kinesthetic
- musical/rhythmical
- verbal/linguistic

The book covers these essential teaching topics:

- Foundational positions and movements that form the building blocks for all gymnastics skills
- How fundamental skills fit together to make complex movements and sequences
- Common errors in gymnastics skills and how to correct them
- Hard-to-find safety information, including injury prevention and tips for spotting

This well-organized book also covers skill progressions and lead-ups for floor, beam, springboard/vault, and bars. Each skill includes practical information you can use for individual or small-group work at stations: a complete description, common errors, spotting information and checklists.

Additional special features include the following:

- A movement chart, in each chapter, outlines the skill progressions
- Sequential illustrations clarify skill sequences and progressions
- A skillfinder chart makes it easy to find skill descriptions based on level of difficulty

Learn how to deliver effective and safe gymnastics instruction in an educational setting, no matter what your experience or comfort level. Teaching FUNdamental Gymnastics Skillsis a great way to get started in teaching gymnastics, build students' confidence, and introduce fun programs.


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This book should be the standard for all coaching, whether gymnastics or other. I am very impressed by the information presented here. While there is a great deal of information about the sport itself which is immensely useful for any coach, it is the sports psychology section of the book which intrigued me the most. Having studied psychology at the doctorate level, it was very enlightening to see how its principles are applied in a gymnastic coaching setting in a very practical and useful way to motivate and communicate effectively with the gymnasts.
I noticed that while many coaches are experts at technical skills and know what the gymnast must achieve, they lacked the effective delivery of their information to the gymnast relying on one-size-fits-all instruction methods. With the different methods of teaching described in the book to be tailored to each gymnast's natural communication mode, the result achieved from the coaches will be a much higher understanding on the part of the gymnast, lower frustration levels and disappointment from both, coach and gymnast, which will lead to faster skill acquisition and progression.
This is a very highly recommended book that serious gymnastic coaches should take to heart to read and implement in their coaching.

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Teaching Safely Teaching Well 1
Parallel Hand Placement
Exploratory Gymnastics
Block to Flatback Springboard and safety cushion 169
Elephant Walk Floor
Foundational Positions and Movements
Pike Backward Roll With Straight Arms
Hanging Straddle Swing Horizontal bars 282
Jump to Front Support Low horizontal bar 256
Roll Backward to Candle From Stand
Knee Lunge Floor 74
Rounded Arms Overhead Crown
Front Diagonal Approach Balance beam
Balance Beam
Mill Circle Horizontal bars 292

English Hand Placement Balance beam 179
Inverted Pike Floor 55
Flank Vault Springboard and horse 224
Pike Forward Roll
Floor Exercise
Front Chassé Floor
Springboard and Vault
Front Handspring Using Springboard and Mats Springboard and mat stack
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Debby Mitchell, EdD, has been teaching physical education since 1978 and gymnastics since 1987. She is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida, where she is helping to develop a new undergraduate degree program in sport and fitness.

Mitchell is a national leader in technology integration. The video laser disk for gymnastics that she developed over a decade ago was the inspiration for this book. She frequently does presentations at state and national conferences on integrating technology into education.

Raim Lopez, MA, has taught gymnastics since 1981. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida and a fitness specialist who promotes and sells individualized fitness programs. Previously, he taught health and fitness at the elementary school level.

In 1992, Lopez received an award for the Most Innovative Physical Education Program in Florida from the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. In 2001, he won the Disney "Teacherrific" Award.

Barbara Davishas been coaching and teaching gymnastics for 20 years. She is coauthor and national clinician with USA Gymnastics' Kinder Accreditation for Teachers (KAT). She has been a clinician for USA Gymnastics since 1984 at state, regional, and national congresses. She has presented twice at the International Scientific Congress at the world championships. She was the technical writer for the text and developer of the verbal learning cues for specific learning styles.

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