Welcome to the first part of our Jenks tumbling lessons athlete evaluation series. We’re going to be going over everything that you need to move up or possibly move down.
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questions that we get from parents and athletes on a daily basis, we are your hosts Coulton cruise and rusty breath slur and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. All right, so this is beginner evaluations, uh, the first part of our Jenks tumbling lessons evaluation series. And uh, we’re definitely excited about it.
Yes, beginner evaluations were, why do we do evaluations? First of all, why are evaluations important?
Well, at the end of every month, um, every athlete who is in our Jenks tumbling lessons gym will be given an evaluation that is for us to make sure that we are doing our job as our, as or our coaches are doing their job. Um, we can kind of keep track of the skills that each athlete is getting. Um, but also it is an evaluation to see if they’re ready for the next level.
Oh my goodness. So if we didn’t have these kids would just be coming in tumbling.
Well, whatever time they wanted. Yeah. That would be, it would be cause for years and never moving. Never getting new skills. Absolutely. So, so we have done, a long time ago we did a podcast on a coach’s evaluations. Um, and now we’re doing one on our Jenks tumbling lessons athletes evaluations. Um,
and these evaluations happen on the last week of every month. Yup. So it’s the last class. Um, so you can expect it, expect it be ready. That’s what the classes are for. We have that curriculum, the where and the first week, what they’re going to be working the second week, third week, all preparing for those evaluations. That way they’ll come in, they’ll stretch, they’ll warm up and right after they warm up, all right. Show us these skills and we’re going to beat you. Got, so that’s what these podcasts are going to be for is for the parents or athletes to listen to. So they have a heads up so they know exactly what skills they have to have mastered what you said that Multiple Times mastered, not just throw at once and it works. Moving on. Yes. Mastered means they can do it over and over again. The same way we’re going to be breaking those, these skills down level by level.
Absolutely. Uh, also it is not a coincidence that this is our Jenks tumbling lessons 150th podcasts.
There. We got there. So we started from the bottom and now we’re here. Um, and, and with this we’re going to be starting at the bottom of all of our levels and it is beginner. So except for tiny as well, we do have tinies to evaluate at a tiny is what do you have to do? The same thing as beginners, but also you have to grow up. So tinies, um, is from three to six and once you become seven, then you can go into our beginner, well, you’ll have to go into, our Jenks tumbling lessons beginner must be evaluated out. You’ve done it right out. Happy Birthday by. Um, and uh, but to be honest with you to move out of a tiny class, if an, uh, an athlete is moving up quick enough, they can go straight into beginner no matter what the age they are. Yes, if you’re an advanced tiny, you will get moved on.
But also if you do go through our Jenks tumbling lessons program, that is a good thing. That is a good to be moved on. And the same thing if you already a tiny, if you go through our Jenks tumbling lessons tiny program, when you move to the beginner, you’re probably going to move to the novice clause pretty quick because you are working a lot of the same skills in tiny that you’re working in beginner. That’s right. So if you are doing your job very, very well on tiny, it’s going to be a real quick process to master this evaluation. So we’re gonna, we’re gonna start off with, uh, the handstand step down. This is the first thing on the list for the beginner evaluation. No, you’ll hear hands down a couple of times. We want them to master almost every variation of handstands. Just handstand control is important. So remember when we say handstand, we, we definitely means straight up and down, not like a 45 degree angle handstand.
That doesn’t work. It’s not what we’re looking for. We want to see, see, like so much control in those handstands. So like you said, first one is hands down, step down, and that’s handstand. Stepping down with the correct leg, not doing the scissor kick, finishing with arms up, it’s mastered. Hands Down, step down. And then the next one is handstand. Snap down. Now this is something that we’ve kind of steered away from and are more advanced classes, but it’s just because they were taught the wrong way from the very, very beginning. Um, if you’ve been in our Jenks tumbling lessons gym, you’ve heard us say reach long, reach long, reach long, it’s gotta be long. Uh, same thing with handstand snap downs. Kids bring their feet straight down to their hands, um, and they’re like really, really, really close and it doesn’t help them at all. So we’re teaching in beginner levels, the proper handstand, snap down, rebound to keep their hands and their feet away from each other.
Yes. After handstands, we’re moving into roles we want forward and backward rolls. That’s right. That’s right. No. As silly as it seems forward and backward rolls out a young age prepare you for when you get to these advanced skills learning flip flip. Oh yeah, absolutely. So we want subconsciously these younger kids training already preparing for flipping at that young age and backward role is, is a tough one. It’s a tough one for younger kids for sure. Um, but I’ve actually made my intermediate and advanced athletes do backward rolls in order to help get there. They’re standing tux because it’s essentially the same exact flip, the same pool, same knees, tight into your tech, um, and it, and it helps them. So it’s important that they learn it and they learn it the right way. Now next is front limber, which if you don’t know what that is, that means you’re going from a handstand to a, to a bridge. Um, so you’re falling to your feet and going to that bridge, which prepares you for front walk over.
Yeah. Usually the flexibility needed for front walkovers. And then moving on from front limbers is backbend kick over back then kick over and back, walk over. Those are the next two. Yup. So what, what are the difference in those two skills?
Okay, so the backbend kick over. It means you start from a standing position, you drop to your, to your hands like a backbend, then there’s no immediate kick over or walk over. You wait, then you kick those legs over for a kick over a back. Walkover is one fluid motion from the moment you start to the moment you finish back on your feet, there is no stopping. There’s no pausing, otherwise you get stuck in that motion. So we want all kids to have those back walkovers before they start working on backhand springs. Cause it really, really does help them understand catching with their shoulders and being strong in their arms. Um, and then that core strength that is required to get your legs over at super important.
Now moving into our Jenks tumbling lessons last two skills that you have to have mastered to get out of beginner is the cartwheel and round off. Yeah. So same thing. They, they’re very similar but very different. The cartwheel you’re going to be landing one foot at a time and the round off, both feet out the same.
And, and it’s important to remember that they are used to different for two different reasons. Um, they have their own, uh, purposes and um, the, the most important one out of the two is definitely the running round off, uh, with a rebound at the end. Um, because that is what you’re going to be using in the next, uh, the next class, which will be yes,
novice. Yes. So almost everything we’ve gone through, we’re going to touch base on them at the end is everything that you’re going to be doing in a novice warm up. So that’s why it’s important to have it mastered to get out of beginner. Cause when you get into novice, you’re going to be doing these all in warmups and you, when you get to novice, you’re also the coaches. Yeah. To be able to have these masters not having to get onto you and warmups. Right.
And then the very last thing is a conditioning aspect where we expect you to be able to hold a handstand on the wall for one minute. Um, why is that rusty?
The importance of that is moving into novice, novice focuses all on backhand springs and catching your full body weight in the back hand spring and requires strength. So to get ready for that, we want our Jenks tumbling lessons athletes to be able to hold that minute hand stand, to be ready to get into that novice class. Cause we’ve had it where the kids are in the novice class and the only thing they’re lacking, they have the technique is they’re just lacking that conditioning their locker room, the strength.
And, and when we get kids at a younger age, it’s usually the case anyway because whenever you’re young, you don’t have the, uh, ability to hold yourself up and that’s what you gain in these classes. So it’s it. Um, please remember that everything that was on this list is not everything that you’ll learn in the beginner class at the beginning of class. We also focus on forward roles. Um, more emphasis on cartwheels. Uh, we do lots of things and teaching them the very, very basics. But those are just the requirements to get out of beginner. So, um, things that you’ll learn in beginner class, these are the the most difficult thing.
Yes, I’m beginner. Probably has the most skills you have to evaluate out of. Um, cause there it’s all the basics. It’s all the core skills are going to be using for everything.
I remember that there are no prerequisites for beginner class so you don’t have to have any of these things to get into beginner. You can be as green as they come, as fresh as they are and uh, and we will get you to this point
and just a disclaimer. All those skills that we read off, we’ll start from the top, hands down, step down, handstand, snap down, backward, roll front, limber back, then kick over back walkover round dot. Running around off rebound and the minute hand stand hold against the wall. Those all must be checked off to move out of that beginner class. We understand you might have all but one, you may be asked to do that class to hang back in that class until you master that skill. We’re not trying to hold your athlete back. We want what’s best for them and we want them moving forward. We’re going to have the same rules when it comes to the novice cost. We want them to be ready to master every skill on that evaluation to get out of that class as well.
And it should be something that, uh, that your athlete is looking forward to saying, okay, I, I’ve got evaluations at the end of the month. I, I’ve got to get this skill. It’s going to think of it like a tryout every single, uh, the last week on the, at the end of the month as more like a tour, a tryout. So, um, just keep that in mind. And uh, if you’re interested in finding out more about us justice tumbling company, you can check out our Jenks tumbling lessons website. It’s just as tumbling Kate Co. Dot Com.
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