Episode #61 – Drills

Hello and welcome to Tulsa tumble talk with justice tumbling company, the one and only Tulsa tumbling show where we your Tulsa tumbling experts. Answer the questions that we get from parents and athletes on a daily basis. We are your hosts Coulton cruise and rusty breaths slur and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. All right, rusty, I’ve got a story for you. Tell me the story. Okay, so I have a, I have a private and um, the other day we have lots of Matt’s right? Lots of maths and w I spent probably the better half of five to seven minutes building these Matzoh, stacking them really tall, right. For, for my private who’s probably for like three, the three foot eight that she’s a little girl. She’s a little, um, so if I’m spending seven minutes where you’re building a Ford, no, no, I’m glad you brought that up. No, it was not building a Ford. I was, I was stacking these mats up, right? So that she can, um, we can work this, we can work a drill, right. And I don’t mean like drill, like, like, uh, like a drill. No, no, no, no. I mean like a drill that you, that you, uh, you’re familiar with drills, right? Yes. Yeah, yeah. Okay. So like a training to maybe like a setting drill, I gotta go in a little bit higher in your rebounds so that you can start working those types of things.

Like typical gymnast, that’s how they learn.

That’s how they look, right? Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay. So we’re on the same page. Um, now, uh, can you give our listeners some insight on why I would spend seven minutes on a drill that, you know, if, if someone’s paying me, let’s say, uh, let’s say just for instance, a dollar a minute and they’re doing like a 30 minute or they’re doing an hour, a dollar a minute, they’re spending $7 on me building up that, that drill. Can you think of any reason why a parent should be okay with spending $7 on watching me stack mats?

Absolutely. Uh, a lot of the time, like I said, gymnast, that’s the only way they learn is through drills. Not a lot. Not a lot of spotting. Yes, we can sit there and spot all day. Uh, but eventually that kids didn’t have to do it without us there anyways. If a kid can learn it without us having to be too hands on or maybe a kid just needs to break a habit, that is the easiest way to break a lot of habits is getting a correct set up onto the maths because if you’re able to rebound correctly and get that high to get up onto the mats, um, then you’re definitely keeping your head and you’re keeping arms up. You’re doing something right to get up onto that height. If you’re not doing something right, those mats we’ll let you know quick cause you’re about will be against it, your back or will be against it or that the infamous one, uh, you throw your head back and you go face first into that. Matt, there’s a, there’s definitely ways to prepare for that. Like measuring out, round off, back handsprings you have to be consistent on your round, off, back handspring. Knowing where you’re at, knowing where that takes her off is going to happen. Um, but setting girls are crucial, especially when it comes to lifting for foals and doubles.

Now, the reason why I bring up this story as while I’m stacking these mats, right, and I’m having my private helped me kind of go and grab the, Matt said, I need to set this up. And while I’m thinking I’m, I’m, I know that another, her mom was in here and then I know that her, her dad was in here and then her brother was in here. So they all, they’re all watching me on our cameras, having her run around, getting these mats and stuff. So I’m thinking to myself, I’m, I’m thinking they’re, they’re thinking that I’m crazy. They’re like, I’m, this is valuable time. What are we doing? Like she’s not tumbling at all during these seven minutes. I don’t know if that’s how long it was, but it was, you know, it was a longer amount of time than, um, than it takes to just do a regular warmup.

But anyway, so we’re, I’m stacking these mats, but I know it’s worth it. I know it’s worth it because, um, once her parents see that she’s working better with that drill, that rather than relying on me because I can, I can over spot and get her as high as I want her to go, but that Matt’s not going to do anything but catch her. So she knows that she has to rebound properly. H hit the right angle to go straight up and land on top of it. So it’s more of a conscious note when they’re tumbling so that they’re, they’re hitting the points that they need to hit in order to get to the top of the mat.

Yes. I mean that’s one reason it’s important, but also just to be a well rounded versatile tumbler, right? Right. Being able to tumble up on the surfaces, going on to other maths to Tamale, like an air floor, like being able to tumble the same and adjust your technique to whatever surface or Tim Leon, you should be able to push yourself to be that well rounded athlete. But drills are crucial for that. Absolutely. You have to be able to do drills. There’s a lot of the times where if nothing else is working, you have to kind of go to drills. If we’ve been trying the same skill and being hands on other drills we’ve done aren’t working, setting up drills might be the one thing that fixes it. Um, kids hate it. They try to fight it, but it’s something that if a gymnast comes in and you ask them to do it, they’re not really gonna Complain Because they’ve done it before. It’s something that’s just taught. That’s what you’re, it’s the normal

and we’re not, we’re not saying that, that, you know, gymnasts are better than cheerleaders, um, in any aspect whatsoever. Uh, but they’re, they’re, um, confidence in their drive is like always, always above par, uh, most of the time anyway. And they, their versatility to work on new things or work on something different is, is above the bar as well. Uh, and so we want to strive for that same kind of attitude and bring that to cheerleading and bring that to our tumblers. Another drill that I have athletes do, which I always get like every time. Uh, if they haven’t heard me tell them to do it before they kind of freak out. But that’s a backhand spring going up the cheese mat. Yeah, it’s a really, really good conditioning drill for making sure like they’re coming off their fingertips fast. Um, and that they’re, they’re rebounding straight up rather than rebounding forward or else they’re going to fly away far forward

and stretching their arms behind their ears, their arms are in front of them. It’s going to cause almost like a gainer effect as they’re snapping down. And a kid will feel that and you would have to adjust. You have to adjust.

So drills are a very, very important aspect of learning skills. Um, we have our octagon mats for kids who don’t know how to do a backhand spring yet. We can set there and spot them and put their body in the right position. Um, but even if that, that new athlete learning back handsprings, even if they mess up, we’re still there kind of correcting them, putting their body in the right position. But at Matt is not conscious so that it can, it can adjust things for you. So if you, if you make some, uh, a a wrong move, um, there is a little bit more risk involved. You’re, you’re, um, having to rely more on yourself, but that’s building your confidence. That’s a building your knowledge of your ability for your body and, and your, your body control. Um, you had a girl who ate Matt pretty hard last night on the, on that octagon. Matt, didn’t you?

Yeah. Literally after explaining what’s going to happen if you don’t lock your legs. I said that’s what’s going to happen. She didn’t believe me and did it anyways, but it’s a trial and error thing. And once he realized that happened, she then do that again. She made sure she got her toes down every time.

And as unfortunate as it is, I wish we could teach tumbling and like teach perfect tumbling without falls and without kids getting hurt and without injuries. But that is, that is unrealistic. You know, every sport there is from wrestling to motorcross to softball to soccer. You’re, you’re, there’s risk involved. And, um, taking our job is to teach you how to do it as safe, as softly as possible. Right? Um, and the, the, the point is to get you to get the confidence so that the risk is always below the reward. We want you to, to the, the reward to you should be the most important, you know, a reward. Meaning, uh, if I get this skill, I’ll make varsity or if I get this skill, uh, I’ll get to throw it in our routine or something like that. Um, that reward always has to be above the risk for you and drills build confidence.

They work plain and simple. If you come to justice, if you’re doing a drill, it’s a drill that I will personally do. If I’m scared to try a drill, I know athletes are going to be scared to try a drill. So if it’s something we’re having you do, it’s, we’re having to do it for our purpose because we’ve seen it work before. Um, trust or coaches. If there is a concern about doing the drill, let the coach know and we can work with that. Um, but don’t just not give it a try and we will never like put you on a drill that has some risk to it and like not spot you the first couple times, like, um, like when we, when I stacked the mats up for the setting drill for the girl who I was talking about, the very beginning, I was spotting her multiple times, I was making sure I was there, making sure that she was getting that bump up just enough to get over the mat.

And then after like three or four times I could step away and she was doing it on their own, which is an accomplishment. Which nights not, not see it as an accomplishment, but it is, that’s her body growing and, and her, her mind expanding on what her body needs to do in that drill. So, you know, we always have kids who are, who hate the air floor. Um, and we, it’s in the air floor is important to us because it’s a tool. It magnifies any bad technique that you have. So if you’re landing too much on your toes, it’s going to let you know, cause your chest is, that is going to be even further down than it would be. It’s going to make it a little bit more uncomfortable for you. Um, but once you figure out the proper technique on the, on the air floor, uh, it’s gonna feel a lot better and you’ll, you’ll feel more comfortable with that. So, all right. Now if you are interested in finding out more about us justice tumbling company or Colin Rusty, you can check out our website that’s just as tumbling co.com. Or you can find us on Facebook and Instagram. And if you have a Google account, you can leave us an objective. Duke will review to let us know how we’re doing. We’ll see you next time on Tulsa tumble top with justice tumbling company.