Back Handspring Technique For Balance Beam

Back handspring drills for balance beam

This screenshot from the Gymneo video excerpt viewable below shows a drill allowing the gymnast to gain confidence in placing her hands backward in "slow motion".

The back handspring step-out on balance beam is an intermediate skill necessary for the execution of most high level tumbling skills. These two videos cover the basics of this important skill.

This first video from American Gymnast gives a quick introduction to the back handspring step-out:

In this video, Gymneo.tv presents an excerpt from its very comprehensive video on the back handspring for beam. This 12-minute clip shows pedagogical aspects of coaching this skill. Especially useful are the pointers and drills for staggered hand placement on the beam:

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