If your gymnastics club has a trampoline, this is usually the best place to first attempt a back tuck. The trampoline will give you the height you need so you can concentrate on your technique.
A spotting belt is an easy way to get started. Your coach will help pull you into the air and keep you high enough until you complete the flip.
Other coaches prefer to spot by hand. You and your coach will both start on the trampoline, and s/he will guide you through the flip.
- Remember the drills you did: Be sure to jump hard and swing your arms all the way up to your ears while rotating your hips up over your head.
- Try to keep your head as neutral as possible, without looking backward until you begin to flip.
- Talk to your coach about arm technique. S/he may prefer for you to grab your knees during the tuck, or may advise to keep your arms overhead or down by your legs without grabbing. Each of these methods works.
- Once you begin flipping, look for the trampoline. When you can spot it, it’s time to start thinking about your landing.
- Land with your knees bent slightly and your hips tucked under you.