My daughter STRUGGLED with her FHC all last year, it was the only level 4 skill that she never got. This year as a level 5 she was still having no luck. Between two different coaches she never go it! Finally a week or so ago one of her fellow team members worked with her on it for five minutes and she got it, just like that!!! The same girl had helped two other girls who could not get it, both in less than five minutes...I know it sounds crazy but it's true. All I can suggest is maybe having someone with a different perspective work with her, another coach or one of her teammates. I guess with mine she just needed someone to tell her in a different way what she needed to do. Good luck, I know how frustrating it is.....now we wait on that darn kip
My L4 took almost a full year after competing L4 to get her fhc. It was the only thing she couldn't get for over 2 years. If your L4 is really close, it has everything to do with timing and hand/body position. She already has the strength. Once she gets it once, it's likely that she'll have it for good.
A funny story... My older daughter, who typically couldn't care less (at least wouldn't say much) about her sister's skills and routines, one day just prior to a meet definitively said that she would get the front hip at that meet. She called it and it happened! It was one of the most memorable moments: for the family, the coaches and many of the other parents. Her coach still makes reference to that incident. Hope that happens for your daughter tomorrow too.
Good luck to your gymnast at this meet!!! BTW, our Judge's Cup (also our first meet of the season) don't come for another 3 months.
I got mine in my second meet! not in warm ups just when i was competing! haha i didnt compete bars my first meet. but tell her that its easiest the longer she stays open so you would fall your almost under the bar then quick snap her chest around. and tell her that she can do it!
A couple of quick tips:
Push down hard on the bar before starting the FHC and on the way down. Stay very straight. As the shoulders go down, feet come up. This creates a bigger swing around the bar. Then as she comes up, she should pike hard, pull on the bar (with straight arms), and lean over the bar as much as she can. Good luck!
Basically what Alex said, except I prefer to phrase it different.
Heels start the fall and quickly snap to a pike while PUSHING the bar. I tell kids to pull and next we have them trying to a pullup into muscle up which rarely happens.
They must commit and fall quickly. It's scary. Scarier than stride circle in this regard.
I like to teach a straight arm forward pike roll to give an idea how they should pike around the bar. Stand tall, reach down, pike roll and stand up with straight knees while pushing off the floor with hands beyond knees.
Ridiculously simple and a good lead to how to keep the arms straight for back extension roll.
I tell my girls to look at the high bar until they're falling off the low bar, then look for the high bar again & try to lick their knees (getting that in there gets the pike to happen).
I also remind them that they're basically making a sandwich with their upper body, the bar, and their legs, & an open-faced sandwich doesn't count. The last silly catch phrase I use is if they're not rotating their wrists & pushing their arms down (therefore not closing their armpits) I ask them to please "hide the stinky".
Good luck to your new level 4. first meets are exciting!