Hello everyone! My name is Nicole and I'm new to the Chalk Bucket. I joined mainly to get some opinions about how to teach backhandsprings. I was a level 10 gymnast years and years ago and I always learned them with a full arm swing -- up, down past your bottom, and back up again. But the assistant head coach corrected my coaching today while I was teaching a preteam girl a standing backhandspring. She told me that they will allow them to start with their arms straight out in front and they may not swing. They actually prefer them to start with their arms up by their ears and keep them up the whole time. I was just wondering if anyone else thought this was a good idea. I'm having a hard time understanding how the gymnast will get any momentum, particularly when they're just learning. Any opinions??