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Tips on fixing/working around BHS issues

LewLox

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Hi, Folks,

Looking for some tips/tricks (or workarounds) for my daughter. She is a thirteen-year-old level 7 (training some 8 skills but almost certainly staying in 7) who has lingering form issues in her BHS, both on floor and beam--her legs fling apart and her momentum gets sapped. She and her coaches have tried a few drills, such as standing BHS using bands around her ankles or knees, but no luck. It doesn't appear to be a strength/conditioning/physical structure issue, but more of an ingrained habit/mental block. Visualization exercises haven't helped. Any ideas?

And if she can't correct it, any creative tumbling options for L7 floor to avoid a BHS altogether? She has a good RO-lay and a solid RO-lay half-punch front but a standard RO-BHS-lay gets pikey because of that lost momentum from the BHS. She is getting pretty frustrated and takes a pretty big hit on her scores. She doesn't have grand ambitions but she'd like to continue competing for a couple more years and feel more confident.

Any guidance is very much appreciated!
 

sfts

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FHS-RO-BLO or FT-RO-BLO both fulfill the requirement of a three skill flight series with a back layout so there are options without a back handspring.
 
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MILgymFAM

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My daughter doesn’t bhs at all. She competed L7 with a cw/ro on beam and a ft step out ro/lo on floor.
 

LewLox

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FHS-RO-BLO or FT-RO-BLO both fulfill the requirement of a three skill flight series with a back layout so there are options without a back handspring.
Thank you so much--FHS-RO-BLO just might be a good workaround for her; glad to know if fulfills the requirement!
 

LewLox

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My daughter doesn’t bhs at all. She competed L7 with a cw/ro on beam and a ft step out ro/lo on floor.
Thanks--good to hear that this worked for your daughter, and glad to know my kid isn't the only one who has challenges with her BHS at this level!
 
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1canadiangymmom

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At level 8 my dd did whips in place of BHS, she could keep her momentum better and less form deductions for floor. Beam, Back tucks, and FHS.
 
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