10 Fantastic Floor Drills

Felicia Hano UCLA Floor

Floor is such a fun event in the summer, because the possibilities for huge upgrades are endless! Tumbling into the pit and hoping to transfer these skills to the floor won’t cut it, though, so here are 10 drills to use in the summer to work on upgrades and clean up the basics. If you have a favorite drill we missed, make sure to tell us in the comments. 

1. Arm placement in leaps & jumps

This video shows how to focus on correct arm placement for leaps and jumps. This is important to teach even when working on low-level leaps and jumps, as gymnasts will remember the correct arm placement when they get to more difficult dance skills and need arm movement to get the skill around. Although not the most exciting aspect of dance to focus on, it is an important one to spend some time on. 

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


2. Strong roundoffs

Right at the beginning of this video there is a great drill for getting lots of power and creating strong roundoffs. Having the arms stuck together helps keep the arms by the ears, and starting from a knee gives that extra power and lets the gymnasts practice pushing hard from their back leg to create momentum. This is a great drill to do for gymnasts of any skill level who need to work on power. As you can see in the video, you can also add back handsprings or back tucks after the roundoff. 

null

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


3. Front handspring rebounding power

The drill shown in this video is a great one to work on rebounding, especially out of front handsprings. For those gymnasts who get sloppy and try to use their knees to rebound rather than their feet, this is a way to focus on rebounding and really know what a good rebound feels like. This drill could be done right before or right after a tumbling pass, so the feeling is fresh in the gymnasts’ minds and is easy to put into practice.

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


4. Tumbling power

Although the mats certainly do not need to be stacked this high at first, tumbling up to a stack of mats is a great way to work on power and height in tumbling. This can be used for any type of tumbling pass as well, which makes this a great drill for multiple gymnasts to use at the same time, even if they are not working on the same skills. 


5. Double layout shape

As basic as this drill is, it helps kids realize how they get the motion to go backwards in a double layout, taking out the complication of the flip completely. Doing this in between turns can help with clean rotation during the skill. It shows how quick the arms need to be in the skill, how fast the hips need to lift, and what position the gymnast needs to assume during the skill to make it around safely. 

Double Layout Shaping: Hip Activation Drill

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


6. Beginner back handspring

This video shows six drills that work on back handsprings for beginners. These stations do not work on teaching back handsprings, but they are great stations for kids that can already do the skill, but need a lot of work on it. These stations are also good ones to work on for back tumbling combinations, as a lot of them focus on rebounding out of the back handspring and what it would feel like to tumble out of it. 

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


7. Height noodle drill

This video shows one skill to use the noodle drill on, but the great thing about buying a pool noodle for your gym is that is can be used for so many different drills! On floor it can be used during tumbling, either on the floor or into the pit, to gain height. For vault is can be used the same way, to make sure gymnasts get over the noodle in different vaults to encourage height. It can even be used on bars to make sure gymnasts hit a handstand!


8. Double Arabian drill

Bad habits can easily creep into a double Arabian, but this drill squashes those. It mainly focuses on making sure gymnasts hips go up rather than back and around the side. Since the double Arabian is a complicated skill, this isolates the turn, the most difficult part. This drill also has different stages working up to the main drill, which helps kids learn in steps and break down the skill. 

undefined


9. Hurdle drill

In tumbling, nothing great can be accomplished with a weak hurdle. Doing a hurdle over the panel mat forces the hurdle to go more up rather than just forward and helps gymnasts realize where their chest is in the skill. This drill can be used to correct a problematic hurdle, or to teach them correctly from the start!

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


10. Switch leap drill

If you want switch leaps that end in an oversplit and jump high into the air, this is the drill to use! By having gymnasts do the skill and land on the block, they automatically land in an oversplit and feel how wide that stretch is that they should feel in the air. They also have to jump high into the air to complete the skill, because if they do not, they aren’t going to land on the block!

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In



Region 3 Takes Sixth-Consecutive Elite Team Cup Titles Led By Asher Hong

2021 Elite Team Cup: Region 3

INDIANAPOLIS, February 27, 2021 – Piloted by all-around champion Asher Hong of Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, Region 3 continued its Elite Team Cup dominance capturing its sixth title in as many years. Hong earned an 80.700 to lead all competitors. Fellow Junior National Team members Kai Uemura (Region 5) of Chicago, Ill./Lakeshore Academy of Art Gymnastics (77.450) and Vahe Petrosyan (Region 1) of Van Nuys, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica USA (77.250) rounded out the top 3 all-around athletes.

Jordan Chiles Leads 2021 Winter Cup Senior Women's All-Around After Day 1

2021 Winter Cup Senior Women's.png

INDIANAPOLIS, February 27, 2021 – Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./World Champions Centre was dominant during day one of the 2021 Winter Cup senior women’s all-around competition Saturday at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. An additional six senior gymnasts are slated to compete during tomorrow’s junior session, and their scores will be combined with the results from today’s competition.

2021 Nastia Liukin Cup Photo Gallery

2021 Nastia Liukin Cup

Find the 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup photo gallery taken by photographer Marc Lebryk from USA TODAY Sports.

Cameron Bock Takes 2021 Winter Cup Men's All-Around Title

Cameron Bock, Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS - Feb. 26, 2021 - Cameron Bock of Tustin, Calif./University of Michigan, topped a field of 27 competitors to claim the 2021 Winter Cup men’s all-around title Friday at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Bock, who is in his senior season with the Wolverines, earned an 84.150 and finished nearly a full point ahead of runner-up Riley Loos of El Dorado Hills, Calif/Stanford University (83.250). World bronze medalist Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, rounded out the top three, posting an 82.600 on the night.

Smith & Zhou Take 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup Senior And Junior Titles

2021 Nastia Liukin Cup Winners

INDIANAPOLIS, February 26, 2021 – Leah Smith of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, and Alicia Zhou of San Antonio, Texas/Love Gymnastics, took home the senior and junior titles, respectively, at this year’s Nastia Liukin Cup. Held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, the Nastia Liukin Cup kicked off a packed 2021 Winter Cup weekend, that also includes the Elite Team Cup.

USAG To Utilize RealResponse Platform To Gather Athlete Feedback

RealResponse/ USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS, February 24, 2021 – USA Gymnastics has engaged RealResponse, a web-based communications platform, to provide National Team members and elite-track athletes from all disciplines an easy-to-use communications tool to instantly share anonymous feedback and other critical information with the organization.

Top Level 10 Gymnasts To Watch At The 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The Nastia Liukin Cup (NLC) will kick off on Feb. 26, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. In its eighth year, the NLC continues to draw the top 18 Senior and Junior Level 10 gymnasts around the country. 

Winter Cup Kicks Off USA Gymnastics' 2021 Premier Events Season

Winter Cup 1920x1080-bars.jpg

INDIANAPOLIS, February 22, 2021 – Gymnastics will return to the national stage after a nearly yearlong hiatus, as USA Gymnastics’ 2021 premier event season kicks off this weekend in Indianapolis. The 2021 Winter Cup will take place without spectators Feb. 26-28 at the Indiana Convention Center, marking the start of a busy international competition season that includes the Tokyo Olympic Games in late summer and Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in October.  

Men's Preview: What To Watch For At 2021 Winter Cup

Men's Winter Cup

Though it is now expanding to include women’s artistic gymnastics, the Winter Cup has always been a men’s competition, and the 2021 field is shaping up to be a fun one! Held in Indianapolis, Indiana, the meet takes place February 26th-28th and has both a senior and junior competition.

Women's Preview: What To Watch For At 2021 Winter Cup

Winter Cup 1920x1080-beam.jpg

The 2021 Winter Cup takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana from February 26th-28th and is expanding this year. Previously only a men’s artistic competition, the Winter Cup now includes women’s artistic gymnastics as well, with both a junior and senior competition in each.