The Half-Handstand to Forward Roll
The Half-Handstand to Forward Roll

Gymnastics: The Half-Handstand to Forward Roll - A Really Cool Somersault

Dick Moss, Editor, PE

Your students have mastered somersaults and want to try something more advanced. Here's a somersault that looks really great when performed properly. It's called the half-handstand to forward roll.

How to Perform
Students stand with arms upraised, then bend forward at the waist until their free leg and torso are parallel to the floor. They then place their hands on the floor, and, keeping the free leg straight, roll forward, with the legs bending in time to complete the roll. The support leg remains straight and in contact with the floor until the students' back touches the mat.

Students continue their roll and finish in a standing position.

1. Lloyd Readhead, Gymnastics: Skills - Techniques - Training (Crowood Sports Guides), Crowood Press, 2011.
2. U.S. Gymnastics Federation & the American Coaching Effectiveness Program, Rookie Coaches Gymnastics Guide, Human Kinetics Publishers, 1992.

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