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TUMBLINGI think the tumbling section on a scoresheet can be among the most daunting of them all.

Sure, stunts are a huge part of your score because it takes up about three categories. But you can handle stunts (especially if you’ve been through my course on them).

Stunts you might be able to teach easily, but tumbling … well, that’s whole different kind of skill. That’s why it’s so intimidating, I think.

At the varsity or junior high level, people come in with skills. You’re not usually the one that has to teach or refine them. They’ll go to outside places for that if they really want them.

But this year, you’ve got a squad with hardly any tumblers, and you’re not sure what to do to nab some points in the tumbling category.

You don’t need big skills to get credit in the tumbling category. Sure, you get more with them, but if you don’t use any tumbling you lose out completely.

As a choreographer, I’ve had to work tumbling into routines for squad’s with just one or two tumblers. Here are a couple of ways that I do it so you can get some of those points.

Highlight the tumblers you do have

If you have any tumblers at all, it’s wise to use them. And probably not just once. Have them tumble while a stunt goes up or tumble while other girls are jumping.

You need to make sure that they throw out the biggest skills they have too, or at least build up to them within the routine. That just means that they may need to tumble more than once, if you have the people to spare. Otherwise, just stick to the good stuff.

Use smaller skills

I used to think that it wasn’t worth doing any tumbling if you didn’t have a back handspring. That means …

Cartwheels? Ignored them.

Forward and backward rolls? It’s like they didn’t exist.

Round-offs? Didn’t wanna see ‘em.

But that’s basically the worst attitude you could have. All of those skills I just listed … they’re tumbling.

They start on the performing surface and end on the performing surface which means by this year’s definitions, they still count. So don’t waste those little skills.

Incorporate tumbling into other parts of the routine

If you only have one or two tumblers, you probably shouldn’t devote an entire section of your routine to them. There’s no need to highlight your weaknesses.

At competition, it’s all about your strengths which is why your jumps, dances, and even stunts may be the best place to put tumbling. They become part of your other sequences but still count for your tumbling score. They’re also a fantastic way to transition from one sequence to another.

And they don’t distract judges or leave them a ton of time to think about the skill because you’re already doing something else.

Your squad doesn’t have to have amazing tumbling skills to get credit on their scoresheets. Highlight what you have with style, and the judges will love it.

 

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