The skills listed beneath are in a common progression order. Get started parent and tot classes at Level A as nicely as all other preschool groups to make sure they recognize and have mastered the fundamentals. Hold a checklist for each and every class. Record and date each and every ability when you introduce new ones to the class. This is beneficial when a substitute teacher is needed. He/she can quickly identify the group level and teach acceptable expertise. Also, the checklist is valuable to show parents how their youngsters are progressing.

A few notes on teaching expertise:

A back hip pullover appears to be a complicated skill for young students to master. Use a ladder hanging from the high bar for students to walk their feet up. When their tummy is close to the low rail, inform them to do a chip-up and kick their feet over. You can also use stacked panel mats or a trapezoid piece to assist the kick over action. When applying stacked panel mats, unfold a section to make the kick-off point decrease as they get stronger. Soon after these drills, have them do chin-ups for strength development. When teaching the back hip circle insist that the feet stay higher on the front help finish position.

For front supports, I recommend that you chalk the preschooler’s thighs where you want them to touch the bar (the tiny ones have a tendency to lay their tummies on the bar). I do not advise most classes use chalk. Having said that, there may possibly be some girls and boys in the older classes that may possibly need it. Do not sacrifice safety for cleanliness.

For casting, tell the children to initially hunch like a cat, lock their legs and squeeze their bottom. To keep their legs collectively, have them hold a foam piece or beanbag amongst their knees. Inform them to lock their arms and raise their chest high with their necks stretched tall like a giraffe.

A single leg stemrise is a favored old skill I really like to do in beginner classes. It really is like a single leg kip. When teaching them a stemrise, inform them to ride the bar with their thigh and pretend their leg is a piece of bread. There is butter on the best bar. They are going to butter the bread by sliding their extended leg against the top bar and then throwing their tummy over the bar to end in a front assistance on the high bar.

A drill you can use for glide kips is to have the youngster hold a bean bag or foam piece between their ankles. Have them attempt to glide out and drop it into a laundry basket, hoop, or on a chalk circle drawn on the mat. You can put a wedge in front of the set of bars. Have them practice stretching to kick the incline to accomplish a glide action and body extension.

Preschool Bar Abilities

Uneven Bars

Level A Level B Level C

Long hang Casts (3) Leg-ups (five)
Swing in lengthy hang Swing and regrasp Cast to pike
Possum hang pull ups Tuck shoot Cast to straddle
(laterally hang below the single bar and Straddle shoot Back hip circle
chin-up to left ear and then suitable ear) Back hip circle (spot) Bent arm hang (12 sec) Straddle hang Pike hang (10 sec) Sole circle dismount
Shimmy across (lateral moving) Straddle hang Basket hang (inverted pike)
Hang in tuck Bent arm hang (6 sec.) Free L assistance
Front help Cast to tuck Underswing DM more than pole Fwd. Roll dismount(DM) Swing half turn Back Hip C higher bar
Swing, drop bean bag in hoop Run below and arch Stemrise Swing in pike Single leg cut Birdie Perch
Belly- button push-ups Swing in straddle
Sole circle swings Back hip pull over
Leg-ups (two) Glide swing Pull ups or chin-ups (2) Pullover higher bar
Hang in pike L-sit on low bar Single knee touch (front support, bring

one alternately to the bar) Hang (walk forward & backward)
Space walks (ft. assistance & swing legs under
Leg-ups (three) (toes to bar
Back hip pullover (spot)

Safety Notes

Because the bars involve height, quite a few parents are apprehensive about this occasion. It is imperative for the coaches to come to be “security-maniacs” at this event. Here are some important points to preserve in mind:

1. Don’t place a youngster in a help position that is above their waist level. Reduce the bar to the suitable level. If the bar will not decrease, you can develop up the height of the mats beneath the bar.
two. Through the very first lesson, teach the students how to fall, rollout and dismount properly.
3. Teach the right grips and the need to have to rotate the grip for expertise such as a forward roll dismount. (Tell the children it is like Daddy on his motorcycle- vroom, vroom).
4. Present your preschoolers with a set of bars just for them. A set where the rails are smaller enough for their compact hands to grasp.
(Gear notes: Jr. Swing Bar- this is a tiny single rail that is adjustable to heights needed for preschoolers. Because it breaks down into 3 small pieces for effortless transporting, it is excellent for a mobile plan.)
five. If you use a ladder to assistance them get to the low bar, make certain you have a foam piece below it so that the ladder doesn’t ruin the base mat. Use mats, inclines, or barrels underneath to safeguard the preschooler if their foot goes through rungs- they always do!
6. Any time a student is hanging from a height where they can’t jump down safely, generally have your hand on their wrist. If the student says, “I can do it by myself”, you can reply, “I know you can! I’m just going to be right here as a helper!”
7. Skin-the-Cat can be a harmful move for preschoolers and I never advocate it unless it is spotted. Also quite a few times the kid lets go in the middle of this talent- if the instructor does not react rapidly enough, the child falls. A Penny (or Cherry) Drop is a tough talent for new instructors to spot, therefore, I do not recommend them. I also steer clear of any skills that call for swinging from 1 bar to one more. Forcing a youngster to do abilities on the higher bar before they are ready isn’t needed. Teachers of preschool classes ought to have the philosophy of “teaching within the comfort zone.” If a youngster does not want to go to the high bar…do not. Do the ability on the low bar and encourage them. But, if they nevertheless do not want to go, never force them, try once more in a few weeks. If they are definitely afraid of the bars, let them do strength perform as an alternative.
8. For landing purposes it is advisable to use a 4″ landing mat, not an 8″ skill cushion. If new skills are going to be taught, you can preserve a talent cushion under the bars, but not for dismounts. If an eight” talent cushion is all that’s readily available, use a panel mat on leading for landings.
9. A youngster should really never hang with no tension in their chest and arms. Clarify this to the parents in parent and tot classes and to all your instructors. The youngsters shouldn’t be allowed to hang till they realize this notion.
10. Some gyms use a rebounder or min-tramp for younger students to jump to front support. If you do this, I propose you to pad the bar. Numerous youngsters have hit their teeth though their jumping gets out of manage.


Remember to often preserve a hand on the kid when they are hanging upside down-this will avert a number of challenges. When spotting and operating with on the bars, position oneself so you can sustain supervision of the other youngsters functioning at the other bar stations. When spotting a back hip pullover, position your self in front of the bars to help lifting the hips. 1 hand goes below their legs and the other on their back. At the finish of the ability, one particular hand ought to be beneath their legs to aid them achieve a fantastic front assistance position. Be prepared to help them if they rotate more than the bar as well quick and start out to fall.


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