The logic of the US Developmental Compulsory Program

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falcon9

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Ok… so this conversation is going on over at a different forum. What is the US trying to teach as a whole by putting this sequence in at Level 3 in the Developmental (formerly JO) Program?

On bars… cast / back hip circle / back hip circle / front hip circle

What is this a progression for? Is there something in that sequence that is going to help develop bars like Suni?

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admittedly, I’ve been out of coaching competitive kids for years…

But lordy, WTF is that bullshit? Backhip circle backhip circle DEAD FREAKING STOP?

Ugh, this makes me so angry.
 
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Here you go…

 
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That’s what I said… then I went and tried it with some athletes… it sucks. I think the judges will hit it with random deductions like… “not completing the second back hip circle before moving into the front hip circle”.
 
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Yes… I would assume so… however… there haven’t been any meetings to go over the routines yet.
 
The cast + back hip circle + back hip circle is to teach athletes to shift their wrists and maintain hollow shape. It’s a great progression towards clear hips.

The stop + front hip circle…honestly, pretty sure it’s just a “hold over” of “needing” another skill in the routine.

If I remember correctly, there was talk several years ago about the front hip being first in the level 3 bar routine this cycle. There could have been a rhythm there with kip into front hip, cast, back hip x 2, but at some place there still has to be a stop if there is going to be a cast squat-on straight jump dismount.

If you coach or judge little compulsory kids, you know how scary that jump to the high bar can be in level 4; so I am all for kids learning to squat-on, find their balance, and jump as a progression before trying to catch the high bar too.
 

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