Flip Jump Insights – Part 3 (Robert Tebby)

World and Olympic coach Robert Tebby continues his discussion of the flip jump. This video is a continuation of the class Robert is teaching in this video (Part 1) and this video (Part 2). Here he shares a drill at the wall to help with timing and head control. He asks the skaters to place their non-axis arm on the opposite shoulder. He notes, “Our left arm (non-axis arm) basically is pretty useless in jumping. It just causes us problems. It likes to go ahead of the rest of the body and then causes us to fall. So we’re just going to take it away.”

Notice the strong focus on drawing the legs together while the toe pick is still in the air. In other words, the jumping movement is already initiated before the toe pick goes into the ice and the toe pick actually enters the ice relatively close to the skating foot. (See this analysis video for a clear understanding of this concept.) Robert wants a slight bend in the picking leg and the skater should only use the bottom toe pick (foot is flexed).

Robert does acknowledge that many coaches teach little kids to reach and try to put their toe pick into the ice as far back as possible. But that’s not really what happens on a good flip jump (single, double, or triple). He discusses the progression from single to triple.

Robert also notes that a skater’s entry pattern should be “really consistent so you don’t have to think about it.” Pattern affects position and timing. He says, “Sometimes you can fix the timing by changing the pattern.” For skaters who are having a hard time creating rotation for the jump, Robert recommends a more curvy entrance pattern. And for those struggling with control, he recommends a flatter entrance pattern. He encourages skaters to self-evaluate to make corrections.


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