Jump Landings – Theory and Drills, Part 2 (Jeremy Allen)

International coach and jump specialist Jeremy Allen continues his description and demonstration of what actually happens on a jump landing. In Part 1 he provided a detailed analysis of double, triple, and quad jump landings. In this video, he provides more information and drills, particularly on how the free leg moves.

On single jumps or big double jumps where the skater has extra air time and does not need to rotate all the way down to the ice, skaters will typically use an h-position with the free leg on landing. But aside from this specific condition (extra air time), skaters do not land jumps with an h-position. Jeremy states, “In the case of a smaller double, or in the case of a triple for anyone really, or in the case of a quadruple for sure, are we going to have that moment where we lift our knee and come out? And the answer is no.”

Instead Jeremy explains what really happens, and he describes it as “stick, forward, and back” showing the “stick position” and then the free leg straightening and shooting forward and finally the free leg remaining essentially straight as it goes back on a slight diagonal or slightly around (more around for combo jumps with toe loops as trailing jump).

Jeremy and his demonstrator show some landings and landing drills. One demonstration shows why skaters do not bring the free leg straight back and very close to the skating foot. (This is a very common teaching error). The backspin drills to the stick position and landing movements are very helpful, as are the twizzle drills.


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