Warming Up On-Ice For Jumping (Robert Tebby)

World and Olympic coach Robert Tebby teaches important on-ice warm-up exercises for preparing to jump.  These exercises focus on core jumping principles such as head position and movements, proper alignment and timing for the air position, and head position on jump landing.

The first drill is an alternating twizzle drill, with the primary focus being on head control.  Keeping the head still (with respect to the rink, not the shoulders) as the skater initiates rotation for the twizzle teaches the skater to use the head correctly in jumping.

Next, Robert addresses the backspin.  Notice the focus on alignment issues, including a shoulder twist to the landing side, head position, and arm versus leg timing.  Robert explains the importance of these details and adds a spin exit that allows the skater to feel flow with the correct head position, thereby simulating a great jump landing.


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