Star shape: Move of the month

Step 1: Ask the gymnast to lie on their back with their arms and legs spread out wide.

The arms should be flat on the mat.

The legs should be straight and their knees should be pushed into the mat and toes pointed. The knees should be facing towards the ceiling.

Step 2: You can make a star shape standing up.  Again arms are straight, legs are straight and knees are pointing forward.

Step 3: Star Jump

Start with legs together and arms crossed in front of the body

Step 4: Arms swing out and back and legs bend to give the power for the jump.  This is actually more difficult to co-ordinate than you might think.  Keep the feet together.

Step 5: Jump up with arms and legs spreading out wide to make the star shape in the air.  Arms and legs should be straight.

Step 6: Land with knees bent and feet together. The arms sweep round to the front into the landing position.

Step 7: The landing position which is the same for any jump.  Count 1,2,3 in this position. This shows the judge they have good control and a secure landing.

Step 8: Finish!

Thank you to Lottie for being so patient trying to get these action shots and Milly for taking them. [Apologies to Erin and Niamh for forgetting we had already done pencil!]

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