Tumbling Basics


Helps teachers break down skills into small, easy-to-learn steps!

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Teach tumbling in a way that’s non-intimidating and easy for younger students to understand as you reference this complete guide. Each step and every skill comes with complete instructions for best results, as well as easy-to-understand visuals that are perfect for instructional use. Rubrics make it easy to gauge progress, while exercises help students expand their abilities little by little!

Step-by-Step Learning Approach

Tumbling can be hard for students to immerse themselves in and easy for younger students to avoid altogether. This guide helps remove the intimidation factor from tumbling and strips the entire unit down to its basics, so students have the ability to learn at a slower pace.

Each lesson within this gymnastic skill guide comes complete with a thorough explanation of the movements, color pictures of the action being performed, and circuit exercises that will help to build on the foundational aspects being learned. With more than 200 photos and illustrations, students will quickly see that tumbling is easier than they thought!

Spotting techniques are also detailed within the text, to help instructors provide the support their students need to tumble without fear. In addition, a variety of strengthening and flexibility exercises make it possible for students to acclimate to the demands of a tumbling routine. Finally, rubrics and assessment guides help measure progress and mastery of specific skills, while also showing instructors where there’s room for improvement. As each chapter passes by, students will have a new appreciation for tumbling and the confidence they need to tackle the next skill!


This book features 9 chapters, as well as a complete list of terms and circuit exercises.

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Descriptions of Tumbling Terms and Circuit Exercise
  • Circuit Exercises for Flexibility and Muscular Strength
  • Chapter 1. Preparing to Teach Tumbling
  • Chapter 2. Forward Rolls
  • Chapter 3. Backward Rolls
  • Chapter 4. Cartwheels
  • Chapter 5. Combination of Rolls and Cartwheels
  • Chapter 6. Front Limbers and Backbend Kickovers
  • Chapter 7. Front Handsprings
  • Chapter 8. Back Handsprings
  • Chapter 9. Combination of All Skills
  • Appendix
  • References
  • About the Author

Book is 184 pages.