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Quiz the Coach - How To Do A Cartwheel

Dish-It shows you how to do a cartwheel and other free cheerleading coaching tips.
Dish-It Cartwheels
Quiz the Coach - How To Do A Cartwheel - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
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1 Hey Coach,
I've been in cheerleading for five years and I don't know how to do a cartwheel. I think it is because I'm afraid I'll hit the ground! Please help me.
rockgirl9

Hey rockgirl9,

I know a lot about sports of all kinds but unfortunately, I know about as much about landing cartwheels as most cheerleaders know about throwing touchdown passes. So, I talked to Dish-It, who knows lots about cheerleading and asked her for a few tips on landing the perfect cartwheel.

Dish-It's How To Do A Cartwheel:

Dish-It Cartwheels.

  • To begin a cartwheel, stand in a lunge position with your strong leg in front, knee bent slightly and arms up by your ears.

    Dish-It Cartwheels.

  • If you're right-handed, reach forward with your right arm, kicking your left leg up as you do so. The left hand should follow very quickly, and as it touches the ground, your right leg should be off of the ground also.

    Dish-It Cartwheels.

  • You should pass through a handstand briefly. Your left leg will touch the ground first, followed by the right, which you will place in back, finishing in a lunge, just as you started, but with the opposite leg in front. If you're left-handed, you'll reverse these directions.

    Dish-It Cartwheels.

  • A good cartwheel is all about having a good rhythm. Think about going 1,2,3,4, or "hand, hand, foot, foot". Take your time, and be careful - but don't be afraid.
  • Landing a good cartwheel requires more than just reading these directions. Make sure you practice with the help of your gymnastics or cheerleading coach or a P.E. teacher.

    Do you have a question on sports, P.E. class, fitness or health? to the Kidzworld Coach. Keep in mind peeps, the Kidzworld Coach isn't a doctor or a professional athlete or anything like that. He's just a dude who digs sports, plays 'em and knows a lot about 'em. You should always talk to your 'rents, a doctor or your school gym teacher before starting a new sport or a new exercise.

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    Manoo2003

    Manoo2003 wrote:

    helped me so much :) :o)
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    Do you have an old tire you could start off practicing with? It helps you align your hands. I find it kind of hard to explain, but there are lots of great resources out there online if you search for them. :) To do a cartwheel stand in a lunge with your favourite leg (by that I don't mean you look at it and say "that's a nice leg" but that you favor that leg when doing things, you feel comfortable with it going first), knees bent slightly, and your arms straight up by your ears. Make sure your elbows are locked. You don't want to drop. Assuming you start with your right, reach forward with your right arm while kicking your left leg up at the same time. Your left hand should follow very quickly and as it touches the ground your right leg should also be off of the ground. You should pass through the handstand briefly and your left leg should reach the ground first with your right following it and you will finish in a lunge just as you started. Hand, hand, foot, foot. 1,2,3,4. There's a rhythm to it. Keep practicing and try to perfect not kicking around as you go.
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    Well I'm in 6th grade this year and next year in seventh grade I'm going to try out for cheerleading... The problem is I cant do a cartwheel or any of that! So I have to cram all of this stuff into just one year, all help is appreciated.
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