Vaulting is all about physics and how to get your body into the right position to achieve the correct trajectory that will result in an elevated pre-flight, proper contact and after flight. Sounds confusing for an adult, imagine it for your gymnast. I try to get them to understand physics in the most fun way as possible. One way I have tried to teach little kids to hit the board in the right spot is to replace the front middle spring with a pop can. If the girls hit the board correctly then they will be able to smash the can all the way down. If they don’t hit the right spot it either doesn’t crush all the way down or doesn’t crush at all. It’s fun, the kids love it, they learn how to hit the board and actually try to hit the board, forget about how “scary” the vault is and you’re recycling! So save your cans. Don’t go home and drink a twelve pack coaches these are children here, so no beer cans please!
I saw this video on you tube as a fun way to teach kids how to get their feet forward on their hurdles to the springboard.