I trained Scoop on Letter J skills over the past two days, and I think I will leave the setup in place for at least another training session or two. Scoop did much better than I expected. I haven’t done bounce work of any sort since he was much younger, and J drills have diagonal and bend work while bouncing. He seemed balanced when we started yesterday, but I realized at the end of todays’ session that he looked even better. This tells me that he improved on the skills and maybe he can improve even more. Here is letter J.
I started working each end of the J, first the diagonal lines, photo of Scoop bouncing the diagonal below. I worked both sides going both directions two times each side. A total of 8 passes.
Then we did the bounce circles, and did approximately 8 of those. Photos:
Then I added first the middle jump to the bend work, then turned around and added the middle jump before the diagonal line. Then I went right into the diagonal to the middle jump to the bendwork, and turned around and went the opposite direction. Each pass I rear crossed either into the bend or the diagonal line.
I just want him to look comfortable and smooth when bounce jumping, no effort, no added strides, and on the bounce circles I want to see him bending around the arc. When I put the full drill together he bounced through the diagonal, lengthened on the straightaway, then tucked right into the bounce arc and followed my rear cross cue. He never added steps, looked much different from one side to the other, or even knocked a bar. All that tells me he is comfortable with the challenge. I really like this drill. I got ideas for the setup some years ago from training sessions with Susan Salo.
Here in California we are totally blessed with perfect weather this week. It was 70 degrees yesterday! I can’t wait to get out and play today, in fact I have the whole weekend at home to do whatever I want, and what I want is more J, then maybe K….:)