The Connection Between Threadles and Back Sides

09 Sep 2014Steve Schwarz

Near the end of a recent International Handling In Action seminar I threw together a quick exercise to work on Threadles and Serpentines Serpentine Handling TechniquesSerpentine Sequence and found that some handlers hadn’t yet seen how Back Side Handling can be used on Threadles (and vice versa). So I thought I’d throw together this article along with a video demonstrating this for any readers who haven’t seen the connection.

In a nutshell:

A Threadle of jumps can be handled from the take off side or from the landing side as pushes to the (now) Back Side.

Here’s a simple course for demonstration:

Example threadle course

And here’s the video showing handling 3-4 and 4-5 as Threadles from the take off side (in full speed and slow motion) and then showing me moving to the back side of the jumps and and pushing Flyer to the take off of those jumps (or back side from the handler’s perspective).

I hope this tip helps you tackle more courses with confidence!

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