This post is about teaching a Billy jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum count of jumps that we recommend.
Teaching the Billy jumping: Begin with 4
You can teach the Billy many exercises, skills, and drills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Billy jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Billy or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a lateral line, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Billy Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and develop eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one introductory jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of exercises that you can practice with your Billy. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and number of jumps. You could also position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also allows you to train a variety of drills.
Teaching the Billy Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially helpful to practice. We’ve seen several Billys run a flawless course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Billy is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Billys.
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