This post is about how to teach a Sapsali to jump for agility. We are often asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can never have enough single jumps to learn agility. A good starting place is 4 jumps. This is the fewest quantity of jumps recommended.
Teaching the Sapsali jumping: Begin with Four
You can teach a Sapsali many exercises, drills, and skills with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on 270 degree jumps, collection, and handling. You can teach your Sapsali jumping right and left. You could be outside the box and send your Sapsali or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Sapsali Eight Jumps
Go to the next logical step and develop eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now increased the number of exercises that you can practice with your Sapsali. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can also position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to work on a variety of drills.
Teaching Your Sapsali Double and Triple Jumps
The next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen many Sapsalis run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Sapsali is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Sapsalis.
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