Head-up to head-down back flip
Last week we discussed the Sit to Head Down Front Flip, this week we take the transition the opposite direction. Instead of transitioning 'through your belly', you're rotating through you're back. At this point in your progression, you should be confident at flying up off the net in the Head Down orientation, controlling your movements, and also have been trained to fly both the Sit to Head Front Flip and the Sit to Head cartwheel transitions.
The Sit to Head Down Back Flip is likely the most common transition used by flyers that have mastered the stable and neutral Sit and Head Down positions. The Back Flip style is the cleanest and most effective use of the body when transitioning from Sit flying to Head Down flying, especially at higher wind speeds.
The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully transition from a neutral Sit flying position through a backflip maneuver and finish in a neutral Head Down position in the center of the tunnel, without generating any lift or movement.
This skill, while high in difficulty, will serve the most purpose for you in your Static progression. It is the best means of getting from your Sit to your Head Down position. Make sure that you are comfortable at a range of different wind speeds when flying this transition.
Learn more about the fundamentals of Sit to Head Down transitions on the IBA Skills page. Download the full lesson plan and check out the rest of the post-flight evaluation questions and suggestions.
IBA Sit Fly Tutorials HERE
IBA Back Fly Tutorials HERE
IBA Dynamic Progression Tutorials HERE