Foundations of Flight—The Barrel Roll
Reasons to perfect a barrel roll:
|1- While on your belly, look at a fixed point in front of you.||4- Arrive at the half-way point.|
|2- Initiate the roll by scissoring one knee directly under the other at a 45-degree angle.||5- Drive one heel at a 45-degree angle underneath your other leg. (Your momentum may carry you through this stage without input during a 360-degree barrel roll)|
|3- Use your arms for stability and heading control.||6- Use your arms for stability, heading control and to stop.|
First, use the above tips to perform 360-degree barrel rolls (belly to belly). As you become a more proficient back-flyer, you can break down the motion into two separate 180-degree rotations (belly to back—stop—back to belly). Being able to stop at the 180-degree point with control is important: Prior to deployment, this skill allows you to take the time to ensure your airspace is clear; in artistic events' competitions, it will enable you to score more points in the compulsory round.