Ive spent many years coaching mens gymnastics who, ultimately, vault quite well when the boys are older, stronger, more powerful etc. Although i have though lots about trying to teach my young boys a correct, efficient running technique, i have never actually attempted to do so. I have even had offers from professional sprinting coaching to help me.
I read an article many years ago (so the facts me be a little blurry now) about how your average sprinter runs at 11m/s during a 100m race. The worlds top gymnasts were measured at 9m/s towards the end of the vault run. The person testing said that by efficiently increasing the technique and therefore speed of a gymnasts run then they would achieve higher, more difficult vault!
It seems to make sense but in reality have we got time to spend hours on teaching our gymnasts to run like a sprinter? This takes years for them to run with an efficient, powerful technique.
Further pushing me away from asking my boys to perform running drills everyday is that i see our WA coaches doing it with their gymnasts. It seems like an unwritten rule that young female gymnasts have to be shown correctly how to run during their early development. GREAT you may say but for me, having watched the little girls doing the drills very well and having hope, then to watch them run down the track with limbs flailing everywhere doesn’t fill me with confidence for the future of their sprinting.