Rules to play Logrolling
Logrolling is the trading of favors, or quid pro quo, such as vote trading by legislative members.
1. A beach start
Place log in water deep enough to float the log when rollers are on it. Follow normal safety precautions regarding diving in shallow water.
To safely and efficiently learn how to log roll, it is important to step onto a still and steady Key Log. This requires the assistance of a log holder, two holders are better than one!
The holder should stand in knee deep water and hold one end of the Key Log with a firm grip using your hands and arms. Another technique is to use your leg strength with the Key Log between your legs . This will take pressure off your back.
Once you have a firm hold on the Key Log, communicate with the roller to let them know you are ready for them to step onto the Key Log. Keep a tight hold while they get into their proper body position and maintain their balance.
Once you can see that they are steady and balanced, give them a verbal cue to begin moving their feet in an up and down motion, without pulling or pushing, as though they are marching in place. While continuing to hold the Key Log, gently, but not fully, release pressure, allowing the roller to get a feel for hisher footsteps. This allows the roller to get a head start on hisher footwork before the Key Log takes off. It helps for the instructor to give constant verbal cues to the roller, such as Steady the log, Keep your feet moving, Bend your knees.
2. A swimming pool
Place the Key Log a safe distance from the edge of the pool, keeping in mind that a beginner may excitedly jump backwards away from the Key Log. Ten 10 to twelve 12 feet is a good rule of thumb.
Standing close to the end of the Key Log, wrap your arms firmly around the top of the Key Log, using your forearms to apply pressure.
Follow instructions above.
3. Mounting the key log from deep water
To get on the Key Log, stand on either side of the Key Log and place your hands on top of the log.
Throw your outside leg over the Key Log, a motion similar to getting on a horse. Always face toward the center line think of the center of the log as being the head of the horse.
If you are small, put your arm on the top of the log while the log holder turns the Key Log to spin you up to the top.
Place your hands in front of your body and place your feet behind you on the Key Log. As you are standing up, its important to look at the opposite end of the Key Log, not at your own feet. Quickly hop up and face perpendicular to the Key Log.
This should be done in one swift motion. Often, people have a tendency to stand up slowly by moving first to their knees and shins, one at a time, before standing up. It should be done a swift motion.
Keep your knees bent to maintain better balance.
Practice standing up and taking the correct body stance, doing it many times.
4. Proper body stance
Step up onto the Key Log on either side of the center line. Stand in the middle of the traction surface area.
Place your feet in a comfortable athletic stance. Position your body perpendicular to the Key Log.
Turn your head toward the center of the Key Log, looking at the opposite end of the log.
Bend your knees slightly.
Place your outside arm in front of you and your inside arm behind you. This will help with balance while rolling.
Practice taking the stance over and over so that its second nature. It may be helpful to practice the proper body stance on land before stepping onto the log.
5. Fundamental rules of log rolling
Always look at the opposite side of the log that you are standing on, not at your own feet. This gives you proper body and spatial connection. If you Always look at the opposite side of the log that you are standing on, not at your own feet. This gives you proper body and spatial connection. If you look at your own feet, your center of balance will be drawn downward. If you look upward or outward, you have no connection with the log. Looking down the length of the log is crucial when you begin to compete against other rollers. It allows you to watch their footsteps and anticipate which direction they may try to spin the log.
Never stop moving your feet. Like a treadmill, you must always keep moving your feet or else youll fall off. But unlike a treadmill, a log reverses direction without advance warning; so its imperative to always be in motion so youre never caught at a stand still.
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