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Chellsie on parenting gymnasts

Chellsie Memmel is soon to be a Mom. I think she’ll be a great one. :-)

Chellsie:

I first want to thank the parents who put their kids in our great sport! Without parents, we wouldn’t be here or have any of the amazing opportunities that we do. With that said, I believe there should be boundaries in parental involvement in sports.

MemmelsDo watch practices….but only once and a while. If you just can’t stay away, don’t bring up things that happened or any trouble they may have had in practice that day. Let your child talk to you. If they want to vent, listen. If they would rather leave their bad day behind, let them. If they had a great day and are super pumped to tell you about it, be excited and happy about it.

Don’t set your own goals for them…

Tumbl Talk – Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Participation by Chellsie Memmel

That’s the Tumbl Trak blog. If at Congress Pitsburg, be sure to stop by and say hi to everyone at the Tumbl Trak both. I’m going to miss the P&G Championships. I’m presenting at the Gymnastics B.C. Congress instead this year.

Alec Yoder at YOGs

Home town boy makes good.

Indy Star:

Mike Yoder, father of Alec, estimated the family has spent $100,000 on gymnastics-related expenses. It is an investment

But when the father sees his son in the Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing, China, it will be worth every penny, Mike Yoder said.

“It is who he was created to be. It is his passion,” the father said. …

Since 2009, Yoder has learned those skills from Gene Watson, first at Indy School of Gymnastics and now at InterActive Academy.

Watson, 63, has been coaching since 1973. He has had five national champions, three members of America’s 1989 world team and 1988 Olympian Kevin Davis. Watson spends as many as eight hours a week planning Yoder’s workouts.

“Gene loves our son, and we love Gene,” Mike Yoder said. “This is not any common coach/athlete relationship. This is a unique bond.” …

read more …

Yoder

For a pommel man, he circled quite low for this photo. :-)

misguided Gymnastics parents

One skill set many coaches lack is the ability to communicate well with parents.

If you don’t educate them on the very complex sport of Artistic Gymnastics, don’t be surprised if they arrive at some of these wrong conclusions.

JAG GYM:

With tuition that can approximate a car payment each month, missed family dinners and weekends lost to travelling to remote locations to sit inside a gym or hotel convention center eating over priced hot dogs and too many brownies, no one can doubt that gymnastics parents are among the most dedicated sports parents. …

BUT …

Here are a dozen dangerous ideas that can plague even the best-intentioned gym parents:

1. If my child fails to make consistent progress it is her coach’s fault and we should change gyms.

2. For all the money I am paying, there better be results

3. The more time in the gym, the better.

see the rest – A DANGEROUS DOZEN: MISGUIDED IDEAS OF WELL-MEANING GYM PARENTS

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2yr-old boy dies falling from Tramp

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Advise parents not to buy back yard trampolines. They don’t understand the risks. :-(

great coaches …

1. Cherish the child over the athlete.

3. Communicate with parents.

5. Connect before they direct.

10. Make the boring interesting.

21. Understand interpersonal relationships of the team are important.

26. Understand child development.

30. End practice on a positive note.

30 SECRETS OF BRILLIANT COACHES

Click through to read the rest. Some great reminders there. :-)

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two Dutch gymnasts killed when Malaysian airliner shot down

GymPower reports that Milia van de Mortel and her parents were killed. :-(

GymPower reports that Sem Wels and his parents were killed. :-(

I see the names on this passenger list.

Send your very best thoughts to both families.

Gym Gab – Gymnastics parents

Here’s an idea long overdue.

A Gymnastics blog for parents.

gymgab

How was gym today?” is a question every gym parent wants to ask their kid on the car ride home.

Unfortunately this age-old, open-ended question loses it’s importance when the word “fine” become the oh-so common answer.

Here is a list of 25 questions to ask your athlete (not all in the same day of course), that will provide some welcome variety to you and your athlete!

4. What compliment do you remember most today?

9. If you could have worked only one skill today, what would it have been?

14. Pick one word to describe your attitude during workout.

23. What do you want to do different tomorrow?

Gym Gab – 25 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR GYMNAST

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ANZ Bank supports Commonwealths

The New ZealandBlack Flips” are all in. Looking for a best ever Team result and some Apparatus finals.

The girls trained together at the Christchurch School of Gymnastics. Here’s just one story of dedication towards this goal.

Gabby leaves Chow again

The gymnastics reunion between Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and coach Liang Chow lasted less than three months.

Chow confirmed that Douglas has left the gym to search for a new coach. …

“I think we worked hard together,” Chow said. “We achieved our goal. I think Martha (Karolyi, U.S. national team coordinator) was happy at the camp, physically and with her gymnastics skills.

“We made good progress.” …

Des Moines Register

Chow and Gabby

via Nico on GymFever

#LikeAGirl (empowering girls)

We’re kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.

“In my work as a documentarian, I have witnessed the confidence crisis among girls and the negative impact of stereotypes first-hand,” said Lauren Greenfield, filmmaker and director of the #LikeAGirl video.

“When the words ‘like a girl’ are used to mean something bad, it is profoundly disempowering. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Victoria Moors #WhatItTakes

Interview with Victoria and her father.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

via @ActiveAndy

gymnasts with tattoos

Historically, coaches frowned on tattoos. The Bible warns against them.

UCLA Basketball legend John Wooden did not like them.

But in 2014 they are increasingly common. Not many would question double Olympian Jon Horton’s ink.

Jon Horton tattoo

Alicia can do no wrong.

Alicia tattoo

But at some point, some are going to start questioning whether tattoos are too large? Or too conspicuous.

Marta Pihan-Kuleska

Marta Pihan-Kuleska

Like most parents, (and all old curmudgeons), I worry that young people will decide to get a tattoo too soon. And later regret it.

I worry they will feel peer pressured into it.

This random Facebook image featuring someone I don’t even know caught my eye.

tattoos

A comic argument against the trend of tattoos.

Here’s an even better argument from We Re The Millers. :-)

no ragrets

___ Update. Our Olympic Silver medalist has gone way, way too far, in my opinion.

Marcel tattoo

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