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hey coach – put the phone away

Tony Retrosi:

When you are in the gym, DON’T BRING YOUR CELL PHONE IN WITH YOU.

I know you “just want to video that skill”.

Don’t just put down your smartphone, put it away. Once it is out of sight, it’s less likely to distract you and shows your gymnasts that they are priority. …

Kids Learn from our examples

I’m with Tony on this one.

Certainly some coaches manage their smart phones well in the gym. But most don’t. Especially the addicts.

That goes for the gymnasts, too, of course.

Jordan Jovtchev phone

coaching difficult athletes

Let’s face it. If you teach or coach long enough, inevitably you will have some students who you find irritating, abrasive or exasperating. …

… you owe it to the child, yourself as a professional and to the profession at large to find ways to rise above your feelings and find a way to positively work with these students.

Here are 20 actions that might help you make the transition from difficult to delightful student.

Ask yourself why you find this child difficult. …

Check to see if it is just the age you find difficult. …

Fake it until you make it. …

Use neutral language that describes the behavior, not the child. Watch the labeling and the backhanded name calling. A child is not a headcase, rather she is struggling with fear. She is not lazy, but she isn’t working to the level that you know she is capable.

Give the athlete some responsibly. …

Set clear rules and standards and reinforce them consistently. …

Refrain from arguing, lecturing or yelling. ….

Commit to keeping your cool. No matter what. …

If all else fails, own that you might not be the right fit and have the courage to let the child move on. …

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Jag GymWhen You Want to Tear Your Hair Out: 20 Tips for Coaching Difficult Athletes

Click through to read the rest. I’m really enjoying Anne Josephson’s blog these days. :-)

another great Simone Biles article

Bela:

“World champion is an understatement.”

Simone:

“I’ve never been to a party, like, ever. I don’t even know what they do there.”

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The Next Olympic Star

related – Caroline Price posted a career retrospective (so far) on Simone Biles.

vision impaired gymnast Adrianna Kenebrew

Inspiring.

… In early October, the Houston sixth grader competed in a gymnastics meet, six days before undergoing laser surgery for her glaucoma, the 12th surgery she’s had in her young life. …

“I just really want to be Gabby Douglas … “

… the surgery went well and it will take one to two months to determine the effect it had on the tissues. …

When Adrianna was 4 she asked for a balance beam and started attending the Texas Academy of Acrobatics and Gymnastics (TAAG). According to Asha, her coaches may not even have realized anything was wrong because Adrianna went out and did the same things as the other students. …
Adrianna

In 2013, the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation named her the TAAG Female Athlete of the Year. …

11-year-old blind gymnast inspires, aims for gold

Aussie school bans cartwheel

Not for the first time Down Under, overprotective staff at Peregian Springs State School in Queensland banned handstands and cartwheels on the playground (unless they were supervised) after two children were injured.

Not surprisingly, Principal Gwen Sands was “held up to ridicule by the media“.

It was a bad call.

Anna Cartwheel

Unfortunately upset parents at the school launched personal attacks on the Principal via Facebook and Twitter. That’s also wrong. :-(

Thanks George.

Ellie & Beckie Downie

The story of 2 sisters with 1 dream, Becky and Ellie Downie. Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Great Britain.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (27min)

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition

Essentially, the Kids Edition is a standard Kindle Fire HD tablet — at either the 6-inch or 7-inch size — with a pile of add-on features that are designed for kids and the havoc they tend to wreak.

You pay a $50 premium over the standard version, which amounts to $149 for the 6-inch version and $189 for the 7-inch base model. But for that $50 you get a few special bonuses. The first is a one-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the company’s set of kid-friendly content that includes 5,000 games, videos, and books. You also get a gigantic case that protects the tablet and makes it easier for small children to hold. Last but certainly not-least is a 2-year, no-questions-asked warranty. …

The tablet itself is a relatively uninspiring affair, blocky and low-end. But it also appears to be more durable than the average cheap tablet …

The Verge

Photos and videos are uploaded by default to the parent’s account. For approval.

Kindle kids

related – Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Has 2-Year Replacement Offer

Gym Jag – choose words carefully

Hint: The best of the best always choose the second option.

Sacrifice vs. Choice
Pressure vs. Drive
Failure vs. Setback
Short-term vs. Long-term goals
Criticism vs. Coaching
Tragedy vs. Disappointment
Difficulty vs. Challenge
Competition vs. Motivation
Winning vs. Celebrating
Quit vs. End (or retire)

Napoleon Hill wrote, “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” …

Words have power. Choose them carefully.

10 WORD CHOICES THAT SMART ATHLETES (AND THEIR PARENTS AND COACHES) MAKE TO BE THE BEST OF THE BEST

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on parents watching Gymnastics

This article by Kim Dale got some angry responses from coaches and parents. Click through to read the comments on that post and on our Facebook page.

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Kim Z Dale:

Why are you staying? Be free. This isn’t the Olympics. You don’t need to watch every move. …

To the parents at my daughter’s gymnastics class: Why are you there?

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Uchimura’s Mom competes All Japan

If you’ve seen Shuko Uchimura, you know she’s lean and muscled.

I’m not surprised she could put on a leotard and still do gymnastics. :-)

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Mother “active return” All Japan Senior gymnastics, Uchimura (Japanese)

GymFever2012 is talking about it. This was Mom’s first meet in 30 years!

Haruhi Uchimura, Kohei’s sister, competed as well.

trailer – Ellie & Becky Downie

The story of Becky & Ellie Downie (GBR), online soon! Videoproductions by Sports2Visuals.com

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

related – Gymternet – Fran Elsner – ELLIE DOWNIE AND A CHAT WITH HER MUM (Aug 11, 2014)

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. :-)