Entries Tagged 'parents' ↓

2yr-old boy dies falling from Tramp


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.


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


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.


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?


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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.


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

Proud Gymnastics Mom

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proud gym mom

thank-you Mom

P&G have the best videos.

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That great Winter Olympics edit. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Here’s a one new to me.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Published on Apr 27, 2014:

Special Olympics athlete Molly Hincka’s mom did what any mother would do—she never gave up on her child. In honor of Mother’s Day, P&G will be matching Special Olympics donations, up to $200K, through June 1. Give at specialolympics.org/mom.

LIKE the Thank you, Mom by P&G Facebook page. We want them to keep producing these videos.

Simon Biles’ Sports Psychologist

Full Twist:

In July 2013, Simone competed for the first time as a Senior in the Secret U.S. Classic where she performed poorly. Competing on three apparatus, she placed second to last in the All Around (AA) competition with a score of 41.33. A tough warm up meant that Biles scratched Vault from the competition, already scuppering her chance at a high ranking in the AA. Falls on Bars and Floor and a shakey Beam routine not only brought her score down, but also her confidence.

The 16-year-old’s confidence suffered greatly and her family and coaches decided to turn to sports psychology as a treatment in an effort to help her performance. After a couple of sessions with Robert B. Andrews of the Institute of Sports Psychology in her hometown of Houston, TX, she learned how to manage her nerves and use her excitement to improve her performance. This showed at the 2013 P & G Championships where she was crowned National Champion and thus secured her place on the National Team.

Just two months after the U.S. Classic, she competed at the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, and won the All Around title with a score of 60.216 …

Interview: Simon Biles & Sports Psychologist Robert B. Andrews


related – Simone Biles: Gymnastics is a Matter of Perspective

coach Terry Steiner wants feedback

Jessica O’Beirne showed me this Facebook post from Terry Steiner, USA National Coach for Women’s Wrestling.

Gutsy move.

The only similar action I can recall was by Bernard Petiot, then head coach of Gymnix, Quebec.

He hired Boris Verkhovsky to visit Gymnix, challenging him and his coaching staff on their training system.