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December 12th, 2013 — Olympics, parents, snow and ice
Nick Goepper (born March 14, 1994 is an American freeskier from Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He was the winner of a silver medal at the 2012 Winter X Games in the slopestyle contest. …
Another of those terrific Procter & Gamble videos.
If Mom wasn’t there, they wouldn’t be here. Watch the story of Olympic hopeful Nick Goepper and his mother, Linda.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
(via Cincinnati Gym)
December 9th, 2013 — ethics, parents, safety
I thought I’d heard everything.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — Park High School’s head gymnastics coach was placed on a paid leave of absence after he was criminally cited for tattooing minors without written parental consent.
Terry Robert Hardy, 37, of Hastings, told Hastings police he had received verbal permission to tattoo the teens, but police and parents dispute that. …
Hardy also was fired from a separate position as head of the school district Community Education’s youth gymnastics program.
One of the teens, a 16-year-old girl, received three tattoos from Hardy. One is on her wrist and reads “Strength.” Another was done on her shoulder blade, and a cross was done on her neck. …
read more on Pierce County Herald
December 6th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, ethics, parents, psychology, safety
by site editor Rick McCharles
Perfectly normal people in real life sometimes post nasty comments online. Become trolls.
I have no idea.
The worst site was YouTube. It took until Sept 2013 for Google to finally down rate the “poisonous vitriol”.
On Gymnastics Coaching comments have always been hidden from the default view. I spend time moderating those comments. Deleting SPAM comments.
On the other hand, I rarely ban anyone from making (civil) contrary statements.
TKO is still commenting, for example.
By contrast, Brigid McCarthy encourages discussion on her site:
… I love writing about this sport. I love collaborating with lots of people to produce news, stories, features, analysis of gymnastics. I also love the back-and-forth between writers and readers that goes on in the comments. Those conversations/debates/feedback sessions can be fun and handy as so many people are expert and opinionated in all areas of this sport.
I don’t even mind the arguments when people manage to keep it nice and keep it on the topic. I mean, it’s a subjective sport. Sometimes ya just gotta duke it out. And a lot of people seem to know how to do that in a meaningful, non-combative, fun way. …
She recommends some guidelines for online commenting:
1. Think before you speak.
2. Don’t be nasty when you can be constructive.
3. Don’t be narrow minded.
4. Don’t cast big judgements based on little knowledge.
5. Always remember that these people that you sit back, watch and talk about are working their guts out every single day to do what they do. They are also teenagers. And people. With feelings.
6. And most of all, REMEMBER THE LOVE that brought you here.
see the rest on … The Couch Gymnast’s Handy Guide to Commenting
The best place for “discussion” is on forums. They are set up for exactly that.
• Bills Sands on Online haters
• Spanny – i’m so sorry. i fully understand if you want to beat me up. just avoid my nose.
November 25th, 2013 — parents, physical preparation, psychology, safety
Published 2004, Rescuing the Emotional Lives of Overweight Children: What Our Kids Go Through — and How We Can Help is a book by Sylvia Barkan Rimm.
Dr. Sylvia Barkan Rimm (born 1935) is an American psychologist specializing in parenting, child development and learning. She has written books on raising gifted children, success for girls, and communication skills.
… In a recent study of 15 countries, including the United States, the U.S. had the dubious honor of being ranked first in the prevalence of overweight and obese adolescents. …
Overweight children were five times as likely to describe their self-confidence as poor compared to average-weight children. They were much more likely to describe themselves as lonely, sad, fearful, and different.
Overweight girls were less likely to describe themselves as popular or beautiful. Overweight boys were less likely to describe themselves as athletic. Overweight children were much more worried about almost everything, and very over-weight children were three times as worried about their futures than average-weight children. …
The Six-Step Healthy Rescue Plan
Be a coach, instead of a judge.
Go for the goal.
Recruit additional support.
Design a nutritional plan.
Organize an exercise effort.
Rescuing The Emotional Lives of Overweight Children
Things will continue to get worse before they get better.
Some overweight children can handle the extra social pressures.
It may even be more normal to be heavy at a young age than it was in the past.
But best practice would be to get your children early into good exercise and eating habits.
(via Rec Gymnastics)
November 23rd, 2013 — humour, parents, safety
November 22nd, 2013 — Gymnastics, parents, product endorsements, school
… The Nova Scotia government has approved eight new organizations to the Personal Development Credit, which allows high school students to earn either a half or full credit for their involvement in activities outside school. …
… Gymnastics Nova Scotia, Italian Language School, Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation, Cadance Academy in New Minas, Lifesaving Society of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Nova Scotia Scouts Canada and Skate Canada Nova Scotia have been added to the list, bringing the total number of organizations involved in the program from four to 12.
“We realty wanted to make a credit available to recognize the work they do outside of school is recognized as part of their education,” says Jennex. …
Read more …
(via Trip Lewis on Facebook)
November 16th, 2013 — Gymnastics, parents, planning
I visit 40-50 gyms a year. Within 60 seconds I get a pretty accurate first impression.
John Geddert shares his ideas on changing the “culture” of a Gymnastics Club:
… Changing a culture requires revolutionary commitment to the “new ideas”. This of course does not sit well with those that are comfortable with the “old ideas”. Having a few team members (parents, or coaching staff members) that are not on board with the new goals, will make progress all that much more difficult …
1- Discuss the plan with the major players. Make sure management is on board.
2- Make a list of areas that need attention.
3- Get input from members
4- Implement changes with a time line.
5- Market your results.
read more on The Gymnastics Coach
John’s one of the clearest communicators anywhere. No mixed messages. Be sure everyone understands the plan intimately.
related – Triple Twist – A Look Inside Twistars USA (May 2013)
November 15th, 2013 — parents, safety, school
Thanks Sports Girls Play.
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November 14th, 2013 — Gymnastics, parents, psychology
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November 13th, 2013 — Gymnastics, parents, safety, sport medicine, sport science
Robert M. Malina, Adam D. G. Baxter-Jones, Neil Armstrong, Gaston P. Beunen, Dennis Caine, Robin M. Daly, Richard D. Lewis, Alan D. Rogol, Keith Russell
Short stature and later maturation of youth artistic gymnasts are often attributed to the effects of intensive training from a young age. …
… the Scientific Commission of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) convened a committee to review the current literature and address four questions:
(1) Is there a negative effect of training on attained adult stature?
(2) Is there a negative effect of training on growth of body segments?
(3) Does training attenuate pubertal growth and maturation, specifically, the rate of growth and/or the timing and tempo of maturation?
(4) Does training negatively influence the endocrine system, specifically hormones related to growth and pubertal maturation?
… Allowing for noted limitations, the following conclusions were deemed acceptable:
(1) Adult height or near adult height of female and male artistic gymnasts is not compromised by intensive gymnastics training.
(2) Gymnastics training does not appear to attenuate growth of upper (sitting height) or lower (legs) body segment lengths.
(3) Gymnastics training does not appear to attenuate pubertal growth and maturation, neither rate of growth nor the timing and tempo of the growth spurt.
(4) Available data are inadequate to address the issue of intensive gymnastics training and alterations within the endocrine system.
Role of Intensive Training in the Growth and Maturation of Artistic Gymnasts
The full PDF is linked.
In short, Artistic Gymnastics does not make you short.
Olympians Hannah Whelan (4ft 9in) and rower Josh West (6ft 91/2in).
October 30th, 2013 — club governance, ethics, parents, psychology, safety
GymCastic Episode 56 is well worth a listen:
We start our special episode by looking back at some of the physical, emotional and sexual abuse stories from gymnastics’ recent past. We start in the 1980?s. If you are a long time listener, you’ll find out why Jessica always calls the 80?s the Dark Ages.
With three special guests we discover the history which brought gymnastics to this point of change, what has been done to stop abuse, what loopholes still need to be shored up, and what educational and policy programs for prevention are now available. In addition, you’ll find out how to stop and report gymnastics child pornography.
Our guests are, Scott Reid, investigative reporter for the Orange County Register, Katherine Starr, two time Olympian and founder of Safe4Athletes, and Lynn Moskovitz-Thompson, Director of Educational Services at USA Gymnastics. …
Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics
Olympic swimmer Katherine Starr was abused as an athlete. She points out that those in sports where athletes peak at a young age are more vulnerable.
Good links are provided for those looking for resources.
• USA Gymnastics Clubs Care Campaign
• USA Gymnastics We Care Campaign
Every coach, every club should have policies and procedures to protect athletes and coaches.
For example, coaches should never be responsible for athletes alone. Not in the Gym. Not in the hotel. Not even in the car.
Coaches should sign a Code of Conduct.
There can be no sexual relationships between athlete and coach at any age. (Unless married, for one exception.)
I endorse the episode.
But when it comes to discussions on coaching ethics, there’s far too much emphasis on sexual misconduct, not nearly enough on far more prevalent psychological abuse.
And, as usual, there was not a mention about the wrongfully accused. Any coach accused in 2013 is assumed guilty, whether he’s guilty or not.
I’ll ask GymCastic to do a future segment on psychological abuse.
Sexual abuse is less prevalent in Gymnastics than in the general population. Psychological abuse is far, far more prevalent in Youth Sport than in the general population.
October 25th, 2013 — Gymnastics, NCAA, parents
… When she was 11, she earned first place all-around for her level in the state, all ages. It was an incredible moment, and I started believing that maybe she was good enough to get a college scholarship.
Then the injuries started. She fractured the growth plate in one wrist, then the other. Later, there was an ankle fracture. After that, the fear crept in. The skills were getting harder, and the back handspring on the beam gave her anxiety. Her palms often had giant blisters from the bars. I asked her often if she still wanted to do gymnastics. She always said yes. …
We were driving home after a vacation in Virginia a few weeks ago when she told me: “Mom, I’m done with gymnastics.” Just like that. After almost eight years — about half her life — she was ready to trade in her leotard for a life outside the gym. She said the sport wasn’t as much fun anymore. She was tired of being afraid. …
It took me a few days to realize that the huge investment of time had made her who she was now. She’d had to be organized to get her homework done. She was meticulous, focused and strong. Gymnastics had done that.
She’d learned to take risks. She’d learned to fight fear. She’d learned perseverance in the face of disappointment. She’d learned to succeed at one of the toughest sports on earth. She’d learned to give it up on her terms.
Grief turned to relief. …
read more – Gymnast’s decision throws her mom off balance
October 25th, 2013 — ethics, Gymnastics, parents, psychology, safety
This past summer I attended two of three sessions with Mike Morgan from Proactive Coaching.
Avant Coeur Gymnastics:
3:00 pm – coaches
4:30 pm – athletes
6:00 pm – parents
Many of us loved the parents session. Mike — a music & football coach, parent of a gymnast — didn’t go easy on problem parents.
He pointed out that parents today are parenting differently than in the past:
#1 – 80% of communication is body language …
#2 – tone of voice
#3 – … words you use
Parents have changed, but kids haven‘t. Teens can be contrary, self-negative, argumentative.
Parents need deal with problems quickly and calmly. Practice your response to misbehavior.
“I love you too much to allow that behaviour.“
Mike emphasized that parents need to let go. They need to “release” their children to .…
… A. to the Game
… B. to the Team
… C. to the Coach
Part of parenting is to teach risk taking. Sport is a good place to learn how to put yourself on the line. How to win. And how to lose.
Far more dangerous for teens is experimenting with smoking, drugs, alcohol, sex, etc.
Parental RED FLAGS:
1. want to share in sporting credit
2. want to solve all their children’s problems
3. want to coach their son/daughter
4. yell at the officials
5. build excuses: refs, equipment, coaching, etc.
6. avoid the coach after competitions
7. parents more nervous than their children
8. slower getting over defeats than their children
Over-managed and stressed out parents result in over-managed and stressed out athletes.
Parents in distress or emotional need to give their children some space. Stay away from workout. Sit at the very top of the bleachers during competitions.
Interested in the good word on coaching?
LIKE Proactive Coaching on Facebook. They post several times a day.