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I glanced at this post by Gym Jag …

They have the ability to damage, devastate and even destroy. They can stay forever taunting and torturing. They possess the power to obscure light and obliterate hopes. They can annihilate those they touch.

They have the ability to guide, grow and give affirmation. They can stay forever enriching and encouraging. They posses the power to ignite passions and instill greatness. They can change the world.

They begin wars. They bring peace. …


Of course I assumed we were talking about GYM MOMS. :-)

Nope. I was wrong.

Click through to the full post to see the real answer.

Vanessa Atler – Let the River Flow

A children’s Gymnastics book.

River Flow

“Just remember this: Let the river flow.
Sometimes a river will be rough and bumpy.
Other times it will be calm and smooth – just like gymnastics.
All you can control is your attitude and effort. So put a smile on your face and enjoy the ride.”

Click PLAY or watch an interview with the author on YouTube.


on sport parenting

(via Steve N Sue Arkell)

child athletes pushed too far

It happens.

Changing the Game Project:

… “My 10 year old daughter’s soccer coach told her she had to pick one sport, and start doing additional private training on the side, or he would give away her spot on the team.”

So goes the all too common narrative for American youth these days, an adult driven, hyper competitive race to the top in both academics and athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids. …

Parents, start demanding sports clubs and coaches that allow your kids to participate in many sports. You are the customers, you are paying the bills …

Coaches, you need to wise up as well. You are the gatekeepers of youth sports, the people who play God …

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports

A good read.

But I do feel the arguments are over-stated.

Specializing in one sport is a good idea for some children.

via Vadim Golub

quick-reflex Dads

Some of the best emergency spots you’ve EVER seen. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via cheezburger)

27 things parents of gymnasts should avoid

Tony Retrosi:

I cannot remember the first time I read this but I remember being a VERY rookie coach handing this out to all the parents of my current team. It was written by J. Howard, Professional gymnastics coach since 1980, Tumbling, Double mini and Trampoline coach since 1986, gymnastics author of 26 books …

Here are 27 things parents of gymnasts should avoid doing so they don’t interfere with the positive benefits:

1 Don’t compare your gymnast’s progress with that of other gymnasts.

2 Don’t become overly ego-involved with your gymnast’s success or lack of it.

3 Don’t take judge’s scores too seriously, especially at the lower levels.

4 Don’t forget the need for fun in gymnastics.

5 Don’t stand for unacceptable behavior from your gymnast during practice or competitions.

read the rest

gymnasts staying healthy

Gymnastics is a dangerous sport. We have to do everything we can to prevent traumatic and overuse injury.

Al Fong points out that we ALSO need do everything we can to avoid illness.

– Eat nutritiously and stay away from junk food, including sodas.
– Get plenty of sleep and rest.
– Practice proper hygiene –wash your hands often, brush your teeth, use deodorant and mouth wash.
– Regularly clean your wrist bands to prevent rips on your wrists.
– Keep your finger nails and toe nails trimmed.

– Drink from the same bottle or share the same spoon or fork with others.
– Spray your mouth from the spray bottle at the chalk tray.
– Lick your fingers or hands as you chalk up during bars.
– Spit on your hands.
– Tear your rips. Instead, neatly clip them with finger nail clippers.
– Workout without properly warming up and stretching.

Do’s and Don’ts

healthysnacks for gymnast

related – Coach Cassie – Healthy & Easy Snacking for Gymnasts: Pre, During & Post Workout Printable

reducing parent complaints

Gym Jag:

complain-12. Have a clear, written information packet about team philosophy, policies and procedures. …

4. Commit to an atmosphere of collaboration and good faith. …

6. Make sure parents know whom they need to go to for what. …

10. Document any injuries or physical complaints and follow up with parents immediately. …

11. Give all kids equal attention. …

14. Be very clear about move up criteria. …


Click through to read the rest. :-)


Jag Gym:

angry-cop-mall-300x198Think about it: The man is a police officer. He has the power of the law behind him, not to mention a fully loaded gun at his hip. Did he really need to shout to be heard when I was sitting in my car, pulled over, ready to cooperate?

Yet, how often are we guilty of being harsh with our students, athletes, subordinates or children?

I know I am guilty of it.

Too often I will continue to hammer long after the point has been made, despite the fact that the person in front of me is clearly remorseful. Too frequently I will forget that my words and actions can shake someone to the core …


Coaches need to stay calm. Be dispassionate. Learn to overcome anger.

grounding helicopter parents

Another great post from Anne Josephson:

1. Who is upset in this situation: me or my child?

2. Is my child in serious physical, emotional or psychological danger?

3. Can my child handle this herself?

4. Is there a difference in power between my child and the person/people causing her problem?

5. Do I need to intervene immediately or can it wait?

Patience. Patience.

It’s a learned skill.

6. Do I need to intervene immediately or can it wait?

7. Am I parenting from a place of fear?


optimal parent

related – GET PSYCHED! – It’s Only Gymnastics:

Last week I heard a story about a family who got kicked out of a gymnastics competition because the father caused a huge emotional scene during his daughter’s competition. …

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. …


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


“World champion is an understatement.”


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

Simone bounce

The Next Olympic Star

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