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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. :-)


Mustafina~Imma do my thang

Nice edit.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

via @ArabianPF_blog

on quitting Gymnastics

Jessica Macay:

Every gymnast reading this is familiar with the temptation of quitting. You get home after a particularly bad practice and you are ready to give it all up. You sit there thinking about every bad aspect of the sport. Constantly waking up sore, pushing through injuries, and knowing that the cycle never ends. You look down at your shredded up hands and think “why am I doing this to myself?” …


read more – The Quit Factor

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A 500lb gymnast?

Now that’s a story.

when to put it on Beam?

Big Swing:

Generally, my rule of thumb is when they can do it UP. And not just do the skill up onto something, but do the skill WELL up onto something. …

… until they can backhandspring onto a panel mat with straight arms and legs, and minimal shoulder angle, I don’t want it going on the beam. …

Click PLAY or watch Doc Ali’s drill on YouTube.

inspired by Brinn Bevan

Click PLAY or watch a new edit on YouTube.

If you don’t know Brinn’s amazing story, watch The Hard Way To Success – Episode 8Brinn Bevan (GBR).

He looks a lot younger. :-)


#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.

Take Flight Aerial Adventure

The day after Gym Momentum Camp 2014 Boston, Director Tony Retrosi took some of the coaches and kids up to his ropes course in Maine.

This was the toughest “element“.

aerial adventure splits

Take Flight Aerial Adventure

That pic was posted by Cygnus Gymnastics. :-)

lacking confidence = increased risk of injury

47 athletes training for Cirque du Soleil were studied:

injury, emotional exhaustion, self-efficacy and fatigue were associated with an increase in injury risk (risk ratios between 1.8 and 2.8), but Conflicts/Pressure was not (risk ratio=0.8). Of the several specific psychological aspects that are considered risk factors for injury, low self-efficacy had the strongest relationship. …

British Journal of Sports Medicine – Psychological predictors of injuries in circus artists: an exploratory study

What’s “low self-efficacy“, the factor that correlated highest with injury?

GRETCHEN REYNOLDS in the New York Times explains:

Hoping to discern what traits separated the injury-prone from the impervious, Dr. Hallé and colleagues from McGill University in Montreal compared data from the athletes’ psychological questionnaires with their medical charts. What they found was that a person’s level of confidence could significantly affect his or her risk of sustaining an injury. …

What the Circus Can Teach Us About Sports Injuries

Lesson for coaches = coach for confidence. That means more successful progressions, more repetition and less spotting.

Dr. Hallé:

“Watch someone who is really good” at a task, whether it’s a twisting somersault from a trapeze platform or a 5K road race, and “notice each step that they take.”

… Every activity involves a series of discrete, manageable skills that you can practice individually, she said. “Succeeding at a portion of the task will show you that you have the capacity to succeed at the rest.” …


(via Stacy Clark)

never stop dreaming

Post by 4-H.


via Robert Cowan

Time to Hang up the Grips

Georgia Bonora:

“It’s difficult adjusting to life outside of gym. I’m actually missing training a lot. I never realised how passionate I am about the sport until I was finished. It’s difficult finding something else that will compare.” …

“(In) 2008 I had the best competition of my career. I finished the entire Games with no falls and had a personal best.”

In fact Georgia finished 13th AA and helped the team to 6th place, the two highest results for Australia at an Olympic games. …

Couch Gymnast – Georgia Bonora: “When It’s Time to Hang up the Grips”

Click PLAY or watch her 2008 Bars on YouTube. (Comaneci salto)

tell athletes to NEVER give up

Show this video to your kids. Heather Dorniden falls in a 600m race. Gets up and still wins the 2008 Big 10 Indoor Championships.


Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

coach Chellsie Memmel

Chellsie on transitioning to Coaching:

Chellsie… Switching sides going from being the athlete to the coach has been a huge transition for me. …

Being an athlete, you are in complete control of yourself and your movements. As the coach, you aren’t. And that can be frustrating sometimes, especially when, as the coach, I know I was as able to do that particular element (my own way). I know how to physically make something happen and what needs to happen mentally for me to do that particular skill. A coach can give their gymnasts all the tools and training techniques and practice, but the gymnast is still the one that has to physically do it. That has been hard for me…not having control over the gymnastics aspect.

Another big difference is figuring out each child’s personality and how they learn. …

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