Explain spotting to kids. Take the time to show in slow motion exactly how and when they need to be spotted.
If they’d prefer NOT to be spotted, no problem. Do drills and conditioning alone instead.
In a separate time & place, warn kids about anyone who’s behaviour seems creepy.
… how do you get kids to trust their intuition?
“Tell them that if this doesn’t feel good to you, it probably isn’t OK. If someone comes up to you in playground and they’re mean to you, that’s not OK. If they touch you in a way that doesn’t feel right, and you’re uncomfortable, then that’s not OK.”
… Another important part of conversations is to somehow convey to a child that it’s never their fault if there’s abuse, harassment or inappropriate touch, Gore said.
“Teach kids what are secrets, and is it ever OK to keep a secret? As young as age 5, tell them if an adult says, ‘We’re going to have a little secret,’ that’s not OK …
1. Keep it short
2. Use a positive frame of vocabulary
3. Use very descriptive language
4. Use neutral tone / body language
5. Critique technique, not the gymnast
6. Be encouraging about making the fix
7. If there’s no change, try a different correction
James Hall defended his All Around title with a solid and convincing performance, as expected. But I don’t think anyone expected the incredible battle that Dominick Cunningham put up against him, coming only 0.15 off the title.
It really came down to the wire between the two of them- both performing their final routines at the exact same time, and either of them would’ve deserved to win, both on a whole other level to the rest of the competitors that day. …
For me, aside from the intense battle for All Around gold, the day belonged to 2 people, neither of which competed on 6 events: Courtney Tulloch and Gauis “Jay” Thompson. …
… the thing about Courtney is that this time he wasn’t just a rings guy, competing on 4 events and hitting all 4 of them, with a few uncontrolled floor landings being his only big errors. The most exciting thing though was actually his vault, where he brought out a huge Dragulescu, to the surprise of… pretty much everyone. …