“conditioning penalties”

What lesson does the athlete learn if they must climb the rope when they fall on a bar routine? They learn that mistakes are bad, conditioning is bad, rope climbs are bad, they start to stress about making mistakes, that leads to performing carefully, which usually leads to more mistakes. That eventually leads to more rope climbs. So again, what did the athlete learn?

If the athlete fell on a skill, wouldn’t it be more efficient to figure out why, and work on fixing it? …

Get Psyched – Stop Punishing your Athletes!

A good rope climb should feel rewarding. 🙂

I agree. In most situations it’s a mistake to punish by requiring additional conditioning.

Once in a rare while you might throw in a contest where the “winner” is rewarded with less than the day’s normal conditioning.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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