Dear New Team Dad,
How excited are you for your little gymnast right now? She was asked to become a member of the team and she cannot stop smiling or stop jumping with joy! …
I am going to be completely honest with you; gymnastics is not an easy sport. Many hours, sore muscles, falls, tears and fears are involved but the more your little gymnast practices, the braver and stronger she will become.
You will be nervous at first, especially since you do not know what to expect- but I promise you that you will be blown away when you see her perform at her first competition …
I find many coaches — especially young coaches — not particularly skilled at dealing with the parents of their athletes.
Progress is much easier when parents are 100% on board your training plan.
You could forward Makenna’s post on the role of the sport parent:
As a follow-up, three books are recommended for parents:
(1) Positive Sports Parenting – quick read and easy application.
(2) Changing the Game – thorough and action oriented.
(3) How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk – advice and assignments that apply not just to sports but parent-child communication in general.
Many coaches are not good dealing with parents. Especially young coaches.
Education of sport parents is key. They need to know their role.
It’s much easier to coach when parents are supportive.
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Morgan‘s always been tiny. Even now at the age of 15, she’s only 4-foot-5 maybe 4-6 with shoes on. …
… committed to wearing her glasses even while she was training or competing in meets. “I tried contacts,” she explained, “but they made my eyeballs dry, and when I got stuff in my eyes, I had to take them out and put them back in.” Rather than waste a couple minutes of practice time fiddling with contacts, Morgan chose to attach her glasses to the back of her head with a neoprene strap and move on.
This sort of hyper-efficiency carried over to every aspect of her life. …
One of the keys to Morgan’s rapid advancement is that her coaches not only know when to push her but also when not to push her. They’ve been very patient with Morgan, working on her form and execution instead of pressing her to perform every difficult skill in her repertoire at competitions as soon as she can do them in practice. …
Gymnastics Canada just took the RCM (Responsible Coaching Movement) pledge. These priorities will be integrated into existing programs.
What are the 3 steps to Responsible Coaching?
- STEP 1: FOLLOW THE RULE OF TWO – THIS MEANS THAT THE COACH IS NEVER ALONE OR OUT OF SIGHT WITH YOUR CHILD.
- STEP 2: COMPLETE YOUR BACKGROUND SCREENING
- STEP 3: ENROLL IN ETHICS TRAINING
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She is wonderful.
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As one of the top gymnasts at Geddert’s Twistars, Kamerin was treated by Nassar for many years.
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