Massimo’s Coaching Commandments

That’s Dr. Joe Massimo to you. 🙂

  • Firmly establish your authority.
  • Maturely relate to your gymnasts, but not as a peer.
  • Minimize verbiage.
  • Have a sense of humor.
  • Never utilize sarcasm or negativity.
  • Be enthusiastic and encourage the same in the gym.
  • Be fair in your treatment of each gymnast.
  • Pay complete attention when working one on one.
  • Don’t tell a gymnast that their work is “good” when it isn’t.
  • Say “No” without guilt and “Yes” with out resentment.
  • Pay attention to safety factors and be a consistent spotter.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “I’m sorry” and “I don’t know”.
  • Allot time for gymnasts to socialize.
  • Provide a forum for listening to your gymnasts.
  • Continually educate yourself.
  • Delegate responsibility to your gymnasts.
  • Be personally and emotionally predictable.
  • Be a positive role model at all times.
  • Be careful not to sexualize the interaction with your gymnasts.
  • Motivate and manage team cohesiveness.
  • Direct your gymnasts’ spirits’; do not break them!
  • Have an overall positive attitude toward gymnastics and life.

(via Tony Retrosi)

Morgan Hurd profile

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. …

Morgan Hurd On The Rise With 2020 Olympics In Sight

word choices of smart athletes

Anne Josephson:

1. Sacrifice vs. Choice.
2. Pressure vs. Drive.
3. Failure vs. Setback.
4. Short-term vs. Long-term goals.
5. Criticism vs. Coaching.
6. Tragedy vs. Disappointment.
7. Difficulty vs. Challenge.
8. Competition vs. Motivation.
9. Winning vs. Celebrating.
10. Quit vs. End.

It’s Not Just Words: 10 Smart Word Choices of Smart Athletes (2014)

Kristen Maloney’s story

Kids in the Gym know the name.

Most elite compete the “Maloney” on Bars.

Former Olympian Kristen Maloney underwent eight surgeries while competing as a gymnast in the 1990s. She recounts the damage her body has sustained and how, at 36, she still has few regrets.

I have a newborn son, and I think about whether I would want him to train for the Olympics. If it was what he really wanted — and not just because it was just something he thinks he should do, or something he’s good at — I’d say yes. It’s all worth it. …