gymnastics – Managing Training Time

A superb and unique article addressing the amount of training time spent on each area of training.

Most gymnastics coaches are forced into standard size blocks of time (e.g. 30min). Not optimal!

Check the article and compare their recommendations against what happens in your gym:

article – Technique magazine by Bill Sands & Jenni McNeal

psychology – the Anger Trap

The Anger Trap: How did we get in? And how can we get out?

article – Technique magazine, by Bill Sands and associates, University of Utah

An excellent summary of why anger does not work long-term in the gymnastics setting. I think of this article every time I see a coach lose their cool in the gym.

Conclusion

If we want our athletes to perform to their potential, then we need to create a conducive learning environment in which they feel safe and secure and willing to take risks without angering the coach or risking the loss of his approval. Don’t get caught in the “Anger Trap.” There are too many negative side effects of using anger to manage behavior.