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11
21
2016

10 Simple Fixes to Increase your Compulsory Beam Scores

Sometimes the scores on the balance beam can be unbelievable to a coach, parent, or gymnast especially if the gymnast managed to stay on the beam. However, there are so many deductions that the judges can take that it is easy for them to add up without the routine actually looking so low-scoring. There are times where you may see one gymnast fall off the beam and still score higher than her teammate who stayed on the entire time. If you read the following 10 tips to improve your beam scores, you...

07
27
2015

Injuries VS. Pain

As a coach, how do u know the difference between an injury and just some pain? Well, unless your athlete goes to a doctor and comes back with a report it is quite difficult. Of course the girls are going to have aches and pains on basically every part of their body but when does it become too much?

07
07
2015

“I’m Afraid Coach” | How do you respond to this statement?

|Fear| ˈfir/ noun  1. an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. It is something that arises each and everyday throughout a practice. Gymnastics is a scary sport, there is no denying that. As a coach, it is important to remember that it is normal for a gymnast to be afraid of a new skill. It is also normal for them to be afraid to repeat a skill after a hard fall or coming back from an injury. Such circumstances are under...

06
25
2015

Comfort & Laughter with your Gymnasts

 Being a young coach (age 23) fresh out of collegiate gymnastics to a group of girls ranging from the ages of 10 and up to high school is both challenging and rewarding. If you are one of the younger coaches in your gym you may be able to relate to some things I am about to share. Lets start with the GREAT aspects about being a young coach. First and foremost, the feeling of love and respect is very prominent. Sometimes I feel like a big sister/role model to my girls. It is easy to have a connec...

06
16
2015

Set Goals for A Successful Season

“C l i m b   t h e   r o p e   t o   y o u r   d r e a m s”   GOALS.. Without them you’d stay the same. This goes for every phase of life but lets focus on our gymnasts! Yes, us coaches should have goals or a timeline of what, when and where progressions of skills should take place but it is just as important if not more to give each individual the responsibility of writing down their own goals. While setting new goals it is important to also maintain the skills competed in the previous sea...

06
09
2015

The Transition From Gymnast To Coach

“Being a gymnast teaches so much more than how to do a flip.” It teaches you life lessons you wouldn’t even think it did. My name is Gabrielle Petitto and I was a gymnast for 18 years where I retired in March of 2014 from The College at Brockport gymnastics team. My gymnastics journey had its ups and downs just like every other athlete I know. But without these ups and downs I wouldn’t have learned about some of the most important life lessons being an athlete has to offer! I am now...