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27 things parents of gymnasts should avoid

I recently came across the article. I cannot remember the first time I read this but I remember being a VERY rookie coach handing this out to all the parents of my current team. It was written by J. Howard, Professional gymnastics coach since 1980, Tumbling, Double mini and Trampoline coach since 1986, gymnastics author of 26 books, Gymnastics/Sports hypnotist, Coach of Gymnastics, Tumbling, Double-mini, Trampoline and Cheer-leading State, Regional, National, Jr. Olympic National, Jr. Elite … [Read More...]

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W200 Course Metro South Gymnastics. Canton MA

I will be teaching a USAG W200 Course at Metro South Gymnastics Academy in Canton, MA Register through USA-Gymnastics  This is a live, six-hour, hands-on training course designed for school age, pre-team and Level 1-4 coaches. This is a NEW course developed for pre team, level 1-4 coaches and even school age recreational coaches. Course topics include warm ups, conditioning, lesson planning, hands on spotting and lecture for all Olympic events. This is a great hands on experience of drills … [Read More...]

Kids Learn from our examples

I was recently reading this article in The Huffington Post. Unfortunately I cannot find the original article to give proper credit. But it made me think of how we can be better examples to the kids we coach. You may want to share this with all the parents on your team.  I also wrote about this in my other blog Vacilando.  Remember the 1987 PSA about kids and drugs? A father finds drug paraphernalia in his son's closet and questions him about where he found the drugs, how he even KNEW about … [Read More...]

Concussions

Saw this in the Huffington Post the other day. Always a good reminder Shannon Babineau, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Director of Pediatric Headache Medicine, The Mount Sinai Hospital A new school year has begun. Playgrounds are full of children chasing, tumbling and climbing. Sports fields teem with young athletes practicing football, field hockey, and soccer. And, emergency rooms this fall will see thousands of pediatric … [Read More...]

Leadership

Lately I have been writing a lot of leadership and that has created many questions. As an educator I feel obligated to find answers to these questions. Here was my response to a friend and colleague who was looking for ways to motivate staff. What makes a leader great? Ask most people and they'll say "intelligence" for starters. Vision, drive, people skills, being able to communicate well, blah, blah, blah. Those are the crap answers you'll get from all the Ivy League wimps who orate from … [Read More...]

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Leadership

The other day I posted about being a good leader and a good example. I found this great photo the other day. There is probably no better goal in life. I recently taught a course on MOTIVATION for the Icelandic Gymnastics Federation. In general I do not believe in overt external motivation. These are children, not dogs. As much as sometimes I would like to, I am not going to hit their nose with a rolled up newspaper because they didn't keep their legs straight. NOR am I going to offer … [Read More...]