What an amazing camp!
For the first year we ran this camp it far exceeded my expectation. The staff was very attentive to the needs of the coaches and gymnasts that were there.
Following orientation on Friday (where I covered the rules and what to do in an emergency like a Thunderstorm where the power goes out) we covered basic tumbling and conditioning. Each staff member presented a few conditioning exercises that they use in their gym and feel are important and then the gymnasts went through them. Half way through the conditioning we were struck by a pretty violent thunder storm and we lost power (so glad I covered that in orientation!) The lack of electricity didn’t deter us from covering all the conditioning. The kids and coaches just too everything in stride.
Friday night we broke the gymnasts up into groups and then met with all the coaches to make sure they were grouped to their liking. We wanted to make sure that not only were we covering what each staff member had in mind but also that we were meeting the goals of the coaches and gymnasts that were there. Some wanted hands on spotting, some were looking for technique and progressions.
Saturday morning we hit the events and the energy was great. Staff and Gymnasts all working hard, personal coaches up and working along side the staff and everyone learning.
There were 2 training sessions on Saturday. After dinner the kids had a chance to shower and relax. I presented a lecture called “Fear of Failure”. The point being that in order to succeed you must first fail. The look on the kids faces at the end said it all. They were hungry to learn and to get back into the gym.
After the lecture we had a movie for the kids while the coaches continued with some “class room” work.
That night I hosted a coaches “social” sponsored by The National Gymnastics Training Camp (My week long residential gymnastics camp and Gym Momentum). It gave all the coaches involved an opportunity to share some more knowledge in a less formal atmosphere.
I want to thank all the staff and coaches who took part and made the first Gym Momentum Camp an unbelievable success. I also want to thank our sponsors who sent great stuff for all the Goodie Bags.
DGS 9.9 (who also supplies all our equipment)
The best things I like about the gym momentum :
1) well balanced coaching staff
2) We were able to share our knowledge, not only with the kids, but with all the coaches that came- I love the time when we all got together and talked about why we are coaching
Your presentation to the girls was the high light that Saturday- really inspiring
Can’t wait until next year!
Chris and I both had a fantastic time at camp. It was great learning new drills, refreshing our memory to drills we hadn’t used in the gym recently, and connecting with other coaches. We have been using the drills at EVERY practice since summer training has started and are excited to see the progress our athletes make.
– Brittany Smith
Thank you for this opportunity! My girls had so much fun and I learned so much! All of the coaches gave great insight to new coaching techniques that I have since implemented into my lessons. I was especially impressed with how passionate all of the gym momentum staff was in teaching and building the confidence of the gymnasts!! Thank you again.
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