The fall session is exciting, a fresh start and...very challenging. With tons of brand new preschool gymnasts, and perhaps more than a few new coaches, it can be one of the most challenging times of the year. There are some aspects of preschool to dial in on to set your program up to rock those first six weeks and beyond.
Let’s get real for a second: teaching tuck jumps to preschoolers is hard.
They have to have a powerful enough jump to have time to bend their knees up to their chest (without dropping that chest down!), straighten their legs back out to land. Most of their little bodies aren’t built to have big ‘ups’ just yet.
What do we see the most? Tiny little jumps with maybe a bent leg, or if they get their knees up to their chest, they land in a yucky squat/crash that is terrible for their little knees.
I was the preschool director at a gym in an amazing college town, where I enjoyed the bliss of being the only gym in town. A few years into my tenure there, however, we got word that a new tumbling gym was opening up. In our town. Just down the road.
I got nervous (and a little sweaty) but I knew I had to start thinking about how to get gymnasts to stick with our more seasoned (but not as shiny and new) program.
For the first time ever, I had to think explicitly about retention.
If we put most preschool coach’s style into a font it would be:
ALLLLLL CAPS WITH A MILLION EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!! WHOO HOOOOOOO! :) :) :)
Am I right? (I’m personally TOTALLY SUPER FANTASTICALLY guilty of this!! WHOAAAAA!!)
General preschool coach energy is awesome most of the time, but every now and then, we