Transitions are the most susceptible to unsafe behavior for gymnasts and it’s where lack of class management shows in a lot of new coaches.
Here are some guidelines for teaching coaches how to transition with their gymnasts:
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
As my daughter bounces toward me, water bottle in hand, I ask excitedly, “HOW WAS IT?!!!!!! WHAT DID YOU DO?!!”
Usual answers go something like this: “Good. We did beam [or insert last piece of equipment they used].”
That’s it. No more detail. No displays of skills.
There's a simple way to get a better answer.
Raise your hand if you’re always surprised when kiddos aren’t quite able to hang on the bar by themselves in preschool...
Yeah, me too.
It is easy to forget how tiny their little hands are, and how challenging it can be for them to support their entire body weight. As another hurdle, bars can be especially challenging to plan for parent tot classes!
This summer, I had the privilege of traveling and speaking at different gymnastics congresses and conferences. Between presentations, I attended many sessions about sports that started with gymnastics as a foundation...then took a sharp turn, becoming a new sport/movement/community.
Here are three expanded gymnastics-based sports that can open the door to new groups of people in your gym.
You love your involved parents, but sometimes it can get a little challenging to coach a class of two-year-olds while managing parents too. There are some simple strategies to make every coach feel more confident about teaching one of the hardest classes in the gym! *This post is meant to give you a giggle and be helpful. My intention is not to offend anyone with stereotypes! :)
Gym friends, we are gathered here today in a somber moment to say our final goodbyes to our beloved phrase. “Good job!” has been with us from the beginning; reliable when we were teaching our fourth preschool class of the day and our brains were tired. “Good job” was a constant presence in our gym, providing comfort, yet no actual feedback for gymnasts. We will miss its ease and but not it’s mediocre results.
Creating engaging, age appropriate parent tot stations is a challenge. Sometimes, it can seem overwhelming to create stations for such young gymnasts...and their parents. But what if you bought some lesson plans that included parent tot modifications for each week? Done! In one week, I’ll be releasing a new batch of Happy Gymnastics lesson plans (Yippee!) Parent tot stations and modifications are included with each plan.