Take one look at all the flipping, twisting, balancing, and trampoline in gymnastics and it is no surprise that our sport often attracts kids with HIGH ENERGY. The gym is actually the BEST place for them, after all!
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.
I am a firm believer in hiring personality over experience. I can train anyone with the right personality to coach preschool gymnastics. I can’t train anyone to have charisma, enthusiasm, pizzaz….“it”. In order to create a premier preschool program, you have to train staff in an engaging way. It’s no secret: Staff training is the most important way to get consistency in your preschool program.
Consistency is the ticket to growth.
It can be tempting to push preschool gymnasts through a skill just to check it off the lesson plan. This, however, will not be beneficial in the long game of gymnastics. Without proper progressions and solid foundation skills, they may be able to complete a higher-level skill, but it won’t be pretty (or safe). If we want them to tumble out of a front tuck someday, we need to teach them perfect forward rolls in preschool.