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    tips for dealing with competition nerves?

    What has worked for your kids? DS (almost 7) usually loves being the center of attention, but apparently that's only when he's not being judged for his performance. He loves gymnastics but hates competitions. First meet of the season is coming up soon, and the anxiety is ramping up. It's...
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    L5 floor question

    In the press handstand portion of the L5 floor routine, the text describes the skill as a jump to press handstand with no hold, with the bonus being to press up and hold for 2 seconds. DS does a nice press handstand without jumping, but he can't consistently hold it for 2 seconds once he gets...
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    Mushroom circles, yay!

    I just want to brag on my kid and how much he has progressed. Last year, that mushroom was the source of much frustration. I just did not see how it was going to be physically possible to learn how to circle on it. At one comp early in the year, I clearly remember him hopping around that...
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    Skills questions for L4-5: p-bars handstand & ROBHS

    How long should it take to clean up a ROBHS? My 6yo first started doing them unspotted this past June, and they still look really sloppy. I haven't seen much improvement at all since then. I'm guessing it all starts with his roundoff, as he doesn't seem to have much momentum coming out of it...
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    snacks during practice?

    We started our fall schedule this week, and my son (6yo) has been an absolute beast after practice. It's the timing more than the length of the practice, I think. He's there 4:00-7:00, and we usually eat dinner around 6:00-6:30. By the time we got home last night, he was in full on meltdown...
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    stretching for boys

    We were out of town last week, and our gym is closed this week, so my 6yo has had a 2 week break from gym. Before we left, I asked his coach if there was anything he should do at home. Coach said to stretch and work on press handstands. DS has been working on all three splits this week, but...
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    preteam (sort of) for 5yo?

    Do most boy's teams have a pre team group, or do they just pull them from rec classes and put them on team? Our gym is small and doesn't have a pre team, but my youngest DS (just turned 5) has been asked to join the team as a non-competing L4. He'd be training with 2 other boys who would be...
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    My little guy won his first medal this weekend!

    I posted a couple of weeks ago about my 6yo, who is in his first year of competing. He had a really rough first meet, but he has made so much improvement during the past few meets. He was so thrilled to get to stand up there on the podium, and I cannot describe how proud I am of him. I'd say...
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    New here with a young L4 boy

    I've been lurking around reading old posts for a month or so, and I thought it was time I popped in and said hello. So... hi! For those with boys competing, what age did they start? I just have this awful feeling that we started my son too early, and I'm worried it will turn him off of...