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    Looking for recommendations in Oregon and Washington State.

    Hi all, my DD is a Level 6 gymnast currently training level 7 with hopes of making it to 8 this year. She recently, suddenly and unexpectedly, lost two absolutely beloved coaches to a competing gym, and she (along with her optional teammates) is left without many options for the foreseeable...
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    Gifts for coaches?

    Today DD's gym sent out an email saying that USAG has a rule forbidding individual gymnasts from giving coaches gifts. I have searched for a while for this rule but all I can find is a Safe Sport policy saying coaches shouldn't give gifts to gymnasts. I'm just wondering if anyone has...
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    Level 6 Beam

    Random question - If a gymnast competed a bwobhs and a hurdle cartwheel back tuck dismount on beam would that be permissible in level 6?
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    Junior Olympic Cramping After Practice

    Note- DD is under the care of a pediatrician and rheumatologist, I'm not seeking medical advice. DD is a 9 year old training level 6/7 and lately she's been complaining of muscle cramps at home. They seem to be worse on her days off and they're happening all over, so it's not an specific...
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    Excellent Gym Communication

    Hi Everyone, I've recently been given the opportunity/challenge of helping to improve parent/team communication at my daughter's gym. I've already had an amazing meeting with the head coaches and we came up with a couple of great ideas but I wanted to bring the question here as well. For...
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    Any experience with a scaphoid fracture?

    Hi Everyone, DD fell onto her outstretched hand at school during recess and there is a suspicion of a scaphoid fracture. We'll see the orthopedist tomorrow. While I was consulting Dr. Google (haha) this evening, I read that this type of fracture is also a relatively common gymnastics...
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    Unconventional Mom Brag :-)

    This evening I made it to the gym to pick up my daughter a few minutes early and I caught the tail end of her practice. She was up on a beam, working on her bwobhs connection and I could see from the hallway that she was pretty scared of it. Her little arms and legs were shaking and she was...
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    How Can You Tell Who Qualifies

    Maybe this is a silly question - but I have been trying all weekend to figure this out and I'm stuck so I thought I'd throw it out there. With regionals wrapping up I see lots of posts about athletes qualifying for nationals or Level 9 Western/Eastern Championships. Obviously if you have a kid...
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    Optional Bars Question

    Hi Everyone - level 5 ended earlier in March for my DD and she and her team have been uptraining pretty significantly ever since. From what I can understand, DD is training for level 6 or possibly level 7 next year - depending on how the summer goes. The main decider (I think) is going to be...
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    Woops, CGM slip

    Hi All - recovering CGM here. I've been doing pretty good this year just getting my kid to practice, being a shoulder to cry on during hard days and a cheerleader during good ones, but State is coming up in a few days and it's been stressful :-/. Today my daughter let me know that she will...
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    Quick Non-Gymnastic(ish) Celebration

    My 9 year old gymmie skipped level 4 this year and started competing level 5 with several older girls who have been best friends and teammates for years. These other girls actually came over from Xcel so my DD never really crossed paths with them in the gym because they trained on different...
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    USAG Board Resignations

    I just saw on Facebook that the chairman, vice chairman, and treasurer at the USAG have resigned. I will say that a lot of these moves seem like they're happening kind of late but at least they're happening. I hope this is an indication of real change. I'd like to see similar action and the USOC.
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    Behavior and Attitude

    Today I went to pick up my DD from practice and the coach pulled me aside to tell me that she had a really bad practice. She was frustrated and tearful most of the practice, and when the coach tried to talk to her she turned her back and walked away. The head coach then stepped in and tried to...
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    Another Rough Day...

    .... and another vent from me I guess. As some of you know, my daughter has struggled with some autoimmune issues or the past few years. It started with joint swelling and fatigue and ended up causing a rash and some issues with her lungs last year. She was put on steroids, started treating...
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    Level 5, wow!

    Whew, DD just had her first level 5 meet and wow that level is tough. Going from 3 to 5 has been a huge jump. She held her own, took 2nd in the AA and medalled in 2 events but it was definitely an eye opening experience. It's the first level that has really challenged her and it was the first...
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    BHS on beam

    Hi all! I'm wondering when, if ever, the fear of a bhs on beam will abate for my DD. She has the skill, and it looks pretty good according to her coach, but she HATES it. She's never frozen on the skill, unlike her fly away which had her hands glued to the bars for months, and she's never...
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    Tap Swings

    Last night at my DD's level 4 meet one of her friends on another team had a scary fall on her tap swings. Everything was going great until she peeled off on the top of a huge swing and went flying backward, hitting the low bar and landing in such a way that the entire gym went absolutely...
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    Competing While Sick?

    Hi everyone, I'm curious how the parents and coaches on here typically handle a child who gets sick on competition day? Let me start off by saying that I do NOT let my DD attend practice sick. I think it's silly and dangerous to send an unhealthy child into a 3.5 hour day at the gym. BUT...
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    The Kip Fairy

    Wahoo, I don't want to speak too soon but it looks like the kip fairy has finally visited my dd:-)! She first got her kip in November, lost it, got it back in February, got grips in March, lost it again, and has been muscling up on a pretty sketchy kip ever since. In early June she worked...
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    Mom Brag

    Hi all, I just wanted to post a quick mom brag. Yesterday my DD finally got her standing back tuck on the floor. A week ago she got her robhsbt. Tomorrow it will be her 1 year anniversary since starting gymnastics. I'm just so proud of that kid. When she started last year she couldn't do a...