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    Looking for advice - gymnast distracts others

    I'm posting this here because I'm hoping to get parents' insight as well. My group of gymnasts is quite heterogeneous. The girls are 10-16 years old and range from about level 6 to 9. Not all of them want to reach their full potential so we have them train 3-5 days a week, depending on what...
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    Coaching while pregnant

    Although I found two rather old threads in the coach's forum, they did not get very many replies and I'm hoping to get more answers here. Did you or a coach you knew keep spotting while they were pregnant? Did you just go by how you felt or did anyone tell you what (not) to do? I'm currently 3...
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    For Coaches Thumb position - uneven bars

    How do you teach your gymnasts to grasp the bar? I always assumed that except for pirouetting skills, maybe catching a Pak/overshoot and front giants, the thumb is placed on the same side as the other fingers. However, I've had coaches tell me they teach their little gymnasts to switch the...
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    Gymnasts who always doubt themselves...

    This is a question for parents and coaches: Do you have any experience with gymnasts who excessively doubt themselves? And what do you do to help them? I have a gymnast who is consumed by doubts if she might be better off quitting because she might not be good enough. I will talk to her mother...
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    For Coaches How to get into straps.....

    So I've always assumed that there's only one proper way to get into straps (on strap bars) for regular grip. Which is to put the hand in fowards, then twist it inwards to grab the bar. However, I've seen a couple of training vids on youtube with gymnasts putting their hands into the straps from...
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    For Coaches Stretching homework?

    About half of the kids I coach have very good flexibility (oversplits on both sides, etc.) while the other half have less than adequate flexibility (splits on the good side, not quite on the floor on the bad side). The ones who have good flexibility really try to follow directions and push...
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    For Coaches "slow" gymnast advice

    I have the following "problem": I have a gymnast who just turned 11, is barely over 4 feet tall and has a "heavy" body type. She is not too heavy at all, she is well-proportioned, just very small and compact - definitely not a light gymnast. She's not powerful at all...actually she can barely...
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    For Coaches "I can't believe I just said that"

    To the fellow coaches out there.....do you ever have those "I can't believe I just said that to this gymnast" moments? I really hope I'm not the only one... ...sometimes I say sth. weird/funny and wonder if the kids think I'm a big weirdo. ...and sometimes I say things that I regret saying the...
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