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    Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    I've never experienced that taking the focus off of a problem skill (whether that's taking a break from doing it all together or just not correcting it for a while) will put a gymnast further back. Even if she doesn't get it quickly even after a break, it should reduce the importance of the...
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    Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    If it causes so much frustration, I would have her stop working the skill for a while. 2-3 weeks might be enough to "reset" and erase the negativity associdated with the skill. Also - what's the plan if she does not get the skill on time? Can she do the routine without the giants (assuming...
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    Looking for advice - gymnast distracts others

    Thanks for the advice! I will definitely talk to the whole group again. It just feels weird to address an issue that really only of them has (to such an extent) because they all know who this is about... The reason I hate separating them is because I just hate wasting time building teams...
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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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    Weight Gain and how to "address" it with DD

    Difficult....very much depends on yours and her past history with food/eating/body image. If there is no history and weight and eating has been a non-topic until now, it's also very possible she just doesn't get enough food. Very hungry teenagers tend to eat a lot of crap because sugar and fat...
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    For Coaches How to introduce the concept and benefits of drills to gymnasts (and reluctant coaches)

    Been there, faultered. ;-) Don't get your hopes up for all of the older girls to eventually like doing drills or even understand why they need to do them. I had to take over a group like that once. The younger ones (about 12-13 at that time) eventually took to doing drills. The older ones...
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    Coach likes my DD least

    It sounds like the coach is disappointed in your daughter for not living up to their inital expectations. Instead of adjusting their expectations which were probably too high to begin with, they put your daughter down and look for the fault in her. Maybe the coach wants to light a fire in her to...
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    When your athlete gets injured

    It's a good thing you are thinking about it. It shows that you care and want to do everything to protect your athletes. You need to get back into the gym and see many accident free skills to feel comfortable again. This injury really sounds like a freak accident. I absolutely cannot imagine how...
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    Too much too soon? Xcel and knee pain

    This is exactly why you need to take her to a (good) doctor! Imbalance in muscle development is something that a PT can work wonders with. If you had this as a child, it might very well be that your daughter has the same! Coaches are not trained to discover these kinds of things. They might...
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    When the gymnast can't stay on the beam...

    Another thing I've been wondering is....how are her falls? A skill is never perfect if the gymnast falls. There is always a technical mistake. Sometimes the technique goes out the window when a gymnast is nervous and sometimes the technique is never correct - the gymnast just makes the skill in...
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    When the gymnast can't stay on the beam...

    Oh and one more idea. During practice, give the gymnasts the following team challenge. I have tried this and it works really really well: Have a group of girls do a routine one after the other and let them decide beforehand how many falls they think they will have as a group. Also let them...
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    When the gymnast can't stay on the beam...

    Sounds horrible.... A few short term suggestions (wouldn't do all of them, just a few ideas): - Change the composition of her routine. Switch skills around and change the choreography. Maybe she will focus more on not forgetting her routine and forget about worrying about the skills? Might...
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    For Coaches Like how do you not loose your voice?

    I would make sure to assemble the whole group around you when you start an event and explain set-ups and drills only when they are all in close proximity to you. When the gym is really busy and I have to correct a gymnast who is further away, I motion to them to move towards me and then make the...
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    For Coaches Intentional arm bend in handsprings

    I'm not knowledgable enough in biomechanics in order to have a good discussion on this. What you are saying sounds reasonable though. However, I would never teach an arm-bend to a beginner athlete and someone learning a bhs-back tuck is a beginner. I would wait until the gymnast is proficient...
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    Competition leo cost

    I assume you are in Europe. For the same reason we abandoned the GK idea - our parents would never ever pay more than 150 € for a leo (and even that price is highly unlikely). Our current leo is a sublimated Moreau (designed by me) with a reasonable amount of crystals and it was 110-130 €...
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    For Coaches Trouble Staying Tight

    Dance elements require the shoulders to be down, whereas acrobatic elements require the shoulders to be up. It is not a hard concept, however kids (especially the younger, lower level ones) have to be reminded often because they spend a lot more time pushing their shoulders up than down. On the...
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    Where are the parents?

    Really? Can you hear what the coach says to your daughter all the time? I had a coach once who would say the most belittling and horrible things with the calmest demeanor and a smile on his face. I would call that abuse.
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    Where are the parents?

    This!!! I know tons of mothers who pride themselves in saying that their daughters tell them absolutely everything until they don't. Puberty changes the closest parent-child relationships and everyone claiming their child would definitely always tell them if they were abused, is delusional.
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    Are NCAA women gymnasts getting taller?

    From my experience, height is not a real issue if the gymnast is trained well - which means they have very good technique and are very well conditioned. The ones who really stall once they grow taller usually have technical issues and never had good strength to weight ratio to begin with. They...
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    How often do you update your Competition Leos/Warmups?

    We keep the leos at least 2 years but try to get 3 years out of them. Anything below 2 years is excessive IMO. Anything above 3 years is also excessive because most gymnasts have to get a bigger size after 3 years at the latest anyways. However, some of the current gymnasts's parents made a...
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