Do national team members ever come from gyms without an elite track record? If not when do you know its time to search for another gym? Do more well known coaches show interest or do you possibly alienate your gym by going to check out other gyms?
Of course elite gymnasts can and do come from gyms that have never produced an elite before. Otherwise there wouldn’t be any, because every gym had to have its first one at some stage.
But athletes can’t train anywhere and still make it. Most coaches and most gyms are either not willing or not capable of taking athletes to the top level.
To be honest, it is like winning the gymnastics lottery.So how do you know that you have a coach and a gym willing to go to the top.
I know that situation, and it is definitely an outlier. The child in question (as well as his brothers) trained at a different gym known for producing top gymnasts for a long time.One of my son's friend just won the US Championship in the Jr division 15/16 year old age group as a 15 year old. His gym is only a year old but he and his brothers did follow their coach from their previous gym. That being said both of his parents were collegiate gymnasts so I think there are genetics at play also.
Yes. They did and many of the boys followed that coach to the new gym. Their dad still coaches girls at the old gym. I know that our coaches are learning with our boys and I often wonder if my own son would be a top gymnast if he went to one of the other gyms in our area that is top in the nation but since that isn't HIS goal and he loves his gym, the boys and the coaches we stay.....BUT I secretly wish they would do something to make us mad so I could go to that NEW gym those boys moved to because it is literally 5 minutes from my house and we could carpool with the family whose gymnast in national champion....plus that gym has a smaller boys team AND they don't have a home school program....but we really do love everybody at the gym where he is now and it's only 30 minutes away and 2 of the coaches live in my neighborhood. Sorry for the long post- I am always talking myself through these things. Lol!I know that situation, and it is definitely an outlier. The child in question (as well as his brothers) trained at a different gym known for producing top gymnasts for a long time.
Even at the non-elite levels, coaching matters. My kids' gym is not producing elites, but it is a cachement in the area for gymnasts who want a shot at college gym, and many times has picked up an athlete at around L5-7 and seen the athlete begin progressing much more quickly than in the previous gym.