For Parents What should gymmie think about when trying out new gyms

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DD is pretty sure she needs a different coach and that means choosing a new gym so she'll have tryouts over the next month or so. We're fortunate to have a number of good choices in our metro area.

How do I help her evaluate the team/coach/gym for a fit for longterm commitment?
What can she ask the coaches, the girls? What should she be observing while training?
What should I ask the coaches and owner? Is it usual to talk to a current team parent for insight?

Doing new/different skills at a tryout facility is exciting, but not a reason to choose a new gym/coach. She's seeking a positive working relationship. Her main concern is to find a coach who can inspire, goad, encourage, correct, and support in a positive manner.

If it influences your thoughts, we're looking for a fit at L7.
 
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DD is pretty sure she needs a different coach and that means choosing a new gym so she'll have tryouts over the next month or so. We're fortunate to have a number of good choices in our metro area.

How do I help her evaluate the team/coach/gym for a fit for longterm commitment?
What can she ask the coaches, the girls? What should she be observing while training?
What should I ask the coaches and owner? Is it usual to talk to a current team parent for insight?

Doing new/different skills at a tryout facility is exciting, but not a reason to choose a new gym/coach. She's seeking a positive working relationship. Her main concern is to find a coach who can inspire, goad, encourage, correct, and support in a positive manner.

If it influences your thoughts, we're looking for a fit at L7.
Priority one is to get accepted. Some clubs are selective. If you get an invite then ask away.
 

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As far as what to ask the new gyms, there is a really good JAG gym blog about this that lists any question you could ever think of. I'll see if I can find the link.
 

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Has she seen any gyms at meets where she liked the coach/athlete interaction? Does she have friends at other gyms? I would reach out to other gymmies to get a sense of coach interaction.
 

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I am in the same boat right now for my DD who competed 7 this season. It is a scary idea for me since there is only one other AA gym in town and they are major rivals with our gym. I wish you the very best and will be watching this thread.
 
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Before my daughter tried new gyms I went to a couple at around the time I thought parents would be picking up at my daughter's level and I sat and listened. It's easy to get a feel for the gym based on the behavior of the kids leaving and the attitude of the parents. I knew I wanted to see happy, tired kids and positive parents.
 

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Although I'm sure you are trying to be under the radar while looking, but I have found that stating the state or even city you live in can get a ton of responses right here in chalkbucket! I posted something kind of similar and it got pretty funny in that people were talking about wearing a disguise to the other gyms so nobody notices you! Ha ha! Good luck many of us go through this ( we are going through this now as well ) and it's really a tough process!
 
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Priority one is to get accepted. Some clubs are selective. If you get an invite then ask away.
Hmm, we view this process as interviewing the gym&coach as equally as the gym&coach interviewing her for a spot on their team. She is selective, too. :)

From her point of view, priority one is to find a gym&coach where she will continue to fly; no point in being accepted by a gym&coach where her mind, heart, and body don't soar regardless of how happy and/or successful other girls are in that gym or how much the coach wants her on the team.

This helps her see that she is looking for a gym and coach willing to continue to look at the growth process as more collaborative; she won't thrive in a top-down structure.
 
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