What Gymnastics Coaches Really Want for Christmas
For parents to let us do the coaching.
And if that can’t happen…coal in our stocking that we can use to throw at parents who coach their kids from the bleachers.
For kids to listen to the assignment the first time we say it.
To not make the same correction five times in a row.
To not have the mats stolen from our set ups.
For everyone to put equipment back where it belongs.
To get a parent email, call or text that is simply good news.
For one day without a potty accident (preschool coach)
Or pushing (boys’ coach)
Or kids excluding another (girls’ coach)
Or eye rolling (teenagers’ coach)
Or crying (all coaches)
To never again hear the sentence, “I’ve never done gymnastics but I’ve watched so much I could do your job.”
Along with “When are you going to get a real job?”
A football helmet to protect us from flying appendages.
A competition leotard everyone agrees upon.
A magic wand and spell (to be pulled out in the event of a child who no longer tumbles backward)
Anything that will kill germs…we cannot afford to get sick despite the fact we come into contact with sick kids every single day of our lives.
An Ipad with lots of coaching apps.
An extra shot of motivation.
Our favorite clothes: sweatpants.
And shoes for coaching. We love coaching shoes…maybe too much…
But our favorite thing: Cards from athletes, both current and past, that thank us for making a difference in their lives.
Happy Holiday to all of you! And thank you for making a difference in kids lives (and not throwing coal at anyone!).