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My Hero Gabby

As coaches and club owners (and even team parents), it’s easy to become attached to kids who are not our own children.  In fact, despite having four children of my own, I constantly refer to JAG gymnasts as “one of my kids…” when talking to friends which is super confusing to others who don’t teach […]

The Power of Yet

“I’m not good at this…” “I’m not good at this…yet.” It’s amazing how that small three-letter word—yet—changes the entire meaning and direction of the sentence. When we say we are not good at something, ending the comment there, we commit to a limiting belief and a fixed mindset telling ourselves that the trait is beyond […]

10 Reasons Why I Love Aimee Boorman

She understands what an incredible sport gymnastics is for all kids.   Aimee says, “I love watching kids grow. Gymnastics is more about life than just being a sport.  It teaches you about respect, dedication, time management, drive…I could go on and on.” She puts the child before the gymnast. According to the The Los Angeles Times Aimee […]

Guest Blog: Advice to Gym Parents, by Darrin Steele

Originally posted on FlipNotes:
Today’s guest blogger is Darrin Steele. He recently sent an email to the owner of the gymnastics club his daughter, Kalyany, trains at sharing his insights and thoughts as a parent in the brilliant sport we call gymnastics. While his thoughts are particular to Aerials, they are truly universal and could…

Can’t We All Just Get A Long?

Lauren Hopkins’ masterful dissection of the selection of the U.S. Olympic Team. It’s rough to knowing how hard these young women work to see the ones who get so close not get the nod.  But Hopkins is correct–can’t we all just get a long? Read her brilliant article: “Douglas is a good choice. Skinner would […]

Freedom and Responsibility

With freedom, comes responsibility–the responsibility to exercise the power that your freedom brings you in a way that makes you worthy of your autonomy and demonstrates the value you place on having liberty. Coaches, each time you have a group of children who you are instructing you have the freedom to create a lesson that […]

Is All Training Created Equal?

This is no real secret. The answer is in the training. It isn’t more hours, or more training, but the correct training. The athletes must learn how to train smarter, more efficiently. The coaches must continue to take the time to teach the skills correctly the first time and all the time. Source: Is All Training […]

My Smart (Olympian) Friend’s Coaching Advice: Stop Punishing your Athletes!

  My friend Wendy Bruce-Martin is funny, opinionated and accomplished. And she is wicked smart and shares her brilliant perspective on mental toughness and sports in her blog, Get Psyched. This is probably the best article I’ve ever read on why it is incomprehensibly foolish to punish athletes for poor performance. In short: It isn’t effective. […]

JAG GYM Blog: The Top 10 of 2015

  As 2015 draws to an end, a look back on the most popular blog posts of the year! Number 10: 12 Ways to Be a Happier Gymnast in 2015 Number 9: Gymnasts Salute: 16 Ways Being a Gymnast Made You a Successful Adult Number 8: 9 Beliefs That Will (Eventually, Probably) Lead Your Gymnast to Quit […]

Beyond Good Job and Nice: Better Ways to Positively Praise Your Athletes

I hate the compliment “good job!” The only one I might cause greater animosity is “nice!” No, I am not a scrooge (at least I hope I’m not). Though guilty of uttering these overused encouragements myself, I dislike them because they are vague and lazy. . They are the equivalent of the observational coaching that […]