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What Coaches See vs. What Preschoolers See

17 Signs You Were A Gymnast as a Kid

As we head into the Olympic year, those who did gymnastics in their childhood get especially giddy and sentimental of their youth spent in a leotard, elbow deep in chalk while dreaming of being the next Olga, Nadia, Mary Lou, Shannon, Carly, Nastia or Shawn. In addition to the discipline and host of wonderful life […]

If Gymnastics Coaches’ Repetitive Phrases Were Motivational Posters, Volume 2

The first set can be viewed here.  And now, volume two!  

21 Memes to which Preschool Gymnastics Coaches will Relate

Preschool gymnastics coaches are brave souls.  Who else can keep as many as eight little ones safe while educating them physically, teaching them to interact positively with each other all while having fun? If you coach preschool gymnastics, we think you will understand these things: It might not be the best day when you are […]

A Visit from St. Nicholas, Gymnastics Edition

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the gym not an athlete was training, the lights were all dim.   The stockings were hung from the beams just in case, St. Nicholas and the reindeer stopped by the gym space.   Some gymnasts were hopeful that Santa would leave some brand new leos; preferably […]

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. […]

A Dozen Merit Badges for Parents of Competitive Gymnasts

There is no doubt: as joyful as it can be to be the parent of a gymnast, parents in our sport deserve their own awards. As one season draws to a close and another begins, presenting a dozen ideas for gym parents’ merit badges. To earn the “Fortitude Badge” complete two of the following achievements or […]

If Gymnastics Coaches’ Repetitive Phrases Were Motivational Posters


12 Lessons You Learn the First Year Your Child is a Competitive Gymnast

1. Getting to the competition can be, well, challenging… 2.  And when you get there, you will be shocked at the cost to get in to watch… and the cost of eating. 3. A gymnastics meet lasts about 4 hours… 4. …though your child actually will compete for less than 3 and a half minutes, so don’t blink […]

The 9 Stages of Conditioning as Explained by Frozen

When your coach posts the conditioning list for the day, here are the nine stages a gymnast goes through: 1. Shock 2. Disbelief 3. Hysteria 4. Outrage 5. Bargaining 6. Acceptance 7. Exhaustion 8. Working through and support 9. Pride