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A Dozen Life Lessons to Learn from Simone Biles

Simone Biles is a role model for everyone who watches her or is fortunate enough to meet her. And there are probably hundreds of things we can learn from this amazing athlete and exceptional human being—but here are 12 that resonated with me. Preparation is key. In the days leading up to her Olympic competition, […]

7 Reasons Why Being In Sports As A Child Is Important

At JAG we’ve always said that we measure our success as a coaches and managers not by the number banners we put on a wall or even the number of NCAA athletes, international level competitors or even Olympians our club produces, but instead by the quality of young adults we help families raise. I know […]

An Open Letter to the Coaches who Comfort Their Gymnasts When They Struggle in a Meet

  Dear Coaches Who Comfort Their Gymnasts When They Struggle in a Meet, I want to thank you. I thank you for recognizing that your gymnast just gave it her all, came up short and still validating her worth as a human by giving her a hug and a kind word as she dejectedly walked off […]

10 Choices You Make As a Gymnast That Will Serve You Well For the Rest of Your Life

You might think that some of the choices you make as a gymnast are pretty big ones. Choosing a gym club, which summer gym camp or even their optional floor music can feel like a monumental deal with everlasting consequences. And, these choices are significant. But there are other decisions that gymnasts learn to make […]

#LifeLesson, a Parent’s Perspective

A couple weeks ago, JAG’s USAG compulsory level gymnasts competed in their State Championship. One of our Level 4 gymnasts, Madi, who placed first in the All-Around at Sectionals, had a very good chance at winning the All-Around at State. Pretty exciting stuff when you are 10 years old. But also for her family, her […]

My 10 Hopes for Gymnasts Retiring

Summer brings a time of the year when it is logical that some of the kids in our gyms will decide to hang up their grips for good and head off into the sunset.  I’ve written before that there is a difference between quitting and ending, and most certainly, the end of a competition season […]

When It’s All Over, What Really Matters? 

As coaches, when kids who come through our gym doors we hope we will teach them great gymnastics and that we will also influence them positively and make a difference in their lives.  That is, in a nutshell, what our job entails. Once in awhile, however, we get a kid who walks through the doors […]

25 Life Lessons Gymnastics Teaches (Without Even Trying)

Like the wise sage that teaches lessons without saying a word, gymnastics hands out life instruction without even trying. Here are 25 lessons that gymnastics (and other sports) brings to us: How to deal with fear How to deal with failure How to get along with others How to manage time How to take criticism […]

The Difference Between Quitting and Ending

“My daughter wants to quit.” “I quit gymnastics when I was 12.” “If she wants to do dance team, then she is quitting gym.” Quit. It ‘s such a loaded word. And it deserves to be. After all, unless it is in reference to a vice like drinking or smoking, nobody thinks being called a […]