Tag Archives: teaching

What a Penny Teaches Us About Success

  Suppose a magic genie gives you a choice that you have to make within 5 seconds: $3 million dollars in cash or a penny that will earn compound interest for 31 straight days. Which would you take? Most would choose the $3 million dollars. Unless you have an inherent understanding of the power of […]

Why It’s Good for Gymnasts to Be a Little “Bad”

    “Wow, I am so glad you got in trouble today at gym!” said no parent or coach ever. But the truth is, it is not an entirely bad thing when your athlete breaks a rule, cheats on a conditioning assignment or pushes a boundary. Believe it or not, coaches, you don’t want blindly […]

What Athletes Remember Most About Coaches

When it is all over, what will your athletes remember about you? Your terrific technique? The number of elites you trained? The incredible advice you doled out? Probably not. As Maya Angelou is quoted, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” […]

Sticks and Stones May Break Gymnasts’ Bones…

It could be in said in what sounds like jest but feels like a stab: “I guess you want to repeat Level 4.” Or comment that sounds like its purpose is to motivate when it really is just an assumption of bad faith: “Maybe you could actually try next time.” Or maybe it is not […]

8 Questions You Must Answer ‘Yes’ to Before Becoming a Gymnastics Coach

  1. Do you like and understand kids? Kids are who take gymnastics classes. And, well, they act like kids. If you don’t like kids, don’t find their energy or imaginations interesting and have little patience for their developmental stages, all of the technical knowledge in the world will be of little use in your […]

10 Things Preschool Gymnastics Coaches Will Understand

1. This is your work wardrobe: 2. Your parents think this of your “job”: 3. And this is what your friends think your job entails: 4. While the parents of your students think this is your job: 5. In reality, this is just about sums up a day at the “office”: 6. Your students at […]

Tone and Frequency: Not Just for Musicians

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  -Maya Angleou I think that for many of us Maya Angleou’s quote rings true.  I know that for me it certainly does.  For example, I don’t remember exactly what my […]

The Most Important Quality of a Coach

Hands down is this: enthusiasm. This isn’t just my own observation. There are piles of academic research that back up the claim that great teachers share the quality of enthusiasm. And, in fact, Hal Urban, a noted and respected educator, listed enthusiasm as the first quality in his book Lessons from the Classroom: 20 Things […]

It’s The Coaches Turn: “I Know That You Think You are Difficult to Coach” and Nine Other Things Coaches Want to Say to Their Fearful Gymnasts

Earlier this week I posted a blog written from the perspective of fearful gymnasts to their coaches, “I Know That I am Difficult to Coach” and Nine Other Things Fearful Gymnasts Want to Tell Their Coaches.” The response was overwhelming. Former gymnasts wrote telling me how fear drove them from the sport they loved. Coaches […]

When You Want to Tear Your Hair Out: 20 Tips for Coaching Difficult Athletes

  Let’s face it. If you teach or coach long enough, inevitably you will have some students who you find irritating, abrasive or exasperating. They might not just annoy you, but also other coaches and even their classmates or teammates. Or maybe it is just you. Either way, on the days that they aren’t there teaching […]