Patience: “Finish the Race”

Gymnastics Coaches eventually learn that patience is the only way to create long term program success.

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Quick Announcement and A Favor….

The last few months have been way busier than usual. I’ve been engrossed in finalizing this huge new project that I’ve been working on, as well as producing two brand new coaches education videos. In fact, if you are a Platinum Elite Lifetime member of TheGymnasticsCoach.com, you’ll find those two videos already added to your…

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THE ESSENTIAL 8

Success in any sport can be directly attributed to certain characteristics or talents. Ultimate performance is dependent on having mastered or having been born with a large percentage of these characteristics. In other words the more weaknesses that occur in any of the essential categories the more difficult it would be to experience a high…

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Social Events

  I just had a lengthy discussion with a colleague concerning the pro’s and cons of allowing serious gymnasts to participate in the plethora of social events that arise throughout the year. Does allowing your athletes to participate indicate a lack of commitment or discipline? At what point does missing training for social events start…

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COOL IT DOWN

COOL DOWN I am spending the weekend directing one of our Regional Hot Shot Training Camps. In watching and directing there always seems to be things that strike me as needing attention. Usually the weaknesses present themselves in areas that most simply take for granted. In being a coach that has always preached details makes…

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Dealing With Jealousy

Jealousy is an innate human trait. It lives and breathes in every gym and can be quite destructive if left un-managed. Wikipedia states: Jealousy is an emotion, and the word typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something of great personal value, particularly in…

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The Essence of Leadership

  Blog: The Essence of Leadership Here is a blog article that ran in the USECA Newsletter. If you are looking for a great organization that provides lots of coaching tips and advice, check out the US Elite Coaches Association.   I have stated many times that the technical aspects of our sport are attainable…

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8 Tips for Developing Balance

8 Helpful Hints for Developing Balance   I bet you thought I was going to be discussing balance beam tips… Nope   Some athletes and coaches (and parents) fall into the trap of thinking that Gymnastics is Life rather than simply a sport which can be used for the betterment of. They pour heart and…

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A Trip Down Under

A few months back my wife Kathryn and I were invited to present at a coaches seminar in Sydney Australia. At the time we wondered how in the world we could squeeze a 10 day trip into our already hectic schedules, especially with the competitive season looking us square in the eye. Squeeze we did…

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Coaching Gymnastics = Educating Athletes

I am not sure most professional coaches fully understand their role in educating their athletes. Many fell into the role of coach due to their love of children and of course the sport itself. Step by step the enormous responsibility unfolded before us. Coaching = Educating. Sport provides us with the perfect classroom but it…

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