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Improve your Coaching by NOT Coaching

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6 reasons why coaching kids makes you a better coach

Here are six reasons why coaching kids will make you a better coach:

“Failure” in Sport

Kids often beat themselves up after making mistakes.  As caring coaches it’s our jobs to put their failures into perspective, and help them to learn from it.

27 things parents of gymnasts should avoid

Here are 27 things parents of gymnasts should avoid doing so they don’t interfere with the positive benefits.

Refresh your memory on basic floor skills

Check out this page to refresh your memory on basic floor skills –

Junior Olympic Program coming to B.C.

As of September 1, 2014, Gymnastics BC will use the USA Junior Olympic Program (JO) for its provincial level competitive categories. JO will replace the Canadian Provincial Program (CPP), GYMSTART and KIP.  [Read more about the Junior Olympic Program]

7 Basic Coaching Tips  by Gymnastics Zone

The current state of gymnastics coaching for the majority of coaches in most gyms  is neither based on science nor  based on a successful Elite coaching system. And that is the case for just the physical aspects of training. When you add in the virtually complete misunderstanding of what psychological coaching methods really work, you end up with a bewildering array of ways coaches can screw up their gymnast’s careers. Here are seven basic gymnastics coaching tips, all gymnastics coaches should understand and follow. [Read the coaching tips]

Lesson delivery for the educator from Handy Hints by Robyn Crowe, Creative Capers

When adults are delivering movement and music activities to children:

Speak slowly and clearly: If you speak too quickly the children have trouble following your verbal cues or instructions. Young children’s cognitive (thinking) abilities are not yet fully developed and the brain can’t process the information as quickly and efficiently as it does as an adult or older child.  [Read more]

Specific Gymnastics Conditioning for Tumbling

Gymnastics conditioning includes warm-ups, general physical preparation [speed, fitness, agility and strength] as well as specific physical preparation [specialized speed and strength training, drills, progression steps and body posture training]. [Read more]

Five Fun and Effective Warm Up Tips!

Gymnastics lesson plans are the key to a successful lesson, and warm-up might very easily be the most important part of your lesson. Warm-up is usually the last thing we think about when we plan a lesson, we tend to just keep to our usual routine. Your gymnastics warm up should be lesson plan specific, tiring, and most importantly it should be fun! [Read more]

Coaching Ethics

Coaches  must  respect  the  rights,  dignity  and  worth  of every  human  being  and  their  ultimate  right  to  self-­‐determination.  Specifically,  coaches  must  treat everyone  equitably  and  sensitively,  within  the  context  of  their  activity  and  ability,  regardless  of  gender,  ethnic origin,  cultural  background,  sexual  orientation,  religion or  political  affiliation. [Read more about coaching ethics by Jeff Thomson]

Stretching and Flexibility

The main key to gaining flexibility is dedication and consistency. No matter what method you use, if you do not stretch regularly, you will not gain flexibility. [Read more]

Science Shows Gymnastics is the Most Difficult Sport in the World and Gymnasts Are the Best Athletes!

Science finally has some facts to prove what we have all known for some time – Gymnastics is the most difficult sport on the planet for women (and men), both mentally and physically. And here are the scientific facts and statistics to prove it. [Read more]

Be a better coach

By being a better coach, you’ll make your athletes better. [Read more]

Recreational does not EQUAL Non-Competitive!

Making Preschool and Recreational gymnastics successful for all kids requires removing all contests from the environment and never comparing one student to another. [Read more]

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