A Letter to New Gymnastics Mom

Dear New Team Mom, A big warm welcome to the team!! Get ready for an amazing ride filled with many ups and downs and plenty of plateaus. I am sure your athlete was ecstatic about being asked to join team and worked really hard to get there. She was jumping up and down with her team mates and couldn’t wait to … Read More

It’s Only Gymnastics.

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Photo Credit: Will Ferrell from Kicking and Screaming Last week I heard a story about a family who got kicked out of a gymnastics competition because the father caused a huge emotional scene during his daughter’s competition. The little girl was on bars and fell on her front hip circle. The dad was clearly upset and started having a fit. … Read More

5 Tips To Help Keep Gymnastics Fun

KEEP GYMNASTICS FUN

Did you know that according to a 2014 research study by George Washington University, the number 1 reason why athletes quit their sport is because it is no longer fun? Did you know that 75% of athletes will quit by the time they are 13? As parents, what do we do with this information? Parents have a large part to … Read More

How to Find the Right Gymnastics Gym/Club

Gymnastics Club

Gymnastics is a great activity for kids of all ages and abilities. In addition to amazing upper and lower body strength, gymnastics also helps kids develop balance, co-ordination, flexibility, and self-confidence. Not to mention, the gym is a great place to have a ton of fun. If you are thinking about getting your son or daughter into gymnastics, you need … Read More

What Parents Need to Know at the First Gymnastics Meet

Gymnastics Meet

Photo Credit: Rich Dionne Your son or daughter’s first gymnastics meet is coming up and you are probably beside yourself with excitement. You’ve been to practices, you’ve talked to the coaches, and even older team members parents, so you think you’re good to go, right? Nope. No matter how prepared you think you are, you are probably going to be … Read More

30 Things Gymnastics Parents Should Avoid

Whether you are a newbie gymnastics parent or an old pro, you have probably heard all the things gymnastics parents are supposed to do but have you heard of all the things you shouldn’t do. Gymnastics is beneficial physically and mentally for gymnasts in all levels of competition, and as parents there are things we definitely shouldn’t do to make … Read More

Will My Gymnast be an Olympian?

WILL MY GYMNAST BE AN OLYMPIAN

Photo Credit: (c) Can Stock Photo Many parents wonder if their competitive gymnast could be an Olympian someday. Parents of stellar adolescent baseball players and track stars also have dreams of having a pro athlete in the family someday. However, the bottom line is that most kids (no matter how well they do in competitions) will probably not become professional athletes, … Read More

12 Helpful Tips for Parents New to Gymnastics

So your son or daughter is new to gymnastics! First, congratulations, gymnastics is an exciting sport that will help your son or daughter grow as a person and athlete. The information here is designed to provide helpful tips for parents new to gymnastics. There is a great deal of information to learn about competition. Some of the things you will … Read More

What Gymnastics Offers Your Kids

Photo Credit: Altadore gymnasts by Rick McCharles is licensed under CC BY 2.0 The most important aspect of gymnastics is what it offers your kids. In addition to being a physical outlet, it also offers children of all ages the opportunity to grow emotionally and mentally. The great thing about gymnastics is that most kids can participate in gymnastics at … Read More

5 Tips for Gymnastics Parents from Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin, a 5-time gold medalist. She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion, the 2005 and 2007 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars. She is also a four-time all-around U.S. national champion, winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior. Nastia has also been known for her commitment … Read More