Supporting your son in competitive gymnastics is a huge family commitment. It takes an enormous amount of time and money to take your son all the way from level 4 to college or elite level gymnastics. Because of this, each parent should better understand this complex sport and how truly amazing it is! Here you will find documents and articles that will help you along your way.
Understanding the scoring (level 4-7)...
For a parent (especially you level 4 parents out there), understanding the scoring seems like an impossible task. You're probably used to the more easily understood sports where points are made, and goals are scored. Gymnastics is a bit more complicated and involved that that and it will take some time for you and your son to get a good grasp of what a good score for your son looks like. Rules have changed and new divisions have been added for this 2016-2017 competitive season. More info to come!
Click here for the Level 4-7 scoring cheat sheet for parents. (PDF)
The Parent-Coach Relationship
The relationship between the coach and parent is a very important one. When a family commits to a path of men's competitive gymnastics, the coach becomes an integral part of that young man's life and growth into adulthood. Everyone is working together to give that young man the best chance at success in gymnastics, and in life. Each coach is different in how he teaches and interacts with each gymnast, so there is no specific recipe to your son's success. It's a learning process that is ever changing and adapting, which means parents and coaches have to be willing to adapt as well. Below is a document that gives some helpful tips on how to create a positive healthy relationship with your coach.
A great article on just the right things to say to your child who is involved in any competitive sport! CLICK HERE
Web Article - 27 Don'ts for Parents of Gymnasts
USA Gym WA Parent Email List
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