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    For Coaches How to fix this handstand shape

    I have a young compulsory gymnast, who has a "weird" handstand shape. I only really paid attention to it recently. Her shoulder blades are touching each other in the handstand. I'll add a picture here: https://ibb.co/sPy9pfx Do you know why she is doing it this way? She can't correct it in...
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    Return to practice after having Covid?

    Hi! Has anyone of you or your gymnast had covid and returned to practice after that? How did it affect you and how did the return go? I would love to know since one of my girls is returning tomorrow, she had it pretty mild but I'm still a bit worried. She has asthma too. She has been out of the...
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    WAG Bar routine structure

    Quick question! I have a gymnasts who is learning to do jaeger. She wants to add it in her bar routine, but she doesn't have a bail or pak and she's too tall to do a giant 1/2 / blind facing the low bar. Are there any other relatively easy or smart ways to continue the routine after the jaeger...
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    For Coaches Jaegers

    Anyone willing to take a look at some jaegers and attempts? This is my first time ever teaching release skills. And these gymnasts are the first gymnasts in our gym learning jaegers. No other gyms with coaches capable of teaching release moves (or actually any gym) nearby. I will PM links to...
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    WAG Excel score sheet?

    We are having an in house competition in two weeks. It's not gonna be a formal competition so we can't use the scoring software that's provided for the sanctioned meets by our federation. Does anyone have an excel scoring sheet that you would like to share? Compulsories should be easier but if...
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    For Coaches Blind full help

    One of my gymnasts is trying to get her blind full. She can do it on single bar but not with a low bar. On single bar she still turns quite late sometimes but can still continue with a giant. She also has the fundamentals like 3-4 giant half turns in a row with good form, legs together pushing...
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    For Coaches Leg lifts

    Hi! A quick qustion: some of my girls are complaining that they only feel leg lifts on stall bars in their quads. They can do about 15-20 clean repetitions without pausing. They say that they can't feel their abs working at all. Could this be true or are they just being sassy? :rolleyes: I can...
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    WAG How are you all doing?

    How are you all doing at home? How are you all coaches making it financially? How are your gymnasts doing at home? Are you monitoring them in any way? Do you miss gym? Parents, how are your gymnasts doing? Are they doing their conditioning at home or not? Are they in touch with the coach...
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    WAG Homework for gymnasts during the gym closures

    I think that now is a perfect time to teach our gymnasts to "study" gymnastics at home. They will have so much time in their hands that they'll be happy to do some gymnastics home work. And I don't only mean conditioning, but also something like technical analysis of the skill they are working...
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    WAG Accused of favoritism

    I coach a group of teenagers (13-17 years old, equivalent to levels 7-10 in the US), and now some of the girls are telling me I play favorites. They seem to be very upset and keep talking, gossiping and whispering. The two girls who are my "favorites" are on the younger side and have only been...
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    WAG Meet score book (Christmas gift inspiration)

    I was wondering what to give to my team girls as a Christmas gift. I wanted something fun, easy and affordable. I ended up making a printable score / note book. I'm going to print enough pages to make a book that has a page for every meet of the year. Then I'm adding a nice cover, maybe with a...
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    For Coaches Problem with cast handstand clear hip to handstand

    I'm clearly doing something wrong, because most of my girls (level 7&8&9 skill level, but not in the US) have this bad habit of doing a straddle cast handstand that doesn't entirely go to handstand, closing the legs super late near horizontal (on the way down) and going to the clear hip from...
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    WAG Giants

    I have a couple of girls who are learning their giants between the bars. They have had their single rail giants for more than a year, and strap bar giants for years. They straddle to pass the low bar because they are already quite tall (the taller one is 160 cm and the shorter one is 150 cm)...
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    WAG Good LONG video talk about mental blocks, fears, anxiety etc

    I just came across this video that actually made my day. It's good stuff, mostly things that I already knew and that are repeatedly mentioned on this forum too, but you can never think about these issues too much. I want to be the coach that has the tools to help an athlete to overcome all these...
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    WAG How to know when a gymnast needs to be pushed?

    I have had several of my teenage gymnasts tell me on different occasions that they would want to be pushed harder. They feel like they got results quicker when they had a coach who pushed them HARD. She was pretty extreme sometimes and even used methods like making a crying gymnast stand on the...
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    For Coaches How many side stations (for upper levels)?

    This question is for upper level coaches, but I'm happy to hear thoughts from compulsory level coaches too. So, how many side stations do you usually set up for each event? Do you ALWAYS have side stations? Does it depend on the size of the group and coaches available? What are your favorite...
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    WAG When it feels like everything is falling apart

    Right now I would need some encouraging words. I feel so powerless in this situation, where one of my gymnasts is going downhill so fast that the speed is killing us. She's getting desperate, I'm getting desperate and trying not to show it, her parents are getting worried and we are in the...
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    WAG Parent meeting

    We are having a parent meeting next week. We are of course going to talk about the logistics of the upcoming competition season, but we have time for other discussion too. The girls in my two practice groups are 11-18 years old and are competing optional levels or at least entering optionals...
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    For Coaches Kasamatsu vault

    One of my gymnasts wants to learn a kasamatsu vault. She has had tsuk and tsuk pike for years and wants to add some difficulty. I have never coached this skill before so my understanding of the skill is based on watching Youtube videos. We have done all the drills that I have found and she does...
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    WAG How to get more money for the club?

    Hi! I was wondering if you have any good ideas that I might not have thought about making money for the club/team? We are in Europe so things are slightly different here. We have non profit clubs, not private gyms. We practice in a facility that we don't own and we pay rent for the space. And...