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  1. K

    WAG Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    Thank you for your post. I really enjoyed reading it. You make so many excellent points and it really puts things in perspective. Interestingly my daughter also took forever to get her back handspring and I often remind her how she almost stopped gym b/c she was too scared of the skill. The...
  2. K

    WAG Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    That's very frustrating about the coaches. And so silly about the 36 requirement. She must have been very strong on the other events to have that AA. If she gets it during the season and scores above 36 could she begin competing level 8? Hopefully you can find a coach to work with her in a...
  3. K

    WAG Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    Oh my lord. Bless her. Such crummy luck to get injured once she finally got her skills!!! Is she repeating b/c of the injury or would she have repeated anyway? What do you attribute her taking longer to get the skills on bars to? And I 100% agree about needing to hear something new or from...
  4. K

    WAG Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    I totally agree with you. But I think the issue is that when she casts on her own her arms never get straight above the bar so it's not even a matter of her not getting to handstand. She doesn't get anywhere. Although, again, when she is spotted in a way that the coaches claim they are not...
  5. K

    WAG Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    Thanks for your insights. I may suggest to her coaches that she take a break from it. I think it is a big deal for the coaches to the extent she needs it for her level 7 routine. But they have remained positive and are not making her feel like how she is as a gymnast is how she is on bars. I...
  6. K

    WAG Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    I just LOVE your post. Thank you so much for sharing your insights and your daughter's story. She sounds like a terrific, hard working and confident (as well as talented) kid. I have told my daughter numerous times that I am not worried and she shouldn't be either and at some point it will...
  7. K

    WAG Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    Eeek. It's always scary to see someone get injured. My daughter was scared all level 5 of splitting the beam after seeing someone do it really badly and had major mental blocks with her full turn as a result. Lucky that your daughter was not as phased as her teammates. So...she is ok trying...
  8. K

    WAG Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    She is not consciously afraid. But given the fear over shifting her wrists and the fact that she muscles her way (or at least used to) through bars instead of being loose and working with the swing, timing, tapping hard, etc. I think she is holding back due to fear & discomfort with the...
  9. K

    WAG Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    She may have grown a bit but she's pretty proportional in terms of her growth. They usually make them compete giants for 7 though they would be willing to have her compete an easier routine. However, she's apparently even having some trouble with that. It's odd. I think b/c she has some fear...
  10. K

    WAG Mental Block - straddle cast handstand on bars

    My daughter is becoming discouraged and frustrated and I am hoping folks here can offer some advice... She's training level 7 and still doesn't have her straddle cast to handstand. Her coaches say that for months she can do it nicely if they very lightly spot her - and they say they aren't...
  11. K

    WAG Arms/Shoulders by Ears on vault and tumbling

    Interesting - I think she has good shoulder flexibility - she has no problems with the back walkover on beam. Although her back is very flexible so it's possible that helps her. What's a relatively easy way to tell if she has poor shoulder flexibility? Re the fear being a cause - she is...
  12. K

    WAG Arms/Shoulders by Ears on vault and tumbling

    Thanks for your reply! Interesting thought about why the habit may have developed. She did have somewhat of a bigger head but I don't recall ever thinking it was that exaggerated. I wonder if it's just that her coaches didn't drill the arms by ears into her well enough. I'm sure the best girls...
  13. K

    WAG Arms/Shoulders by Ears on vault and tumbling

    I recently noticed that my daughter - who just finished level 4 - seems not to keep her arms by her ears during the "flight" (?) phase of her tumbling and fhs vault. On vault, as soon as she raises her hands, they're sort of in a V and she never gets them by her ears as she flies towards and...
  14. K

    WAG Another coach banned

    My understanding is that he relinquished ownership and retired prior to the USAG determination; so IGI's status is not affected. I can only assume he took great care to ensure that nothing would happen to the athletes or the program. I have also heard he is focusing on clearing his name and...
  15. K

    For Parents Gaining confidence

    So happy to hear this about your daughter. Mine is in the same boat, though her season just started. Repeating level 4 after a season filled with injuries and illness. One of the injuries came back 2 months ago - just when she was finally in a great place again. She's been out of vault and...
  16. K

    WAG Concerns re future potential level 4 child

    This sums up where I'm at very well! And I would love to know where on the "spectrum" she falls for the exact reasons you stated. You said it better than I could.
  17. K

    WAG patellofemoral pain syndrome

    My dd has this. She's 9. Been in a brace for 3 weeks and going to PT 3 times per week. And PT exercises everyday at home. No running or jumping or landings. She was never in as much pain as your dd though. But either way an excellent Ortho (works gymnast, including elite ones back in the day)...
  18. K

    WAG Concerns re future potential level 4 child

    I agree with your post and appreciate the thoughts. As I said in my other note, I have some concerns about the coaching fit with dd right now but not enough to switch gyms. Re letting it just play out: I just want to set my daughter up for success. I know I can't make her succeed and she's the...
  19. K

    WAG Concerns re future potential level 4 child

    Thanks for your posts! Everything you wrote here is what I suspected. It leaves me frustrated because I would like her to get some extra time with someone - specially since she missed a lot of the season due to illness and injury. She really wants to work extra hard this summer to catch up. I...
  20. K

    WAG Concerns re future potential level 4 child

    I asked if she could do a tumbling class at the gym since dd said she wanted to, but I got a firm no.