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    WAG What are your tried and true snack choices for your gymnast at practice?

    I have always been a strong believer in having a snack break for kids who practice for four hours. These kids work out very intensely, and so they need effective fuel for their bodies in order for them to get the most out of practice. Gymnastics, being an anaerobic sport, relies on the muscles...
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    WAG See me on Coaches on Couches.

    Hello everyone! My good friend and colleague John Min, owner of MAGMA, has invited me to be a panelist on his "Coaches on Couches" series. Using Zoom calls as the medium, Coaches on Couches is a weekly gymnastics education program that touches on an incredible variety of topics within the...
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    WAG Huge life changes... again!

    Hello ChalkBucket friends! Life has been nuts lately, hasn't it? 2020 has been an insane year for everyone so far, and I really hope it gets better from here on out. I hope all of you are doing well, staying healthy, and keeping your spirits up. Optimism is a strong weapon right now. I'd like...
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    WAG Funny how things work out sometimes.

    Life is interesting. Let me tell a story. About three weeks after I told the owners of my current gym that I would be leaving after the end of the season, I got a call from the mother of one of my old gymnasts I used to coach back when I had created my original team (the Aero Flyers for those...
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    WAG JO National Championships proposal.

    Has anyone else had a chance to read this yet? JO National Proposal. I can't decide if I am completely in favor yet, but I like a lot of the ideas presented, and some really good arguments are made. I'm looking forward to the discussion on this one! I think an overhaul would be nice.
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    WAG Big life changes... but all for the better!

    Hello to my ChalkBucket family! I have big news to share with those who care to hear it! I am once again changing gyms; I have very lofty career goals, and nothing will stop me from reaching them. At my current gym, I have found myself stuck in a rut, so to speak. In addition to finances, my...
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    WAG Christmas on the Chesapeake.

    So I’m in Baltimore rooming with two of my fellow coaches and having a good time. It’s 1:20 AM right now, and I have a 7:45 AM session, but who cares?! I’m having fun! :rolleyes: Anyways, if any ChalkBucket folks would like to say hello, let me know! I am with the Level 4s at 7:45 and the Level...
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    WAG Interesting sports science TED Talk

    Hello everybody! For your viewing pleasure: Even though the video is from 2014, I just recently watched it and really found it fascinating. I related it to our amazing sport; looking back over the years, it is super obvious that gymnastics has gone through enormous changes. The level of...
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    WAG Woodward PA.

    Hello everybody! My gym is sending me to Woodward again this year. I'm completely PSYCHED. I had a BLAST last year, I met a ton of amazing people, and learned so much! It was a gymnastics vacation! I am going as a visiting coach during Week 11, and I'm wondering if any other coaches or athletes...
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    For Coaches 2018 National Congress.

    Is anyone going to National Congress this year in Rhode Island? I'm always up for a good rendezvous; lunch, dinner, drinks, whatever! I've meet a few ChalkBucketeers at congress in the past, and I always enjoy sharing knowledge, notes, and laughs with fellow colleagues. :) Are any of you giving...
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    WAG Does your competitive team operate at a loss?

    I'm curious to know how many of you have teams that turn a profit. My gym has a fairly large team that is able to turn a small profit. After being a member of this forum for a couple years now and reading pretty much every single day since, I have understood that a team that draws a profit is...
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    WAG Pre-Team and TOPs variance across gyms.

    Hello everybody! I wanted to post this in the WAG forum because I wanted the widest range of responses; coach, parent, and gymnast perspectives are all welcome, as well as judges and gym owners. So I am constantly working to refine the team program at my gym, which is a large part of why I was...
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    For Coaches Specific uses for ankle weights on uneven bars.

    So, I've been mulling around the idea of using ankle weights on bars in a select few scenarios. I wanted to see what you guys have all personally had experience with. So, the first scenario would be to aid gymnasts training cast handstands with the legs together technique. I was thinking it...
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    WAG Upcoming travel meets.

    Hello everybody! I am headed to Baltimore tonight for the Christmas on the Chesapeake meet. I will be there Friday coaching the Level 5s (at 7:45, ugh!) and Saturday coaching the Level 4s, although I also plan on staying to watch some of the Level 10s on Saturday, too. I'm also headed to the...
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    WAG Big career changes, but feeling great!

    Wow. I'm still in disbelief about how things have been going for me lately. I know I haven't been around that much lately, but there have been big changes in my life, and I am so happy. To give a bit of a background to those of you who don't know me that well, my roots are in parkour. I began...
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    WAG Need some meet suggestions near New Jersey.

    Hey everyone, I'm looking for some ideas as to what meets I should try in my area. We're based out of New Jersey, so I'm looking for some competitions near my area. We've done meets in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. The time frame would be from February through April. We've tried...
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    WAG Starting a new TOPs program.

    I posted this in the TOPs/HOPES social group, but I figured I'd post it here too, because I feel I can get a lot of input from coaches and other parents. Even if you are just a parent who only knows a couple details about the TOPs program at your gym, the knowledge is helpful! This is my first...
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    For Coaches Heel wraps.

    I've seen a number of gymnasts wearing these heel wraps, and on every event except maybe vault. They are seen in the below pictures: I'm wondering what the heck these are. Are they used when gymnasts have heel pain? Or are they used to prevent heel pain? I've seen them used when learning...
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    For Coaches Tabata workout for gymnastics.

    I've been reading up on Tabata training, and it sounds like it would be great for gymnastics. The workouts are quick and effective, which could potentially save on some time during practice. I've been thinking I could get more done during each practice if the conditioning time was reduced...
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    For Coaches USAG registration for kids who are scoring out of compulsory levels.

    I have two girls who I am bringing into optionals this year. They competed Xcel Gold last season and did well, one being state champion. I am teaching them the Level 4 and 5 routines so I can take them to a meet and score them out. I am having them compete Level 6 this season. Something I'm...