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    For Coaches Making the transition from overlow to Giant

    I have a gymnast who can't seem to make the change from overlow to giant. Every time we work giants, she closes the shoulder angle at the last second (even spotted). I cant posted a video, but she gets almost to handstand and then closes her shoulders. She casts to handstand fine. Her fall from...
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    WAG Juniors

    Not to take away from the seniors, but is anyone else far more excited by what the usa juniors are doing? I've been watching Bailie Key for years (which is crazy, consider she's barely a teen) and I'm also thoroughly impressed with lauren hernandez, among others, who's from my state. MG elite...
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    For Coaches Need Free-hip drills

    Any great freehip drills out there that DONT require a coach monitoring them 24/7? My kids have a bar station on their own, and I spot freehips/freehip hands on the other bar (still within view, dont worry). We don't need basic stuff - they all go around to horizontal or higher, good shapes...
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    WAG Muliple programs - how do you do it?

    Anyone out there have multiple programs trying to practice at the same time in the gym? Like two different types of womens teams? How do you do it, especially factoring in classes? Are you on set schedules or does one team or league take priority? Open to any and all thoughts. If you are from a...
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    For Coaches Ideas for Rope

    Like others on here, I love rope and my kids climb everyday (w/o legs). But, it gets monotonous. I'm hoping to hear from other coaches on how (specifically) your kids climb, how many times, how often, timed/not timed? Any ideas to make it more fun and still get a quality work out from it...
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    For Coaches Level 6/7 Floor Routine Length

    I just want to be certain I'm understanding this correctly... Level 6 floor length is 1:15. level 7 (and all higher levels) is 1:30. But if a gymnast does a 1:30 floor routine in Level 6, she will only lose .10 for being overtime, correct? Assuming the above is correct, does anyone else think...
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    For Coaches Compulsory Floor Music

    Just need to vent...why is it so bad?? I used to think the really old Level 6 music I used (what some refer to as the "funeral music") was bad. Sadly, it seems that is my favorite of the past 20 years. It seems to me they go about it all wrong. It looks like they make the routine and then find...
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    For Coaches JUDGES/Coaches: L6 Beam deductions questions

    I have several gymnasts trying to score out of current Level 6 this weekend. One is struggling with some mental stuff on beam. Just to reassure everyone, I would NOT move this girl up to Optional without the appropriate skills on EVERY event, however, step one of having the opportunity to even...
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    For Coaches Landing Flyaways

    One of my gymnasts is having a really hard time landing (tucked) flyaways. She does them fine into pit: height and rotation are good, but over-rotates to her back. Same deal when I put a small mat in - she never opens up to land. She says she can see when she's supposed to open up and is not...
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    For Coaches Attendance Quesiton

    What are your rules on missing practice? Especially the week of a meet. Are your gymnasts still allowed to compete? Do they have to make it up (private lesson)? Does this policy vary by level (or optional v compulsory)? I grew up in gyms that were very firm on attendance (especially meet week)...
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    For Coaches New Level 6 music help

    I was hoping the CB community might be able to please help me out: I am trying to get a copy of the new Level 6 floor music. I have a few Level 5s who are working to "skip out" of Level 6 this spring and compete New Level 6 (optional) in the fall. They have the skills and are fully capable and...
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    For Coaches The parents that dont get it

    Let me just start by saying this forum gives me hope, because it shows how many parents DO get it. Most of mine do, too. But in my years coaching competitive team, I've had two parents now that have done a total 180 on me when they hear things they dont want to hear or believe about their...