- Mar 14, 2022
My daughter is an excel gold gymnast. The past 1.5 years she has been working on her back tuck with both private lessons and during open gym. After a couple months of great back tucks into the pit, she got the courage to try them on the floor. They look great. Nice and high and safe. She did about 10 of them during open gym. She was nervous to ask her coach to let her try at practice. When I approached the coach she seemed almost annoyed that I said she did them and refused to let her try them until she completed all 5 drills. My daughter easily does 4 out of 5 of the drills. One of the drills scares her. She goes up to a handstand on a block and then lands on an angeled trampoline and then is supposed to back tuck into the pit. She freezes every time on the back tuck part. The coach says she has to be able to do all drills until she will permit her to do a back tuck on the floor. I was very upset that she has to do drills that teach her how to do the very thing she can already do. I’m all for safety but I feel like there are many paths to safely learning a new skill and requiring a drill for the sake of it is stunting her progress. I’ve also had other concerns with the coach being very “ my way or the Highway”. curious if this seems unnecessary to anyone else?