- May 7, 2020
My ds has talked previously about what apparently is called the "coaches curse". Not sure if it is an actual thing or something he has made up. It's basically the ability to do a skill or a routine when the coach isn't paying attention, but as soon as they are watching, the athlete will tend to mess up. I get it, one would get nervous when they are expected to perform in front of someone. I imagine that with time, that will tend to go away. It seems to have for my son with his coaches. But wondering if a judges curse could be a thing, and if so, how do you get past it? This is my son's 3rd year competing, and he has never once performed his best at a meet. Point blank. We are talking about a difference of 5 - 8 points per meet possibly. He just switched to a new gym recently and had his first meet yesterday. His new coach was shocked at the difference in him between his practices and his meet performance. He will have his routines down and looking exceptional in practice. I really mean stellar practices. Then he goes to perform, and there are added skills which he throws in the middle of a routine, or he may leave skills out. He forgot to chalk his hands before his hibar routine, and he literally flung himself off of it in the warmup. It is honestly like watching a completely different gymnast at his meets. His coach said he will try to figure out a way for him to overcome this. Does anyone have any suggestions? Anyone experience this?