YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS ONE! I really don't believe that bribes are good for gymnasts, but we're all tempted to use them. I have myself. I bought dd a leo at a meet one time because I told her I would if she stayed on beam. She had fallen off at the previous meets. It worked very well, as she was so focused on staying on and posted one of her highest beam scores ever. I was feeling really good about this little arrangement until dd's coach blasted her at practice the next day. She told dd that she should be doing skills because she wants to and not because she got a leo out of it. She really was way over the top with her "scolding" , to the point of being mean, and it seemed to go on for the next week or two. OK, then I felt really guilty and decided not to try any more bribes. But then- *you won't believe this* one of dd's coaches offered one of the other gymmies a huge amount of money at practice one day to do a skill that was well within her level of ability. This was a skill all of the team members had, but for some reason or another, this gymmie wasn't able to pull it off even though it was a crucial skill to have to be able to compete at that level. So, after the bribe of course, she did it the first time and collected her money right in front of all the other team members. The amount is comparable to like 1/4 of their monthly tuition, so it was not petty cash being exchanged here! The girls couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe it, and neither did the other parents when they found out!