- Sep 3, 2005
Soooo... This seems like two different and equally valid coaching styles.
I'm not trying to harsh your buzz. Your daughter sounds like an amazingly talented human. I love hearing how proud you are of her.
But (sorry - so very sorry to neg) artistic gymnastics is a sport of millimeters. Perfection. Tweaking form and balance. Correcting asymmetries.
Should you learn a double when your single is cockeyed? Or you keep forgetting to point your toes? Or you aren't utterly mindful of the position of your body?
I don't know. It's probably as safe as any advanced tumbling class, but IMHO the choice you're making is the athleticism over the art. WHICH IS FINE. But I just wanted to articulate it.
Totally understand your logic here… but it really doesn’t work that way for many of the elite path athletes. Things that many learn in L3/4… the elite path may learn and tweak in L7/8 as they are just that naturally talented.
Stalling out until the lower levels are perfect is not the way to the top that I would choose.
One thing to remember that will never change… you get better at upper level gymnastics by doing upper level gymnastics.
The true rock stars of gymnastics do drills in a very different way than the average. The average learn things with drills… one step at a time. The rock stars may do a couple drills… but go time is go time… they many times chuck junk… then the drills are implemented as “medicine” to cure or fix the issues.