- Nov 21, 2022
Firstly I am an old coach....LOL...heading towards 65. I had some really great, and fairly well known technicians in my life as coaches. I coach the same way and think in that same way.... old school... I have a mixed review kind of question. I am of the belief that to stay in JO, you have to have some degree of natural gymnastics/athletic ability. You also need to eventually have a decent degree of self motivation, and love for the sport. I feel like there are parents who are of the belief that if their child just works hard enough, they can stay in JO. I am all for that kind of thought pattern, but I have also seen it work to the detriment of kids, who would be better off in an Xcel kind of program. On the one hand you don't want to limit a child, but on the other hand I think it's kind of unrealistic to let them, and especially the parents, think that they are on the right track. What are the different ways you all screen kids? I am sure that there are a myriad of answers. I just feel like there are times when we are literally lying to the parents about what is the best track for their kids. I realize the multitude of factors that are possible.