Pre Meet Rituals

Parents... Coaches... Judges... Gymnasts...
DON'T LURK... Join The Discussion!

Members See FEWER Ads!
Join for FREE!
Not open for further replies.
Aug 12, 2012
Since we're in the middle of competition season right now, i was wondering if anyone has anything that they have to do before a meet. Like listening to a certain song, eating a specific meal, or doing some random handshake before you compete on an event! I always have to listen to this one song no matter what:)
I have a ton of these! I always wear the same ponytail. My first season I wore it in my hair. Then it got stretched out, so I hid it in my ribbons, then ever since I wear it on my wrist, until the second I salute, I hand it to coach.
I listen to pump up music before vault, my floor music for floor, hunter hayes for beam andsomething pop for bars.
Before beam, I always pop in a fun-sized twix:)
Before beam again, I always find a quiet corner and chill out for a minute.
I always wear my lucky bracelet with a shamrock charm the morning of the meet.
My mom always does my hair the day of the meet.
I wear the same underwear for the entire season, but don't worry, I wash it!
I wear mix-matched socks on meet days.
My first year of competitive gymnastics, we did secret sisters for the whole season. First meet, we opened them after warm ups before march ins, I had an awful warm up, and I got a little chite polar bear stuffed animal and a pack of oreos. I nailed every routine despite the warm ups! Now, the polar bear whom I named Kip, has been at every single meet:)
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person
I always eat a honeycrisp apple & raisins, preferably before beam. I never wear my warmups & always get yelled at for it.

I need to talk to someone through the meet to distract myself from becoming nervous, preferably my coach. I can't watch anyone's routines. Nobody is allowed to cheer for me NO MATTER WHAT. I can't watch my teamates compete earlier in the day before I compete.

I have a certain way of doing my hair & makeup. I "unchalk" the bars if they're chalky & don't go near the bucket.

I need to figure out who I am competing against before the meet starts or else I'm a wreck.

I'm very superstitious!
  • Like
Reactions: 2 people
I have a lot of pre meet rituals, haha.

the night before, i always eat mac and cheese.
in the car, i have to listen to music, and inspirational speeches.
before vault, (literally, after i salute) i have to wipe my hands on my legs.
before floor, i crack my toes. If i don't, i have a horrible routine.
no one can cheer for me AT ALL, until i'm done with the routine.
i can't watch anyone's floor routine, or bar routine unless ours are the same. :)
Hmmm... I do like people to cheer but only right before I go or right after not during the routine. I like to get there a bit early and stretch by myself to get muscles warm that we don't get to in our little group stretch. I pick at myself a lot right before I go because I get so nervous, I make sure my tramp shoes are on, and everything is in place. I salute then take at least 1 big deep breathe before I go. I will not watch anyone else in my flight in my age/level because I automatically assume I have no chance to win. I really don't like anyone to talk to me during the competition, I'm too super nervous and it bothers me like it takes away my focus. I know I'm weird. ;)
I listen to my floor music all morning before the meet. At the meet on beam and floor I can't have anyone cheer or I mess up.
Not open for further replies.

New Posts