- Feb 13, 2022
My dd has recently joined a new gym due to the old one having some coaching issues and her skills have taken off! She's in pre-team currently, alike the old gym, and wants to get to team. This gyms rules are a little weird about getting in the team though. The head coach, and only the HC, alike the old gym, has preteam, and when she sees someone who she thinks would be good to go on the team, she picks them, and there are girls doing those straight bodied tucks and back tucks dismounts on the bar, I believe they are called flyoffs or most likely flyawyas, who and aren't on the team, but I don't know. Currently DD's working on back tuck dismounts on beam, and she is just terrified of miscalculating or something, then hitting her head on the beam. I have no idea how its possible to do that, but it's her who's on the end of that beam, not me. I know my daughter has talent. The assistant coaches tell me that she learns very quickly (started 2 years ago) and is never afraid to try something new. In fact, this new coach told me she asked to try a round-off hand tuck. And she did it well on the first try! But this back tuck on the beam, we don't know what's happened. I feel as if my daughter is pushing herself to get as many skills as possible to get on the team because she's joined gym as a early teen so I just have a feeling she thinks shes behind for her age. I don't want to be those moms who push their daughters and make them miserable, but she seems miserable already not being able to do it. It's never been like this before and I don't know what to tell her. I don't want to put any pressure at all on her. All I want is for her to believe in herself. I just need to find the right words to let her know she is an incredible gymnast already, or that she shouldn't be so hard on herself or that she doesn't need to be accepted into some team to validate her as being "good enough". What do I say? I would also, really, really appreciate any tips that you could possibly have for the back tuck dismount because I know how she is. She won't stop until she gets it and I don't want her to hurt herself by overworking and get even more frustrated.