First off… I wanted to say how awesome Simone Biles is and how great is was that she had the courage to do what she did.
I just want to throw this out there and see what everyone thinks of this theory. We use this theory aggressively with our team.
The former head coach at our gym one day told me that every gymnast has a “skill bucket”. He said the bucket can only hold so many skills for each gymnast. For each and every gymnast the bucket is a different size.
He said… “Once your bucket is full… it can hold no more. You must take something out or things will start randomly spilling out of the bucket.”
I didn’t believe him as a younger coach… but over the years I have learned to use the bucket approach. The 2 things that I have added to his bucket philosophy with my approach to coaching the athletes is the following…
1. The bucket can and will change sizes
2. There is one thing that will drastically shrink an athlete’s bucket… STRESS
So what about it… is this something that others use? Has anyone ever heard this?
I’m not at all sure what happen to Simone…
- Was it just a fluke due to stress?
- Did she just randomly get lost twice in a row?
- Did Simone’s bucket shrink from all of the stress and random things started happening (spilling out of the bucket)?
Did the same entry on vault with 2 completely different post flights end up confusing even the greatest of all time? Did Simone get lost because she felt slightly off in the air because the block was making the flipping rotation feel more like the Yurchenko Double Pike than the Amanar. Did she feel as if she was going to over rotate forwards if she continued to pull the twist?
Anyways… what does everyone think about the “skill bucket” theory?
Justin is the Head Coach at MWT Gymnastics in Hartland, WI. He has a wife, 2 daughters, and a son. All of them are involved in gymnastics. Justin enjoys family, friends, spending time on the lakes in the ski boat, the Chicago Bears, NASCAR, chicken wings & beer, and good music!