Off Topic Gymnastics Goals for 2024

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Just looking through old posts and came across a post like this for last year. I thought it would be fun as we go into 2025 to discuss your child's (or your own if you are the gymnast) goals for the upcoming year and if they (or you) met or exceeded this years goals.

My daughter hopes to make it to TOPs National Testing and would love to be invited back for camp.

Last years goal, that I posted, was to clean up skills and become a cleaner all around gymnast - She has definitely been able to do that with the help of a new coach. I kind of think this is a never-ending goal as there is always something to clean up! I am proud of her though. She went from being held back, not allowed to move up to level 6 because she didn't have her fly away on bars or her back handspring on beam to getting those two skills solid and gaining skills and strength so much that she has done the TOPs physical abilities test and working on the skills test with a real shot at making it to national testing. Growth is definitely fun!
 
I'm a coach... my goal is to continue building a great team that provides kids with future life skills as well provides progress & performance in a fun & safe environment. To further that... to build a great crew of coaches that operate as a team in an event coaching fashion.

I'm a dad too... I don't really have any goals for my kids anymore in gymnastics... it's more about watching them.

My oldest daughter has become a college gymnast and we will get to go see her at one of her meets this year. Hopefully next season we will get to see more than one meet... but it's pretty hard as we have 2 other kids competing and we (wife and I) are both coaches taking our team out to competitions. The meets are hopefully streaming online... so there is that.

Middle daughter accomplished her goal of becoming a Level 10 this season already. I look forward to coaching her at workouts and meets with my wife.

My son (youngest) does gymnastics at the club next door. I hope to be able to see a couple of his meets this year. Last year he torn his UCL as the only meet I got to go to... so that was not good.
 
As a gymnast-
Upgrades
Get a flight skill/series down
Upgrade my turns to 1.5
Start doing switch leaps
Break 9.5 on beam
front tuck-front tuck
double back (on tumble track and bars)
full
Break 9.6 on floor
Tsuk and Yerchenkos
Break 9.2 on vault
kip out of my toe hecht
bails/shootovers
clear hip to hand
toe circle
Break 9.4 on bars
Petition level 8
As a coach-
Attend more meets
Take judging tests
 
My daughter's goals for next are:
Straddle press to handstand
Pike rope climb
Make level 2 team (she's only 4.5 now)
Get medals (lol, remember, shes 4)

My goals for her are:
Continue to do her best and have fun
Manage kindergarten and possibly 7.5 hours in the gym per week

She's doing great now and works so hard for her age so regardless I'm proud of her!
 
As a gymnast, perform my best at meets this season, with confidence. Perform like I do at practice.

General
Be more open in talking to coaches.
Improve ankle strength
Improve strength in general
Be confident in my abilities
Figure out twisting direction and start some back and front twisting in the right direction.

Upgrades:
Floor
relatively short term:
Front layout on tumble track
Front layout off extra spring floor onto mat in pit
round off layout on floor
Round off layout half/full tumble track
Get Front handspring front tuck/pike back on floor

longer term:
Front layout on floor
Round off half on floor

vault:
Tsuk tucked into pit
Maybe onto competition surface

Bars
Relatively short term:
Kip cast handstand low bar(connected)
Giants strap bar first
Higher clear hips
Cast handstand layout flyway on my own on pit bar
Ask coach for double back on pit

Longer term:
Kip cast handstand high bar
giants pit bar
giants real set
clear hip handstand

Beam:
Relatively Short term:
Round off tuck
point back leg in split jump
Consistent cartwheel round off
Switch leap
Different kinds of jumps

Longer term:
Aerial
MAYBE back handspring
 
As a rising level 6 at a new gym, my goals are the following:

- Strength:
  • gain ankle and wrist strength
  • stay fueled and energized throughout the whole week of 4.5hr practices 4 times a week.
- Vault:
  • Front handspring with NO arch and great pop off the table. (I already have the skill, just not the technique)
  • Round-off tsuk drill (half on land on mat onto back. For level 7, not this season)
- Bars:
  • immediate handstand after kip
  • all skills connected in level 6 bars routine
  • tuck flyaway, maybe even work on layouts by the end of the year
- Beam:
  • Back-walkover connection (Handstand backwalkover, or backwalkover, backwalkover)
  • Solid full turn, no wobbles or technique issues
-Floor:
  • Round-off backhandspring tuck
  • Round-off layout, or round-off backhandspring layout (not to compete this season, but for level 7)
 
Figured that I would edit mine:

As a gymnast-
Upgrades
Get a flight skill/series down- Done
Put Back Tuck on high beam

Upgrade my turns to 1.5
Put c-c jump series on beam
Break 9.5 on beam (Done)
front tuck-front tuck (Done)
double back (on tumble track and bars)- Done on Bars
full- Front Full yes, back full no
Front Full-Front Pike
Back Half- Front Pike
2 Turn- 2 Turn

Break 9.6 on floor
Tsuk and Yerchenkos- Continuing
Break 9.2 on vault- Done
kip out of my toe hecht- Paused
bails/shootovers- Put it on real setting, working on solo+ connection
clear hip to hand
toe circle- Paused
Break 9.4 on bars- Don
Petition level 8- Petitioned 7, have to score 8, working on 9
As a coach-
Attend more meets
Take judging tests- 4/5 passed!
 
Lets update
As a gymnast, perform my best at meets this season, with confidence. Perform like I do at practice. - barely happened

General

Be more open in talking to coaches.
Improve ankle strength -  working
Improve strength in general
Be confident in my abilities
Figure out twisting direction and start some back and front twisting in the right direction. -  working

Upgrades
:
Floor
relatively short term:
Front layout on tumble track -  done
Front layout off extra spring floor onto mat in pit -  done
round off layout on floor -  done
Round off layout half/full tumble track - got a full for a few weeks, sprained ankle on smth else, working fulls again
Get Front handspring front tuck/pike back on floor - done on mat in pit

longer term:
Front layout on floor
Round off half on floor

vault:
Tsuk tucked into pit
Maybe onto competition surface

Bars
Relatively short term:
Kip cast handstand low bar(connected) - done once or twice, not consistent
Giants strap bar first - yes, but not fully consistent
Higher clear hips
Cast handstand layout flyway on my own on pit bar
Ask coach for double back on pit

Longer term:
Kip cast handstand high bar
giants pit bar - done couple times spotted
giants real set
clear hip handstand - done couple times spotted

Beam
:
Relatively Short term:
Round off tuck - mat in pit
point back leg in split jump
Consistent cartwheel round off - had it but sprained my ankle so couldn't work on it for a while
Switch leap - hot dog beam
Different kinds of jumps - wolf on hot dog beam, straight 3/4 on hot dog beam, straight half on beam

Longer term:
Aerial - working on floor
MAYBE back handspring
 
Overall goals: compete platinum next season, qualify for nationals, potential do hs gymnastics

Vault: half on half off, half on full off, flip Tsuk into pit on wedge

Bars: high casting (45 from vertical), clear hip without touching ground, flyaway by myself

Beam: cartwheel, dive cartwheel, 1.5 turn, split jump 1/4 to straight jump 3/4, L turn, front tuck half dismount, back walkover

Floor: front tuck front tuck, front tuck front pike, back tuck, front layout, switch leap half, switch leap half to straddle jump full, double turn, L turn, front full into pit with mats, rudi into pit, back layout on tumble track
 
My goals as a rising level 7

Vault-
Tsuk into pit
Yurchenko
Break 9.2

Bars-
Cast handstand
Freehip handstand
Giants
Connected bar routine
Break 8.5😭

Beam-
Back handspring
Roundoff tuck dismount
Back handspring in series
Break 9.0

Floor-
Roundoff handspring full
Front handspring front layout
Break 9.5
 
As an Xcel Gold, I am trying to be an Xcel Platinum next season. My goal is to get everything I need this summer to move to Xcel Platinum next year. Here is what I need:
Floor:
all set

Vault:
all set

Beam:
all set

Bars:
dropdown kip
high bar kip

P.S. I'd like some help with doing dropdown kips out of clear hips and I'd like some help with high bar kips too. If anyone has tips please tell me.
 
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Just looking through old posts and came across a post like this for last year. I thought it would be fun as we go into 2025 to discuss your child's (or your own if you are the gymnast) goals for the upcoming year and if they (or you) met or exceeded this years goals.

My daughter hopes to make it to TOPs National Testing and would love to be invited back for camp.

Last years goal, that I posted, was to clean up skills and become a cleaner all around gymnast - She has definitely been able to do that with the help of a new coach. I kind of think this is a never-ending goal as there is always something to clean up! I am proud of her though. She went from being held back, not allowed to move up to level 6 because she didn't have her fly away on bars or her back handspring on beam to getting those two skills solid and gaining skills and strength so much that she has done the TOPs physical abilities test and working on the skills test with a real shot at making it to national testing. Growth is definitely fun!
I'll update too.

She is scheduled to go to National Testing!! Yay!!

She has struggled with fear and mental blocks though which made her lose her roundoff, back lay beam dismount, front walkover on beam and toe circle on bars. As of today she has fought those mental blocks by herself and is quickly on her way to having all those skills solid enough to perform at National Testing!!

As far as her goal to get invited to camp... realistically that may be a long shot, but she'll do her best!
 

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