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I’m going to flat out say it, that this is the question of the year for gymnastics. Every single person in the sport of gymnastics is grappling with this. Coaches, medical providers, gymnasts, parents, and outside spectators. In the last year as gymnastics has been thrown into the darkest point in it’s history. Multiple gymnasts and coaches have told the world their story of how they achieved so-called “success” in the form of medals, podium placements, or college scholarships, but at a massive cost to their physical, emotional, and mental health.
Contributor: Alissa Zumer, Tumbl Trak Sales Associate & Dance Teacher
The dance world is always changing and evolving and good dance teachers must change and evolve with it.
I’ve been teaching acro/gymnastics for many years and now more than ever, acro has become a staple in dance performances. Being trained as a gymnast my whole life has made incorporating gymnastics into dance challenging in many aspects. The term “acro dance” has become more and more common in the dance world which is why I’ve transitioned my lesson plans and teaching methods to an acrobatic approach rather than gymnastics.
For Jody Nichols, teaching dance and theater arts to students is second nature. But, when asked to use her expertise to help gymnasts, Jody had to take a step back and view dance skills with a different lens. Her studio, A Broadway Kids Company in Massachusetts, focuses on music, acting, theater, dance, improv and more. Jody gets her motivation from knowing that in her space, children are able to be “their true self” with full expression.
By Luan Peszek
JH Consulting advises college bound student athletes and their parents in the gymnastics recruiting process to find the best fit, both academically and athletically.
Let’s face it, the recruiting process can be overwhelming for the gymnast and parent. The parent feels alone in helping her daughter get recruited and the athlete lacks the confidence and experience to know how and when to start the process. Our goal is to reduce the pressure on the parent and build confidence in the gymnast by providing expert advice and knowledge.
By Carrie Spender, Tumbl Trak Education Coordinator and mother of two gymnasts
You know that feeling when you walk into a room and there’s an electric energy that tells you something great is about to happen? That was the feeling when walking into the gym for Beam Queen Boot Camp, (#BQBC) in Redmond, WA last weekend. The athletes knew they were about to do something GREAT.
When your reputation earns you the nickname, “Fun Master”, you’re the person everyone wants to be around. This is the reality of Randy Parrish - Flip Fest entertainer, coach, presenter, Tumbl Trak Ambassador and all-around good guy.
In his wife’s gym in South Carolina, Randy has a coaching style that gets results without taking himself too seriously. For the same reason people flock to him, (literally - if you’ve ever been to a National Congress, just look for the crowd), his athletes are inspired to be in the gym and work hard because Randy makes it fun to be there.
In the classes I teach at Wichita State University we discuss why athlete’s dropout of sports. What I hear from my students, who are mostly former and current athletes, is their love of a sport or decision to drop out of a sport was largely affected by the behavior of a coach. Losing passion for a sport was often tied to spiteful or revengeful punishment by a coach. Here are comments I get in regard to this type of coaching.