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Competition season is over, and your kiddo has shared last hugs with classmates and teachers. Summer is here and if you’ve got gymnastics summer camp on your schedule, I’m willing to bet there is a countdown happening in your house!
Honestly, I don’t know what could be more thrilling for a young, thriving, hard-working gymnast then FLIP FEST GYMNASTICS CAMP. (I suppose the Olympics would be up there.) But, comparing FLIP FEST to the Olympics is a bit like comparing strawberries to oranges in the way that an orange takes some work before you get to the sweet goodness, but a strawberry….just dive right in to delish!!
Every kindergarten teacher prepares for the first day of school knowing they will need to deal with the emotional stability of those in their care….the parents. This milestone for parents swells the heart and requires a great deal of deep breathing to keep the tears from spilling over.
The dropping off your athlete for the first time at sleepover summer camp is another emotional overload for parents. Thankfully there are seasoned parents, coaches and educators who have been there, and can offer a great deal of help in preparing.
Imagine a program that offers a full schedule of cheer, gymnastics, special needs, and ninja classes. Now picture putting all of the equipment you need for those programs into a van and traveling to 4 different locations every week to service kids in low income areas.
Fueling an athletes body should be considered the 6th event. Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor, Mental Training, and FUELING your child’s body all equally important to a well-rounded gymnast. Consider this the next time you reach for a snack or food for your child.
Thinking about Martial Arts for your kiddo? There are many types of martial arts to choose from, each with their own history and unique style. Karate is a well known, centuries old, Japanese style of martial arts. Tae Kwon Do, the Korean art of self defense, has been practiced for more than 2000 years and has evolved to be an Olympic Sport!
An athlete’s support system can be seen as a triangle of contributors - parents, athlete, and coaches, each equally contributing to the athlete’s physical and psychological health and wellness. Nurturing the relationships and responsibilities of each member of this triad takes a lot of finesse and strong communication.
Contributed by Bethany Friedrich, Special Needs Coordinator
As the Special Needs Coordinator for Tumbl Trak, I have the wonderful opportunity to speak with gyms that offer adaptive or inclusive gymnastics programming, or even more often, gyms who are interested in starting a program for kids with special needs but don’t know where to begin. Most have questions about logistics; who will coach the program? How do we train volunteers? What time should the class be offered? Should the gym be empty? Can I ...