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 "...Before Putting Your Child In Gymnastics" 
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10 Things You Should Know Before Putting Your Child In Gymnastics
by: Courtney Butler




1. Gymnastics is a progressive sport. It is a long road ahead and is a building process so nothing happens over night.

2. Parents must be patient and supportive when child is overcoming obstacles. Whether it is fear, frustration, coaching conflicts, injury etc. always support your child in a positive manner. There should be no punishments just guidance.

3. It is a commitment not only from the child but the parents.

4. You can start at any age! There are different benefits to the sport even if they have a late start or progress slowly. Gymnastics is great for focus, motor function skills, coordination, strength, and flexibility.

5. If a child becomes “fearful” always remain positive.

6. Never criticize or “coach” your child. Leave that to the coaches.

7. It can be a financial burden to a family if not prepared. Take into account enrollment, equipment, fees, travel, etc.

8. Competitive gymnastics can involve a lot of traveling.

9. Gymnastics requires a lot of commitment in and out of the gym. It is a lifestyle sport. Gymnasts give up a lot of extracurricular activities for training. There is little time for other sports and social activities. The demand for mental and physical toughness is high.

10. Do not put your child in gymnastics because you want them to be the next Olympian. Six girls are selected every four years and too much pressure can be placed on kids with that intention. This can lead to burn out and resentment. The athlete should be in the sport because she loves it and reaps the benefits of the sport not solely because she wants to be an Olympian. A very small percentage ever make it that far.

The benefits of gymnastics are well worth the hard work. If you have questions you should stop by a local club and ask to speak with a professionally certified coach. A lot of gymnastics clubs offer free trial lessons as well. Look at the quality of the facility as well as competitive background. Some gymnastics clubs offer strictly recreational gymnastics as opposed to high level athletics. Review your child’s goals and make the best decision for their needs together!


About The Author
Article written by Courtney Butler of Gibson Athletic (http://gibsonathletic.com) provider of gymnastics equipment and reisport gymnastic grips for children and adults.

Visit the author's web site at:
http://www.gibsonathletic.com/




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