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Deborah Sevilla, creator of the Dream Believe Achieve Athletic sport-specific journals and scorebooks, has reached out to help parents ease into the world of competitive gymnastics.  This helpful guide was created with the help of coaches from different gyms, judges, sports psychologists, and fellow gym parents from around the world.
Many gyms write and distribute their own policy handbooks to new parents.  These handbooks are gym-specific, and offer helpful information regarding tuition, late fees, and practice hours, but fail to explain much of anything else.  Parents always wonder whether their gym's policies are the norm or unreasonable.  Questions always arise regarding preparation for practices and meets, parental involvement during practices, and proper etiquette at meets.
This guide is loaded with valuable information to answer your questions that are not answered in your gym's policy handbook.  You will also find a glossary of gymnastics terms to help decipher "gymnast-speak", as well as forms for you to complete with your own gym's information, contacts, and other important information you need to know.  All of this is easily accessible and kept together in this guide

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What's Inside - Table of Contents

INTRO BEFORE TEAM

CONGRATULATIONS!

  • The Decision: Know what you’re getting into.
  • Age: How old is too old or too young?
  • Expenses
  • Fundraising / Booster Clubs / Parent Associations
  • Welcome to the team

TEAM PRACTICE

  • Practice
  • Attire
  • Long hours
  • Homework / Home schooling
  • Eat, Sleep, Gymnastics: Finding Balance
  • Carpool 101

MEET BASICS

  • Duration
  • Venues
  • Admission
  • Concession
  • Cameras
  • Photographers
  • Parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Equipment
  • Siblings
  • Meet Schedules

COMPETITION TIME

  • Getting Ready
  • In the bag

AT THE MEET

  • Meet Etiquette
  • What’s Going On?
  • Scoring
  • Awards
  • Judges

KNOW YOUR PLACE

  • Your support role / not coach or judge
  • Are you a Crazy Gym Parent? –Quiz
  • According to your peers
  • Bribes vs Awards
  • Being Supportive
  • Stages of gym parents

PROBLEMS

  • Conflicts with coaches, parents and teammates
  • Abuse or Motivation

TAKING CARE OF YOUR GYMNAST

  • At Home Stretching / Conditioning
  • Nutrition / Overall Health
  • Rips
  • Injuries

MENTAL HEALTH

  • The dreaded mental block
  • Gymnast Nerves / Psyched out
  • Spectator Nerves

EXPECTATIONS VS GOALS

  • Over confidence
  • Goals
  • Olympic Bound?

GYMNASTICS ORGANIZATIONS

  • Pre team / Prep team / Mini team
  • USAG, USAIGC & Xcel
  • Junior High, High School, College

IN THE KNOW . . . 

  • What your coach wants you to know
  • What the judge wants you to know

GREAT WEB PAGES AND RESOURCES   GLOSSARY OF TERMS  

WORKBOOK PAGES

  • My Gym My Team

CONTACTS  

SAMPLE SCOREBOOK PAGE

What People Are Saying on Amazon

What I needed

By Anonymous on August 14, 2016

As a parent new to gymnastics this was just what I needed.  Got the scorebook and workbook from the same company.  I recommend them all.

The PERFECT parent's guide...

on July 25, 2014
A close friend of mine has a daughter on a gymnastics team. She takes her to and from practice and to competitions. Simple as that? Not quite. At the first competition she and her husband seemed completely lost. She told me about how she was looking for some kind of dummy guide or cheat sheet. Then it dawned on me, they weren't looking to coach, or learn the history of gymnastics or worse, read an autobiography. They were merely looking to support their daughter and this book helped them do just that
 

Exactly what I needed!

on June 6, 2014
My granddaughter competes in gymnastics and I bought this for her mother and decided to keep it for myself. Great reference guide and information. I feel like I can not only follow along at the competitions now but can understand my granddaughter when she talks about her favorite thing- gymnastics! Going to buy Gymnastics Scorebook: Girl's Edition (Dream Believe Achieve Athletics) for my granddaughter and another copy of the parents guide for my daughter, who wasn't happy I kept this copy for myself! Must have for parents of competitive gymnasts (or wannabe supportive grandparents). LOVE the glossary of terms in the back and the crazy gym parent test!
 

A must for moms and dads of competitive gymnasts!!!!

July 26, 2014
As parents of athletes we have unique roles. This book gets that. Not only does it explain what's going on at a meet but tips for before, during and after competitions. Love the glossary of terms. I've already looked up several "terms" and was thrilled to be able to follow along my daughters conversation. I wish I had it when she first started last year it would have saved me a lot of confusion and a few embarrassing mistakes!
 

Five Stars

on October 24, 2014
Love it it answered a lot of my questions and concerns.