Parent’s Guide to Competitive Gymnastics

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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