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Sat, Jan. 10th, 2009, 10:12 am
haleiwatown: Hello.

Hello, I'm new here.

I've never done gymnastics, but my daughter is a gym addict. She is a Level 7 who just turned 10. She started gymnastics at the age of 6 in a recreational program and started competing when she was 7 years old. She won Level 5 States & Level 6 States. She had her first optional competition yesterday and it was a big day for her. She took 3rd, which is not that great for her, but it seems like a good place to build from, since the season just started. Sometimes she gets panicky about new skills, and I know nothing about that kind of thing, so I was wondering if any of you have some coping techniques. She doesn't want to quit, and is so obsessed with gymnastics that sometimes it scares me, but I suppose that's a good thing. I was just wondering if any of you have words of advise or wisdom to pass along, since the skills are getting harder and I can tell she is starting to be a little bit worried about whether or not she will get hurt. If I were her, I would have been worried a long time ago! Her back walkover back handspring series on beam is giving her a little bit of grief. I'd appreciate any input you have to offer!

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Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)

in my 12 years as a gymnast, and one as a coach, you can't have any fear. tell her if it's her passion then NEVER give up. put all her heart into it. i adored gymnastics. the tricks will keep getting harder. encourage her. she's getting hear the age where she'll want to quit.

as for otherwise, stretch A LOT. pointy toes. otherwise, i have advice for certain tricks, but in general, just encourage her.