From the article: Gymnastics Clubs: Get Your Child Started
How did you find the best gym for your daughter or son? Tell us your tips. Give Your Advice
- I have outlasted every girl I began gymnastics with because I found the right coaches, reasonable people who genuinely cared about me and not just the medals I could bring home. That is the most important thing in selecting a gym: somewhere reasonable. Without moderation of some sort, girls tend to burn out and resent their gymnastics experience. If they excel at their own pace, gymnasts are always more successful and much happier in the long run. In my case, it never meant less wins, it just meant more smiles and more sanity. Now I am 18 and have 9 state gold medals, all thanks to coaches and a gym that truly cared about my happiness and helping me achieve the goals I set for myself.
- —Guest Rebecca
Finding a good gymnastics club
- This is a must! Make sure the coaches are positive. Nowadays many coaches use the "technique" of negativity to try and "push" the gymnast. Be 100 percent sure your child is going to be pushed in a positive way, instead of always being put down.
- —Guest Amanda
Finding a good gymnastics coach
- It doesn't matter if a coach was a gymnast before, but make sure they know a lot about safety. They should be safety certified and the gym should look very safe. Accidents happen and the coaches should know what to do. Ask them about their safety procedures.
- —Guest larice
Finding a gymnastics club
- Make sure that the emphasis is on fun if your kid is little. Level 5s and 6s should still be having lots of fun. Otherwise they will quit!
- —Guest Nancy