March Newsletter 2017

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Welcome to the month of March!  We are full into our competitive season for Artistic, Acro and T&T.  We are so proud of all of our athletes and we love the team spirit!

We have new team awards from GreatWest GymFest.  They are now proudly displayed out front!  Congratulations to all of our athletes who attended GWGF 2017

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*March 7-13 – (SuperTots and Jr/Sr Jumper) – Colours week

*March 8 – 12 – (Artistic)  Gymnix Classic (Montreal) – make sure to watch the website for links, results etc

*March 10 -12 – (Acro) Strathcona Gym Challenge – good luck to all of our Acro athletes going to compete!

*March 10 – 12 – (T&T) Alberta T&T Cup #2 (Airdrie) – good luck to our T&T athletes going to Airdrie!  Pegasus Pride!

*March 14 – 20 – (SuperTots and Jr/Sr Jumper) – Show and Share

*March 14 – 20 – (Recreation) – Last week of Winter Session

*March 16 – 19 – (Artistic) UCIC/Southern Zones/Trials to Westerns (Calgary) – Good luck to all of our athletes looking to qualify for                                     Provincials and Westerns.  Watch our website for links to live steams, results and schedules

*March 25 – 31 – (Recreation) – First week of Spring Session begins

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Our Spring Session is about to begin! Remember to register for your next session!

Contact the front desk if you have any questions

See you in SPRING!

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Congratulations to all of our Pegasus athletes that were competing in the month of February!  We were travelling a lot this month, Red Deer, Edmonton, Halifax, Oklahoma, and Idaho! We had MANY successes and we are so proud of all of you!  As you can see from the pictures below, we think it was a great month and hope for an even better March!

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What is the parents role in competitive gymnastics and how we can make it a better experience for our athletes?

What does it mean to be a parent of an athlete?  It is not an easy job.  We see our children hurt, cry, push through and get mad all the trials and tribulations of their work.  We see them succeed at times and fail at times but don’t worry, both are great life lessons to learn.

There are highs and lows that are hard for non athlete parents to understand, let alone sympathize with.  So we tend to gravitate to other athlete parents, as it is just too hard to explain to others.  Sometimes, we get caught up in our lows, and it is easy to find others in the same boat.  Then the whirlwind starts.  But what does this mean for our athletes?  The damage done here can be detrimental to the athlete, so we need to be careful.

What does it mean to be the coach?  As parents, we put our most cherished things in the world with these coaches.  We expect the coaches to make our athletes the best that they can be and we are not happy when we believe that it should be better than what we are seeing.  This can be where we tend to get upset and angry with our coaches.  The only issue here is that the disconnect may not be with the coach and athlete, but with the parent and athlete.

So what can we do to make sure that our athletes are getting the best experience with their coaches and at the same time not unintentionally sabotaging it by fighting for something that may not be an issue?  We need to make sure that we respect each role we play for the athlete and do our best to always stay on the same page.

Listen (but don’t necessarily react) – it will be normal for your athlete to have a good day, and a bad day (or bad month, or even season!).  Remember that when they are talking to you, it may just be to vent. They may just need to have someone listen, but not actually do anything.  At this time the 24 hour rule that is used with coaches is also good with the athlete.  24 hours from now, what was the biggest issue, may now be a non issue and it was just a bad moment.shamrock

Support and Love – this will always be your job.  Nobody can do it as well as you can.  Nobody.  So make sure that you are there for them, and support them.

Respect the “chain” of communication – If you get to a situation where you think that you need to intervene on behalf of your athlete, please make sure that you are not escalating too early and making a bigger issue of something before required.  It can be hard for a coach if there are issues but they are only informed of them from management but never hear from the athlete or parents themselves.  It will definitely hurt that triangle relationship of coach-parent-athlete.  Just remember, if there is an issue, Athlete first, then coach, then both, then if all else fails, it can be escalated to management.

*it is important to remember here that children will emulate their parents, so if you are not happy with a coach, this will come through in your athlete which will work negatively against them in the long run.

Don’t Coach! – Our coaches work individually with each athlete on setting their goals and expectations for the week, month, year, competition etc.  Their relationship with our athletes is of the utmost importance for their development throughout the season.  It is important for us as parents to make sure that this relationship stays positive and we don’t interfere with our own personal goals and plans for our athlete which can cause a disconnect for everyone.  The athlete is no longer sure what to do at this point.

The coaches are the professionals.  As Steve Jobs once said “it doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

Here are some more links to some great articles:

It’s Not Just Words: 10 Smart Word Choices of Smart Athletes

An Athlete and Parent Agreement for Success and Happiness in Youth Sports

 

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Have a great March!

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