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Congratulations! You are in for a great journey with your son or daughter. Gymnastics is an exciting sport that will help your son or daughter grow as a person and athlete. Below are a few quick tips that will make meet season a little bit easier. Good Luck!
1. Be On Time
Gymnasts are expected to be in the gym on time, and also need to arrive at competitions at the appropriate time. No need to get there and hour early, fifteen minutes would be suffice. Getting there to early can cause them to get nervous and we want to avoid that during competition.
2. Be Supportive
Every gymnast has a bad day once and awhile and gymnastics is one of those sports that is truly left on the judges hands. You may see the best performance you child has put on but the score won’t reflect that. No matter what happens, the podium isn’t what is important, what is important is that they try and never give up. Cheer them on during their highs and lows.
3. Don’t Bother Other Gyms
Meet schedules often aren’t available until about a week before the meet. No matter what you have going on in your life, it’s not okay to call the hosting gym for times. Instead, you just need to be patient and trust that your gym will deliver the meet schedule as soon as possible.
4. Female Gymnasts Hair Styles
If you have no idea what to do search Pintrest for some quick and easy hairstyles. Keep things to a minimum, you don’t want a big hair that may come about during their event.
5. No Make-up
There is no make up necessary or required, remove all nail polishes from hands and feet. The no make up will give your gymnast something less to worry about. Unless in acro gymnastics when there is a deduction for no make up.
6. Trust Your Gymnast’s Coaches
When your gymnast cries, gets angry, or defiant on the floor, you will want to swoop in and save them, but you shouldn’t. Instead, when your gymnast is on the floor with their coach, you need to stay in the stands and let the coach handle anything what comes up. If your son or daughter’s coach needs you, they will get you. Otherwise, they will handle the issue themselves, and their relationship will be stronger as a result.
7. Meet Fees Usually Aren’t Refundable
Under most situations, meet fees aren’t refundable. If your daughter or son gets sick right before a meet, you likely won’t get your money back.
8. Don’t Enter the Competitive Floor
No matter what happens, parents are not allowed to enter the competitive floor during a gymnastics meet according to USAG sanctioned rules and safety certification policies. Your son or daughter can get “disqualified” from the meet.
9. No Heckling from the Stands
Many gymnastics parents cheer loudly from the stands. While being enthusiastic is okay, it’s important never to be disrespectful. Don’t ever heckle other teams or talk badly about gymnasts, other parents, or coaches.
10. No Flash Photography
Check your cameras and recording devices before taking photos or videos at a meet. There is never any flash photography allowed at a meet.
11. Don’t Approach Gymnastics Judges
If you don’t understand a particular event score, it is not okay to talk to a judge about the score. Instead, talk to your gymnast’s coach. Coaches can often tell you exactly what happened during a routine and can explain the particulars of a score.
12. Leotard Fit and Care
- Leos need to fit like a second skin, so it’s important to buy a leo that fits her now! Avoid the temptation to buy a leo she can grow into to.
- Leos should be hand washed and laid flat to dry to keep them looking new.
- Don’t buy grips unless your daughter or son needs them. Never change the type of grip during a competitive season.
Do you have tips for gymnastics’ parents? Feel free to add them in the comments below.