hours), they did an excellent job hanging in there and working hard.
The purpose of the clinic was to bring New Hampshire's coaches, gymnasts, and judges together to share knowledge on training and perfecting skills and routines to create a more strong and unified state. There are so many gyms in the state, and while we all have our own coaching philosophies and techniques, we are all in this for the same reason: because we are passionate about gymnastics.
Elyse and I attended both clinics (gotta love 19 hours of the weekend spent in a gym!) and Emily attended the compulsory clinic. The girls were assigned to groups based on level, and these groups featured at least one other gym. After warm up and stretch, each group did an "ice breaker" activity to get to know the other members in their group. On partner work or sharing beams or floor lanes, the girls were encouraged to pair or group up with someone that was not from their gym. So, in addition to doing lots of gymnastics, the girls made new friendships with girls from other gyms. Each group went to all four events (vault, bars, beam, and floor), and had additional conditioning, sports psychology, and nutrition rotations as well.
Overall, we felt that our gymnasts did a great job at being open-minded, trying new things, and listening to other coaches and judges, and though it was a long day with lots of gymnastics, we were very proud of how well they handled it and how productive their workouts were. We as coaches also learned some new drills to try out in the gym!
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
Spectrum Gymnastics Academy
26 Buttrick Rd
About the Author
Coach Sarah is a former Rhode Island College gymnast, NCGA National qualifier, All-American, current gymnastics coach and judge, and contributor for the gymnastics news source, The Gymternet. Find out what's going on at Spectrum and learn more about the incredible sport of gymnastics!