As our team continues to grow, we decided to implement a new program to help make the transition to team a little easier. Our new Big Buddies program pairs up first-year JO team members with older optional gymnasts. The role of the Big Buddy is to be a positive role model and give the new level 3s and 4s someone to look up to and strive to be like. Adversely, having a "little buddy" watching them and looking up to them will encourage our older gymnasts to strive daily to be the best they can be and be accountable for their gymnastics. Whether it's helping their buddy with stretching and conditioning, congratulating them for their success, or offering words of encouragement and advice during those tough and frustrating practices, we hope that having a Big Buddy will help new team members acclimate to the competitive gymnast lifestyle, as well as foster relationships between members of our team of all ages.
We're going to try this out this year, and hopefully this will be a program we can continue to implement in the coming years as our Spectrum team continues to grow!
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
Spectrum Gymnastics Academy
26 Buttrick Rd
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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!