Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thanks a bunch!
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I will be posting them on the 31st of December.
Monday, December 24, 2007
1. A tumble trak
2. A viscious dog named Hector to chase girls down the runway who run to slow on vault (no Syd, not you!)
3. A massage therapist which we can lock in the back room and take Him out as we need him
4. A extra computer for the office so Janet no longer has to share her space with us messy coaches
5. An expresso machine to put beside the beam
6. A gigantic bean bag chair beside the floor for after those tiring floor routines
7. A remote control with a mute button for athletes during those really hard conditionings
8. And of course- a happy new year!
9. For all of Salta's athletes to stick their beam routines at competition this year!
Hope you all get what you want for Christmas!!!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Just a reminder to not forget things like your toothbrush- cause you don't want to kill anyone with your halitosis- your sleeping bag, pillow, and pj's. Incidentally, Kayla's got this cool game planned. Oh, and just so you know- you're all going down...I don't take any prisoners. Muhahahaha!....yeah...whatever that means...
Wishing everyone a happy holiday season!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A sign up sheet has been started and if you see Tera with your $5, you can place your name and what you will be bringing for food (can I request some of Eva's veggies and dip?) on the list.
Also, if you wish to participate in the Secret Santa please bring a wrapped gift with a value of $5.
As a request, if anyone has a karaoke machine that we could use for the night, we would appreciate it! If anyone else has any other new suggestions for activities please feel free to email me!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The last day of classes for competitive gymnasts is December 21st. The regular classes will start back on Thursday, January 3rd 2008. Since school is still out, training will be in the morning from 9:00- 1:00.
Christmas is approaching very fast and so is our 11th annual Christmas camp. You are invited to take part in one to all four days of the camp to work on routines, new skills, maintain your strength and flexibility, and most importantly have fun.
Schedule and times are as follows:
Thursday, Dec. 27 9:00-2:00
Friday , Dec. 28 9:00-2:00
Sunday, Dec. 30 9:00-2:00
Monday, Dec .31 9:00-2:00Silver and Gold
Sunday, Dec. 30 9:00- 1:00
Monday, Dec 31 9:00-1:00
The cost is $25.00/day or $90.00 for all four days for the Competitive. The pre-competitive will be $20.00/day. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 21, 2007. If you are planning to attend the Christmas camp, please sign up at the desk with Tera.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Our next meeting will be this Sunday at 3pm. We will continue on with front tumbling. If you have any questions please feel free to bring them with you as we hope to have a discussion forum after.
A huge thanks to Sheehan and Alysha for demonstrating (and Sheehan, may Dillan never trip you on the playground again... )
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Firstly, the ideas is to concentrate on the process rather than on all of the possible outcomes. That means that you shouldn't worry about all the possible ways in which you can hurt yourself, rather, you should think about those things that your coach has been telling you. Take the back handspring on beam as an example. Rather than thinking about all the ways you can fall off, think about what you are going to see and feel as you go through the motion. Think about what your legs are supposed to be doing as you jump. Think about seeing the beam before your hands hit. Think about watching for your back foot coming back down to the beam. And lastly, think about the solid and sharp finishing position. Of course, unless you have super-human information processing power (the thing your brain does when you think), that might be too much to think about in such a short period of time. So, just pick one or two things (your coach will normally give you a cue as to what you ought to be thinking about) and concentrate on those.
The second thing you need to do is trust your coach. Your coach has been involved in the gymnastics thing for a tad bit longer than you, and therefore she (hopefully) has more information than you. As a result, she knows when you are ready to learn a new skill. She also knows when something is unsafe. All this just means that she is in a better position than you to assess whether or not your fear is rational or irrational. So, if you don't trust your coach, either get a new one or adjust your perspective. Because, without trust, you're not going to get very far.
The last critical ingredient is to believe in yourself. By and large, you are your own largest obstacle to achieving your potential in gymnastics. By staying positive and focused on your goals you can be an asset to your own progress, rather than an impediment. I am often leery in quoting the man (he was a bit of a bigot), but, as Henry Ford once said, "obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
So, to recap: 1) Process, not outcomes, 2) Trust your coach, and 3) Believe in yourself. Oh...and one last thing....please tell that back-spring gremlin to take a hike- he kinda creeps me out.
This is David Sykes, filling in for Becca- she said she didn't know what to write and threw the computer at me...it kinda hurt...but I'll get over it...
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
In training, if you focus on how a skill should be performed, chances are you will achieve the skill in a faster time frame than if you think of what could go wrong. Think of how much energy is perhaps wasted worrying about what could go wrong or letting a few tears slide. Or how about standing on the beam for 5 minutes trying to convince yourself that the beam perhaps will be right under you when you land? Sound familiar. Well, let’s try to see this in a different way….
When you approach that skill that you generally have a fear of, try telling yourself
"I will do this properly" or "If my coaches know I can do this by myself they have 100% confidence in me, so therefore I should have the same confidence in myself!", or even, "I can and I will".
So, test yourself. Instead of wasting time avoiding the skill, get up and just do it. Let us see what you can achieve in training tomorrow.
See you there!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Remember, if anyone is having a hard time spending that cash, I am volunteering my services as a professional spender.
1. Your leotard (or 2)
2. Grips and Wrist bands*
4. Sweat pants or stretchy pants
5. A t-shirt
6. Extra elastics and travel sized hairspray
7. Hair Clips
8. Chap Stick
9. A roll of hockey tape
10. Watered down apple juice or gatorade (replaces fluid and carbohydrates at the same time!)
11. Some simple carbohydrates to eat on break
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
1. Rope Climb
2.Cast to Handstand
3. Standing Vertical Jump
4.Stalder Press To Handstand
5. Leg Lifts
These tests are considered to be correlated to performance in gymnastics. By improving in these physical components, it becomes easier to learn skills. Additionally, we are monitoring height as an injury prevention mechanism. As an athlete goes through a growth spurt, their long bones grow first and there is an 18 month lag with the muscular system....aka... it takes 18 months for the muscles to "catch up" to where the bones where. During that time, many athletes lose specific skill and it becomes unsafe to perform some of their more difficult elements (due to the fact that they are tall and relatively weaker).
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
A big thanks to the parents who helped clean and disinfect the equipment- it was much appreciated!!!!
We will be attending the 9pm show. Tickets prices are as follows:
Adult: $49.50 + seating fee and GST
Youth: $29.50 + seating fee and GST
To purchase tickets online, click here:
For information on the show, click here:
See you there!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
- Pike sit
- Shoulder stretch over a couch
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Welcome to the Competitive Blog. I figured we needed one so I can place important topics and answer any questions that come my way. I have inserted a calendar (on the side bar)- keep track of it as training plans and competitive schedules are posted here. I will be sending out permission slips so I can post videos and pictures of the girls up. Again welcome and hope you enjoy the blog!