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Professional gymnastics coach since 1980. Tumbling, Double mini and Trampoline coach since 1986. Gymnastics author of 26 books. Gymnastics/Sports hypnotist. Coach of Gymnastics, Tumbling, Double-mini, Trampoline and Cheerleading State, Regional, National, Jr. Olympic National, Jr. Elite National and Jr. World Age Group Champion medallists. Commercial gymnastics web site designer, consultant and owner. Gymnastics business consultant and gymnastics staff trainer. Gymnastics equipment and facility layout designer. NCAA Division I cheerleading coach for two years. Company CEO, business, business strategy and computer consultant.

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Top 10 Steps to Building Gymnasts’ Self-Esteem, Self-Image and Self Confidence

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: August 10, 2006

Confidence is essential to a gymnast’s competitive performance. To a considerable degree that confidence for competition depends on the gymnast’s self-image and self-esteem. A wise coach does not restrict their coaching strategies solely to physical development. So the question arises as to what gymnastics coaches can do to improve their gymnast’s confidence through building their personal self-esteem and self-image.

Gymnastics Balance Beam Basic Training Program Complex

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: June 26, 2006

Successful gymnastics programs all commonly use special beam training programs to develop the basic beam skills which can allow gymnasts to have success in the sport.

Gymnastic Camp: 5 Reasons Not to Attend/Pick a Gymnastics Camp

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: April 22, 2006

There are a number of factors that parents don’t know to take into account in a decision about a gymnastics summer camp or have chosen to ignore. Here are five things you should think about when making a decision about any gymnastics summer camp.

5 Reasons to Pick a Gymnastics Camp

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: April 22, 2006

There are a number of criteria and reasons why gymnasts and their parents might choose a particular camp or type of gymnastics summer camp. This article gives some interesting perspectives and perhaps some new ideas about making the choice for attending and choosing a gymnastics summer camp.

30 Dos for Gymnasts’ Parents

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: April 21, 2006

This is what gymnast’s parents can do and should do to make their gymnast’s gymnastics career more enjoyable and successful. Thirty positive parental practices to use with your gymnast.

27 Don’ts for Gymnasts’ Parents

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: April 21, 2006

The don’ts and don’ts for gymnastics parents. How to help ensure your gymnast’s happiness and success in the sport of gymnastics.

Why Cheerleading is the Most Dangerous Women’s Sport?

Recreation and Sports: Cheerleading • Published: March 17, 2006

In addition to the inherent dangers of the sport of cheerleading including the height and motion involved in tumbling, stunting, pyramids and basket tosses over hard, unforgiving performance surfaces, there are other factors that are contributing to making cheerleading the most dangerous sport for women.

Inherent Dangers in the Sport of Cheerleading

Recreation and Sports: Cheerleading • Published: March 17, 2006

There are certain inherent factors in the sport of cheerleading that contribute to the dangers that cheerleaders face when competing and performing.

Commercial Gymnastics Summer Camps?

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: February 16, 2006

Parents often wonder and ask about the benefits of going to summer gymnastics camps. There are two main types of summer gymnastics camps – large commercial gymnastics camps and camps that are an extension of some type of a gymnastics program like a team or college program. Parents want to know if it is worth the money to send their gymnasts to one or the other of these programs.

Myths About USA Gymnastics Level 4 Gymnasts

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: January 2, 2006

There are many misunderstood aspects about Level 4 gymnastics in the USA gymnastics program, especially in regards to competition. As this is often a gymnast’s first exposure to competitive gymnastics, both gym parents and gymnasts often have no realistic perspective about Level 4. Please take note that this article is being written in January of 2006 and that there are frequent rule changes at every level of the sport, so some specifics in the article may change.

What Place Do Compulsory Gymnastic Levels Have in a Gymnast’s Career?

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: January 2, 2006

It seems clear that many gyms, coaches, gymnasts and parents have not taken a look at the long-term perspective at the consequences. It seems clear that many gyms, coaches, gymnasts and parents have not taken a look at the long-term view and gained a true perspective of all of the implications of Compulsory level gymnastics training. Success at the upper levels of the sport requires an effective long-term training plan and an informed view of what it takes to reach high level gymnastics levels of competition.

Gymnastics Summer Camp – Yes or No?

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: December 21, 2005

Parents often wonder and ask about the benefits of going to a large commercial gymnastics camp. Parents want to know if it is worth the money to send their gymnasts to one or the other of these programs and how much they will learn there.

The Solution to the Collegiate Gymnastics Crisis – Privatize

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: December 18, 2005

Everyone in the sport has been concerned with the rapid rate at which universities and colleges have been closing down gymnastics programs for both men and women. For men it has been a blow to our Olympic and World Championship training system. For both men and women, it has greatly reduced one of the benefits which both gymnasts and gym parents look forward to – a college scholarship. This innovative solution to the problem has been provided by GymnasticsZone.com.

Top 10 Things to Look for in a Gymnastics Team Program for Your Gymnast

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: November 21, 2005

While there are many factors to look for in a gymnastics program, these are our top 10 choices. This is what we would look for if we were finding a gym for our own gymnasts.

New Gymnastics Supervision Systems Provide More Safety for Gymnasts

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: November 20, 2005

Everyone agrees that children need to be supervised when they are in potentially dangerous or unfamiliar situations. For most young children, a gymnastics facility can be both unfamiliar territory and potentially dangerous to those unfamiliar with the equipment and traffic patterns. The more supervisors and supervision systems in effect, the safer gymnasts will be.

5 Gymnastics Lessons for Gymnasts

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: November 15, 2005

There are lessons to be learned in life and gymnastics. Gymnasts need to learn their lessons before they have need for them. Coaches have a large responsibility to prepare gymnasts for anything they may encounter in their gymnastics career and, hopefully, for their future as well.

Gymnastics: Current Issues in Gymnast Training

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: November 12, 2005

It is evident to participants, parents, coaches, and to other observers of our sport that there are serious issues with the training regimens our children and our gymnasts are forced to undergo. The problems are not limited to the training programs; there are more widespread problems in gymnastics in general…

Gymnastics: Approaching Your Gymnast’s Coach

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: November 12, 2005

For a number of reasons, many parents have difficulty approaching their child’s gymnastics coach. One of the main reasons is that it is an extremely rare parent who understands enough about the sport to have any opinion at all. Gymnastics is a complicated sport with obscure and ever changing rules that even coaches have trouble keeping current on. Parents have little chance to do keep up.

Secrets For a Happy and Successful Gymnastic Life

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: November 6, 2005

It is important that coaches and parents understand what it takes to extract the fullest enjoyment of the gymnastics lifestyle. Here are some of the strategies to maximize gymnast’s “success” in the sport.

Secrets to Gymnastics Creativity

Recreation and Sports: Gymnastics • Published: November 6, 2005

Gymnastics can be a unique creative experience for every gymnast of every level. Or it can be a cookie cutter experience that is boring to both gymnasts and spectators.

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