Sports are more than just fun and games. Striving to win builds confidence, cooperation, concentration, coordination, and creativity. Or at least that’s what you’ve heard. But is that really the case? Isn’t Competition Bad for Kids? “Competition” is a dirty word for some parents. Not only does it put too much pressure on children to…

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Most parents are aware that there are all kinds of physical and health benefits associated with gymnastics for kids, even for toddlers. What they may not always realize right away – until their child is an active participant anyway – that there are other, less obvious benefits that any child can gain from participating in…

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  Getting involved in sports is something that everyone agrees is a great idea for kids – especially for teenagers whose idea of the ideal after school activity is often playing Madden on the Xbox or spending hours on Facebook rather than actually getting out and being active on a regular basis. Any sport comes…

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At what age can – or should – a child begin gymnastics? It’s a question that gymnastics schools, coaches and instructors hear all the time. And the most basic answer any of them can offer is that there are no hard and fast rules. There are no legal or even generalized ‘rules’. There are gyms…

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When a child, no matter what age, takes gymnastics classes there are certain supplies their parents will need to buy (as is the case in pretty much any sport). And with budding female gymnasts, even the youngest ones, that  includes at least one leotard. As they progress in the sport, it may be that they end…

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Gymnastics really is a sport suitable for both boys and girls, for both toddlers and teens and for young bodies of all shapes and sizes. There are, however, some ongoing myths and misconceptions about gymnastics that prevent parents from encouraging, or even considering, allowing their child to enroll in a gymnastics class. And that’s a…

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Were you the best possible gymnastic parent in 2018? We hope so, but there’s always room for improvement. Sometimes it’s far too easy to get lost in hustle and bustle of your child’s schedule and class and contest commitments that the real joy of being a sports parent gets a bit lost. With the New…

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Young gymnasts perform some amazing feats every time they step into a gym. However, as back to school time rolls around again and a new school year begins young gymnasts begin trying to master a balancing act that has very little to do with a four inch beam; balancing their school work with their athletic…

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