Friday, June 14, 2013

Gymnastics 1

Yesterday was my daughter last day of recreational gymnastics. Monday she starts teams. When she tried out this year, we were told that she wasn't mentally ready for competitive teams, but was ready for "elite" teams, which is a non-qualifying teams that go to fun meets and "compete" At first my husband and I were upset that she didn't make the competitive teams, but then again we have time. I don't expect my child to join the Olympic teams any time soon. Plus this will give us time to learn how teams work and give her a window to what is expected of her.

On a good note, My daughter finally got her Pull Over. It's been a hard element to conquer. Now if your like me and have no clue about the elements of gymnastics, what a pull over is you have your hands on a bar and you have to pull your chest to the bar while you swing your legs in front of you and pull them around that bar. Eventually the rest of your body is pulled up on top of the bar and your arms have to be strong to hold yourself up. It takes alot of upper body strength to do a pull over.
I'm going to work on posting videos of her doing these elements so you can actually see what they are.

On my last post I said my daughter was currently on lv 2 on all forms except beam (she was lv 3) After this last evaluations, she is currently lv 3 on every form except bars (she has 2 things she has to get before moving to lv 3) I don't know if when she's on a team if they evaluate her or if we get paperwork with those evaluations. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Hello, it's been a while hasn't it. Well I've been busy moving from one state to another( back to Michigan), then looking for work, finding it and working. Also been trying my hardest to lose weight and hit the gym, which makes for a very sore mommy, but I'll save that for another blog post.

This post is about my daughter falling in love with a sport I know nothing about. If you know me, you know I Figure skated for most of my life and coached for a number of years. It's a sport I love and know alot about. Well my daughter decides to fall in love with Gymnastics. Although I am completely confused about how everything is done, including the elements, I am happy she found the one thing she loves as much as I do about Skating. ( yes my daughter has skated and I gave her some lessons, she just doesn't love it like I do, which is fine) She was doing "recreational" gymnastics, which I believe is like Learn to skate. Then she recently tried out for competitive teams. She made a team and here's where it all gets confusing. Since I am used to a singles sport, the whole team thing is new to me. She needs to have matching uniform, leo, warmups, bags, and other items. The believe the girls on her team will become more then just girls on her team, them may become good friends. I don't know anything about scoring or meets. I am going to be one of those confused go with the flow moms, till I learn it all. So wish me luck.

Currently,  according to her tests sheets, She is at lv 2 in all of her forms, except beam, she is lv 3. Which is awesome. I hope by this next test she will be lv 3 on all of her forms.