It is amazing that, even at the International Elite level, simple kips often sadly lack even basic swing amplitude. Teach gymnasts to swing into their kips!
China’s gymnastics developmental training system from the 1980’s can give us an insight into how they train their gymnasts so successfully now.
A seeming lack of motivation and drive in young gymnasts is often just that no coach or parent has yet told them where could be driving to.
Learning to tumble into the pit (and being able to use the same technique to tumble up onto mats) is a critical skill to learn for gymnasts to advance.
Bad gymnastics habits are best avoided, because it takes considerable time and effort to fix them.
Exhibitions serve many functions for the gym and gymnasts and are serious business and serious FUN for your team, who can be the stars of their own show.