Complete Coaching Responsibilities

Gym Mission Statement

Our mission is to assist and enable gymnasts to become responsible for their own gymnastics learning and progress, to develop a positive attitude toward learning gymnastics, to prepare gymnast for life and to provide an opportunity for gymnasts to reach their maximum potential, whatever that may be.

Team Mission Statement

  • To develop and run world class training program to continuously produce local, state regional, national and international level competitors and champions.
  • To identify, recruit and train potential team prospects.
  • To develop and research ideal training program.
  • To codify program and track and evaluate.
  • To provide unlimited opportunities for training and competition for every level.
  • To maintain national and international level coaching skills.

Your gym will best succeed when you get as many gymnasts as possible, as young as possible into your gym programs. You want to keep them for as many years as possible in ever increasingly higher level and higher time commitments in your higher priced programs.

It is your responsibility to work at improving each gymnast in the program and keeping them in the program so they may reach their highest level of potential.

Greet each student and parent you see in the gym with a smile.

Set written summer, fall and competition season team goals. Post the team goals.

Set written individual optional gymnast goals. Share individual goals with gymnast and parent. Agree on goals. Set individual target dates and goals to be accomplished.

Arrange for someone to video each meet. View videos and review each gymnast’s progress and performance. Revise intermediate and long-term goals as needed.

Plan every practice. Have information and pre-prepared workout for each optional gymnast and gymnastics level available. Your planning time is part of your job responsibilities.

Establish a planning period every morning or evening. Evaluate progress towards goals and the importance of tasks, rank them and fit them into the next day’s hourly schedule. (Day Planner – Daily or Weekly style.)

Track gymnast’s skill and routine consistency and adapt practice to maximize improvement.

Your responsibility as a coach is to teach them something new every day and every class. Review basics, review last week’s new skills and teach a new skill.

Every day possible, teach on three levels. Review basics, work at their current level and teach new, future optional skill.

When a gymnast has done the same things in class over and over again each week, the gymnast will lose interest. Every class should be different and every effort should be made to do different things each week. Different warm-ups, different skills, different event rotation, contests, competitions, use of different matting (up, down inclines, over obstacles, etc.).

Our basic premise is that a high level of tumbling and acrobatic skills utilizing correct technique is developed first and then transferred back to all the gymnastics events. Gymnastics strength, flexibility, bar skills, and choreography are the other prime ingredients.

The gym’s coaching style of training is daily step by step progress at each individual’s own rate. Use high expectations but not high pressure.

The gym’s system incorporates competition everyday – gymnastics, skill, conditioning and tumbling – some kind of competition everyday.

The gym’s system of training would be better classified as encyclopedic – teach them everything rather than the same skills over and over or a just a few specific skills.

Closely monitor warm-ups and conditioning. Practice begins on time and with warm-ups. It is part of your job to be coaching during them.

Encourage gymnasts to improve and excel at strength and conditioning by praising hard work, recognition of accomplishments and the setting of personal and gym records. Post gym strength and conditioning records.

Keep gymnasts in groups working together for motivation and support.

Consider yourself responsible and empowered to take care of our customers (parents) and their complaints by creating your own solutions to our client’s (gymnast’s) problems. It is your job to ensure the satisfaction of our customers and clients.

Track attendance and call gymnasts who have missed two or more days of practice and encourage them to get back in the gym.

Spend time monthly keeping up with the rule changes in the sport, especially the Elite Rule changes, which occur at each Elite National Technical meeting.

Take responsibility for the safety, appearance and organization of the gym. If all is not as it should be, fix it or have someone fix it immediately.

Get a copy of the address and phone list for each staff member, team member and family for your home so you can keep in touch when necessary.

Create or obtain and post gym and team progress charts – 10.0 skill achievement lists, gym records charts, bio-mechanical and technical charts, compulsory and optional checklists.

Track and list any needed training materials or equipment and give to owner or manager – e.g. chalk, straps, mat covers or repairs.

Notify owners, coaches, gymnasts and parents in advance of any known absences. Arrange for your own substitute or for coverage of all practices you may miss for any reason.

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One Response to “Complete Coaching Responsibilities”

  1. Job Responsibilities April 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    Coaching responsibilities is not an easy task to do, it’s really tough to do.

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