How to Teach Gymnastics to Kids

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When teaching gymnastics to kids, you quickly learn that most of the students don't have the talent to go very far in the sport. Most just want to have fun. The trick is to make the class fun for all of the kids while still offering those with talent the opportunity to improve and advance.

  • Think like a kid. The gym is a place where kids get to do things that they can't anywhere else. Gyms have trampolines, tumble tracks, foam pits and bars. Set up exercises that teach skills while making it fun.

  • Use multiple stations. It's bad to have kids wait in line, especially boys because they get bored easily. Unless there isn't any equipment open, set up stations where each kid can practice a certain skill, then rotate them. This keeps the kids busy.

  • Bribe the kids so they'll do the boring stuff. Some boys don't like pommel horse because it's the hardest event and there aren't many skills that beginners can do on it. Still, it's important to practice it to build upper body strength. Promise to take them to trampoline after they practice pommel horse.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be creative. Use your imagination to create exercises that teach fundamental skills in an exciting way.
  • Be cognizant of your students' skill levels. You may have students in the same class who have very different abilities, so you need to be sure you don't let them do anything dangerous unless you're there to spot.

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