When a child figures out that they love and want to pursue gymnastics or any sport, we want to do our best to create a positive culture around that enjoyment. Coaches play an integral role in developing a positive environment where kids are excited and driven to continue participating in a sport.
Through positive coaching, athletes learn not just how to get better in their sport but also in life. Rather than focusing on wins and losses, positive coaching emphasizes the hard work that goes into the process. By creating better athletes, the goal of positive coaching is to develop better people.
Here are a few of the life lessons that gymnasts learn through positive coaching:
1. Separate who you are from what you do.
We want kids to be committed to their sport and work hard. However, this is not the same thing as tying your personal identity to sport. Kids are coached to value who they are separately from what they accomplish as an athlete.
2. Be a good teammate.
Even in a sport like gymnastics, each individual is part of a team. A good teammate is honest, humble, optimistic, and holds themselves and their teammates accountable.
3. Keep both success and failure in perspective.
Even after a win or a great performance, athletes are coached to keep things in perspective. This positive mindset goes for failures and losses as well. Mistakes and failures are an inevitable part of learning.
4. Preparation is more important than the result.
In sports, the result of a competition or performance is going to matter. The important thing is to make sure that the preparation that went into that result carries much more weight.
5. Show respect to others.
Athletes are expected to show respect to all aspects of their sport: coaches, teammates, and themselves. Even when things aren’t going well, athletes are coached to treat others with respect.
At Kids First Gymnastics in Cedar Rapids, we focus on positive coaching and character development in every program we offer. We put your kids first and are on a mission to create happy, healthy, and confident children. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.