17 Signs You’ve Coached Gymnastics

1. You can’t count the number of times you’ve said “point your toes” or “straighten your legs.”

point feet - en.wikipedia.org

2. If you’ve made it through a day without getting kicked in the head, you know it’s a good day.

3. You’ve made up countless names for stretches and skills solely so that five-year-olds can understand.

kid roll - en.wikipedia.org

4. You know that sometimes small victories need the most congratulations.

5. Nobody ever taught you how to wrap an ankle, but you figured it out pretty quickly.

ace bandage - commons.wikimedia.org

6. If you’re working with a little kid and they get hurt, you give them an ice pack. If you’re working with anyone over the age of 7 and they get hurt, you tell them they’re fine and to keep working.

7. You have a love/hate relationship with all your past coaches and simultaneously try to emulate them and be nothing like them.

coach bars - commons.wikimedia.org

8. When you finish work, you never know if the sweat on you is your own or someone else’s. Oh well.

9. You know that the right soundtrack can change the entire success of the day.

10. Your co-coaches are the only people who truly understand what your job entails.

11. You’re great at playing doctor and bandaging up small wounds.

tape - en.wikipedia.org

12. When you’re having a bad day, you know your little gymnast munchkins can make it all better.

13. You know that when your kids are being brats, you can always just give them more conditioning.

14. It embarrasses you to stretch with your kids because they keep getting more and more flexible and you… don’t.

stretch - en.wikipedia.org

15. Even though you don’t compete anymore, you’re so glad the gym is still your home.

16. If you don’t leave work with chalk or blood on your clothes, you’ve done something wrong.

chalk - commons.wikimedia.org

17. You know the saying “those who can’t do, coach” and even though it’s true, you wouldn’t trade coaching for the world.


One thought on “17 Signs You’ve Coached Gymnastics

  1. Cathy Azzopardi says:

    Ang, this brings back such fond memories. Thanks for making me take the time to remember the passion I competed and coached with, even though it was 30 years ago.

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