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What To Expect for Tumbling & Gymnastics Level & Skill Progressions f/ Your Athlete

Over the last few weeks we've received several calls from new potential families regarding the lack of progression with their current or previous home gym. These families have called in to discuss not only what our program can do for their child but progression timing with their previous gym. Some of the concerns we've heard have been absolutely legitimate- if you've been with a program for over 6+ months and the only skill your child has mastered is a cartwheel (or an equivalent skill given the level of your athlete when you joined said gym), perhaps it is time to consider a different program.

While some have been situations where the parent simply needed to trust the process and the coach. We stumbled upon this article in our quest to verify what our program feels to be the best expectation for families in regards to progression for each level athlete and the skill sets per level. After speaking with our director, Jimmy Flood who is a World Champion from the very prestigious program out of Florida- Top Gun All Stars, we decided to share the article and provide a quick overview of what to expect for an average athlete's skill progression.


Please keep in mind this advice is given based on any skill level for the average athlete. An average athlete includes athletes who not only have an average athletic/physical ability in all things physical (not just cheer or gymnastics), but an athlete who is consistent with attendance and training, and an athlete whose desire is to improve. After all, if the desire is not present, there is no point. They've got to want it to achieve it, right?


If you find yourself questioning an existing program, please note we are not putting this out there to encourage you to leave your home gym, but to question your current situation and double check your athlete is in the right class and with a coach that will allow them to achieve their goals.


Here is a very helpful overview by our Director Jimmy Flood & an article regarding progressions and advancements titled 'The Myth of Fast Progressions' by tumbleyoda from www.fierceboard.com:


"I posted this over on my FB page and on my website. Thought I would share it here as well.


The Myth of Fast Progressions:


Every season we hear a version of this myth passed around from gym to gym, coach to coach, parent to coach, posted on message boards, on social media or shared athlete to coach.


"I feel I am not progressing as fast as I should."


" _____ daughter started the same time as my daughter did and she is so much farther ahead of my daughter"
"We are leaving the gym because we haven't learned anything all year"


"He will never get the skills he wants if he is not put on a team that requires him to have those skills. He will just waste another year doing things he can already do."


"_______ coach or gym said that you are holding the athletes back from their potential."


"She can already do a BHS and a Tuck but she needs a layout or full in 3 weeks for school tryouts"


I can go thru many more scenarios I have personally heard and seen play out in over 33 years of coaching. Whether in gymnastics, cheerleading, tumbling classes, power tumbling, or teaching tumbling clinics, some variation of this myth pops up every season. I am also sure I can consult with coaches in various other sports disciplines and they would wholeheartedly concur. While I refuse to diminish the feelings behind these statements, I can guarantee you they are built on several fallacies. Things we must always consider:


Fast progressions are a recipe to injury. You should run like the wind from anyone who like a snake oil salesman promises quick progressions and results in minimal time and effort. What you want is proper, safe progressions that build on each other. This does not mean SLOW! This means proper. This means safe. This means building one skill with a view down the road to the next set of skills your athlete will be doing and not seeing it as a one trick pony skill. Any coach that teaches a BHS without a view towards it being connected to a Roundoff and a Layout or more is guilty of coaching ineptitude.


But how long? This is the impatience factor. Many do not plan for the moment properly and then are frustrated when they need a skill that they do not have. If I had a sure fire answer I would of retired a long time ago and sold the answer for a premium price. The correct answer I have is patience. It takes time. Each athlete will get thru this in a different time span. I often say in regards to tumbling that it takes 3 hours a week every week to progress safely and relatively quickly, barring sickness or injury. One hour for basics and body shaping, one hour for new skills and one hour for conditioning. Now to be honest most athletes don't tumble - not be in the gym but actually tumble for more than 1.5 hours a week. Cheer practice, or hanging with friends at open gym does not count. I am taking about concentrated effort at tumbling. That automatically doubles the time right there. So if you are already putting in less time it makes sense that more focus and effort should be put in during the time that you are there. Maximize your efforts in order to maximize your results.


Every child learns at a different rate and pace. Every child. This includes your child. This is true in all areas of life. It is just often on painstaking display in sports. You actually see it right before your eyes. Yes it may be frustrating if you were the super talented and gifted athlete and your child is way more laid back and not as competitive as you were or still are. Yes it is frustrating when your athlete is looking up at the clouds when the play comes right their way. Yes it is frustrating when it seems like it is taking forever to learn this one skill - whatever it may be.


Please understand that measuring your athlete's progress against another child is damaging your child so stop it! You don't know what they do behind the scenes to get better. You don't understand their level of commitment. You don't fully understand how genetics plays a part in their body make up, metabolism, etc. Doing this constantly is a recipe for failure and frustration. Yours and your athletes. The percentage of kids that are able to use this as positive motivation is smaller than those who would be impacted negatively by this.


How many of you would throw your athlete overboard into the sea when you know they can not swim? Not one of you. Yet this is what many ask coaches to do when they demand their athlete that does not have skills be placed on a team that they do not qualify skill wise - just to be with friends, or to push them to work harder. You are literally asking coaches to help drown your athlete. And while there will always be a few outliers that will be able to survive and even fewer to thrive in this scenario, the truth is most drown. Blunt, but truth. Don't ever plan on your athlete being an outlier as a path to their success.


The level an athlete is mentally, emotionally and physically conditioned to has a direct impact on their progressions. Even if we are aware that our child may not be as physically conditioned as another child, we quickly dismiss that as coincidental and not as a contributing factor. Where we usually always miss is the athletes mental and emotional conditioning and commitment. An athlete that is strong physically but weak mentally or emotionally is going to lose 9 times out of 10 to the athlete that is weaker physically but stronger mentally and emotionally. Good coaches know this. Great coaches build up all three areas constantly.


There is a time when the sport will get hard. I promise that. Every sport will get hard. More will be required of them than ever before. Coming out of comfort zones will be necessary in order to move forward. There are no other options. Even the athlete that learns fast will have that bump sooner or later. Some skill will become a nemesis. Some progression will have them leaving the gym in tears. This is when being conditioned mentally and emotionally as an athlete will truly come into play. My contention is we need to prepare for moments like this way before they ever happen.


This is also when they need you to be just a parent. Not a judge, not another coach, not offering bribes or punishment. Just a parent that loves their child unconditionally. A parent that will love their child if they are sitting on the bench or first string All American. Whether they just won Worlds or they were two teams from last place at a competition no one ever heard about. Whether they just competed that new skill or it is oh look it is the same ROBHS we have seen for the past three years. As simple as this sounds I can assure you as a coach, many children over the years do not feel you think this way about them. I can tell from the way they look up to find your eyes when they mess up. How you handle their performance if it is less than perfect. How they drag their feet not wanting to leave the gym not because they don't want to leave but because they dread the ride home.


Listen to your athlete without judgement. I have had so many parents speak of the big dreams they have for their child via sports and only to talk with the child and they say how much they hate the sport and want to do something else. Let me suggest to you that often they don't hate the sport they hate the PUSH the parents are making for or against them in the sport. They wouldn't mind if they learned to love it for themselves. But being forced to love something you don't...well as adults we know how that works out. They must learn to love it for themselves.


Having an athlete is an investment. Of love. Of time. Of sacrifice. Of presence. Of memories. Of goals, dreams and accomplishments. Money is only a tool to accomplish the others. Don't get it twisted and miss out on the most beautiful part. For if you do "verily ye have your reward."


Now go make some beautiful memories this season with your athlete." -tumbleyoda


https://www.fierceboard.com/threads/the-myth-of-fast-progessions.49093/#post-1181300
Contributing blogger- Cara Sorensen
Contributing vlogger- Jimmy Flood


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If you feel like Prosper Athletics can answer any of your questions or help your family and your athlete in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can be reached @ 972-347-3444 or via email @ info@prosper-athletics.com. We are located in downtown Prosper, TX next to The Cotton Gin Cafe @ 208 W. Broadway St. Prosper, TX 75078.

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Prosper Athletics - Road to Summit 2017

Re: Tax Free Sponsorship

Dear Potential Sponsor,

Thank you for considering the opportunity to sponsor Prosper Athletics. This letter briefly outlines the opportunities and provides a further understanding of what Prosper Athletics is all about!

Prosper Athletics was established in March 2016. As a 1 year gym, in a short amount of time we have achieved some BIG goals! Prosper Athletics Sapphire is a group of 15 elite female level 2 Youth All-Star athletes at Prosper Athletics Cheer and Gymnastics Gym in Prosper, TX who participate in the sport of competitive cheer.

Recognizing the extraordinary talent and dedication of our athletes, the coaching staff at Prosper Athletics has assembled one super-squad, Sapphire, the first of its kind in Prosper Athletics’ history. This team’s goal was to earn a bid to the Summit Championship in Disney World in May of 2017, AND THEY DID IT!

We may be small in stature, but we cheerleaders are BIG on strength, agility, and stamina. We joke that cheerleaders don’t lift weights—we lift people! Please take a moment and watch the following link to witness our amazing journey this season https://youtu.be/_O0To9Wx2WA.

All Star cheerleading and dance is a very competitive sport throughout the United States and has recently appeared on the cover of U.S. World and News Today. As you can imagine, fund raising is necessary in order to assist our cheerleaders with the ever-increasing competitive expenses. These young athletes work diligently to raise money through various methods such as (garage sales, raffles, bake sales, popcorn sales, sponsorships, etc). However, these fundraisers cover only a small portion of their expenses.

We invite you to become a part of the Prosper Athletics Family! As a sponsor, your business will enable these cheerleaders to continue to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime sport. Show your commitment to the future of these young athletes and our community.

We welcome your sponsorship and look forward to having your company become an active and proud participant with the Prosper Athletics Sapphire All Star athletes. Please contact us via email at info@prosper-athletics.com or by phone at 972-347-3444. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cheers,

Prosper Athletics Staff

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“Here’s something to cheer about: the International Olympic Committee’s executive board voted on Tuesday to recognize cheerleading as a sport, the New York Times reports.

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BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

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BUILDING ON OUR SUCCESS

“It is very clear that the Breast Cancer Research Foundation has already made a significant impact

On the course of breast cancer research.”

Larry Norton, MD, Medical Director, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, Memorial Sloan

Kettering Cancer Center; BCRF Scientific Director

The BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION was founded in 1993 by the late Evelyn H. Lauder as an independent, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated solely to funding innovative clinical and translational research. BCRF stands today as the most highly rated and largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. The mission of the Foundation is two-fold: cure and prevention. Determined to continue our Founder’s philanthropic ambition and honor her lasting impact on research, BCRF is deeply committed to eradicating existing metastasis, and stopping cancers before they happen by discovering how they happen.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer (after skin cancer) in women in the United States, with a new diagnosis every 2 minutes. The American Cancer Society estimates that 249,260 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2016 in US women and men, and 40,890 people will die from disease. These statistics, and the fact that clinical research continues to be under-funded, explains the critical need the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and its laser-sharp focus on achieving our ultimate goal of prevention and cure.

In 2016-2017, the Foundation is supporting more than 250 scientists worldwide with grants totaling #57 million. This figure includes $56 through BCRF’s annual research grants and $1 million committed to the Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund, a global initiative focused on unraveling the biology of metastasis, which enables our researchers to make significant progress that will impact the resolution of not only breast but many other cancers.

By investing in people instead of projects, we give our grantees the funds and the freedom to explore their best ideas. The leadership of that process is key and BCRF’s esteemed Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of internationally recognized, geographically and disciplinarily diverse scientists, who ensure that our global brain-trust of researchers are efficiently tackling breast cancer from every angle. BCRF-funded investigators are engaged in studies aimed at advancing knowledge on cancer biology, developing novel targeted therapies to yield greater patient benefits, and creating new diagnostic and prognostic tools. TO bolster progress in the clinical setting, BCRF recently launched a first-of-its-kind Investigator-Initiated Drug Research Collaborative, which is devoted to bridging the gap between academic investigators and access to drugs in development, promising to propel research forward, faster. Everyday our grantees are designing more effective treatments and more sophisticated preventative strategies, and uncovering new and invaluable insights into how to eradicate cancer.

BCRF is a careful steward of our donors’ generosity, keeping administrative costs as low as possible. In fiscal 2016, 91% of every dollar raised was directed to research and awareness programs. As a result, the Foundation has received the highest ratings from monitoring agencies: 4 out of 4 stars from Charity Navigator, and “A+” from Charity Watch, formerly known as The American Institute of Philanthropy.

The Foundation welcomes and depends on contributions from all those concerned with breast health.

For more information, please call 646-497-2600 (toll-free, 1-866-FIND-A-CURE),

Or visit the Foundation web site: www.bcrfcure.org

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A History of Gymnastics: From Ancient Greece to Modern Times By Michael Strauss

The sport of gymnastics, which derives its name from the ancient Greek word for disciplinary exercises, combines physical skills such as body control, coordination, dexterity, gracefulness, and strength with tumbling and acrobatic skills, all performed in an artistic manner. Gymnastics is performed by both men and women at many levels, from local clubs and schools to colleges and universities, and in elite national and international competitions.

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Have you ever wondered what exactly Competitive Cheerleading is all about? Ever heard All-Star Cheer? Below is a straight and to the point article by Varsity.com to explain.

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“Competitive cheerleading is when cheer squads compete against each

other at a competition.

At a typical cheerleading competition, teams perform a 2 and a half minute routine with music that includes stunts, jumps, tumbling. Teams are judged by a panel of cheerleading experts on difficulty and execution. The winner in each division gets a trophy and bragging rights.

All types of cheerleading teams have the option to compete, but not all school-based cheerleading squads are competitive. School teams perform routines with a cheer with signs, poms, and megaphones that showcase their sideline skills along with an entertainment section to music.

On the other hand, all star cheerleading squads, who are not affiliated with a school, exist solely to compete. All star routines do not include a cheer since they don’t technically cheer for anyone, and their routines are all entertainment/music. Teams compete based on age and difficulty level (1-6, 6 being the most difficult).

Either way, competing as a cheerleader is really challenging, athletic, and so much fun. If you want to become a competitive cheerleader, find out if your school has a cheer squad that competes or contact a local all star gym. To find a competition in your area, visit Varsity.com”

An article by Varsity.com.

Prosper Athletics is proud to host 4 competitive all star cheer teams for the 2016/2017 season. Our small but growing program is dedicated to providing the utmost attention to each and every athlete in order to improve existing skills as well as aid them in accomplishing harder skills in a shorter period of time than traditional gyms. This season we will have a youth level 2 Team Sapphire, prep level 3- Team Jade, mini level 1 prep- Team Emerald, & a tiny level prep team-Team Ruby. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about our Programs at Prosper Athletics, please contact us at 972-347-3444 or via email at info@prosper-athletics.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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