We thrive when we have limitations... When we look around and ask, "ok... how can I do this and still be awesome?" You totally can!
Structure and consistency. These two things will keep kids engaged, safe and having FUN!
I remember a time when, as a coach, I use to demonstrate EVERYTHING. I was young, and loved doing gymnastics whenever I could. So, naturally I would use my body as the instrument of communication, showing them the exercise myself, being the visual example for kids to learn the material.
Until a mentor said, “ok, but can you teach it without showing them?”
This blew my mind. I quickly realized coaching is not show and tell, or a chance to prove to these kids that I was the expert. Coaching is more talking than demonstrating! So I worked and worked to become the coach that DIDN'T HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE and still see my athletes making meaningful progress.
A few years later I would get the next big “Ah ha moment” when I watched a training video on teaching a back handspring WITHOUT SPOTTING! Again! Mind blown! This coach had drills for the drills! They were absolutely dedicated to the spot-free system, warmly setting the expectation with the athletes and with a total commitment to consistency. "We move on when", was the key phrase that the students heard over and over.
So, here we are... in a world where spotting kids in recreational gymnastics and ninja is probably not in the best interest of safety (barring injury saving spotting). Here are some great
ADD NEW STEPS ALONG THE WAY!
Do some research! Find all the places you're missing opportunities to spot-free drill techniques and add them into your progressions. If you had 5 backward roll drills, try to find 5 more! If kids can do all 10, they probably won't need a spot.
Check out these fun forward roll drills! YOUTUBE: 10 FUN Forward Roll Challenges!
REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT!
Repetition is one of the most important forms of learning. Make sure kids get in those QUALITY reps before moving to the next skill or drill.
FIND THE FUN!
Get creative with your skills and drills! Smiley faces, themes, games