USGTC Skills Camp Coaching System
Emotion ~ Passion ~ Energy ~ Simplicity
Our campers come to USGTC with high expectations. They want to learn new skills in a safe environment and have lots of fun with you, other campers and staff. They can’t wait to go to your first class and see what you are like. They are hoping that you will bring fun into their lives and help them to improve their gymnastics ability. Our goal is to provide our staff with a training program that will help improve their coaching ability and introduce them to new ways of making coaching fun! USGTC is all about sharing knowledge to benefit others.
The USGTC Training Script
At USGTC, a gymnastics class is like a movie or a speech. It has three simple components. They are the beginning, body, and conclusion. You are the producer and your gymnasts are the stars. You can always add and delete things in your script that you feel will improve it. You are going to assign a certain number of minutes for your introduction, body and conclusion. USGTC will provide you with a basic script for each class. Our goal is to provide you with solid progressions for teaching skills. We will go over skills and progressions during our staff training program. We will also provide you lesson plans on skills and progressions that you can keep at your teaching stations. We want you to be innovative and take chances with new ideas. Remember, some of our major goals are to help you become better coaches, have more fun, and help us improve our overall USGTC gymnastics program.
Before continuing, we want you to know that intelligence will not be the deciding factor of how well you coach and the response you get from your gymnasts. Its integrity, passion and carefully directed energy.
Introduction: This is where you tell your gymnasts what you plan to cover during your class. What, how and why. Less than a minute should be all you need.
Body: This is the time you spend on coaching your gymnasts. It will take up most of your class time. A proper logical structure for each of your event classes will make it easier for your gymnasts to learn.
New Skills: This is the time for your gymnast to experiment with new skills. Plan on approximately five minutes.
USGTC Fun: This is the time you have a meaningful fun contest. It can be the same challenge for all gymnasts or a different challenge for each gymnast. Plan on approximately five minutes.
Conclusion: This is the time to tell them what they accomplished and to pump them up with words of encouragement. This only takes a few seconds.
What do you do if you didn’t cover everything you planned? Nothing, there is always another class or open workout. Just remember that you want to end a class with your gymnasts wanting more of you. How do you reach that level? Be prepared and practice your well thought out script.
Your first class sets the tone for the rest of the week. “Emotion, passion and energy are key elements in setting the tone you desire. Install them immediately. They will help keep your gymnasts focused. Let them know that they must be ready when it’s their turn to perform. Let them know that the more turns they get, the harder you work and the more they learn.”