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
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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."
Some helpful hints in preparation for your first class:
- Practice and more practice
- You might want to practice some coaching techniques in front of other staff
- Well organized class preparation
- Necessary rest
- Healthy food
- appropriate clothing
A few more things to think about for gymnastics and other camp activities
- Never use your cell phone while working
- Rain or shine, an upbeat personality
- A warm smile
- Encouraging words for everyone
- Be super energetic
- Let every child know that they are important to you. "Mary Kay, let’s do lunch!"
- Lots of passion and flavor it with humor
- Create excitement, fun and team spirit within your classes.
- Utilize our USGTC simple, sound gymnastics progressions and spotting techniques
- Never have negative comments about gym clubs, their coaches and coaching methods
- Never sit while coaching
- Never show favoritism
- Give each individual camper the very best instruction in a safe environment
- Only coach and spot at your ability level
Check out some of our USGTC senior staff classes. Don’t be afraid to use some of their
teaching techniques in your own classes.
Here is a goodie bag of USGTC considerations
Say something unique to get your gymnast’s attention at the beginning of a class - like
"Welcome to our magic carpet!" or "Are you ready for greatness?"
When coaching it is important to keep in mind the following:
- A monotone voice can put your class to sleep
- Use gestures and non verbal communication
- Unexpected movements can get their attention
- Use arms and body movements
- Use the old USGTC pause and give them your special USGTC look
- Make eye contact with everyone
- Ask questions
- Carefully select your vocabulary
- Say something unique to end your class
- Never sit or cross your arms while coaching
Things to avoid while coaching:
- Humor at anyone's expense
- Embarrassing campers or staff
- Negative remarks about others
- Discussing personal matters in front of gymnasts
- Picking favorites
- Bragging (directly or indirectly)
- Undue familiarity
- Inappropriate language, poor grammar and clothing
- Laziness, sitting and looking like you would prefer being anywhere but here
- Allowing yourself or your gymnasts to stray from the agenda
- Allowing a gymnasts to do a skill that you don’t want them to do
Remember, we always protect the integrity of gym clubs, their owners and staff.
We want to send gymnasts back to their gyms with enthusiasm, new gymnastics skills
and a stronger desire to stay in gymnastics.
"You will learn more from listening to a child than from talking."