Sunday, March 20, 2011
teenagers and gymnastics--an interesting combo
im way behind on my blogging, lots of fun stuff has been happening. this week the gym ive been coaching at is closing. before all my fun is over, i squeezed in a youth activity there and a field trip for caden's class. i was only able to get a few shots of the youth, as i was slightly busy making sure nothing or nobody got broken. i started the nite explaining a little bit about the sport and how different body postions transfer to all the different events. then we warmed up, stretched out and i taught them some basic tumbling on the spring floor. most of them could roll but when it came to handstands and especially cartwheels, it got a little ugly. but totally hilarious and we all enjoyed ourselves. as we split into groups to hit the other events, i gave them a few facts explaining the equipment etc and they gave it all a try. the young men on the balance beams was a total HOOT. they were actually quite good and graceful even. the training and uneven bars were challenging but a few of them were able to get a pullover which isnt easy. they vaulted off the vaulting table--which really just looked like a bunch of guys falling all over the place. then at the end they all got to just have an open gym and try the ropes, rings, and trampolines. it was a BLAST and i am so grateful no one was hurt, i had prayed several times for that. i wish i could do that every year with them, they were so fun and funny and gracious, they were humbled by what they couldnt do but were proud of what they could. LOVE THEM!