Here at Big Rock our goal is not only to teach gymnastics, but to provide a POSITIVE environment through teaching life skills. We aim to turn kids into hard working, goal oriented, CONFIDENT athletes!

For tips on spotting lack of self-confidence read this…

Children who suffer from a lack of confidence often OVER-COMPENSATE with these behaviors:

1. They give reasons for their actions…EXAMPLE: Your child accidentally spills the milk and immediately explains that “the glass was on the edge of the table” or “Oh, I was tired, that’s why I wasn’t paying attention.”

2. They never admit that they have problems.

3. They are defensive. This may be indicated by their responses or by their body language (by folding arms or crossing legs).

4. Immediate reply to criticism. Confident children will accept the criticism if it is true or if not just walk away with a smile because they know they are a champion.

So even though your child may not be destined to be an Olympic gymnast, they will learn to be CONFIDENT at Big Rock Gymnastics. Why? Because, the coaches at Big Rock Gymnastics know that no one is PERFECT. They know that confident children must understand that it’s human to make mistakes and that mistakes don’t change who you are.

Why Gymnastics?

I found this great article and thought I would share it.  Take a look!

Benefits of Participation in Gymnastics Programs

ALL children benefit from classes and participation in gymnastics. The areas listed below are a small sampling of the actual benefits from gymnas- tics activities. You have done a terrific job of parenting by getting your child interested in this educational sport. Many of the benefits of gymnas- tics are NOT related to learning gymnastics skills, but more important developmental areas that will help your child become a better student and young adult. Gymnastics programs are not solely about creating gymnasts. There are so many more important areas to consider. ALL children, regardless of ability, should stay in gymnastics for 3 – 5 years, if not longer, to get the full benefit of what gymnastics teaches.

Self Confidence

Through the challenge of learning gymnastics skills, the students gain confidence with each step that they take. Doing skills on the beams and bars helps them gain confidence in their own abilities. This im- proved self confidence will transfer to other areas of their lives includ- ing school.


Gymnastics instruction helps develop better coordination and body movement. For the young child, a great deal of their self confidence comes from how coordinated they are because their “world” is so physical rather than mental. Gymnastics improves coordination.

Non “Star” Athletes

Some children do not have the skills to be a “star” athlete in any sport. But in gymnastics we can control their progress and challenges. Chil- dren who are a little weaker, a little overweight and/or a little less flexible can all find success with our terrific, caring gymnastics teach- ers. EVERY child can benefit from gymnastics.

Hard Work Ethic

Gymnastics is a tough sport. The best thing about it is that the kids have to earn the skills, we just can’t give them to them. This hard work shows them that the more they work the more they learn. What a great lesson. You want your children to have a “hard work ethic,” don’t you?


Participation in gymnastics helps the athletes become more flexible. Baseball players, basketball players, football players and all other sports need more flexible athletes. Gymnastics builds flexibility better than any other sport. Flexibility also helps limit injuries.

Social Skills

Especially for the younger ones, gymnastics gives the little ones a weekly chance to learn about social skills like listening and following directions, taking turns, being quiet, respecting others and a lot more. The gymnastics teachers work hard to build social skills with their students because they are so important in other aspects of the lives of the little ones.


So, so important today. We do have rules in gymnastics classes and the teachers treat these rules as being very important. The more disci- pline the children get today the better off they will be. Gymnastics classes are a very controlled environment. Very helpful for the child.


Yes, we stress politeness in classes as the way to treat others. The teacher is polite to the students and the students are expected to do the same to the teachers and to their class mates. The more the kids are exposed to “politeness” the better.


In this world of a lot of obese children, fitness is CRITICAL to the current and future health of our children. Gymnastics classes are full of activities that will make your child more fit and help keep them healthy. You have them in the right place if fitness is important to you and your family.

Overcoming Fears

Some parts of gymnastics are very challenging. We think that this is good training for all kids. They need to be challenged. The key is that we challenge them with “attainable challenges” so that they are suc- cessful the majority of the time. To face a challenge, maybe with a little fear, and then to accomplish the challenge is a wonderful part of gymnastics classes and it happens all of the time. We want confident, aggressive children.

Learning To Perform In Front Of People

What a terrific, sometimes overlooked, benefit of gymnastics. Gym- nastics classes have the students perform their skills in front of other students which helps teach “performance” and makes performing in front of others easier. Gymnastics students tend to be the 1st ones at school to volunteer to do things in front of the class as they have learned to “perform” which is going to help them throughout their lives.


Gymnastics builds determination. Some gymnastics skills are hard to master so the children learn determination in continuing to work hard even when things are tough. Such an important lesson.

Strength Development

Moving and lifting their bodies during gymnastics activities helps build upper body strength as well as leg strength. This helps the gym- nast as well as the students who are also in other sports. Do you want a strong child? You have them in the right place.

Caring Teachers

Our gymnastics teachers care about EVERY student regardless of their potential. We KNOW that every child can learn a great deal by being involved in this incredible sport. Every child is important in our gymnastics classes.

Great Parenting!

You have done a great job of parenting by having your children in gymnastics. Keep them with us as long as possible as gymnastics benefits all athletes and every child regardless of talent and ability. Your child will be a much more mature, well prepared young adult because of their in- volvement in gymnastics instruction. Gymnastics teaches so much more than forward rolls!

Prepared by Tom Burgdorf, National Gymnastics Clinician, National Committee Member AmeriKids Gymnastics Association and publisher of the free Parenting An Athlete Newsletter. For a free newsletter subscription contact Tom at or at

Tuition Letter for August and some advice about “Coaching From the Bench”

Hi Everyone,

I totally forgot to remind you all about tuition this month.  Please send that in as soon as you can if you haven’t already.  And of course if you pay by credit card I’ll be taking that off your card soon.  I appreciate you all!
Gym CLOSED August 22-26th
If you have friends that are interested in signing up let me know and I’d love to send out more information about us to them.  I really appreciate all you do and say to help our gym grow and be the best!  By the way because of our growth, the gym gets to send me to Texas to do a clinic at Bela Karolyi’s gym!!!  I’ll be learning some amazing stuff with Tami Biggs, one of USA Gymnastics most prestigious trainers.  If you want to compete with the big dawgs, you’ve got to learn from the big dawgs!  I can’t wait!
Some other things I’d like to talk about are “coaching from the bench.”  Not that this is a huge problem or anything.  I just thought I would give everyone some insight on this subject.  I realize that those who do do it have the best intentions.  They want there child to do well and succeed and are used to giving them advice.  But it doesn’t really help unfortunately.  I’ve read up on some studies and know this from my own experience what this can do.  First of all, the coach gets flustered because they feel like you think they aren’t doing a good job.  Second, the kid feels embarrassed that there parent is yelling things out to them to fix in front of there friends.  And one more really big thing is that it puts pressure on the kid that success at a trick matters to you and that love will come when they perform it to your specifications.  This doesn’t work unfortunately.  In all reality the performance level of the trick doesn’t really matter.  Your childs health, happiness, success in the world does not depend on them getting a trick perfect or at all.  Some kids need more time and some kids may never get it.  How sad it would be if your kid thought they weren’t loved if they weren’t the best at gymnastics.  Kids stop progressing.  They get scared of tricks because the pressure to get it sooner is hanging over there head, start to despise gymnastics because they think they are doing it for the parents and not themselves, and ultimately they give up.  I’ve seen the cycle.  Gymnastics is here to teach your children discipline, goal setting, respect, gain friendships, trust others and themselves, work hard for success instead of having it come easy.  I have a few students who’s parents could care less (I know they care but you know what I mean) if they did gymnastics or not and those kids are AMAZING!  The kids WANT to be there and they know that they have to earn that privilege.  We praise for so much more than just gymnastics.  We focus on good behavior, being nice to others, being helpful, showing kindness and support to everyone.  The tricks are the tools but it’s not the real goal.  Our real goal is to bring up loving, honest, hard working people and of course so much more.  Love them for all that they are and do.  Not just the trick.  So remember when you feel like yelling something out to them, think about what this will do and affect.  Thank you all for your understanding.
I’ll post this on the blog and you can feel free to comment on there or email me back if you like.  I hope I don’t come across harsh.  I truly love all of my parents and know that they are great supporters.
Coach Carrie

Advice for Parents of Athletes

Hi Big Rock Parents,

I received this email and loved what it had to say.  It talks about feedback to the coaches if your child is frustrated often.  This I totally agree with.  Let us know what frustrates them and maybe we can help make it better.  We as coaches are always striving to be better and want to make there experience here as best as possible.  Thank you for your support!!!

Parenting An Athlete Newsletter

September 22 2010

Hope you are having a great day. Pass the newsletter on to your friends if you think it is beneficial. Feel free to post the newsletter on bulletin boards. I am also fine with the newsletter being posted on team web sites.

“I Hate You”

Shock value. They want a reaction. The words hurt more than their intention. Give them the lecture about “hate” but don’t be overly sensitive that you are “losing” them. You aren’t. Kids have very little recourse when they are very upset. Don’t get defensive, check out why they are feeling that way. Try not to let those words escalate the situation. Remember, every child says those words at some point.

Today vs. The Big Picture

Giving in to the kids may get rid of a bad situation for today, but the “big picture” is our ultimate goal. To give in usually sends the message to the children that they just found a way to get what they want. That is to throw a tantrum, embarrass you at the mall, keep asking for something, bugging you when you are tired or making you feel guilty. All terrific maneuvers that they learn from experience. Don’t feed their misbehaving by giving in. To stand up to them today will make things better tomorrow and next week. Be strong, you are helping them.

Kids Talking In Car

Coming home from practice can be good and can be bad. On a good day you will get lots of talk about what they accomplished and all of the compliments they got. Wonderful. But when they have a bad day at practice you will probably hear 30% truth and 70% of their biased version of why it wasn’t a good day. Usually their version needs to be taken with a little grain of salt. Their version should not be taken verbatim as 100% truthful. This is natural. Almost always, their version of a bad practice is embellished. Trust your coaches to be in control of the practices.

Now, if there are several bad practices, in the eyes of your athlete, in a row, you may want to inform the coach about what is happening in the car. Go into this conversation open minded and as a partner with the coach rather than a disgruntled parent. Most of the time this is a small, small situation of frustration or lack of progress. Not a huge deal. It is natural that this happens. It is a small hurdle to work with the coach and overcome. You know that kids “tell stories” and the car on the way home is a great place for a little fiction.

Parent Goals

Are you allowed? Aren’t you supposed to drive, pay and be quiet? The parent role in sports can be a little more than that. You can look at the past and actually have a few thoughts on where things could be in a few months. Do you have a right to expect some progress in sports when you drive a couple of times to practice every week? I think so. Progress is not guaranteed every week but over time the kids should be getting better. I think some parents have taken their own goals a little far and have messed up situations before but those parents are in the small minority of all of the common sense parents we have in sports.

So don’t beat yourself up if you do have a thought or two about the kids and the team. But as I always say, this is a partnership between the parents, the athletes and the coaches. We ARE WORKING TOGETHER! Lack of progress is not always the fault of the coach. It could be the athlete. It could even be the parent. If we all work together we offer the best situation for happiness and progress. Sounds good.

Positive Control

It is such a challenge but it is more fun to motivate your child to do the right thing rather than punish them when they don’t. Continually promote “good behavior gets good things” rather than “bad behavior has consequences.” I think we all live in a combination of those two but hopefully the positive motivation far out weighs the punishment. Kids who are threatened as much as they are motivated tend to get used to the threats which become less effective. We all want to lean on the positive to get what we want, we just may have to work at it a little more.

Young Athlete Newsletter

September 22 2010