Beginner Is Not An Age Group

Coach Rick posted this a few days ago on a post about an FIG age group camp in San Salvador.

We focused on drills for beginner competitors, even though many of the demonstrators are older.

Since beginners can be any age, he probably meant to say the demonstrators were more advanced gymnasts. It’s actually not uncommon for more advanced gymnasts to demonstrate beginner drills at clinics and on videos anyway. Clinicians tend to want to be sure they’ll be able to show a gymnast who can do the skill or drill they are trying to teach so they use more advanced gymnasts as demonstrators.

I know these FIG camps are really helping out but I wonder how much age bias is being introduced to countries that really can’t afford to be picky. Gymnasts go on to be coaches, parents who enroll their kids in gymnastics, and fans of the sport so a country that wants to grow this sport should really be more welcoming to the idea of gymnastics for all. Increased participation increases popularity.

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