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Helping Parents & Coaches Navigate Competitive Gymnastics Together

Today on the podcast, I have some awesome information to help parents wrap their heads around competitive gymnastics.

My good friend and crowd favorite Eva Shute Director of Gymnastics Operations and I sat down to address a frequent request we get from so many parents and coaches, to talk about parent-coach relationships. 

So for parents, how does a parent start to wrap their head around joining competitive gymnastics? What should they be ready for? How can they be involved? 

It can be really confusing and frustrating when their kids jump from compulsory levels to optional or elite or college levels because there’s more time commitment effort and stress.

We wanted to make sure we gave some really good guidance to parents so that they can learn and understand what it means to compete in the sport of gymnastics.

But we also talk about what parents need to understand about how challenging coaches’ lives are and how challenging it is to run a gym. 

We share ideas and things we have done in our gym that have been extremely successful to help build better parent communication relationships and when someone’s really having a tough time or there may be a nightmare parent or coach, we explain what have we done practically to successfully fix these issues. 

I really believe that this parent episode is super important to get better long-term outcomes for the happiness of the coaches, the parents, and most importantly the gymnasts.

We DISCUSS; how to navigate the culture and the craziness that is competitive gymnastics.

How to develop a parent support structure.

My daughter is 5 years old why does she need to compete?

The time commitment, what can parents expect?

Why moving up gymnastics levels is not like moving up a grade in school.

Goals can change.

Three do’s and don’ts of meet etiquette.

The difference between optional and compulsory levels.

How puberty affects gymnasts in their optional years of training and competing and what parents can do to help support.


Advice for parents, gymnasts, or coaches who are not in a good environment? 

Helping Parents & Coaches Navigate Competitive Gymnastics Together


In case you missed it, I am ridiculously excited to finally share that The 2022 SHIFT Symposium Registration Page is LIVE.


The SHIFT Symposium is a 3 day, world-class virtual gymnastics education event hosted by SHIFT.

It has always been my dream to create an incredible, affordable, never-before-seen educational event for gymnastics professionals that provides insane amounts of value from high-caliber speakers.

Finally, after years of work and hundreds of hours of planning, it is here.

It will take place from Friday, June 10th, 2022 – Sunday, June 12th, 2022

We have not one, not two, but THREE jam-packed days of gymnastics content.

Day 1 focuses on Gymnastics Medical Care & Rehabilitation, with 10 speakers giving 9 lectures on treating low back pain, shoulder/hip injuries, mental health, and more.

Day 2 focuses on Gymnastics Coaching (two separate tracks for Men’s & Women’s) with 13 speakers giving 14 lectures on gymnastics specific technical development on things like floor twisting, bar releases, beam series, advanced pommel horse work, in bar work, and more.

Day 3 focuses on Gymnastics Strength & Conditioning, with 9 speakers giving 9 lectures on developing lower body strength, building speed & power, core conditioning, creating hybrid programs, and more.

You can view each individual day, the lecture topics, and speakers for those lectures below or on the SHIFT Symposium website!




Hope it helps!

– Dave

Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS
CEO/Founder of SHIFT Movement Science