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USA Gymnastics has gathered lots of articles on a variety of topics to help parents get all the information they need about both the sport of gymnastics and having a child involved in the sport.  View the most recent articles below or use the links to view all articles within a given category.

Recent Articles

College Recruiting: Nearly Out Of The Woods

By Tom Kovic
Over the past year, the Coronavirus has helped create a new normal with college recruiting. Those prospects who tried to maximize their effort with the college search likely gained ground. We are nearly out of the woods, and with that, a return to a sense of normalcy with the prospect-college coach connection.

3 Conversation-Starters If Your Athlete Is Being Bullied (PDF)

Learning to cope with the not-so-nice words and opinions of others is a natural part of growing up. However, when the occasional negative interaction turns into a continuous and painful reality, it becomes a form of bullying.

Video: Can You Motivate Your Child?

Since motivation is the pursuit of an unmet need, a parent’s goal is to discover the need
and provide opportunities for experiencing whatever satisfies the need. Begin this
process by finding out why your son/daughter plays the sport they’re in.

Lessons Learned After One Year of COVID-19

By TrueSport
It’s been a full year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, forcing coaches, parents, and athletes to change how they viewed team sports. Entire seasons, including practices and competitions, were canceled, and for many, the future of youth sport is still uncertain.

How to Help Athletes Have Difficult Conversations

By TrueSport
Whether you’re a child or an adult, a coach or a parent, a teammate or a team leader, difficult conversations are never easy. Having frank discussions that feel confrontational can be intimidating and emotionally taxing at any age, but fortunately, there are ways to improve your athlete’s ability to handle difficult conversations with teammates, coaches, and parents.