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How to choose floor music It is finally here – that day your gymnast’s coach says she is ready for her first optional floor routine and her own floor music! Chances are she already has lots of ideas as to the music she wants to use – after all, from the time they are little, every gymnast listens to music with the idea that one day she will have her own floor music and every song is a “potential” routine!

So, how do you go about getting your daughter’s floor music?

1. Talk with her coach first! Every coach has personal preferences as to what kind of music their gymnasts use – for example, some coaches want the new optional gymnasts to start with a classical piece of music. Your coach may also have a preferred source for the music as well.

2. Start with one of the sites that SPECIALIZES in gymnastics music. Sites like Floor Express Music and Energym have been around for YEARS and have a proven track record of obtaining rights legally, making the best music cuts and providing top notch customer service. Have your daughter listen to LOTS of music and write down the tunes that she likes. She can then share that list with her coach and they can choose the perfect piece together.

3. Purchase her music. This may seem obvious, but you need to PURCHASE floor music. You can not just pick something from YouTube or iTunes, make your own mix and send your daughter out to perform it.  Take a minute and read Energym’s tips on staying legal in your floor music quest – Don’t Be a Pirate – it is comprehensive and important to understand. 

Once your daughter and her coach have agreed on her music, the fun part can start – getting it choreographed!  And that is another post of its own. 

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USA Womens Soccer

Congratulations to the US Women’s Soccer team for their 5-2 win over Japan! The World Champion squad just continued to gain momentum throughout the entire tournament and scored an unprecedented 4 goals in the first 16 minutes of the championship game.

Just like the USA Women’s Team in 1999, this group of world class athletes will inspire another generation of girls to play soccer at all levels. 

Where do you go to get started playing soccer? Check with your local parks and recreation departments, YMCA or JCC, to start. Once your child has experience with soccer and wants to get more field time, there are travel teams, clinics, and soccer camps you can look into.

Looking for USA Women’s Soccer fan gear? My favorite store, Fanatics, has Team USA Women’s Soccer World Champs Gear in youth and adult sizes. Here are a few of my favorite items:

US Women's Soccer Team Nike Women's 2015 World Champions Slogan Dri-Blend T-Shirt - Heather Gray
US Women’s Soccer Team Nike Women’s 2015 World Champions Slogan Dri-Blend T-Shirt – Heather Gray

US Women's Soccer Team 2015 World Champions Earned Our Stars Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Navy
US Women’s Soccer Team 2015 World Champions Earned Our Stars Tri-Blend T-Shirt – Navy
 

Nike USA Alex Morgan Youth Home Replica Jersey - White
Nike USA Alex Morgan Youth Home Replica Jersey – White

Have you caught soccer fever yet?

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Gymnastics Takes Balance I read an article by Asha Forster Grebenik this week titled “How to Coach Your Gymnast at Home” – it honestly should be required reading for all sports parents – feel free to substitute your child’s sport for the gymnastics references in the post – and for that matter all parents in general! From her post…

Your gymnast does gymnastics at home. All the time. In every room. And you’ve watched enough gymnastics to know that certain things she’s doing are incorrect. So how do you make these corrections at home? You don’t. Let me repeat that. Do. Not. Coach. Your. Child. At. Home. Nothing will make your child’s coach cringe internally more than hearing that you worked on x, y, or z at home. You are not her coach. Don’t do it. Don’t even tell her to point her toes.

As sports parents most of us are guilty of “trying” to help our athlete at home – we think we are helping – we think we know what they need to hear – but guess again. As sports parents our job is to get our kids to practice, support them at meets, keep them fueled, and be their biggest fan. 

So next time you feel the urge to make a correction from the bleachers, in the car or in you own home – STOP – DON”T DO IT. Instead, give your athlete a hug and let her know you are so proud of all her hard work!

Categories : Parenting
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