5 Tips for Gymnastics Parents from Nastia Liukin

Reblogged from all gymnasts.com

Nastia Liukin, a 5-time gold medalist. She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion, the 2005 and 2007 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars. She is also a four-time all-around U.S. national champion, winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior.

Nastia has also been known for her commitment in helping young girls with big dreams. She believes that parents play an important role in the lives of their young Olympic hopefuls. Now, in this post, Nastia Liukin has some tips/advice for parents of a gymnast. Having experienced it herself, she clearly remembers how her parents helped to shape her path.

So, here are the list of 5 tips from our Olympic medalist:

5 Tips for Gymnastics Parents from Nastia Liukin.

 

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Social Media Icons for your Website

Its no secret that social media is an intricate part of any business, even when you choose not to utilize it.  People want to get to know you via social media.  You can make it easy with social icons put right on your website! For a one time set up fee of $35 you can’t afford not to do this!

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Choose the set that is right for you. We have 4 sets so you are sure to find something that compliments your business’s social media structure. You do not have to use every icon in the set you choose, you can activate them if and when they are needed. See your options here!

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Simply go to your client login and submit a service ticket with your selection, then we can get your new social media icons added! As always, you can also reach us by phone at 1-877-239-9308.

 

Simplifying your business

Today I would like to talk about a couple things that are important for any gym, no matter what size you are. It’s easy to overcomplicate things. It’s smart to keep things simple. Steve Jobs always emphasized the importance of simplicity. Jobs said “It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple, to truly understand the underlying challenges and come up with elegant solutions.”

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1. Pencil it in!

Actually, use a sharpie. Did you know the average person spend the first 15 minutes of their day on Facebook & Twitter? Set aside 15 minutes a week – the equivalent of one morning of social media and go over the finances of your business. With Snap! we offer a full accounting system with reports so you can see where your money is coming from. Classes that are popular, which child’s birthday is coming up so you do not forget, who has paid & has outstanding balances. You’ll be more organized & have more insights into your business &be able to make more informed financial decisions.

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2. Less is More

The success of brands like Google and Apple have proven that, when it comes to messaging, product offerings, and user experience, simple is better. Wherever possible, make sure your customer-facing processes are as simple as possible. Fewer steps will lead to a faster resolution, which is good news for everyone. Snap! allows your client to enroll & pay online anywhere whether it be the gym, at home or even waiting in the car pool line.

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You business will benefit from simplification on every level, and the proof will be in your profit. We would love to partner with you in this journey. Contact us today and lets chat!

Clickable Links on your Gym’s Website

Making the links on your gym’s website is a definite MUST.  It makes things easier on your clients and creates more time for you to be on the floor doing what you love- COACHING, instead of on the phone or at the printer.

Here is how to accomplish this on your website today:

 

1. Type in text in the text area, for example, “Registration.”


2. Highlight the text.


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4. Paste the URL that you want to link in the box.

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5. Under the Target Tab, you can choose same window or choose the _blank option. This will cause a new window to open when your clients click on it.

 

Click save and you are good to go!

Go, Fight, Win! Keeping your Cheer Website Content Engaging

Did you know that it only takes 10 seconds for people to decide if they are interested in what you have to offer on your website? Ten seconds does not seem like a big deal but first impressions ARE! I always recommend people focus on 3 areas when putting content into their website.

1. Cleanliness
Keeping your homepage simple is always best. A video, photo and a little content goes a long way. Try and follow the “Who, What, When, Why, Where” as a guideline. With the 10-second impression in mind, don’t put massive paragraphs on the home page of your site. People are busier than ever these days so if they can not find the information they are looking for quickly and easily, then you can kiss that 10-second good first impression goodbye. If your home page information is captivating, it will keep the visitor going for more information.

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2. Engagement

Keep your content up to date. We get a website and it is like any other new thing, shiny and bright but it can fall by the wayside after some time. You worked hard building this site so make sure people are staying around to read your content! Post your newest competition video, or the adorable picture of your tiny making her very first skill on there. And of course do not forget your social media links. Have a personal way for your clients to connect with you on social media outlets as well.

Tweet: You worked hard building this site so make sure people are staying around to read your content!

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3. Credibility
You are the best at what you do, or you would not be doing it. This attitude will influence prospective clients to choose you over other gyms and they will be making judgements about it while they browse your website. Make sure your website reflects how awesome you are. Here are some good things to keep an eye out for:

– Grammar and Spelling Errors
– Make links clickable, including emails.
– False facts and inflated experience.

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These simple corrections really will help you stand out amongst other cheerleading gyms. Humble awesomeness and attention to detail can go a long way with your web presence.  If you have any questions or need help implementing these ideas on your website please give us a call today! We are here to serve you! 1-877-239-9308 JAMSpiritSites.com

Emails, Email, Emails!

It is important for your business to carry a professional image to get seen in today’s already saturated online market. A professional appearance plays a great role for your business to achieve success and engage clients- present and future.

A great way to stand out online is by having personalized email addresses to gain confidence with all your clients. A business domain simply carries more weight and influence.

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Here are some benefits of having email accounts with your domain name in them:

1. Individualized emails – Whether by subject or staff member can be very helpful to assigning duties. Instead of everything resting on your shoulders you can task employees to be in charge of some of the email correspondence.

2. Aliases – If you are the only one emailing, you can set up email aliases, AKA forwarding email addresses. For example if your mailbox is “kim@yourdomainname.com”, you can create an alias mailbox named “billing@yourdomainname.com” and all emails sent to “billing@yourdomainname.com”” will be forward to “kim@yourdomainname.com”. You can create as many aliases as your wish and all incoming mail will end up in the same place: your inbox.

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3. Organized Contact Lists -New clients or old, mailing lists help you organize your customers to maximize your reach. You can import your contact lists from pre existing email accounts, and add them various mailing lists, all with a click of the mouse!

4. Personal touch – While emails to large audiences are helpful, being able to respond personally from any particular mailbox gives that added sense of personal connection to your clients, which always goes a long way.

5. Access Anywhere– Remember that you can access your email from any computer, tablet or mobile device. With your website you can get 5 email accounts at no additional cost to you with your own domain i.e. “info@yourdomainname.com”.

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We would love to help your company use this awesome feature – log in and submit a service ticket or give us a call at 1-877-239-9308 to get more information on setting your emails up today!

How do I add a video to my website?

1. You will need to upload the video to a place like youtube.com, or something like that.
2. Once you have it uploaded there, you will need to get the embedded code and copy it.
3. Then you can go to the page you want it on in your site and click the “Source” button to get to the code view of your content.
4. Then find the spot you want to place the video and paste your code.
5. And finally, submit the changes and it should be pulling up on your site.

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The Original Cheerleading Website Designers!

COMPETITION SEASON IS HERE.

Sometimes in the blogging world you read something.  You want to expand upon the subject but the original author did such a good job you just have to repost instead :-) Shannon Kaiser does a wonderful job explaining the importance of healthy competition in sports, specifically her experience with her own child who has 3 siblings! Balance, perspective, and competition working together for good. Thanks CHEERMaD for having such a relevant guest blogger go viral :-)

Shannon post as read on CHEERMaD Blog below:

By Shannon Kaiser, CHEERMaD Guest Blogger

Last weekend I once again had the honor of traveling to Dallas to watch my daughter compete at the coveted NCA All Star Competition.

Brenna is a member of East Celebrity Elite’s J5 in Massachusetts. She has been cheering for the past six years. She’s worked her way up from a Level 1 half-year team, to a Junior 3 team, spent two seasons on Youth 5 and has been on J5 for the past two years. In the past I have written for CHEERMaD and the words came easily. I knew what I wanted to say and just how I wanted to say it. This time….not so much. I think because the topic is HARD and controversial. I’m asking you to look inside yourself, a parent, and think.

Brenna and I are so very different in every sense of the word. I am what some would describe as a “Type A” personality. I fully admit to being an overachiever and a workaholic. I always have to win and be at the top.  Nobody loves a competition more than I do. So you would think that NCA is totally my thing. If I were an athlete, it would be. But, in this instance, I’m just mom and I saw and felt a whole different side of things this weekend.

Brenna has always been the kid that has been perfectly content to fly under the radar. She’s well respected among her peers, coaches and teachers both on and off the mat. She isn’t in the front for jumps, isn’t point dancer and doesn’t have a killer tumbling pass and there is NOTHING wrong with that. It doesn’t mean she doesn’t try as hard or is any less skilled than the kids on the team that do all those “high profile” things.  In fact, I would argue this gives her a huge advantage and that some kids and parents have a lot to learn from the kids like Brenna. She has gone through a series of progressions through the years cheering on all different levels.

Brenna didn’t shoot straight to the top. She’s had injuries and growth spurts that have caused her to back up and rebuild. It’s made her stronger and she has never had anything handed to her. Through a series of life events the gym has become her refuge. Her soft spot to land where she feels safe. She has been taught the confidence to be herself and be happy with who that “self” is. She has made her teams her family and has always referred to her teammates as her “sisters” and her “brothers.”  She knows you win as a team and lose as a team.

I can’t think of a sport that relies more heavily on teamwork than Allstar Cheering. Every individual on that mat is an integral piece of a puzzle. One piece out-of-place and the puzzle cannot be completed. Last weekend at NCA, Brenna’s team had a lot of pieces out of place for one reason or another (After Day 1 competition, ECE J5 was in second place and finished NCA in third place; ACX-Crazy Jags finished in first place and Maryland Twisters-Supercells placed second). It happens. Everyone has bad days. You win some, you lose some. As the old saying goes, you pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and get back in the saddle. You get your butt back in practice and WORK.

As I write this, it sounds as if I “know” Allstars. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I am lucky if I can find my daughter in the routine by the time the performance is over. I rely heavily on cheerUPDATES on twitter because I am so busy trying to find Brenna for two minutes and thirty seconds, I have no idea what happened in the rest of the routine. I still have to google what SF, SB, TD mean because I forget from week to week.  So, I don’t know anything about cheering other than it costs me an awful lot, I know my daughter has great coaches, and I appear as a jetsetter when my Facebook Timeline has me “traveling from Boston to Atlantic City to Dallas, to Orlando, to Nashville” every other week!

Last weekend, NCA had me in a tizzy because my cell coverage was so poor I couldn’t get on Twitter or FB and I couldn’t get my into my email to see the itinerary that the team mom sent so I had no idea where to be and when to be there…I was a HOT MESS! I had to rely on what the “moms” were all saying and sometimes found myself in the middle of the negativity. Mistake. BIG Mistake.  Quick reality check: NEVER get caught up in the mama drama.

At the end of the day, these are all kids we are talking about. I saw parents screaming at children of all ages for falling in their stunt, for busting their pass or dropping their flyer. I’ll give a pass on dropping the flyer because one thing I do know (Brenna is a base/backspot) is you NEVER drop your flyer. Anyway, back to the screaming and it was screaming…how and why does this happen? These are kids out doing something that they are so passionate about. One thing I love about Allstars is that it isn’t the land of “everyone gets a cookie!”

Our kids are brought up to be competitive. It teaches them so much. Respect for themselves and their bodies. Responsibility to their team and their coaches. Lessons on working hard to get what you want as we all know nothing in life comes easy. So why in one fell swoop would someone come in and rip that from someone, no less a child? Most of these kids are hard enough on themselves and don’t need us to compound it.

Stop rushing your kids to be on teams that YOU want them to be on. Trust in the coaches and owners that you are paying for a service that they know what is best for a team and a gym. Be their parent, not their coach. When they come off the mat after a tough performance, they need a HUG not a lecture. If they’ve just had the performance of a lifetime, celebrate with them, not for them.

I want to win too. I would love to have been able to post pictures on my timeline of my daughter sporting her blinged-out black jacket. Brenna got a big bite of humble pie at Dallas LOVE field when one of the Showstoppers from ProAthletics was on the same flight as us, with the GIGANTIC first place NCA trophy. Every kid in the airport wanted their picture with it. Brenna looked at me and said “Mom, that should have been us.”  She was right. It should have been, but it wasn’t. It didn’t happen last year and it didn’t happen this year. They need to work harder. Teams that won worked harder and were more focused. She’s convinced it was because she didn’t do a “Random Act of Kindness” over the weekend and maybe she’s right. After all, I saw our C5 team jump all the way to second place this weekend. It’s not the pictures of their second place trophy you are seeing go viral, but pictures of them forming a human tunnel of well wishes for one of the Special Needs Teams. Maybe they are on to something? It is true that what you give out comes back. This is what this sport is all about. Being there for each other at every level: when you’re on top or when you’re on the bottom.

We, as parents, need to step back and look at the real reasons why we have our kids in this sport. The pressure I saw on some of these kids this weekend was heartbreaking and at what cost?  The work truly is worth it, but with that work comes responsibility. A responsibility to teach, rather than criticize. There is a huge difference and every single one of us owes it to our children to know the difference and truly practice it.

I know I come from a different place than most. In addition to my Allstar, I also have three other children. My youngest has spent a good deal of her little life behind the walls of Children’s Hospital in Boston. I’ve spent my fair share of competition weekends troubleshooting problems with nurses over the phone and even flying back early to watch my little one be transferred to ICU after becoming very sick, very quickly. It has a way of putting things into perspective pretty quickly. It has also allowed me to see the compassionate side of Allstars. Our gym has not only rallied around my little girl, but they’ve rallied around Brenna. Going back to “you reap what you sow,” Brenna gives her all to a gym that has given so much to her and she’s been wildly successful. That success isn’t always measured in banners, jackets or rings. For me, seeing success was listening to her talk about all the things they did RIGHT instead of focusing on what went wrong.

Allstar cheerleading is a gift. There are so many opportunities that come along with it. Embrace it. Put it in PERSPECTIVE. Enjoy your kids and most of all: Be with them, not against them.