Welcome readers to my new blog! My name is Michael Montgomery founder of gymnasticdad.com. I figured I’d use my first blog to tell you a little about myself and what drove me to start blogging about gymnastics.
As you might have guessed, I am a gymnastics dad. My daughter has been doing gymnastics for the last 6.5 years and is currently a level 6 gymnast. My wife and I introduced her into gymnastics at the age of 18 months with the traditional Mommy and Me class. Our thinking was gymnastics would be a good way to tire her out. Little did we know she would soon grow to love the sport and soon we were progressing to the ever stressful, time and money consuming world of competitive gymnastics.
As my daughter grew more rooted in the sport of gymnastics, I became more involved with the inner workings of gymnastics and the politics associated with it. The more I learned and grew engaged with being a gymnastics parent the more I became intrigued with the similarities it had to other sports especially track and field. Being the Head Coach and owner of a youth track team made me uniquely well versed in the world of youth sports and the parents in all their various flavors that exist within it.
I started this blog for several reasons, but the primary goal is that I believe my coaching background puts me in the unique position to provide parents with the insight needed to see into coaches minds and help parents figure out the “do’s and do not” of navigating the coaching terrain. It also allows me the opportunity to be the voice for coaches and let parents know what most coaches are thinking but actually cannot say.
Finally, as I alluded to earlier having interacted with all the various types of parents, I have heard just about every excuse that a parent can make and been witness to the delusions of grandeur statements that so often comes from parents. So I will use this opportunity to tell you what I traditionally am thinking, and these situations as a coach and I am confident many of your coaches will be thinking the same thing.
Keep in mind I am NOT a gymnastic aficionado. I know enough about the sport of gymnastics to realize I don’t know anything. So, if you are looking for some drill or skill to make your daughter get her kip-cast-to-handstand…”I am not that dude”. But if you are looking for some comic relief while you sit in those metal chairs waiting for your daughter to finish that long practice then you have come to the right place.