Typically, I'd get to work, clock in, and meet with the other coaches who will be taking my girls that day with me to each event. We discuss what events are most important to get to, what gymnast needs to focus on what, and cater to each one on an individual basis. Then practice starts, the girls run laps and stretch, then do a little conditioning to get warmed up. We get set up for the first event and everyone must train each skill a certain number of times, then do at least 10 stuck routines before they can move on to advanced skills. We keep rotating events this way until we have about 30 minutes left of practice, to which we do full body conditioning either with weights, cardio, or body drills. Once practice is over, then girls leave and the coaches usually gather again and discuss how well each gymnast worked and what events we should focus on for next practice.
Get there before practice starts to meet with parents if they have questions or concerns. Instruct athletes to begin stretches and get changed if they have not already. Warm up begins and varies based on length of practice and level. After warm up depending on the number of coaches split group into events; bars, beam, floor, and vault. Do equal rotations of each event and practice various skills, routines and games. Finish with stretching and conditioning.
Practices occur six days each week, Monday-Saturday from toddler levels and up (usually up to Level 10). While each location practices differently, the typical day as a gymnastics coach as follows (may differ depending on which level one coaches):
The coach is always expected to kindly greet each gymnast as well as any parent/guardian(s) present with them (part of the YMCA values). To start practice, the coach takes attendance, helps lead stretching, drills and strength. Then s/he instructs drills for the gymnasts to carry out on each event (vault, bars, beam, floor), but staying as a group at one event at a time. During this time, the coach is expected to come up with drills at various stations that will help improve form, strength, and overall performance for the gymnast at this event. The coach must be able to spot any skills the gymnasts will need help with during these times. Depending on the time of year, the coach will also need to have the routines memorized for the level of the gymnasts, as these will be practiced at each event as well. Once this is done on each event, the practice concludes with more strength, clean up, and dismissal. By the time each gymnast has left the gym, several other tasks such as cleaning are expected of the coach as well.