The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers competed Valentines Day weekend in the Monopoly Meet at Boardwalk Gymnastics in Belen.
Los Alamos School of Gymnastics (LASG) at 555 North Mesa Road in Los Alamos is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, run by a Board of parent volunteers. Financial aid and in-kind donations are tax-deductible. United Way contributions may be designated to LASG and are eligible for matching funds.
LASG is a “Member Club” of USA Gymnastics (USAG) and totally supports the USAG philosophy of “Athletes First, Winning Second.” We teach gymnasts (children), not gymnastics (the sport).
At LASG, we believe learning takes place best in a stress-free, fun environment. For this reason, we coach with a positive approach, rewarding performances rather than outcomes, and efforts on the way to success. We believe that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process, not “failure.” We believe that success must be seen in terms of athletes improving and exceeding their own goals, and not in terms of surpassing the performances of others. Therefore, to ensure a reasonable degree of success, one must set realistic goals. For this reason, our staff makes it their responsibility to help gymnasts set realistic goals and expectations.
Athletics should teach one to cope with pressures, adapt to changing situations, exhibit discipline and maintain concentration. Contests are periodic tests along the way, which need to be kept in just that perspective. We do not expect perfection or even near perfection in competition. It is the nature of the young gymnast to be inconsistent. It is also the nature of the young to want new challenges and to continue progressing. We will advise gymnasts of the level at which they could work and compete, but once the criteria have been met, the ultimate decision rests with the gymnast and parents. As the great Vince Lombardi said (though he is often misquoted): “…winning isn’t everything, but striving to win is…”
The entire program at LASG is under the direction of Louise Janecky, BS (Physical Education), MA Ed. Janecky competed as a National Level gymnast and has coached gymnastics for more than 35 years. She has been LASG program director and head coach since 1982.
For more information, visit http://lagymnastics.net/home.