Congratulations! Gymnastics is a fun, unique sport that has provided some of the world’s most memorable sports moments (“1996, Kerri Strug?!”). While trying a new sport can be a bit scary for all involved, we know once you get started you and your child are going to love the thrill of the mat.
Once formally deemed just a European sport, gymnastics has seen an explosion of popularity all over the world. Participation continues to grow year after year. And for a good reason! It’s considered one of the Olympics’ premier sports, promising a thrill for all who participate and watch. Competitive gymnastics can be a new experience for many, especially those without a background in the sport. However, you’ll fit in at any gym with a little more understanding of how the sport works, the gear needed, and learning key terms. This guide has all the information you and your child need to join one of America’s favorite athletic endeavors.