Tumbling Tulsa | No more fun
Hello and welcome to Tulsa tumbled talk with justice tumbling company, the one and only Tulsa tumbling show where we your Tulsa tumbling experts, answer the questions that we get from parents and athletes on a daily basis. We’re your hosts, coulton cruise and rusty breath fleur. And we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Now, today’s topic is kind of a sad one, but it needs to be talked about. We have no notes. We are speaking solely from the heart and I think it’s important for this subject. I’m rusty. Go ahead and tell us what that subject is. The subject is
when athletes run into the tumbling is no longer fun for them. Um, that can happen for multiple reasons. A, we’re gonna kind of go over what that means and why it’s an important topic and why it needs to be talked about
as coaches, we love seeing kids being excited about tumbling, seeing them grow in their tumbling. But there comes a day where some kids do not find it fun anymore. And that could be a number of things like rusty had said. Um, it can be too much pressure, it can be tumbling, turns into a job for them, it can be too much pressure from parents aside from coaches,
and we open justice tumbling company a thought we could have a judgment free, stress free fun environment for kids to tumble. That’s why we only focus on tumbling. We don’t deal with all star at all unless it’s cleaning up all star. Tumbling. Tumbling is our passion. It’s what we enjoy doing. We’re getting into our thirties now and both of us still love it, but it’s getting to the point where our bodies don’t want us to do it. So it’s, it’s one of those things that you never really miss it until it’s gone. When I broke my neck, same thing when I was sitting out watching people tumble, I never realized how important tumbling actually was to me until you just physically can’t do it anymore.
You don’t know what you love until you’ve lost it, until it’s gone, until it’s gone.
But that’s where kids, if they’ve never had that injury or they’ve never had to sit out and it’s just something that they’ve taken for granted or it’s something that was fun at one point and just kind of lost its fun along the way. I’m staying in. It is dangerous because Colton reduce a tumbling is
driskill. I think it’s the most dangerous a sport that there is. We don’t have helmets, we don’t have pads, we don’t have gloves, we don’t have harnesses, seatbelts, nothing to keep us safe. So whenever you’re doing things that you’re not enjoying, are you doing them 100? Usually not.
And tumbling is like one of those things where if you’re not 100 percent passionate about it, you’re not hungry for that skill. You’re not wanting to perfect that technique. That’s where it becomes dangerous for as an individual. That kid, those other kids who tend to stop or go halfway through a skill and stop or dangerous for us as coaches spotting, they’re the kids that tend to throw their arms out, just an elbow in the face. It’s a part of the job. We take it and we, we always tell our kids will be entered before they get injured, but we see it in the kids who aren’t enjoying themselves in their tumbling
and a lot of that comes back to the athlete not doing it for themselves, maybe, maybe only doing it for their team, not wanting to let their team down or maybe that athletes parent was a cheerleader and so the parent really wants them to succeed in cheerleading or tumbling. And that’s not fair to the athlete.
And if you are on a team and you’re not necessarily wanting to be there, it’s something or not wanting to do anymore. When you’re in a team environment, uh, going to competitions, yes, you would never try to follow. You would never not give 100 percent. But if it’s something you’re not truly passionate about, like Colton said, you’re not truly giving 100 percent and it’ll show in your performance and your skills.
So in a way you’re letting your team down anyway.
So we would never want to tell kids quitting quitting is not something we want to like promote or something we really stand behind. But we care about our athletes as a whole, not as a tumbler. So I care about my athletes happiness, whether there is soccer player, um, whether they play video games, I don’t care what it is, as long as they’re happy.
We’ve mentioned tumbling being a mental mountain that every kid has to conquer within themselves. And with that, if you have no desire to climb the mountain, that is so dangerous, um, you’re going to end up failing or falling. And that is so much worse on an athlete than sticking it out and learning the lesson of not quitting.
And sometimes it takes an athlete to step away from it, give it some time off for them to have that break period that I was talking about where they’re like, I really do miss tumbling. I really did enjoy tumbling. But if it’s something, if you’re doing two or three teams and it just becomes, you have three, four different paths that you have to do and you’re stressing about three of them. It just becomes more of a job than a hobby or a passion. And we never want our athletes to get to that point. We want our athletes to have tumbling be an outlet for them, something they can come in and have fun, learn technique, and it’s a great skill to have.
And as coaches, we want athletes to have that passion. Um, but if don’t want that passion, then nobody, no coach, no parent can force that on them.
He has, no matter how good we are at our job at all, always be taking one step forward, two steps back. The kid won’t get a skill and then they’ll lose that skill or will get a skill and start working on the other one. And that’s where the stopping or the panic comes in because it’s not something the risk verse reward for that athlete is not there. You want to be able to go for every skill because you want that skill more than you’re afraid of that skill. I had that growing up. I grew up, uh, started in gymnastics. I did gymnastics for six years. I probably enjoyed it for two or thee years. And then after that, the four years, I just stuck it out. Um, I don’t know why, I don’t know if I. It was an awkward conversation to have with my parents.
I just remember my parents went on vacation. My babies that are like, oh, you have to go to practice. I was like, no, they canceled it for today. And I did that the entire time. My parents were on that trip. And then when they got back I was like, Hey, I didn’t go to practice. I definitely enjoyed myself more. Not going to practice. I’m not enjoying it anymore. And I quit gymnastics and then realized I missed only the tumbling part of gymnastics. So that’s where I just jumped into tumbling, got recruited into cheer and the rest is history, but I wish I would have had a coach or somebody sent me down to years in when I was younger and say, hey, you don’t seem like you enjoy it anymore. Uh, maybe there’s something else out there that could be for you that you could find a passionate. And to this day, my mom and grandma still swear that I was an amazing gymnast when I actually never was. I just got lost every, every competition. I don’t think I even learned really a backhand spring until I got onto the tumbling cheers side of it. That’s when I started having fun. That’s when I started picking up the majority of my skills
and we want to just reiterate that we don’t want anybody to quit. Um, but we do want you to have a plan. We want you to have a goal, um, to know what you’re going to do in the future and what you want to be and we love you guys. That’s why we’re making these podcasts. And we wanted to bring up this subject just because we felt like it needed to be said.
It might be an uncomfortable conversation with yourself. And then with your parents. I mean sit yourself down with your coach and your coach. Have a real conversation with yourself as an athlete. Like, is this what I want to do? Do I see a future in this? Is it worth it for me?
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