Gymternet – best of 2011

by site editor Rick McCharles

Gymnastics Coaching is an aggregator . We try to link to the best of the best published online in English. The most interesting ideas, photos and videos.

Artistic Gymnastics – best of 2011 categories:

INDEPENDENT SITES (blogs, coaches, etc.)
OFFICIAL SITES (magazines, organizations, FIG, NOCs, etc.)
PHOTO & VIDEO SITES

Artistic Gymnastics, especially WAG, dominates the Gymternet over all other acrobatic disciplines. That’s OK since we want every child to start with Artistic & Trampoline before specializing. :)

Artistic Gymnastics is the Foundation.

_____ INDEPENDENT SITES:

The very best have not changed much since a year ago:

Blythe Lawrence (USA) – Gymnastics Examiner | Facebook | @GymExaminer

Read Blythe’s 2011: The gymnastics year in review

Brigid McCarthy (Australia) and friends – The Couch Gymnast | Facebook | @TheCouchGymnast

Albert Minguillón i Colomer, Nora Schuler & Elizabeth Long (Europe) – THE ALL AROUND | Facebook | @THEALLAROUND

Katie (Ireland) – Full Twist | Facebook | @full_twist

GymNiceTic (all FIG disciplines)

Those sites post prolifically. Each is quite unique. Please subscribe, follow and/or like those as well as others listed here that don’t post quite so often. (A much longer list of sites we follow is listed in the right hand navigation of every page on this site.)

In November Tony Retrosi launched a must read site for every WAG Coach: Gym Momentum | Facebook | @gym_momentum

The excellent Gymnastics Minute videos were Tony’s idea, originally. Sadly we’ve seen few new videos from publisher GymSmarts, long the #1 production house for coaching videos.

John Geddert has been posting online for a few years. But in 2011 he became the elite coach who communicates online the most. I get something from John every day:

The Gymnastics Coach | Facebook | @JohnGGeddert

Other great sites NEW in 2011 include:

• Bekah’s “Get a Grip” Gymblog | @GetAGripGymblog

• E Panel | @TheEpanel

Triple Twist Gym Blog | Facebook | @TripleTwistBlog

The following sites publish less frequently, but I never miss a post:

• Andy ThorntonAmerican Gymnast | Facebook | @americangymnast (company tweets)

Ron NoeStick It Media (MAG) | @StickItMedia

Kristal Sergent BouldenDouble Front | Facebook | @Double_Front | Tumblr

Bronwyn & Clara Stoi!

JAO Coaching Gymnastics in the New Millenium

• Tsuk the Pain | @TsukthePain | Tumblr

• Between the Olympics | @BTOgymblog

• GYMMIN’ MIEL!

• Ask Al Fong

Some of my favourite sites have been posting less frequently, of late, including Aunt Joyce, About.com Gymnastics and Valentin Uzunov’s The Gym Press | @thegympress.

Trending — sites dedicated to individual nations:

Romania:
• Cris – Gymfever
• Alina – Tare! magazine
• Mihai – FanGymnastics (Romanian)
• Bea – Gymnastics No Ceiling
• Carmen – Romanian Gymnastics Fans on Facebook

• Chinese Gymnastics Blog

• Rewriting Russian Gymnastics

• Jennifer Isbister’s Gymn.ca (Canada) … perhaps the original dedicated National site

Recent Couch Gymnast graphic

_____ OFFICIAL SITES:

I link a lot to IG. Dwight Normile, Amanda Turner, John Crumlish & team – International Gymnast magazine online News | Facebook@intlgymnast

Last year and again this year I was astonished at the quality of communications out of USA Gymnastics and FIG. Those organizations have media people equal the best bloggers. In the past information from both was whitewashed — no bad news. But both have gotten increasingly open, over time.

• USAG Headlines | Facebook | @USAGym

• FIG News | Facebook | @officialfig

I’ve long criticized Inside Gymnastics magazine. But the IG2 posts were better this year, I thought. Especially during LIVE events. And especially on Facebook.

Inside Gymnastics News | Facebook | @InsideGym

Universal Sports Tumble Mumble is an interesting kind of page. Interspersed between news articles from Reuters and AP are blog posts from Blythe Lawrence, Andy Thornton and others.

_____ PHOTO & VIDEO SITES:

Anne Phillips and team are the leaders:

• Gymnastike | Facebook | @gymnastike

The best thing that ever happened for gymnastics coaches is YouTube. Thank Google for buying that company and letting us share with the world for free. In 2011 I still link to YouTube over Vimeo and others as YouTube streams quickest over a weak WiFi signal.

Some of my favourites this past year:

• American Gymnast Gymnastics on Demand videos on the JoeLangley YouTube channel (1150+ coaching tutorials)

JAO Videos on YouTube

• gymdrills.com videos $

• Tony Retrosi – Gym Momentum YouTube Channel

• Mary Lee Tracy – USAmlt YouTube Channel

• Coach Sommers – Gymnastic Bodies videos (MAG strength)

• John Geddert – GymnasticsCoachUSA YouTube channel and DVDs $.

Gymnastics Minute YouTube channel. And GymSmarts for DVDs $.

MostepanovaFan YouTube channel

RedNasvw YouTube channel, especially his MAG Code of Points videos

Inside Gymnastics has the photographer I link to most. That’s the terrific Grace Chiu. She uses Facebook perfectly, posting a few of her best shots in order to promote sales from GraceClick.ca.

There are a number of equally wonderful photographers around the world. But many are over-protective. Almost nobody sees their work. Foremost of those is the great Eileen Langsley.

Did I MISS one of your favourite sites? … or links to their content?

… Leave a comment and I’ll update this list in a week or so. I could name many more.

14 comments ↓

#1 juka on 01.01.12 at 5:53 am

Dont forget.. the best of 2011 is GIMNASIALATINA.COM the firts magazine online Latin Gymnast… ranking 218.351 the best!
thank you for all

#2 Jason on 01.01.12 at 9:06 am

Thank you Rick for all you do for gymnastics. As a coach, judge, and media contributor I am on gymnasticscoaching every day. You do a great job with your site and I look forward to continuing to be a fan in 2012.

#3 Anna on 01.01.12 at 9:08 am

Spanny Tampson, for Pete’s sake! Much better than some of these, my friend.

#4 Mihai on 01.01.12 at 10:49 am

Thank you, Rick, for your support! Happy New Year!

#5 Sanie San San on 01.01.12 at 12:37 pm

Just want to take a sec to thank you for your terrific blog. There is never a day I don’t visit it – as a matter of fact, it is the first website I check!

Thanks, thanks, and much thanks – so glad you pass on some much great gymnastics info!!!

#6 coach Rick on 01.01.12 at 1:33 pm

I link to a lot of Spanny’s posts and videos, as you know.

But not the MIOBI recaps. Not some of the more profane posts. … She’s mainly for those with a warped sense of humour. :)

#7 coach Rick on 01.01.12 at 1:36 pm

Gracias. But this list is for English language.

I subscribe to GIMNASIALATINA.COM and read using Google Translate, but many don’t know how to do that.

… why don’t we have automatic translate built into every browser ??

#8 Ron on 01.01.12 at 3:04 pm

Thanks Rick – your site is a must for all gym fans. Amazing how you find time to post/link to so many things that are going on, especially since you’re on the road so often. Happy New Year to you!

#9 Steph on 01.01.12 at 4:07 pm

There is also gymnastike, GymNiceTic, and gymn.ca.

#10 coach Rick on 01.01.12 at 5:35 pm

Good point. Gymnastike is on the list under VIDEO. But I’ll add the other two.

#11 juka on 01.01.12 at 10:04 pm

=) gracias por la sugerencia, tu blog también es muy bueno y muchos latinos leemos deberías poner tu traductor para la gente que muchas veces no sabe como hacerlo.. saludos.. FELIZ 2012

#12 gh on 01.02.12 at 6:37 pm

How could you leave out Spanny and Gymtruthteller. They are much better than stalker Bekah.

#13 TCO on 01.02.12 at 7:06 pm

I wrote the list of blogs over at WWGym. Then I got permabanned. Now I can’t even look at it.

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