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December 6th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, ethics, parents, psychology, safety
by site editor Rick McCharles
Perfectly normal people in real life sometimes post nasty comments online. Become trolls.
I have no idea.
The worst site was YouTube. It took until Sept 2013 for Google to finally down rate the “poisonous vitriol”.
On Gymnastics Coaching comments have always been hidden from the default view. I spend time moderating those comments. Deleting SPAM comments.
On the other hand, I rarely ban anyone from making (civil) contrary statements.
TKO is still commenting, for example.
By contrast, Brigid McCarthy encourages discussion on her site:
… I love writing about this sport. I love collaborating with lots of people to produce news, stories, features, analysis of gymnastics. I also love the back-and-forth between writers and readers that goes on in the comments. Those conversations/debates/feedback sessions can be fun and handy as so many people are expert and opinionated in all areas of this sport.
I don’t even mind the arguments when people manage to keep it nice and keep it on the topic. I mean, it’s a subjective sport. Sometimes ya just gotta duke it out. And a lot of people seem to know how to do that in a meaningful, non-combative, fun way. …
She recommends some guidelines for online commenting:
1. Think before you speak.
2. Don’t be nasty when you can be constructive.
3. Don’t be narrow minded.
4. Don’t cast big judgements based on little knowledge.
5. Always remember that these people that you sit back, watch and talk about are working their guts out every single day to do what they do. They are also teenagers. And people. With feelings.
6. And most of all, REMEMBER THE LOVE that brought you here.
see the rest on … The Couch Gymnast’s Handy Guide to Commenting
The best place for “discussion” is on forums. They are set up for exactly that.
• Bills Sands on Online haters
• Spanny – i’m so sorry. i fully understand if you want to beat me up. just avoid my nose.
December 5th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, Gymnastics
Gigi Khazback Farid posted a terrific 2-part interview with the wonderful Brigid McCarthy, founder of Couch Gymnast.
Gigi: Tell us about yourself
Brigid: I live in Australia, I am in my mid-thirties and I work in a couple of universities. I am a lecturer in media and communications and in sports media. I love teaching, but I also love my research work. I just finished my PhD on sports journalism and blogging.
Gigi: How did you come up with the blog’s name (The Couch Gymnast)?
Brigid: It was just silly- a play on the idea of the armchair sports fan/expert, as I was never a serious gymnast, but also the fact that every would-be gymnast seemed to be put in classes because they wouldn’t stop flipping off the couch!
Behind The Scenes Of Gymnastics Blogging: Brigid McCarthy, TCG Creator And Editor – PART 1
Gigi: If you had the chance to design a new CoP for gymnastics, what would you do?
Brigid: Fix how artistry and dance elements are awarded. That I know for sure. But then when I ask myself ‘how?’, within five minutes of thinking it out I feel compelled to put my head down on the desk and shut my eyes and moan ‘too hard’.
October 25th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, Gymnastics, recreation
You are invited to participate in a research study of participation motivations and online media usage of masters gymnastics participants (Adult gymnasts). The study is being conducted by Andrea N. Eagleman, Ph.D., a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University in New Zealand. …
It takes about 15min to complete.
(via Rec Gymnastics)
October 10th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, ethics
… Asked about Biles’ success, Ferlito replied, “I told Vanny (teammate Vanessa Ferrari) that next time we should also paint our skin black, so then we could win too.”
Ferrari was sixth and Ferlito 11th in the all-around. …
If you follow Carlotta’s twitter feed, you know she’s outspoken and controversial on many topics.
I don’t believe she’s any kind of racist, but rather young (age-18), brash and inconsiderate.
Her participation in the reality TV series Ginnaste – Vite Parallele on MTV Italy probably hasn’t helped.
Hopefully she’ll learn from this humiliating bad joke.
She’s been apologizing on twitter. I’m not sure that’s going to be enough. The story has hit the mainstream media all over the world.
I actually feel worse about this guy, David Ciaralli, supposedly a responsible adult speaking on behalf of the Federation:
In a Facebook comment posted under the name “Italian Gymnastics Federation,” which links to the federation’s Facebook page, federation spokesperson David Ciaralli (first) defended Ferlito …
… “Carlotta was referring to a trend in gymnastics at this moment, which is going towards a technique that opens up new chances to athletes of color (well-known for power)” while penalizing the more artistic Eastern European style that allowed Russians and Romanians to dominate the sport for years. …
Those quotes come from a Chicago Tribune article – Italian gymnast, federation spokesman apologize for racial remarks
“USA Gymnastics is disappointed by the recent comments made by Carlotta Ferlito and apparently by the Italian Gymnastics Federation,” Penny said in a statement. “Gymnastics is a global and inclusive sport with talented athletes, and there is no place for racial insensitivity. We are contacting the Italian federation for clarification on its comments.
UPDATE. Full Twist has been following this story. Italy has responded officially, in Italian.
related – Arabian Punch Front is sad that Carlotta blurted out such an inappropriate joke.
October 4th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, Gymnastics
Twitter really is the best way to follow a LIVE event. If you have the right hash tag.
September 27th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, Gymnastics
Episode 50, the Worlds preview, also celebrates 1yr since the launch of the GymCastic audiocast.
Listen to episodes on GymCastic.com.
Or subscribe via iTunes.
The founder of GymCastic is Jessica O’Beirne of Masters Gymnastics.
Uncle Tim takes care of their social media.
Blythe Lawrence of Gymnastics Examiner is a voice you can trust.
Spanny Tampson was out for part of the year, birthing a future gymnast. But she’s back now.
Dvora Meyers of Unorthodox Gymnastics is a frequent contributor, too.
Congratulations. And all the BEST in year two.
Who’s going to start the NEXT Gymnastics podcast?
September 25th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, Gymnastics
I’ve been a twitter skeptic from the start. Only relying on the micro-blogging service for LIVE events.
LIVE events like World Championships. Twitter’s the very best way to follow what’s going on in Antwerp. Search for #WChAntwerp
Yet — for some reason — I’ve been using twitter more of late. Regularly following my interactions feed in a browser.
As an experiment, I’ve added a RECENT TWEETS display in the right hand navigation.
September 21st, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, Gymnastics
All gymnasts, coaches, gymnastics clubs and fans are invited to turn upside down and show us how you play on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Take photos and share them on the USA Gymnastics Facebook page.
Goal of National Gymnastics Day (PDF):
To increase excitement for the sport of gymnastics and to communicate the healthy benefits that gymnastics fosters while teaching the importance of charitable outreach.
September 15th, 2013 — bars, Blogs & Social Media, Gymnastics
JAO may have the best gymnastics tutorials for beginners online, but SevenGymnasticsGirls are kicking his butt in terms of page views.
Millions and millions.
Over 100,000 subscribers. These charming kids have over 625 videos posted.
Here’s one of their most popular – Stretching and Flexibility Exercises for Gymnastics (VIDEO)
And a recent release.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Congrats to Ella, Jaidyn, Hayley, Katie, Hope, Rachel, Caitlin, Megan & Ciera. And everyone else supporting the project.
You truly are CRAZY about Gymnastics.
September 6th, 2013 — apps, Blogs & Social Media, Gymnastics, magazines
Congratulations to Simone Biles and Sam Mikulak on earning their titles as ‘National Champion’ at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships AND the October COVER of Inside Gymnastics!
This issue will hit subscribers’ mailboxes in late September, and will be available in an advanced copy through the Inside Gymnastics App.
The Inside Gymnastics App has been a big hit. Great idea giving it to digital subscribers early.
September 6th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, Gymnastics, humour, NCAA
That’s a new kind of embedded video.
September 5th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, Power Tumbling, safety, sport medicine
It’s well worth listening to Episode 47: Justen Millerbernd,Tumbling and Kalon
… coach Justen Millerbernd gives us answers about how the greatest US tumbler of all time, 8-time National Champion, Kalon Ludvigson, bruised his spine in an accident that has rendered him temporarily paralyzed.
Justen tell us how he recruited artistic world champion, Chellsie Memmel, into competitive tumbling, why women in their late 30′s dominate the sport in the United States, how he overcame a serious neck injury after he retired from tumbling, what really happened at the Cali Games when the FIG asked the athletes to sign waivers to compete, but then the US team was forced to sit in stands during the competition.
Justen also shares how he is putting Kalon’s accident in perspective as his spouse, coach and gym owner. And because here at GymCastic, we adore a good gymnastics love story, Justen shares their journey from coach and athlete to married couple.
Chellsie Memmel, Justen Millerbernd, Kalon Ludvigson
listen to it here
We’re coming up to the first birthday of the best Gymnastics audiocast ever.
September 4th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, Gymnastics, humour
(via Gigi Khazback Farid)