Unofficial Jr AA verification from the last National Team camp.
Is in the history books. Another great success.
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I dropped in for the first 2 days of the CMU Camp on invitation from Head Coach Jerry Reighard. He and CMU Associate Head Coach Christine MacDonald were very welcoming. They have 49 years experience combined running this team.
CMU has a superb campus facility with 7 beam stations, 6 bar stations, 3 vault stations and a floor exercise practice area with four pit areas. The facility also includes a pits and a competition setup for each apparatus and in-ground trampolines one with a Russian “tramp catcher” as well as a 60ft Tumbl Trak.
Over 115 girls registered this year. It looks like Camp may expand to two weeks in 2016.
Though they had girls of all levels, the Level 9-10 gymnasts impressed me most. It’s an excellent idea for girls looking for a future scholarship to register for College Camps like this. Coaches know you are serious when you arrive in person to show what you can do.
Most girls in the USAG follow the Junior Olympic competitive program. The few who want to try to qualify for the Junior or Senior Team one day should follow the Elite path.
It’s difficult (but not impossible) to jump from J.O. to Elite.
But what is the Elite path?
Tammy Biggs and National Team Staff want to help coaches understand what it takes to be Elite in the USA. One series of Camps is called “Make It Right”.
Click PLAY or watch a promo on YouTube.
Coming up …
July 31 – Aug 2 Boston (sold out)
Oct 9-11 – Las Vegas
Dec 18-20 – Las Vegas
Click through to the home page for details – makeitrightgymnastics.com
Coaches who bring a gymnast come for free. Coaches who do not bring a gymnast are charged $350.
Foreign coaches are welcome, I believe.
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If you have a hotshot age-13 or younger, you could send a video to TDBiggs (a) AOL.com for an assessment:
– 5 casts to handstand
– 10 x press to handstand
– Elite compulsory routines (with spot if necessary)
– 3 best optional skills on Bars
– best skills on Beam
– best skills on Floor
– 1 optional Vault (preferably Yurchenko)
Best are D-parts or higher even if assistance is needed. (spotting, pits, trampoline, etc.)
The Buckeye Camp director for the past 18 years has been Dave Adlard. And for 18 years Dave has been telling me about Camp.
I finally got there this summer as a Tumbl Trak Ambassador.
We set up an Air Floor Pro and one of the new T-trainer vault horse / mini-tramps.
Buckeye is huge operation. About 3000 kids / week in two gyms. WAG team about 200 girls.
I’ve never seen a larger Camp based out of a club. It runs in 3 shifts. All day long. One day guest coach Cliff Parks was there from 8am – 9pm. (His daughter was training in a shift when he wasn’t coaching.)
Rotations include = Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor, Sprint training, Dance, Zumba and Sports Psych.
Aside from the regular Buckeye Staff, guest coaches included choreographer Dominic Zito, Luke Wasson from Precision and Sandy Sabo from Youngstown.
It was a treat to watch the Elite group (including Gabby Douglas & Nia Dennis) training.
Dave Adlard continues on to WOGA where he’s a guest coach every summer. Dave’s working the home Camps for the clubs of the 2012, 2008 and 2004 Olympic champions back-to-back. A busy guy at all times, Dave’s never been so busy as he is this Summer.
My advice to Dave Adlard: Bite off more than you can chew. Then chew like Hell!
Thanks to owner Dave Holcomb and Head Coach Kittia Carpenter for inviting in Tumbl Trak.