crowd-funded TV – Welcome to My World

Welcome to My World is a brand new scripted web series where the worlds of gymnastics, cheerleading and dance collide. From the teams behind Inside Cheerleading, Inside Gymnastics and Inside Dance magazines in association with Los Angeles based Vandervort Entertainment, the series will be jam-packed with action, comedy, drama and some amazing acrobatic and dance performances.

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What We Need

For Season One, we have an operating budget and fundraising goal of $30,000 to produce a quality series with great entertainment value. …

details on indiegogo

For a $1000 investment you can FaceTime Paul Ruggeri or Courtney Kupets. Or spend a day on the set in L.A. :-)

Sounds like FUN. I’d definitely watch this series.

Chris Korotky, President of Inside Publications, will serve as Executive Producer. $30,000 is a realistic target year 1 budget. Korotky is the best man I can think of to connect the worlds of Dance, Cheer and Gymnastics. (Think of the dramatic script possibilities.)

I predict this one will happen.

Hawaii Sharks acrobatics & tumbling

Oregon has won every national championship since acrobatics and tumbling has become a sport (four). Oregon has over 24,000 students. Oregon has an athletics budget that would make Warren Buffett blush. Oregon was the unanimous #1 in the last NCATA Coaches’ Poll.

HPU didn’t care. The Sharks (5-1) turned the A&T world upside-down with a thrilling 282.050-280.295 win over the Ducks …

Hawaii

The NCATA National Championships run from April 23rd-April 25th at Fairmont State.

A&T Shocks the Country, Beats #1 Oregon

insane Cheer tumbling

There are a number of male Cheer tumblers this good. But I’m not sure I’ve seen a female chuck this much difficulty connected.

Yeesh.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

standing double full into tumbling

Notice that he doesn’t need the full diagonal.

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(via the Kenzo Shirai page)

Georgetown College adds NCATA

The sport of “Acrobatics and Tumbling” continues to grow. :-)

“Congratulations to NCATA for continuing to build the acrobatics and tumbling varsity programs,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “The addition of Georgetown College extends the opportunities for women to enjoy competing in acrobatics and tumbling for their university while gaining an education.”

In addition to the announcement of the sport, Georgetown College has also announced the hiring of Alicia Castagneto as the first coach in program history. Castagneto arrives in Georgetown after coaching acrobatics & tumbling for 10-plus years, additionally serving 12 years as a judge for USA Gymnastics, most recently at Southern California Elite Gymnastics Academy. …

Varsity collegiate competition began in the Spring of 2011 and Acrobatics & Tumbling was adopted as a discipline of USA Gymnastics in 2013. NCATA member institutions include all levels of the NCAA – Division I, II, and III. …

Member institutions have team roster sizes of 30-45 athletes

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Cheer tumbler Ozell Williams

Ozell Williams:

“I started tumbling since I was three, and basically just flipped off my mom’s couch,” Williams said. “The funny thing is, I was watching Power Rangers, so those were like my idols when I started growing up. …

His mother recognized his talent right away and tried to find a place that would be able to help him grow and keep him energetic. But as a single mother of two, she couldn’t afford it.

That opportunity came later, and in an unusual way.

When Williams was little, he got into what he called a “small altercation” that ended with him accidentally throwing a rock at a window and shattering it. When the owner of the house came to confront him about it, he accepted the responsibility of his actions.

“My payment was me being on her soccer team, and also me joining her little gymnastics team that she had,” he said. …

The story behind CU tumbling sensation Ozell Williams (2013)

Click PLAY or watch him on YouTube. (2.4 million views)

related – Ozell Williams’ YouTube channel

The Boulder®

Some elite coaches trash talk backward handspring training devices.

And it’s true you can teach a great backward handspring without one.

Personally, I love them all. They have hundreds of uses in the gym. And are ideal for older and non-competing gymnasts.

The best of them all is The Boulder®.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

details

They start at $344. Cheap. :-)