USA Gymnastics Congress

Registration is open for 2015.


National Congress

spotting Bars

Here’s the list of Regional Congress events 2015.

reducing parent complaints

Gym Jag:

complain-12. Have a clear, written information packet about team philosophy, policies and procedures. …

4. Commit to an atmosphere of collaboration and good faith. …

6. Make sure parents know whom they need to go to for what. …

10. Document any injuries or physical complaints and follow up with parents immediately. …

11. Give all kids equal attention. …

14. Be very clear about move up criteria. …


Click through to read the rest. :-)

Kyle Shewfelt’s new gym

… The 11,000+ square foot facility in Calgary is very well done. Bright and appealing. Lots of parking. …

Opened 10 months ago, Kyle has about 950 members a week. Business is great.

If you want to see a new club well launched, check out Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics. …


That’s the club mascot, not Kyle. :-)

read more on Rec Gymnastics

RiskAssure – online risk management

Rob Deatley at Calgary Gymnastics Centre alerted me to this state-of-the-art software.

Risk Assure is a web-based software system that helps child activity centers protect themselves from liability. With RiskAssure, you can be sure that your equipment is cataloged, maintenance is performed on time and incidents—when they occur—are handled quickly, correctly, and professionally. RiskAssure can make sure that your students are the daring ones, not you. …

RiskAssure has a retail price of $95/month, but only costs $49/month for Charter Subscribers at this time …

If you are responsible for risk management at your club, click PLAY or watch a detailed summary on YouTube.

Contact Frank Sahlein or Barbara Anne Elliott at 3rd Level Consulting if you want to chat to a real human being.

scheduling Gym rotations

One of the toughest jobs.

Maria and Kelley shared this pic from Mismo Gymnastics:

Rotation schedules… good thing I like puzzles! 13 groups, 13 stations. All groups have different times and not every group can go to every event… problem solving at its finest! —


Sands & McNeal:

% Importance of Training Tasks:

5 General Warmup
8 Specific Warmup (tumbling basic skills)
20 Uneven bars
22 Balance beam
6 Vault
5 Tumbling
5 Floor exercise dance
7 Ballet
17 Strength training

Technique – Managing Training Time (2002)

Netherlands Gym Club promo

A cute, inspiring video promoting Turn School Rijssen.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Canadian non-profit Gym Clubs

by site editor Rick McCharles

The non-profit Society clubs in Canada are not dying. It’s nearly impossible to kill one.

But most of the new clubs opening in Canada are for profit businesses.

And that’s good news. :-)

More competition. More innovation. Higher quality.

The latest in my city is a 2nd location for Gymtastics, 15,000 square feet.

Gymtastics 2

Good luck to owners Darlene Fedyna & Travis Oxley.

Earlier this Fall Kyle Shewfelt opened a new gym in town. A couple of years ago Darlene Traviss opened Flip Factory.

My first advice to any young coach who wants to make a career out of Gymnastics:

Own your own gym.