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FIG Level 3 Australia

45 coaches from five federations. Canberra November 30 to December 7, 2014

Mihai Brestyan of the USA was the main lecturer for the women’s technical lectures. …

He was assisted by Peggy LiddickStacey Umeh one of the Australian team choreographers taught artistic preparation. Paul Hall of Great Britain who coached Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings taught the majority of MAG technical lectures.

He was joined for the Floor Exercise lectures by Sergei Chinkar of Australia, the former coach of multiple Olympic champion Vitaly Scherbo. The course leader was Hardy Fink (CAN), the Director of FIG Education and Academy Programmes. …

Australia MAG-WAG Experts 2014

Australia hosts high level Artistic Gymnastics FIG Academy

book – Coaching Youth Gymnastics

By USA Gymnastics

Coaching Youth GymnasticsCoaching Youth Gymnastics covers all the basics of coaching and gymnastics in a concise style that is customized for entry-level gymnastics coaches. Techniques and skills for bars, floor, balance beam, and vault are presented …

Chapter 01: Stepping Into Coaching
Chapter 02: Communicating as a Coach
Chapter 03: Understanding Rules, Apparatus, and Equipment
Chapter 04: Providing for Gymnasts’ Safety
Chapter 05: Making Practices Fun and Practical
Chapter 06: Teaching and Shaping Skills
Chapter 07: Gymnastics Basics
Chapter 08: Floor Skills
Chapter 09: Vault Skills
Chapter 10: Bar Skills
Chapter 11: Balance Beam Skills
Chapter 12: Coaching on Meet Day
Chapter 13: Developing Season and Practice Plans

272 pages © 2011Book or eBook – $19.95

I’ve not read this one. Leave a comment if you have an opinion.

Kelli Hill in South Africa

South African Gymnastics:

USA Gymnastics coaching legend, Kelli Hill, is set to arrive in South Africa to conduct a week-long coaching camp to high performance Women’s Artistic coaches and gymnasts. The Camp takes place 3 – 10 December 2014 …

Hill’s visit is a result of a 3 year USA Gymnastics Global Ambassador Programme with SAGF, which sees USA Gymnastics assisting SAGF to improve our High Performance results in the Women’s Artistic discipline. The Programme, which sees one visit per year, kicked off in 2013 with USA Olympic coach, Mihai Brestyan visiting in October last year. …



Mongolia hosts FIG Academy

The Gymnastics Federation of Mongolia hosted this Olympic Solidarity Course/FIG Academy on November 3-10, 2014. By hosting this Academy, Mongolia became the 60th FIG member federation to host an Academy. … in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. …

Mongolia ART L1 participants 2014_600x419


20 MAG and 25 WAG coaches. Now that’s impressive.

Australia adopts Championship Gymnastics

Good news from one of our advertisers:

Championship Gymnastics: Biomechanical Techniques for Shaping Winners has been adopted by Gymnastics Australia …, as the compulsory textbook for their course accreditation programs throughout the country. This applies specifically to the Advanced, Advanced Silver, and High Performance Courses (Course Levels 3-5).

more information

related – Australian WAG Levels Program revision DRAFT

Alberta Congress Oct. 16-18th

HIDEO “MIZO” MIZOGUCHI, JEFF LULLA and JOHN GEDDERT are three of the special guest clinicians. It’s going to be great. :-)

AG logo


Gymnastics in Trinidad

Ricardo Lue Shue sends news that the Trinidad & Tobago Federation just posted a new promo video.

It includes some of their international competitors as well as Age Group development. (I might even make a cameo appearance.)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

That was put together by the OneManOutfit, Rob Edge.


related – Caribbean Coaching clinics 2014

JAO round-off drills

I love JAO videos on YouTube, best on the web for new young gymnasts.

Here’s Jason’s latest.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

My preference is to teach beginners a straight leg hurdle, with late lunge. Tammy Biggs talks about the pros and cons of straight leg vs bent leg hurdle here.

Straight leg is cleaner, for sure.

My two favourite round-off drills could be added to Jason’s list.

“cartoff” (cartwheel to run backwards)

fly round-off on trampoline (feet together round-off)

Both are easy for beginners. Neither allows the kids to pike down.

Gymneo.tv on sale

Starting Sept 5th.


I got my subscription at the discounted preorder rate.

111 EUR ($144) purchased Sept 7th.

Detailed reviews coming in October on launch.

Coaching Course Saskatoon

Thanks to the clubs who hosted our 4-day Level 2 Technical over the long weekend.

Ours was the 1st course to be held at the NEW Taiso Saskatoon Training Centre. (Grand opening this coming Saturday.)

Alynn Taiso

Taiso Gym

For the final day we moved across town to the superb Can-Am Gymnastics club.

Alynn Can Am

Can Am

All coaches PASSED, by the way. :-)

Finally, Thanks to Alynn Brischuk who did all the work organizing the excellent demonstrators.

Alynn’s just finished her Masters and will be teaching at the College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan, this year. That school has an excellent educational gymnastics facility. Professor Keith Russell has finally retired. It’s a new era.

Gymneo TV – cartwheel

Another teaser.

A 14 minute excerpt from a 1 hour video tutorial.

GREAT graphics. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Launch date of site: October 25, 2014

From September 5 through September 25, preorder a subscription and save up to 50% off the regular price.

September 5: 50% discount to September 25: 30% discount


Gymnastics BC Congress

While most everyone in the gymnastics world is watching the U.S. Championships, I’m in gorgeous Whistler BC, venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Here’s Dean Bercovitch teaching off-axis twisting for Action Sports.


Penny Erickson and I were gymnasts together in Calgary, back in the day. She’s leading a session on advanced recreational gymnastics.


Peggy Willcox sent 3 of her coaches from Quesnel Technics, staying home to run the gym. But she got a glimpse of the action via Skype.


The U.S. Congress sessions are mostly in lecture halls. Limited. I’ve got the entire GYM all day Sunday for Beginner Competitive Boys.

On the other hand, I’m sharing the gym with Nicole Langevin from Precision. Something tells me her choreography sessions will be dominating. :-)

2014 GBC Technical Congress

Gymneo – Beam ff step-out

Another teaser. A 12min section from a 70min presentation.

GYMNEO.TV offers online training videos for ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS coaches. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Launch date of their ENGLISH language site is October 25, 2014.

From September 5 through September 25 preorder a subscription and save up to 50% off the regular price.

details – en.gymneo.tv