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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

Coaching Course Quesnel, B.C.

Thanks Elizabeth Staats, Peggy Willcox and everyone at Technics Gymnastics for hosting our intensive 5-day Level 2 Technical MAG & WAG this past week.

Great course. :-)

Quesnel Gymnastics

Three of those same coaches will be attending B.C. Gymnastics Congress this weekend. And one more – by SKYPE. :-)


Since I last reviewed the GymDrills video sharing site, they’ve made a lot of improvements.

GymDrills now offers MAG in addition to WAG and Conditioning.

Click PLAY or watch a preview on YouTube.

With free membership, you can look at all the content anytime before deciding whether or not to buy a monthly subscription.

Members can add as many of their own drills as they wish.

I love it.


Gymneo TV – handstand alignment

You can watch a teaser video right now. It’s an 8 minute excerpt from a 1 hour+ presentation on how to teach backward giant.

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

Coaching Course Quesnel B.C.

For Canadian coaches. I’ll be teaching a Level 2 Technical MAG & WAG Aug 16-19th in northern B.C.


safe spotting DVD – basic tumbling

My friend Kyle Thalman, a coach in Hawaii, has done a great job putting together a new spotting video. High production values. Great video quality.

Here’s a sample.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

My philosophy is that coaches should know how to spot. Then spot as little as possible, setting up progressions that kids can do on their own.

1 – Handstand chapter
2 – Forward Roll Chapter
3 – Backward Roll Chapter
4 – Front Walkover
5 – Back Walkover
6 – Cartwheel
7 – Standing Back Handspring
8 – Standing Back Tuck
9 – Running Aerial
10 – Running Front Tuck
11 – Round-off Back Handspring
12 – Round-off Back Handspring Back Tuck

It’s not cheap at $98.99. See if your Club will buy this resource for the staff.


backward handspring analysis


Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

That’s the latest sneak preview from Gymneo’s English language tutorial library being launched this Fall.

It’s a paid service, but between September 5 and September 25, 2014, a subscription is half price for 1 year — that’s €109.50 instead of €219 (US$149.50 instead of US$299).


One comment I’d add. If you allow beginners to do standing backward handspring on a flat, hard Floor, you are almost guaranteed problems. Instead, have them train down an incline where gravity assists.