Whittenburg Rings – double, double layout

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That moment when you stick and you literally can't control what happens after that !!! #stickingsaturday #USA #to2015

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:-)
Too much celebrating?

For me, this is OK.

on competition for kids

Anne Josephson:

… Competition is neither good nor bad; it is we who make it one or the other. It is what we choose to focus on when talking about competition that alters the outcome positively or negatively for the kids who are competing. …

Where competition gets tricky is when we are too focused on winning and not sufficiently focused on the process. When we place greater emphasis on the result than we do on the road to get the result …

… competition can be destructive when a child believes that his or her value as a human being is tied to his or her ability to win. Parents who withhold affection if a child performs poorly or who lavish on praise and gifts if the child does well send the message that their child’s worth is from his or her performance. …

COMPETITION: IS IT GOOD OR BAD FOR KIDS?

WAG competition Philippines

sports parenting

2. words: Have fun.

3. words: Tell me more.

4. Good job. Keep working.

6. I love to watch you play.

Sports Parenting in 10 Sentences

Click through for more. :-)

QCK Invitational
QCK Invitational

on mental blocks

Steve Arkell linked to the most detailed article on the topic I’ve yet seen. It was published by USAG Technique magazine in 2009.

16 WAYS TO OVERCOME PSYCHOLOGICAL (MENTAL) BLOCK IN GYMNASTICS

… Occasionally, a clear-cut starting point identifies the origin of the psychological blocking problem – a serious fall, a near catastrophe or a painful collision may precipitate the blocking. Perhaps, observing such events happening to another was the precipitating condition. More often, however, the cause is difficult to pinpoint. Our research shows that blocking has a number of predictable characteristics (Feigley, Robbins & Berger, 1989):

it generalizes backwards within a sequence of skills. For example, blocking on the back somersault phase of the roundoff, back handspring, back somersault sequence quickly spreads to the back handspring and frequently to the round-off itself.

it generalizes across skills. For example, a problem on the back salto on the beam quickly spreads to a back salto on the floor and/or to a back walkover on the beam or the floor.

Athletes susceptible to blocking have similar characteristics. They are … very bright fast learners, at least initially. …

Frankly, we do not know what causes psychological blocking. The cause remains a mystery despite some educated guesses. …

4. MINIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF EMOTION ASSOCIATED WITH THE BLOCKING …

8. NEVER MISLEAD THE ATHLETE ABOUT WHETHER YOU WILL OR WILL NOT SPOT. …

9. LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE …

Have gymnasts with the problem talk to one another. Let them realize that they are not alone; they are not the only one. This is especially effective if they have contact with an older, more experienced gymnast who has successfully overcome similar problems with blocking. …

16. DESIGN THE GYMNAST’S OPTIONAL ROUTINES TO ELIMINATE THE BLOCKED SKILL

Download a PDF version of that article from USAG.

psychology of Beam

are you a coach or a teacher?

Years ago, legendary basketball coach John Wooden told people that he didn’t see himself as a coach as much as a teacher. He referred to himself as an educator, and the game of basketball was merely a platform to instruct his athletes about winning in life. He succeeded profoundly. …

Traditional Coach Teacher
One-way communication. Two-way interaction.
Yells orders. Facilitates learning.
Confronts mistakes by shouting. Confronts mistakes with listening.
Focuses on what needs to be done. Explains how and why it must be done.
It’s about telling. It’s about teaching.

Are You a Coach or a Teacher?

Great article. :-)

Wooden book

Manrique Larduet – unsportmanlike?

Manrique is young and inexperienced. But when I saw what he did at the end of his fantastic Parallel Bars in prelims my reaction was … DEDUCTION.

Manrique

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Personally I like seeing the guys emotional. Many were at Pan Ams. Love the passion.

But my gut feeling was that Manrique went too far this time.

I doubt he’ll do it again. Seems the coaches informed him (after that incident) that he risked loosing points. I was disappointed with the showboating after his fantastic H Bar dismount in AA too. Though likely wouldn’t have deducted that time.

What do you think?

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi – cover girl

The Malaysian gymnast won six medals at the last SEA Games. And became a National sports hero.

The media attention drew critics, as well, unhappy that a Muslim girl was wearing a Gymnastics leotard in public.

Many defended her.

Farah Ann’s personal position was made clear in this cover story:

In her interview with the Malay-language online magazine “Pepatung”, the sports star, who was featured wearing a midnight-blue dress, said she has not wavered from her goal. …

magazine cover

… criticisms will not dampen my spirits to achieve my aims and dreams in this field,” Farah Ann, 21, told Pepatung in an interview published today.

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(via GymCastic)