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introducing free hip

BEST resources:

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JAOVideos: Bounce Gymnastics Girls Team

The Back Hip Circle Process (JAO)

The Clear Hip Process (JAO)

Teaching Casts to Little Ones (JAO)

• Joe Langley 200+ Bar videos (formerly American Gymnast videos)



Here’s a 9min video overview of teaching the skill, a low resolution video of one of my Powerpoint presentations.

• use safety strap bar as much as possible
• follow the JAO tutorials, best available for young female gymnasts

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Leave comment or links if you have any other essential drills for introducing Free Hip.

Shallon Olsen training Bars

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Elisabeth Seitz – Bars

Toe Tkachev tucked.

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Nico thinks it would be credited a C-part.

He recalled that release from Free Hip. (VIDEO)

Svetlana Baitova 1987.

Larisa Iordache – Bars

A truly world class routine.

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See more videos, including Giulia Steingruber, on Couch Gymnast – Video: Romania at Obersiggenthal

Even with that terrific routine, Romania will still be very weak on Bars at Worlds.

Rebeca Andrade – Nabieva release

My favourite new skill of recent years, Tatiana’s Nabieva is being trained by Rebeca Andrade from Brazil.

It looks very good.

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the original Nabieva :-)

related – Jessica Lopez is training whip to 3 1/2 twist

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Madison Kocian – Bars

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Maddie has BIG goals on Bars too. No doubt she’s training upgrades. :-)

Ashton Locklear – Bars

Ashton Locklear won gold with this gorgeous routine. She was originally awarded a 6.1 difficulty score but after an inquiry, it was raised to a 6.4. Her final score was a 14.975.

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Ashton’s been astonishingly consistent. Her ticket to Worlds is pretty much a lock at this point.

She’s improving, as well.

Recall her 9.1 over-scored execution routine from the Secret? (VIDEO)

Today’s Final is far cleaner, though she still has conspicuous deductions.


Let’s assume there are 2 Chinese gymnasts and 2 Russian gymnasts in the World’s Bar final.

Four spots are left open?

Will Ashton get one of those?

It’s certainly possible. There will be quite a few gymnasts with the goal to qualify for the Bar final in Nanning. The top 2 American routines will be in the fight.

But … sooner or later judges are going to stop rewarding routines composed mostly of Shaposh variations and Stoop Stalders. Truly harder routines will be scored higher, IF the gymnasts hits. Two somersault releases or more. Rebecca Downie (VIDEO), for example.

Gymnasts who use a wide variety of types of skills to achieve their start score should be rewarded. Nastia in Beijing, for example.

FIG WTC should count only 1 Shaposh variation in the next Code. Perhaps devalue the Stoop Stalder, as did MAG years ago.

Jason MacDonald had an important comment:

As she keeps performing the way she is and gaining that confidence in her routine I think she could be a major player on bars at worlds. In terms of difficulty she has skills she is not using and this routine probably will be different come 2015. Check out her Ricna at 3:38 of Everest’s Workout Wednesday.

Jason tells that Ashton trains plenty of routines with the 2nd release. I’m hoping she’ll use that when she needs it. Possibly in the Worlds Bar Final. :-)

Larisa Iordache – Bars

I’m impressed. 14.750. :-)

Best Romanian Bars in a fair while.

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Larisa Iordache won three out of four gold medals in the event finals at Romanian nationals: on vault, bars and floor. It was an all in all similar showing, compared to the previous day, for the Romanian leader. In the event finals hit vault, bars and floor but had a fall on beam. …

Keeping in mind that Larisa was presenting increased difficulty on 3 out of 4 events, this meet’s performances can be considered a very promising beginning. …

Rom Nats: Event Finals

1) Larisa Iordache
2) Andreea Ciurisniuc
3) Ana Maria Ocolisan

1) Larisa Iordache
2) Andreea Iridon
3) Ana Maria Ocolisan

1) Andreea Munteanu
2) Larisa Iordache
3) Andreea Iridon

1) Larisa Iordache
2) Andreea Munteanu
3) Stefania Stanila

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Ashton Locklear – 15.0 Bars

Though I’m still not convinced Ashton is one of the top 8 Bar routines in the world, no complaints on her score today.

She’s certainly proved her consistency.

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2014 Russian Cup Finals 1

1. Sosnitskaya 5.8/5.6 14.534
2. Nabieva 5.8/5.2 14.317
3. Paseka 6.3/5.6 14.117

1. Komova D6.5 15.367
2. Mustafina D6.3 15.267
3. Spiridonova D6.4 14.933

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1. Belyavskiy D6.5 15.367
2. Polyashov D6.0 14.633
3. Kudashov D6.0 14.167

1. Kuksenkov D7.0 15.600
2. Belyavskiy D6.3 15.000
3. Stretovich D5.9 14.433

1. Ablyazin D6.8 15.600
2. Pavlov D6.5 15.133
3. Ignatyev D6.6 15.100

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Sara Dorrien is at the competition. Read her write-up of the Team competition.

• related – Lauren Hopkins commentary

Komova – Bars

Looks great. :-)


She may have hit the low bar on dismount giant.

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via Nico on GymFever2012

Bars without a Bar

In 2014 Swing Big is one of my favourite coaching blogs. I read every post.

Editor Zari Goldmann gives an example of Bar drills you can use without putting kids on an actual Bar.

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For most developing gymnasts I recommend only about 25% of training time be spent on the REAL Bar. And at least 25% spent on straps bar.

You’ll have better form and technique. And very few rips. :-)

Kyla v Kocian – Bars

2014 P&G Championships – Sr. Women Day 2

15.000 (5.9, 9.100)

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Compare that E score with Madison Kocian.

15.500 (6.5, 9.000)

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Nice routine. But not nearly as clean as Kyla. There should have been a bigger gap.

It’s difficult to take more than 0.1 from Kyla on any one skill.

Fact is judges in 2014 are not ranking execution correctly.