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December 2nd, 2013 — planning
Kevin Kelley is the head football coach at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. In games, he instructs his team to never punt, to never receive punts, and almost always onside kick. …
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Since Kelley took over, Pulaski is 124-22 and has won three state titles.
It’s numbers. It’s Moneyball.
Is there a different BETTER way for your athletes to meet their goals?
December 1st, 2013 — Gymnastics, Olympics, planning
Oleg finally HIT.
1. Oleg Verniaiev 92.165
2. Fabian Hambuchen 90.264
3. Daniel Purvis 89.931.
full AA results (PDF)
DTB World Cup
graphic via via gymfanconfessions on Tumblr
MIGHT be good strategy. Huge start scores early in the Quad. Stabilize those routines in the lead-up to Rio.
November 16th, 2013 — Gymnastics, parents, planning
I visit 40-50 gyms a year. Within 60 seconds I get a pretty accurate first impression.
John Geddert shares his ideas on changing the “culture” of a Gymnastics Club:
… Changing a culture requires revolutionary commitment to the “new ideas”. This of course does not sit well with those that are comfortable with the “old ideas”. Having a few team members (parents, or coaching staff members) that are not on board with the new goals, will make progress all that much more difficult …
1- Discuss the plan with the major players. Make sure management is on board.
2- Make a list of areas that need attention.
3- Get input from members
4- Implement changes with a time line.
5- Market your results.
read more on The Gymnastics Coach
John’s one of the clearest communicators anywhere. No mixed messages. Be sure everyone understands the plan intimately.
related – Triple Twist – A Look Inside Twistars USA (May 2013)
November 2nd, 2013 — Gymnastics, planning, psychology, safety
This past summer Mike Morgan from Proactive Coaching led sessions at Avant Coeur Gymnastics.
Here are a few of my notes:
DEFINE – MODEL – SHAPE
BEFORE the first game ask your athletes …
1) why gymnastics?
2) what is success?
3) what’s your role on this club Team?
4) what are your goals?
THEN … ask yourself the same questions
Drop your answers. Accept theirs.
• old school DINOSAUR coaching (yelling, demanding) … was WRONG
• Coaches Can Influence and Change Peoples Lives with their Words
• how are your athletes going to remember you 20 years from now?
• sport is a short number of years in a person’s life
• young coaches need to decide what they stand for. What are your standards? What’s allowed, what’s not?
Coach it. Or let it happen.
• how will you react when your athletes make mistakes?
• when things get tense and emotional, how will you react?
• look for and speak to the good for every child. Catch kids doing good. Children want attention.
• CHOOSE how much time you will give to kids deliberately misbehaving. Don’t over-coach the misbehaving child, nor the STAR of the team.
Take care of problems quickly and calmly. Practice your response to misbehavior.
• coaching staff needs to be consistent in discipline, expectations. Teams of coaches break-up if there’s no clear and consistent line.
• honour your profession.
• be on your game every single day. Be your best.
• as a coach, are you a confidence builder? Or a confidence cutter?
What will the LAST day of your athlete’s sports career look like?
• very few athletes win the BIG prize
• some have career ending injuries
• what’s the best case scenario retirement plan?
Proactive Coaching has surveyed many, many athletes and former athletes. TOP 3 reasons they love sport:
FUN – JOY – FRIENDS
Not the medals.
LIKE Proactive Coaching on Facebook. They post several times a day.
October 19th, 2013 — books & manuals, parents, planning, psychology, safety
The best thing that can happen to kids during formative is to find healthy passions. Like sport.
The alternatives for bored youth are scary.
1. If you choose to wear shirts that show off your boobs, you will attract boys. To be more specific, you will attract the kind of boys that like to look down girls’ shirts.
2. Don’t go to the tanning bed.
3. When you talk about your friends “anonymously” on Facebook, we know exactly who you’re talking about.
4. Newsflash: the number of times you say “I hate drama” is a pretty good indicator of how much you love drama.
5. “Follow your heart” is probably the worst advice ever.
6. Never let a man make you feel weak or inferior because you are an emotional being.
7. Smoking is not cool.
8. Stop saying things like, “I don’t care what anyone thinks about me.”
9. Don’t play coy or stupid or helpless to get attention.
10. You are beautiful. You are enough.
That popular blog post led to a book deal. In fact, the release date for 3 follow-up books is summer 2014.
October 11th, 2013 — Gymnastics, planning
The Japanese men and the U.S. women were astonishingly successful at Worlds 2013.
With just three athletes competing, the U.S. women managed to snag all ten individual final spots available to them, going on to earn eight medals in the process. …
Rookie of the year Simone Biles was especially impressive, becoming the first U.S. woman to qualify into all five finals since Shannon Miller did it in 1995 …
Couch Gymnast – Worlds Domination the USA Way
It’s going to be tough to beat the States in future. The U.S.A. has by far the biggest base of girls doing gymnastics.
Would a 6yr-old Simone Biles have found the sport in another nation? She’s the first elite from Bannon’s Gymnastix.
Their system seems to work.
… Aside from Marta Karolyi “breaking” the National Team with too severe training.
Attention all USAG Women’s National Team members present and former. Marta Karolyi ordered pizza for the 2013 world championship team the night before Beam and Floor finals. Yep, it is a fact. Marta was so happy with the team that she had pizza ordered for the team to eat for dinner the night before a competition!! That is the honest truth!!!
Perhaps she’s learned something, over the years.
October 11th, 2013 — parents, planning, sport science
The nature versus nurture debate concerns the relative importance of an individual’s innate qualities (“nature,” i.e. nativism, or innatism) versus personal experiences (“nurture,” i.e. empiricism or behaviorism) in determining or causing individual differences in physical and behavioral traits. .…
The 10,000 hour rule started with this study:
The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance (PDF) by K. Anders Ericsson, Ralf Th. Krampe, and Clemens Tesch-Romer (1993)
They found that many of the best of the best in different fields had trained at least 10,000 hours over 10 years.
But correlation is not causation.
… since that landmark 1993 paper, other researchers have been finding exceptions to the rule; some experts were crowned with only 3,000 hours of practice while others still had not reached the mountaintop even though they had doubled the 10,000 hour mark. …
“The evidence is quite clear,” … “that some people do reach an elite level of performance without copious practice, while other people fail to do so despite copious practice.” …
The Sports Gene: What Makes the Perfect Athlete by David Epstein – review by Richard Moore
… for an American man aged between 20 and 40, standing between 6ft and 6ft2in the chances of playing professionally in the NBA are five in a million. If he’s 6ft2in to 6ft4in there is a still-distant 20 in a million chance. But if he’s 6ft10in to 7ft, the odds shorten to 32,000 in a million. And if he stands 7ft, there is a one-in-six chance he will currently be playing in the NBA. …
Height is far more important than number of hours trained in that sport.
related – Why Kenyans Make Such Great Runners: A Story of Genes and Cultures:
.…This medium-size country of 41 million dominates the world in competitive running. Pick any long-distance race. You’ll often find that up to about 70 or 80 percent of its winners since the late 1980s, when East African nutrition and technology started catching up with the West, have been from Kenya. …
Most are from one tribe in Kenya, the Kalenjin.
What about coaching?
Wayne Goldsmith weighs in – 10,000 Hours to make a Sporting Champion? I don’t think so.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
To reach a high level in any discipline you need genetics and good training.
September 14th, 2013 — Gymnastics, planning
Gymnastike has an awesome summing up of the statistics being analyzed down at Karolyi Camp right now.
read it here – USA Women’s Start Values
The strongest individual competitions for the Americans are Vault, AA and Floor.
Strategy should be to try to win 2 medals in each.
Odds are longer on Beam and Bars.
I expect the healthiest gymnasts, with the most consistent routines, to be chosen. The level of competition from the ROTW (rest of the world) will not be as strong as it was at the London Olympics.
… bring Ernst or Milliet for the fourth spot and to go with Dowell as the alternate …
Al Fong likes Marta’s choose-the-team-at-the-last-possible-moment strategy.
The Team should be announced late Sunday.
August 30th, 2013 — club governance, Gymnastics, planning, product endorsements, recreation
One of the best products I saw at U.S. Congress was demonstrated to me by Mike Fitzgerald from New Zealand.
His company — Smart Moves — offers a platform where any sport, any organization, any club can create a database of lesson plans.
Click PLAY or watch how it works on YouTube. (5min)
Everything is stored in the cloud. Everything can be viewed from any browser: tablets, smart phones, Mac, PC, etc.
You can add images and videos.
Jeff Lulla, for example, has already put together a video series of Gymnastics drills for Smart Moves.
Click PLAY or watch a sample on YouTube.
Videos are easily linked to lessons.
If you might be interested, watch another more detailed video on how it works – Smart Planner (quick start videos combined)
Cost for most people is between US$29 – $99 / month.
Contact Smart Moves with more questions. Or sign up for a free 10 day trial.
Clubs and organizations are jumping on this RIGHT NOW.
Smart Moves assumes you will be printing the lesson plans week-to-week.
In the future, instead, we’ll wirelessly display the lessons on monitors around the Gym using something like Google Chromecast ($35 / monitor).
Leave a comment if you’ve tried Smart Moves.
August 5th, 2013 — ethics, Gymnastics, Olympics, planning, psychology
translated by Bea Gheorghisor:
There was no pressure because no one imagined that after Bela (Karoly left) anything (good) could still happen. … After Los Angeles they began to have faith … It was not until ’87 when we took five gold medals at a World Championship that they began to believe. …
Do you self-evaluate…
Daily. And I know what my possibilities and limitations are. I never tried to go beyond those limits. …
Did you get inspiration from anywhere for your work?
I would say that the system has developed itself. Neither I nor Goreac, Stan, Mazilu, neither Pop nor Sandulescu have worked with Bela (Karoly), not even for a minute. I did not know how he was doing it.
He was said to be beating the gymnasts.
I do not know. Nadia says no. In gymnastics, rigor was confused with taming. …
You are said to be tough.
Well, I’m tough!
That you are strict.
Yes! Gymnastics is an artificial sport. … it’s an unnatural thing.
… during such moves all they need is a split second to lose orientation in space or make a gesture that can potentially break their neck. And then I say this: I’d rather be severe and considered a draconian but I make sure that when I go out of the gym I can go home and be tranquil, than suffer the consequences of a serious injury or unfortunate moment. …
… However, outside the gym I dance with the girls, every Christmas I recite them quatrains, I get dressed in Santa Claus, I write verses for them …
It is surprising to some that we succeed with such a small number of athletes. But we try to offset through the number of training sessions, their duration and the number of repetitions.
read more on Couch Gymnast
July 27th, 2013 — camps, Gymnastics, planning, psychology, safety
… Rome was not built in a day; training accumulates day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month and year-to-year. Take time and do it and teach it right the first time. It is a given that to achieve any level of success in gymnastics demands hard work. That being said ANYONE can work hard. Champions are the ones who work smart. …
Thoughts from Gym Momentum Camp 2013
July 26th, 2013 — Blogs & Social Media, floor (women), Gymnastics, Olympics, planning
I really enjoyed episode 41 of the GymCastic audiocast.
Especially the wide ranging interview with one of the highest potential Juniors in the world, Laurie Hernandez, and her straight talking coach Maggie Haney.
Lauren “Laurie”/ “Baby Shakira” Hernandez turns 16 right before the 2016 Olympic Games. She completely stole the show at the 2012 Secret Classic in Chicago and she’ll be back this weekend.
In our interview she told us her epic wipeout stories, opinion of cutsie routines, which area of The Ranch should be filmed for a TV show [Gymnastike! That question was for you!] and cultivating her signature style.
Her coach, Maggie Haney talks about the pressure of coaching a gymnast who’s routines stop traffic, her difficulty vs execution strategy, the advice Marta Karolyi gave her, teaching her athletes how to lose as well as win, dealing with burnout when she was done racking up perfect 10s at North Carolina State University, giving birth just days before returning to the gym to coach and the appropriate amount of time to keep a floor routine.
Click PLAY or watch her Floor on YouTube.
More than any other American, she reminds me of Courtney McCool. Yet has never trained ballet.
Laurie’s one of the few junior gymnasts that have been named to the U.S. National Team.
Episode 41: Laurie Hernandez & Coach Maggie Haney
You can listen to the interview from that link. And watch recent highlight routines from Brinn Bevan, Maria Kharenkova, Kim Janas and more.
July 23rd, 2013 — Gymnastics, horizontal bar, judging, planning
The Australian National Team member speaks his mind:
Nationals has concluded and there are a few things to take away from the competition. Firstly this is a building year for all the athletes and we are taking a different approach to previous cycles in this quadrennial. Our focus is in difficulty building first and concentrating on cleaning and polishing our routines later in the cycle. the results may look disheartening at this competition and many will say perhaps this is the wrong strategy. …
For the last couple of years the Australian Men’s Team has consistently come between 16th and 19th at various World Championships. We’ve held a strategy for a long time of simply concentrating on clean routines with little difficulty and for the most part have been resting on our laurels for way too long with the standard of gymnastics changing around us. If we pursue this alternate strategy then whether we succeed or fail at least I can safely say we gave a red hot go at dislodging the status quo. I can also fairly safely say we have little to lose and possibly much to gain. …
Nationals 2013 Concludes
Click PLAY or watch his H Bar on YouTube.
Luke’s 2013 Australian Nationals results. (2nd AA after Tsukahara)
The GO CLEAN strategy was also used by Canada. They finished 13th in 2012, out of the Team competition.