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Fong – teaching future skills

Al Fong:

It’s not unusual for us to teach future skills to our athletes when they don’t need them at the level they’re competing, especially during the off season. It keeps gymnastics interesting and fresh for the athlete and the coach. Very important to prevent “burn out”.

Less frustration and safer. We can’t continue to train athletes to reach their true potential if they quit or get hurt. It’s all about keeping them in the game.

Ask Al Fong



the next Lindsey Vonn

But better, younger.

One of the stories to watch at the Winter Olympics.

Mikaela Shiffrin is the reigning World Cup and world champion in slalom. …

Disciplines slalom, giant slalom

Club Burke Mountain Academy

Born March 13, 1995 (age 18)

Vail, Colorado, U.S.


Mom Eileen:

… “Because she skis so efficiently, everyone perceives Mikaela as this perfectly prepped, organized little machine,” Eileen said. … “If they only knew that we don’t know what we’re doing half the time.

“People think we’ve had this master plan to produce a world champion. We have no plan.”

Mikaela Shiffrin’s Swift, if Unplanned, Ascent to World Champion

monitoring routines

Dani and her teammates at IEGA have colour coded charts tracking routines.

routine chart

Even more important to me is the number of routines HIT in series in the days leading up to competition. :-)

scheduling Gym rotations

One of the toughest jobs.

Maria and Kelley shared this pic from Mismo Gymnastics:

Rotation schedules… good thing I like puzzles! 13 groups, 13 stations. All groups have different times and not every group can go to every event… problem solving at its finest! —


Sands & McNeal:

% Importance of Training Tasks:

5 General Warmup
8 Specific Warmup (tumbling basic skills)
20 Uneven bars
22 Balance beam
6 Vault
5 Tumbling
5 Floor exercise dance
7 Ballet
17 Strength training

Technique – Managing Training Time (2002)

why I won the Olympics

UPDATED with Part 3

Kyle Shewfelt:

1. Attention to detail.
2. Planning.
3. Professionalism.
4. Listen to your body. Trust your intuition.
5. Journaling/Reflection
6. Clear and Specific Goals

18 Reasons why I won the Olympics – Part 1

7. Open Communication
8. High Standard
9. Give yourself a physical/mental break…but timing is key
10. Build strengths. Maintain weaknesses.
11. Safety first.
12. Pressure Situations

Cont’d – 18 reasons why I won the Olympics Part 2

13. I learned how to compete and how to deal with competition day.

Knowing how to turn it on when you have one shot in competition is a whole different experience than performing well in training. There are ‘athletes’ and then there are ‘competitors’. I was a competitor. I kind of liken it to being a warrior and competition was the battlefield.

I was different on competition day – my adrenaline would be pumping and my senses would be alive. Normally I am quite outgoing, but I turned into a very quiet person leading up to a big meet. I needed to be by myself in my own little world so I wouldn’t get distracted. I had to learn how to control all of the EXTRA stuff that came on competition day. As much as we want to pretend it’s just like training, your body and mind know it’s not.

14. Consistency led to confidence.
15. Social Responsibility
16. Innovation and creativity
17. Desire and Obsession
18. Belief

Cont’d – 18 reasons why I won the Olympics Part 3

Details on those links. Kyle was one of the top Floor / Vault men for 10 years, 3 Olympics.

Click PLAY or watch his gold medal FX routine 2004 on YouTube.

He recently opened a new gym.

Gymnastics Club collisions

Arabian Punch Front linked to this set-up video.

It’s a good reminder, though.

We must plan traffic flow in our facilities. Get the competitive kids out of the way during the busiest Rec class times.

the coach who never punts

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?

Think different.

Oleg Verniaiev 92.165

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.

planning gym improvement

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)

Mike Morgan – Proactive Coaching

This past summer Mike Morgan from Proactive Coaching led sessions at Avant Coeur Gymnastics.

Here are a few of my notes:


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:


Not the medals.

LIKE Proactive Coaching on Facebook. They post several times a day.

Ten Things I Want To Tell Teenage Girls

The best thing that can happen to kids during formative is to find healthy passions. Like sport.

The alternatives for bored youth are scary.

Kate Conner:

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.

details …


That popular blog post led to a book deal. In fact, the release date for 3 follow-up books is summer 2014.

Worlds “domination” by USA

The Japanese men and the U.S. women were astonishingly successful at Worlds 2013.

Lauren Hopkins:

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

Shanon Simone

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.

Larry Nassar:

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. :-)

10,000 hour rule debunked

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

Epstein quoted:

… 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.