Special Needs Gymnastics

Tumbl Trak is proud to introduce our latest work in Special Needs Movement. In collaboration with Occupational Therapists, teachers, parents and students we are learning more every day about the incredible benefits Tumbl Trak equipment offers students with special needs.

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(via Rec Gymnastics)

Tumbl Trak is a long time sponsor of this site. I’m proud to be associated with them as an Ambassador. This is the kind of equipment development than more companies should be pursuing.

It’s crazy to put young children on equipment designed for Olympians.

Gymnix Invitational – a review


Surprisingly, this was my first time attending this important competition, one I follow online every year. It’s easily the best meet in the nation.

The BIG gym is gorgeous. The only podium competition in Canada, including Nationals.

Kennedy Gymnix 2015

Gym B has a mini-podium for Floor. A very nice touch for the younger girls aspiring to compete, one day, in the main Hall.

Gymnova Canada, based out of Montreal, do a terrific job equipping the meet.

Of course the famed Gymnix club is in the same sports facility. Team Canada held a training camp here the week prior to the 2015 meet.

The highlight of Gymnix is the the Junior International Cup, one of the best Junior team competitions in the world. The 2015 edition was super. I hope Marta Karolyi’s successor decides to send an American Jr Team.

Unlike most of the “rest of Canada”, Quebec is not switching over to the American Jr Olympic rules. Happy with their WAG program now, Quebec remains separate and distinct.

WiFi is free at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, but as in most big venues tends to crap out when too many spectators are logged in to one router at the same time. Have a data plan if you want to be sure to connect from the venue.

Merci boucoup @IntlGymnix. Thanks for the hard work of your staff and volunteers.

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GymConUSA | July 12-14th | Vegas

This is a great coach education alternative to the many Congress events hosted by USAG.

This year’s conference will be held from July 12-14th at the beautiful Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino! Not only will our conference be in the fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, but we also have an amazing keynote speaker: 3-time Olympian Mr. John Roethlisberger! For more information regarding GymConUSA 2015, as well as early-bird pricing, visit us at www.gymconusa.com .

GymCon 2015

GymCon USA 2015

Support the independent Gymnastics Congress.

July 12-14, 2015

Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada

2 full days of educational sessions offered in 3 Traks * Keynote Speech delivered by Olympic great, John Roethlisberger * Welcome Reception, Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Learn Opportunities and Closing Ceremonies * Tradeshow Area * Conference Tote, T-shirt & other vendor give-aways!


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gymnastics bar grips – finger wedgies

What are they?

This photo was posted by bogwoppit on the Chalk Bucket forum.

bogwoppit explains:

They make the finger holes of your grips smaller. I managed to get some from the UK, where they call them wedgies!

Order from GymnasticExpress.co.uk in Europe.

1039Ginnasta USA sells something similar. Cheap. $3 per package of 8.

Without them, kids simply stuff foam into the finger holes to fill the gap. Messy and inconsistent.

Leave a comment if you know of anyone else selling something like this.

JTree Gym Balm

Testimonial for this product from Nia Dennis and friends.

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15,000+ fans at Utah Gymnastics

Every time someone tells me they tried and failed to market Gymnastics, I respond: “Greg Marsden did. Why can’t you?”

JOHN BRANCH reports:

Utah’s Huntsman Center holds 15,000. But more than that were squeezing in to watch what was, on the schedule, just an ordinary conference dual meet with Stanford. The standing-room-only attendance was announced at 15,202.

The night after the gymnastics meet, Utah’s women’s basketball team played No. 7 Oregon State in the same arena. Official attendance was 788.

Utah gymnastics has the highest average attendance in women’s college sports nearly every year, beating out the likes of Tennessee and Connecticut basketball, Nebraska and Hawaii volleyball, and Alabama and Georgia gymnastics, most of them quite easily. It vaults past professional women’s sports, too, like the W.N.B.A., where top teams hope to draw 10,000.

The gymnastics team, ranked fourth this season, is averaging 14,682 through four meets. That is on pace to break the team record of 14,376 last year, when only 18 Division I men’s basketball teams regularly played in front of bigger crowds. …

… if Utah can sell 7,500 season tickets (ranging from $30 to $120), attract 15,000 fans to a two-hour meet, and essentially break even financially, why don’t more universities do the same thing? …

Utah audience

Alabama’s Sarah Patterson:

“Greg started earliest, and he set the standard,” said Patterson, who started coaching Alabama in 1978. “There were two people I took great advice from at the start of my career. One was Pat Summitt. The other was Greg Marsden.”

Both Marsden and Summitt, the longtime Tennessee women’s basketball coach, stressed the value of marketing the program. …

Georgia’s Suzanne Yoculan:

“If Greg and Sarah and I could stand up and speak to everybody who is a decision-maker at other schools, I think we could convince them to add gymnastics,” said Yoculan, who retired from Georgia in 2009.

Utah gymnastics, with a $750,000 budget, breaks even, the university said, thanks mostly to arena revenues from its meets and booster contributions that cover the 12 scholarships. …

Greg Marsden

NY Times – At Packed Utah Women’s Gymnastics Meets, Marketing Earns High Scores, Too