Gymnastics Coaching is an aggregator. We try to link to the best of the best published online in English. The most interesting ideas, photos and videos.
NEW ideas, in particular.
Artistic Gymnastics, especially WAG, dominates the Gymternet over all other acrobatic disciplines. That’s OK — I guess — since we want every child to start with Artistic & Trampoline before specializing.
I’ve blocked recommendations into 3 categories:
INDEPENDENT SITES (blogs, coaches, etc.)
OFFICIAL SITES (magazines, organizations, FIG, NOCs, etc.)
PHOTO & VIDEO SITES
Gymternet (with a capital G) instantly became the 1st site Women’s Gymnastics fans should check. Timing was perfect as Blythe Lawrence’s Gymnastics Examiner went quiet in 2014. Blythe got a real job – working for the International Gymnastics Federation in Switzerland.
Gymnastics News Network is an aggregator like this one. But they also post unique content. I particularly like their coach interviews.
GymFever2012 on Facebook is one of my best sources. But I don’t link as it’s private. I belong to a number of private Facebook groups, in fact. Those groups seem to have increasingly taken over from private forums.
Those sites post prolifically. Each is quite unique. Please subscribe, follow and/or like those as well as others listed here that don’t post quite so often. (A much longer list of sites we follow is listed in the right hand navigation of every page on this site.)
The only site with more content for coaches than this one is GymnasticsZone, a terrific resource. Original content.
Last year and again this year I was astonished at the quality of communications out of USA Gymnastics and FIG. Those organizations have media people equal the best bloggers. In the past information from both was whitewashed — no bad news. But both have gotten increasingly open, over time.
Gymnastike are the leaders in unique online VIDEO.
But I’m currently boycotting Gymnastike.org as are many other sites. That started with the Joe Battaglia Flocasts scandal, but – in fact – I don’t like some of Gymnastike’s business practices. And haven’t for some years. Those concerns I’ve taken directly to founder Anne Phillips, but there’s been no change. Her site seems locked into the Flocast corporate culture.
In 2013 Sports2Visuals.com began posting high quality gymnast documentaries in Dutch and English. Everyone knows their The Hard Way To Success videos.
But Sports2Visuals.com is doing much more. For example they created videos for the 2013 World Championships Organizing Committee. See ALL their videos linked from the home page. And subscribe to their YouTube channel.
The Gymneo WAG coaching video tutorials (now in French and English) are superb. But cost 259€ / year. ($352) They do post free teasers on their Facebook page.
The best thing that ever happened for gymnastics coaches is YouTube. Thank Google for buying that company and letting us share with the world for free. In 2011 I still link to YouTube over Vimeo and others as YouTube streams quickest over a weak WiFi signal. The worst place to post your videos is Facebook — link to a YouTube video in Facebook, instead.
For AUDIO there’s only one superb site. GymCastic. … That’s regular Uncle Tim and moderator Jessica O’Beirne of Masters Gymnastics. They have a number of guest hosts as well as celebrity guests each week.
For PHOTOS, Inside Gymnastics has the photographer I link to most. That’s the terrific Grace Chiu. She uses Facebook perfectly, posting a few of her best shots in order to promote sales from GraceClick.ca.
Former Michigan State Spartan Christy Ann Linder and her team capture some fantastic images. Many sport photographers do not really know gymnastics. Christy does.
Did I MISS one of your favourite sites? … or links to their content?
I’m reluctant (yet) to start listing too many Tumblr sites or Twitter feeds. Those can be as messy as Facebook. Too much crap interspersed with good content.
But … leave a comment and I’ll update this list in a week or so. I could name many more.