Gymtools.NET

Check this out.

GymTools.NET, which was created to facilitate the exchange of equipment, accessories and educational resources between clubs.

It’s a NEW site where you can buy, sell or give away used Gymnastics equipment and materials. Gymtools.NET takes a small service fee on each cash transaction.

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Tumbl Trak YouTube channel

I travel with a Tumbl Trak camera. Represent the company as a volunteer Ambassador at many events each year.

They edit a LOT of video. TV commercials, one with over a million views. Product videos. Coaching tips. And many edits highlighting activities other than competitive Artistic gymnastics.

I’ve got a Games series coming out soon, for example. Over 160 activities. :-)

Click PLAY or watch a brief intro on YouTube.

Subscribe here.

Gymternet – best of 2014

by site editor Rick McCharles

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

Artistic Gymnastics is the Foundation.

_____ INDEPENDENT SITES:

smileThe BIG news from 2014 was Lauren Hopkins launching The Gymternet. Lauren and her writers have BIG plans to expand coverage in 2015.

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. :-)

Blythe Lawrence (USA) – Gymnastics Examiner | Facebook | @GymExaminer

Bea Gheorghisor has taken over as the main editor of The Couch Gymnast | Facebook | @TheCouchGymnast. It’s a must read.

Albert Minguillón i Colomer, Nora Schuler & Elizabeth Long (Europe) – THE ALL AROUND | Facebook | @THEALLAROUND

Katie (Ireland) – Full Twist | @full_twist

Anne Josephson’s JAG GYM BLOG was rocking this past year. Much reposted. It’s thoughtful and unique. One of the few sites discussing gymnastics judges and parents. Check the Top 10 posts of 2014.

Every WAG coach should be following Swing Big closely. Since March 2013, Zari has been methodically posting practical drills. The best of what’s out there.

• Triple Twist Gym Blog | Facebook | @tripletwistgym

MCSMaria is another must read

Tony Retrosi’s Gym MomentumGym Momentum | Facebook | @gym_momentum

Gigi Khazback-FaridWOGymnastikA (new URL late 2013) posts more often than anyone else. Often highlights from Tumblr. Make sure you’ve updated her new social media feeds.

• Beautiful Gymnastics had some fantastic posts in 2014.

• Dvora Meyers has been busy writing for other sites. And working on a Gymnastics book. But still posts occasionally on her old site Unorthodox Gymnastics

Gymnast 391

Double Double

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.

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Other must reads not focused on WAG:

Trampoline Pundit

T&T Coaches Canada on Facebook is a terrific T&T source, too. Invitation only.

Uncle Tim Talks Men’s Gym

Ron NoeStick It Media (MAG) | @StickItMedia

NCAA MEN’S GYMNASTICS ALUMNI on Facebook (Open)

Nico launched a new site in 2014. The Liukin, dedicated to Men’s Artistic Gymnastics.

GYMMIN’ MIEL! (all disciplines)

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.
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John GeddertThe Gymnastics Coach | Facebook | @JohnGGeddert

Ask Al Fong is another superb site for technique.

I follow the NCAA mostly on these sites:

Balance Beam Situation

College Gym Fans

Manual on Handstands

The following sites publish less frequently, but I never miss a post:

Beam Dreams

• Andy ThorntonAmerican Gymnast | Facebook | @americangymnast (company tweets)

handstandKristal Sergent BouldenDouble Front | Facebook | @Double_Front | Tumblr

• the always thoughtful Gymnast Crossing

Confessions of a Gym Fan

Bronwyn & Clara Stoi!

JAO Coaching Gymnastics in the New Millenium

@TsukthePain | Tumblr

• Between the Olympics | @BTOgymblog

• E Panel | @TheEpanel

Valentin Uzunov’s The Gym Press YouTube channel | @thegympress.

The best site for recreational gymnastics is another I edit, RecGymnastics.com. We’re looking for contributors.

Sites dedicated to geographic regions:

Germany
GymMedia (English & German)
turn-news (German)

Romania:
• Cris – Gymfever
• Alina – Tare! magazine
• Mihai – FanGymnastics (Romanian)
• Bea – Gymnastics No Ceiling | Facebook
• Carmen – Romanian Gymnastics Fans on Facebook

China:
Blossom, Chinese Gymnastics Flowers
• Chinese Gymnastics Blog

• Rewriting Russian Gymnastics

Australian Gymnastics Blog

GymPower (Dutch)

Gimnasia Latina (Spanish American)

Revista Magnesia | Facebook | @revistamagnesia (Mexico)

Doble en Plancha (Spain)

Tsukahara Tucked (Argentina)

Gymnastikfabriken (Sweden)

GimSpor.pl (Poland)

Gymania (Hebrew)

gymnet.org (French)

Gym-Nast-iique (French)

Gym Blog Brazil (Portuguese)

• Jenn Isbister’s Gymn.ca (Canada) … perhaps the original dedicated National site

Couch Gymnast graphic

The Chrome browser offers automatic Google language Translate, one of the main reasons I use it.

_____ OFFICIAL SITES:

I link a lot to IG. Dwight Normile, Amanda Turner, John Crumlish & team – International Gymnast magazine online News | Facebook@intlgymnast

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.

• USAG Headlines | Facebook | @USAGym

• FIG News | Facebook | @officialfig

British Gymnastics does a terrific job of communicating. Other nations, … not so much. I’m looking at you Canada. :)

With a small staff, Inside Gymnastics magazine does a good job during LIVE events. And especially on Facebook.

Inside Gymnastics News | Facebook | @InsideGym

_____ AUDIO, PHOTO & VIDEO SITES:

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.

Some of my favourites this past year:

Arabian Punch Front links to the best montage videos. And more.

• American Gymnast Gymnastics on Demand videos on the JoeLangley YouTube channel (1150+ coaching tutorials)

British Gymnastics TV

JAO Videos on YouTube

• Sargis Siradegyan’s sKT YouTube channel (MAG)

• Coach Sommers – Gymnastic Bodies videos (the #1 MAG strength guru)

Nick Blanton on YouTube

Nick’s recently relocated to Canada. And started up Blanton’s Gymnastics Consultancy. Recommended.

• Tony Retrosi – Gym Momentum YouTube Channel

• Mary Lee Tracy – USAmlt YouTube Channel

• John Geddert – GymnasticsCoachUSA YouTube channel and DVDs $.

Gymnastics Minute YouTube channel. And GymSmarts for DVDs $.

RedNasvw YouTube channel, especially his MAG Code of Points videos

There were fewer gymnastics montages in 2014, me thinks. I link most to AshleyakaFlipper and CSaccullo.

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.

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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.

related:

Gymternet – best of 2013
Gymternet – best of 2012
Gymternet – best of 2011
Gymternet – best of 2010

Lastly, a big THANKS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the individuals who emailed or messaged me with links in 2014. :-)

Skype in to the Clinic

Just before Christmas, a coach Skyped into one of our clinics from 900km (560mi) away.

We were giving feedback on video presentations.

This was only the second time I’ve had a coach Skype in. It works well.

Skype coaching course

Guangxi Sports Center

Worlds 2014 host Guangxi Sports Center is incredible. It looks more like an Olympic venue than a Worlds site.

Guangxi Sports Center venues

One challenge. Toilets in Japan are ultramodern. But here at the Guangxi, they are all holes in the ground. Lucky we are gymnasts. :-)

960 volunteers, most of whom speak English, enthusiastically try to help visitors in every way.

Guangxi Sports Center, Nanning

Details are first class. And if you get jetlagged in the middle of the day, lie down in the Quiet Room.

Guangxi Sports Center, Nanning-2

Men have their first training on the AAI competition equipment tomorrow.

In case you are worried about unusual Chinese cuisine, turns out, we won’t starve. :-)

Guangxi Sports Center, Nanning-3

impressive Nanning

Media does not get access to the World Championships venue until September 28th, but we’re already anticipating a fantastic competition.

The airport is ultramodern, upgraded 2012.

Nanning Air

Advertising for the competition is everywhere throughout the city. The budget, like this mascot, must be HUGE.

Rick Nanning

October 1st is National Day, celebrating the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. It’s the start of a week long festival. Flags decorate the streets.

National Day

Facebook, YouTube, Google and Twitter are blocked but my websites are working. I’ll get a VPN unless the media centre provides open internet. I’m assuming they will.

new training centre Montreal

The official opening of the National Sports Institute of Quebec (Quebec INS) Gymnastics facility was celebrated September 15th.

One of the best training gyms in the world. Congratulations to everyone who made this happen.

Look for former Men’s National Coach Andre Simard. This was his brainchild some 40yrs ago. :-)