Cody progressions

From Trampoline.

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For Artistic gymnasts a low Cody is a very useful drill. Technically and psychologically. It builds confidence for backward rotation.

teaching walkovers

Best practice is starting from forward walkover to a soft elevated surface.

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Progressively lower the surface.

The same process should be used for the forward limber to kick backward walkover.

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Start young. Do not rush. The gymnast must be strong enough at the end range of the shoulder flexion / upper back extension – with straight legs – before lowering the target surface. Psychological confidence is as important as physical preparation before moving to low Beam.

Happily, almost every girl on every team can achieve this drill. If they work it enough. This range of motion is trainable :-)

I am a coach because …

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(via Kelsey Arnold)

what I love about Gymnastics

Emerald City Gymnastics Academy, Washington.

Nice edit, Sandy. :-)

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Vasiliki Millousi interview

Interesting and detailed. Vasiliki is very well spoken.

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Vasiliki: If I could go back in time, I think that I would make the same choices. I have no regrets, even though I’ve been through lots of hard times.

The road is not easy at all but I think I would do the same things, I think that I would even make the same mistakes because we learn from our mistakes and each mistakes has made me wiser. I’m not wise, but I learn from every mistake, and especially my mistakes during competitions. I just would advise myself to be a bit tougher. …

Interviewers: … So what are your biggest accomplishments?

Vasiliki: I have lots of medals from national championships and world cups. I think I have about 13 medals from world cups, including a gold from the London Test Event, I have been a 5 times European finalist, a world finalist and a two times Olympian. I have 3 Mediterranean medals, a gold a silver and a bronze and I have been first at FIG’s ranking twice. And I’m hoping to finish with an Olympic gold… you know (laughs) This would be way too hard …

Interviewers: You’ve said that you’re retiring after Rio?

Vasiliki: Yes, I think yes, that’s what I’ve said. I’m a bit reluctant because I have said that I’m stopping after Rio but I said the same before London. …

Interviewers: I have a question about something that surprised me quite a bit. There was a time when you stopped gymnastics quite early. If I’m not mistaken, you left after the world championships of Debrecen in 2002

Vasiliki: No, I also competed at the European championships of 2003 and I left the sport in 2003. Actually, I didn’t leave. It was kind of obligatory!

Interviewers: Did the federation pressure you?

Vasiliki: Yes. It was the federation’s decision. They sent me a piece of paper, saying “Thank you very much for what you have offered but you are now old and the young athletes coming up are stronger and there’s nothing more you can offer. Best of luck in your future career” …

Vasiliki Millousi: “it’s all about the journey”

One of the most artistic Artistic gymnasts competing today, click PLAY or watch a 2013 montage on YouTube.

crying at Gymnastics

Anne Josephson:

Is pushing kids until they cry just a part of gymnastics?

Here is the answer: yes and no.

… there are times when kids cry for a host of reasons that are normal and acceptable, perhaps even good. Crying can release tension. It can cue us that what we are doing matters. It can let the adults around the child know that the child is in distress and may need comforting or further guidance.

So how is a parent to know when the tears are a warning sign versus when the tears are just a normal part of life? Here are some things to consider …

IS PUSHING KIDS UNTIL THEY CRY JUST A PART OF GYMNASTICS?

Tips To Console Your Crying Child
Tips To Console Your Crying Child

related – THE KEY TO HAVING A HAPPY RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR COACH, ATHLETE OR PARENT

Oklahoma intro video 2016

Very cool.

What’s wrong with being confident? The official 2016 OU women’s gymnastics intro video.

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coming up today Jan 30th – Metroplex Challenge vs LSU, Missouri, Stanford, Washington

related – K.J. Kindler profile – CHOREOGRAPHING A CULTURE