TechniqueTalk – Tug of War?

Nick Ruddock:

… As adults, we are in a position to express our feelings, defend ourselves, and take action. The young athletes we coach are often not. They turn up day after day with little or no flexibility in the regime they train under, or ability to communicate their feelings to the adult giving them instructions.

If you find your athletes in this place, it’s a slippery slope, and the tug of war occurs. …

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protecting children in Gymnastics

MarvinSharpMarthaKarolyiThe GymCastic audiocast #163Enough – did a good job addressing this topic in the aftermath of the arrest of Olympic coach Marvin Sharp for suspicion of child molestation and possession of child pornography. Sharp pleaded innocent but is still in custody.

The GymCastic interviews with Dr. Megan Neyer and Katherine Starr are excellent. Very informative. Very helpful.

To follow up click through to Safe4Athletes.

The GymCastic page has more good links.

Coaches – especially male coaches – should not be alone with an underage athlete in a car, in a hotel, in a photo studio. Perhaps not even in an open Gym.

In the long term, female coaches must continue to take over leadership of women’s Artistic Gymnastics. WAG should have fewer male coaches in future. This means women should do more spotting … or – better – should coach with less spotting. More drills.

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