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Aussie school bans cartwheel

Not for the first time Down Under, overprotective staff at Peregian Springs State School in Queensland banned handstands and cartwheels on the playground (unless they were supervised) after two children were injured.

Not surprisingly, Principal Gwen Sands was “held up to ridicule by the media“.

It was a bad call.

Anna Cartwheel

Unfortunately upset parents at the school launched personal attacks on the Principal via Facebook and Twitter. That’s also wrong. :-(

Thanks George.

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition

Essentially, the Kids Edition is a standard Kindle Fire HD tablet — at either the 6-inch or 7-inch size — with a pile of add-on features that are designed for kids and the havoc they tend to wreak.

You pay a $50 premium over the standard version, which amounts to $149 for the 6-inch version and $189 for the 7-inch base model. But for that $50 you get a few special bonuses. The first is a one-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the company’s set of kid-friendly content that includes 5,000 games, videos, and books. You also get a gigantic case that protects the tablet and makes it easier for small children to hold. Last but certainly not-least is a 2-year, no-questions-asked warranty. …

The tablet itself is a relatively uninspiring affair, blocky and low-end. But it also appears to be more durable than the average cheap tablet …

The Verge

Photos and videos are uploaded by default to the parent’s account. For approval.

Kindle kids

related – Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Has 2-Year Replacement Offer

Pit Rescue Training

Menlo Park Gymnastics, California

related – FIG – Gymnastics pits – Preventive Sanitation and Maintenance

Dipa Karmakar – Produnova

Prelims at Asian Games.

Less scary than at Commonwealth Games, I’d say.

She qualified 3rd into the Vault Final.

Gym Jag – choose words carefully

Hint: The best of the best always choose the second option.

Sacrifice vs. Choice
Pressure vs. Drive
Failure vs. Setback
Short-term vs. Long-term goals
Criticism vs. Coaching
Tragedy vs. Disappointment
Difficulty vs. Challenge
Competition vs. Motivation
Winning vs. Celebrating
Quit vs. End (or retire)

Napoleon Hill wrote, “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” …

Words have power. Choose them carefully.



Platform Diving Protection

Here’s a brilliant idea we could modify for Bar release training. A machine that slides the pad on to the bar after release.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

details on diveguard.ca

Thank Tom Trapp for the link. He’s the diving coach keeping us updated on what’s new in that Olympic discipline.

RiskAssure – online risk management

Rob Deatley at Calgary Gymnastics Centre alerted me to this state-of-the-art software.

Risk Assure is a web-based software system that helps child activity centers protect themselves from liability. With RiskAssure, you can be sure that your equipment is cataloged, maintenance is performed on time and incidents—when they occur—are handled quickly, correctly, and professionally. RiskAssure can make sure that your students are the daring ones, not you. …

RiskAssure has a retail price of $95/month, but only costs $49/month for Charter Subscribers at this time …


If you are responsible for risk management at your club, click PLAY or watch a detailed summary on YouTube.

Contact Frank Sahlein or Barbara Anne Elliott at 3rd Level Consulting if you want to chat to a real human being.

treating back pain

Many of the Gymnast Care articles are beyond my understanding. But not this one.

You could recommend it to parents and young gymnasts.

Dr. Joshua Eldridge:

Like any injury, it’s critical for gymnasts to have a plan of action when they return from back pain. …

We have 4 steps in this progression:

1. Pain Reduction
2. Control
3. Form
4. Strength

back injury

Back Pain Progression for Gymnasts

Click through for details. And great graphics.

Dr Léglise suspended

With regard to sanctions surrounding the Rhythmic Gymnastics Intercontinental Judges Course in December 2012 in Bucharest (ROU) …

Dr Léglise is suspended from his position as Vice President of Acrobatic Gymnastics, and as member of the FIG Presidential Commission until August 31, 2016.

Disciplinary decision: FIG Vice President sanctioned

Léglise was many years responsible for FIG’s Medical and Anti-doping Commissions. I’ve always been disappointed the Medical group has not done a better job intervening to protect athletes.

Taiso Vault landing platform

To train for FIG vaults in 2014 you need spend most of your time vaulting uphill. Iarov recommends flipping only once a week. The rest of the time is used for preparation: sprint, hurdle, preflight.

Taiso Saskatoon built an ideal platform. Last week.


Head Coach Markos Baikas is budgeting for perfect matting. These you see are temporary.

vault platform

first section

Decades ago Manjak and I ordered just such a vault landing table though ours was one giant block of foam. :-)

Within weeks it was moved into the pit. :-( We were back to stacking a dozen mats.

tumbling fwd 3/1, 1/1 to 1/2

Max chasing Kenzo.

Next Code, FIG truly must limit the number of twisting elements that can be counted in one routine. This is not good for the knees.

(via GymCastic+)

boycotting Gymnastike

by site editor Rick McCharles


Joe Battaglia finally apologized.

Better late than never. Thanks Joe. I trust it’s sincere. I’ll wait and see if any additional response is forthcoming from USAG or Flocasts.

___ original post:

I’m going to join the boycott. This site gets 2-3 million unique visitors a year. I believe we send quite a bit of traffic to Gymnastike.org.

This hurts, as I love Gymnastike, the #1 gymnastics video site.

I feel rotten for some of the excellent Gymnastike contributors. I’ve only known founder Anne Phillips to have the highest standards. Several times I pitched interviews with outspoken people and she declined saying she preferred Gymnastike promote the positives of Gymnastics. She does not like controversy. This scandal must be agonizing for her.

Know that @Flocasts is the parent company to Gymnastike. Here’s the Flocasts Team.

Don’t blame Gymnastike people for the wrong decisions of Flocasts. That would be unethical.

I’ve had quibbles over how Gymnastike operates, opting not to sign-up for their Gold paid subscription, but there’s never been an incident like this.

During the evening of the September long weekend, when most people were on holiday, Gymnastike posted an article:

Maroney Victim of Nude Photo Leak” (screen shot)

Chavez article with 4chan link

Note that the ad on that page was paid for by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, volunteers who help abused and neglected children. There’s one advertiser that should flee Flocasts.

As a fan site that attracts many young girls, I question the headline. Gymnastike should have rushed to the defense of one of the sports greatest stars, defending her privacy.

Unforgivable, however, was a link to 4chan, a shady online community where (mostly) anonymous people share all kinds of nonsense, legal and illegal, including pornography. :-(

One commenter tells there were no photos of Maroney via that link. I know many others saw 3 photos, real or not. I did not click through myself.

Author of the post, Chris Chavez @Chris_J_Chavez, should have known better. He’s a student, an aspiring sports journalist, specializing in Track & Field.

Certainly Chavez knows not to link to 4chan, especially a page sharing stolen pornography, real and faked.

I decided to boycott after seeing this. It was sent to me anonymously.


Looks to me like Chavez was gloating over the thousands of hits his story was getting on Gymnastike. (It did not get nearly that many hits, did it?)

I’m trying to confirm that chavezc is another social media handle for @Chris_J_Chavez. Leave a comment if you know.

Update from @Region5insider (one of the good guys):

Rick that comment that was posted is not from Chris. Someone created the log in and posted the comment. We can tell how long a username as been active on our site and when I saw comment I checked and it was 15 minutes.

That’s good enough for me. I now believe it was not Chris, but rather some quick, humorous imposter questioning the motives for the post.

Still, this is a blog, not a court of law. I believe Chavez posted the article, a listicle in fact, to gain clicks. His post was sleazy at best, illegal at worst.

Chavez did not hit PUBLISH. Perhaps he doesn’t have permission to post himself. It was published by Joe Battaglia, Creative Director of @Flocasts, responsible for a number of sports, including Athletics, Wrestling, Dirt Biking and Gymnastics. Very experienced, without question Battaglia should have known not to link to 4chan.

Perhaps he was the only one working over the long weekend when the scandal broke.

The gymternet went nuts.

Battaglia some time later deleted the porn link, without explanation or apology.

He left the story up. It’s not been removed as yet as I post. (Deleting it may be seen, by Battaglia, as an admission of wrongdoing.)

UPDATE – Flocasts did finally remove the article entirely. 4-days later.

That was his second unforgivable mistake. Battaglia should have deleted the post entirely and instantly apologized for the “mistake“. Flocasts would later have to decide what to do with Chavez and Battaglia for linking to porn in the first place.

Instead, Battaglia doubled down with this tweet the next morning, as the gymternet blew up in protest.

I assumed we’d see an apology Tuesday morning when people got back to work at Flocasts. …

Nothing. :-(


That’s it.

Gymnastics Coaching will boycott Gymnastike until Flocasts takes action.

I unliked their Facebook page.

Unfollowed them on twitter.

I’m sending this post to the co-founders of Flocasts:

Martin Floreani @martinoflo | Martin@flocasts.com

Madhu Venkatesan @madhuvenkatesan

Mark Floreani @markflocasts

Also @USAGym. There’s nothing worse for the Federation than to be in any way associated with pornography. Potentially child pornography.

Leslie King, USAG’s Communication director, has stated the organization will revisit whether or not Gymnastike should be invited to future events.

One final word on these stolen photos, try not to blame the victim.

related – Lauren Hopkins – RESPONDING TO CONTROVERSY 101

injuries at Pan Ams?

Did anyone get stats from the medical team?

I heard it was awful. Not surprising with so many smaller nations trying to compete against the USA. They are generally far more prepared than the rest of the Americas.