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hey coach – put the phone away

Tony Retrosi:

When you are in the gym, DON’T BRING YOUR CELL PHONE IN WITH YOU.

I know you “just want to video that skill”.

Don’t just put down your smartphone, put it away. Once it is out of sight, it’s less likely to distract you and shows your gymnasts that they are priority. …

Kids Learn from our examples

I’m with Tony on this one.

Certainly some coaches manage their smart phones well in the gym. But most don’t. Especially the addicts.

That goes for the gymnasts, too, of course.

Jordan Jovtchev phone

pit pillow throw mat

I was visiting Jeremy Mosier and the crew at Gymtastics when I saw the girls using a Tumbl Trak Pit Pillow as a trampoline throw mat.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Jeremy explained that the Pit Pillow was light enough for one gymnast to throw accurately. He preferred it to a conventional (heavier) throw mat.

Dipa Karmakar | Gymnastics in India

India Express – Shrivani Nayak:

‘Dipa is great, but for India to succeed it must look beyond the specifics.”

Jim Holt has coached 7 nations at a fourteen World Championships over the last quarter century, developing gymnastics in far-flung corners. Currently, employed by the Sports Authority of India, the former University of Washington coach has been overseeing the Indian programme. Based out of New Delhi, and frequenting the NIS in Patiala for conducting coaches courses, the American from Seattle puts into perspective Dipa Karmakar’s performances this season, but urges that much more needs to be done if gymnastics has to become a mass-sport that consistently fetches medals for India.

I can state with certainty, given that I’m well connected internationally, and that Dipa Karmakar is currently one of the best-known female vaulters in the world. It is a testimony to her achievement and to coach Nandi’s ambition that she has accomplished a bronze medal at Commonwealth Games and finished 10th (by far highest placing of all gymnasts in India’s history — men or women) at the 2014 World Championships on this event. …

Indian gymnastics is not and should not be Dipa Karmakar and Ashish Kumar. There are a couple thousand kids (in at least 24 or 25 of the states) right now that are India’s future pipeline. …

Personally when I think of Dipa attempting the difficult Produnova, I do not think skills should be competed without achieving mastery of the same.

That said, I only have the highest personal regard, respect, admiration and affection for Dipa. I’ll repeat — I wish she could compete for the men and I’m totally serious about that. Heck, I’d put her on the men’s floor and vault team tomorrow if the rules would allow …

Nandi and Karmakar
Coach Nandi

read more – Vaulting ambition, soaring dreams

Click through to see how and why gymnasts from developing nations like India are the ones, so far, risking the dangerous handspring double front vault.

Click PLAY or watch her Commonwealths double front on YouTube. (15.1)

Click PLAY or watch her Asian Games qualifier on YouTube. (15.2)

Click PLAY or watch her Asian Games Final on YouTube.

So that’s a vault that either scores 0.0. Or 15+. :-(

Nonsensical, in my opinion. That kind of deep, dangerous landing must be deducted more.

Simplest solution is to ban the skill. Next best would be to devalue significantly.

vision impaired gymnast Adrianna Kenebrew

Inspiring.

… In early October, the Houston sixth grader competed in a gymnastics meet, six days before undergoing laser surgery for her glaucoma, the 12th surgery she’s had in her young life. …

“I just really want to be Gabby Douglas … “

… the surgery went well and it will take one to two months to determine the effect it had on the tissues. …

When Adrianna was 4 she asked for a balance beam and started attending the Texas Academy of Acrobatics and Gymnastics (TAAG). According to Asha, her coaches may not even have realized anything was wrong because Adrianna went out and did the same things as the other students. …
Adrianna

In 2013, the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation named her the TAAG Female Athlete of the Year. …

11-year-old blind gymnast inspires, aims for gold

concussion survey

A researcher is trying to determine how much Trampoline and Gymnastics coaches know about concussions.

I filled out the online survey in about 10 minutes. It’s better than some, though still includes some questions more appropriate for team sport than our own.

At the end are open ended forms where you can write in your personal feedback.

If you’d like to take part, click here.

Here’s the researcher:

Lee Verweel, BSc, MSc (c)
Concussion Research Centre
Bloorview Research Institute
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

via the private T&T Coaches Canada Facebook Group

SAFE landings

Coaching Youth GymnasticsA safe landing is one where the body is at least risk of injury. And where impact forces are brought to zero in the most efficient, consistent ways.

I disagree with this next excerpt from Coaching Youth Gymnastics by USA Gymnastics:

… Straight spine to keep the neck stable and prevent falling forward

No bending forward at the waist …

This is not a good landing.

landing

The spine is a shock absorber. The gymnast should use ‘trunk flexion / extension’ to absorb force.

This next excerpt also makes no sense to me:

Arms extended to the front, straight and level with the heart in order to keep chest up on the landing

Why?

Arms should be relaxed, slightly bent at the elbow, wider than shoulder width to help balance. Gymnasts should land as softly as possible. Like a cat. Like this cat. :-)

Uchimura-STICK

There’s no reason to keep the chest up other than to keep some judge happy.

When will this book be next edited?

USAG Safe Landing

If you’d like to see the source of those excerpts, see them on the Human Kinetics site.

272 pages © 2011Book or eBook – $19.95

Tamara Mrdjenovic injured

Tamara from Serbia (training in Germany) is here watching podium training. Coaches told me she suffered a partial ligament tear. No surgery should be needed. But she had to withdraw from Worlds. :-(

Gymnastics is a very dangerous sport.

injury

Inside Gymnastics on Facebook.

via TAA

Japanese Men’s Floor

A few snippets from podium training.

Team Japan will win Floor as a team … while competing only one double somersault. (Uchimura is competing double double.)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I expect FIG MTC to change the Code next cycle. This is overuse of one kind of skill taken to the extreme.

It’s not good for the knees, either.

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.

10 WORD CHOICES THAT SMART ATHLETES (AND THEIR PARENTS AND COACHES) MAKE TO BE THE BEST OF THE BEST

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