should the NCAA boycott Indiana?

On USA Today, Nancy Armour proposes the NCAA boycott the State of Indiana:

The NCAA should be applauded for swiftly and strongly expressing its disapproval of Indiana’s new law that cloaks discrimination in “religious freedom.”…

“The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement shortly after Pence signed the law Thursday.

“We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.” …

NCAA’s next moves should be out of Indiana

That’s in reaction to dinosaur Governor Mike Pence signing the so-called “Religious Freedom” bill into law Thursday.

… Indiana protecting discrimination, effectively allowing businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs …

The 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships are scheduled for Aug. 13-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana. USAG’s offices are in Indianapolis.

I trust Steve Penney will quickly make a statement. Where does the U.S. Gymnastics Federation stand vis-a-vis the new Indiana State law?

Update from Steve Penney:

“USA Gymnastics provides the opportunity to participate in gymnastics to all athletes, regardless of an individual’s religious, ethnic or cultural background, or sexual orientation. One of USA Gymnastics’ hallmarks is its inclusion and diversity. We do not accept any form of discrimination toward our community or attendees at our events, and we are concerned about the possible impact of this law. We will work closely with the Indiana Sports Corp. and the mayor to better understand how this development might be contrary to hosting successful events that are open and welcoming to everyone.”

related – No, IKEA Is Not Selling A Rainbow Pillowcase Called “PUTIN”

fakepicputin

But they should. :-)

Laura Jurca – Bars

Coach Lucian Sandu often seems to touch the gymnasts while spotting in competition. I appreciate his caution, but any brush should be a deduction. This is not the first time this issue has come up.

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via @theliukin

Tornado hits Aim High Gymnastics, Tulsa

One by one, little gymnasts, in the arms or Tulsa firefighters, were carried to safety, as the rain poured down.

Parents, in tears, couldn’t get to their babies fast enough.

Sixty people, mostly children, were inside Aim High Academy in Sand Springs when tornado sirens started screaming. …

Tornado Destroys Sand Springs Gymnastics Studio

Update – People who want to help rebuild can contribute to a gofundme account.

via @GymCastic

Elias Green – quadruple backflip

Here’s one way to do a quad. :-)

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(via Christopher Sommer)

how NOT to learn Shaposh

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Learning shaposh on bars! Ya know, because high bar was such a good event for me…

A video posted by Cameron (@cameron413) on

 
Next time stack up the “cheese” mats sloping towards the low bar. Use 2 spotters.

(via GymCastic)

Special Needs Gymnastics

Tumbl Trak is proud to introduce our latest work in Special Needs Movement. In collaboration with Occupational Therapists, teachers, parents and students we are learning more every day about the incredible benefits Tumbl Trak equipment offers students with special needs.

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(via Rec Gymnastics)

Tumbl Trak is a long time sponsor of this site. I’m proud to be associated with them as an Ambassador. This is the kind of equipment development than more companies should be pursuing.

It’s crazy to put young children on equipment designed for Olympians.

gymnast ‘allergic to exercise’

Tasha:

… With my disability, you can’t see it. It’s invisible. Unless I’ve collapsed on the floor or fighting for breath, I look like any other gymnast. …

allergic

Being a disabled gymnast