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worse hands than a gymnast

Norbert’s Beam Dock

… enables coach to easily spot roll-offs and dismounts. 6″ thick dock mat, with cutout for beam, rests on top of blocks to provide a padded surface that is level with beam top. …

Complete Norbert’s Beam Dock Mat Set is available as a set of 5 pieces (Beam Dock Mat, 2 each CB-212 and CB-224): Beam Dock Mat may also be ordered separately for use with your existing mats (correct configuration requires 2 each CB-212 & 2 each CB-224 Grand Canyon Bar Block or equivalent).

Norberts Beam mats

details $1,995.00

tripping on flat surfaces

Debbie Broderick Rodriguez linked to this great truth.

I’m even more skilled at falling backward over Bars cables. :-)

Sam Sendel – Canada’s new LGTB initiatives

Leigh Robson:

No one would deny that Canadian Olympic Trampoline hopeful Sam Sendel enjoys life. When you watch her action-packed YouTube videos, you know that she lives life to the fullest. Her talent, athletic success as a World Class Trampoline gymnast and joie de vivre makes her a role model to many. …

In conjunction with the Canadian Olympic Committee’s announcement of new initiatives to support LGTB athletes, Sam has come out publicly with her identity as a lesbian athlete. About Canada’s new LGTB initiatives, she told SBNation Outsports Magazine:

Sam “As a gay athlete, I’m touched deeply,” Sendel said of the COC’s initiative. “I’m hoping it will help prevent the younger generations from feeling like they need to hide who they are. That was a big issue for me. I think it will really make a difference.”

The goal of the initiatives is to combat homophobia and anti-gay bias in sports. While this is a Canadian program, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently adopted new guidelines protecting athletes traveling to foreign countries to compete in the Olympics to include LGTB athletes. …

read more on Trampoline Pundit

If you appreciate Sam’s courage, send her a tweet @SamSendel.

Actually, the Canadian T&T program is very Gay friendly.

(via Leigh Robson @TrampPundit)

NCAA – feet apart on landing

One of the bigger scoring complaints that gets tossed around during the NCAA season is about landing stuck dismounts with feet apart. Are the judges taking this deduction? Should it be a deduction? Should it be a deduction only for the school I want to lose?

So, I thought people might be interested in the clarification given by the joint technical committee this spring (which can be found in a recent newsletter if you want to read the whole thing).

Regarding landings on vault and dismounts on uneven bars and balance beam: No deduction applied for landing with feet a maximum of hip-width apart, provided that they join (slide) the heels together on the controlled extension. If the entire foot/feet are sliding or lifted off the floor to join, it is considered a small step and a deduction of up to 0.10 would be applied. Landing with feet further than hip-width apart will receive a 0.10 deduction. A deduction of up to 0.10 would be applied for landing with feet staggered (one foot in front of the other).

Keep in mind that when a deduction is “up to,” the full “up to” value is almost never taken in NCAA. Otherwise, the scores would be more like JO. …

Balance Beam Situation


Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer

adams-gorilla-gold-grip-enhancerTo improve grip on Bar or rope, kids at Technics Gymnastics dab their hands with a sticky cloth.

Gorilla Gold Non-toxic Grip Enhancer For use on hands, gloves and grips for many sports. Clean alternative to pine tar. Effective on wood or aluminum bats. Ideal for wet grass or sweaty hands when fielding. Non-toxic. Approved by MLB, PGA, LPGA, NCAA Softball, ISCl, ASA and USTA. Resealable bag. One cloth. Cloth lasts 3-6 weeks.


The first time I’ve seen that product in a gym.

when Yurchenko was dangerous

The old vaulting horse was more dangerous than today’s table.

Round-off vaults were more dangerous before the introduction of the Yurchenko collar. I recall duct taping our home made versions, back in the day, before you could buy them.

There were some serious injuries. The death of Julissa Gomez, as an extreme example, resulting from her 1988 accident.

Bogi, at the time, disagreed.

From the L.A. Times – November 17, 1989:

Svetlana Boginskaia of the Soviet Union, who used a Yurchenko when she won the gold medal in vaulting at the 1988 Olympics, said there’s little risk with the roundoff approach.

“I’ve never had a problem with it,” she said through an interpreter last Sunday while participating in an exhibition at the Forum. “It’s an easy vault for me. …

It’s Dangerous From the Start : Gymnastics: Some officials and coaches wonder if the spectacular Yurchenko vault is worth the risk.

Yurchenko Aliya

The table was one of FIG’s best equipment innovations.

Yurchenko drill

From Mary Lee Tracy.

Before kids are ready to flip, they should be skilled at this fun drill.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

This way they are working on the most dangerous phase – landing – long before they have to worry about rotation.

Don’t stay on this drill too long, however, as it teaches them NOT to flip. It’s useful only for a very short phase of the skill development.

Another thing I like about the drill is that it starts new Yurchenko kids off thinking about doing the twist late. :-)

child athletes pushed too far

It happens.

Changing the Game Project:

… “My 10 year old daughter’s soccer coach told her she had to pick one sport, and start doing additional private training on the side, or he would give away her spot on the team.”

So goes the all too common narrative for American youth these days, an adult driven, hyper competitive race to the top in both academics and athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids. …

Parents, start demanding sports clubs and coaches that allow your kids to participate in many sports. You are the customers, you are paying the bills …

Coaches, you need to wise up as well. You are the gatekeepers of youth sports, the people who play God …

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports

A good read.

But I do feel the arguments are over-stated.

Specializing in one sport is a good idea for some children.

via Vadim Golub

crane + trampoline + Airbag

For the First time in the world, I team up with Damien Walters to tumble off a 10 meter roof and to do trampoline off 20 meters scissor lift in Jenbach, Austria. We tumbled into an Airbag manufactured by BAGJUMP Action Sports GmbH out of Innsbruck, Austria.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Greg Roe)

quick-reflex Dads

Some of the best emergency spots you’ve EVER seen. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via cheezburger)

mini-tramp takeoff training device

The ‘Foam Dorado‘ allows gymnasts to train the optimum take off technique in safety, without concern for the flight which would results from the rebound. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

What do you think? Do we need this for TeamGym or Tramp training?

evaluating dorsiflexion

Dr. Dave Tilley posted a quick and easy method to evaluate dorsiflexion, a range of motion gymnasts need. He uses Bri Guy’s take off position as an example.


Click PLAY or watch the test on YouTube.

In my personal experience I’ve found that gymnasts with greater dorsiflexion range are less injured, especially on landings. It’s not all that trainable, however.

details – How To Quickly Screen A Gymnast’s Ankle Mobility