Wayne Goldsmith on over-coaching

WayneAnother thought provoking article by the leader in though provoking coaching articles. :-)

Who OVER coaches?

Typically five types of coaches OVER coach:

1. Young, inexperienced coaches who are trying too hard

2. Coaches who lack real belief in themselves and who try to make up for it by giving too much information. …

3. Coaches who lack belief in their athletes and feel the need to control every element of preparation and performance

4. Coaches who are being evaluated or assessed and aim to impress …

5. EGO driven coaches …

Problems with Over-coaching:

1. All sports require athletes / players to take responsibility for decision making and problem solving in competition.

6. Coaching is about creating independent athletes / players.

9. Over coaching can create anxiety and pressure

read more … Improve your Coaching by NOT Coaching

American Paediatricians on trampoline

The American Academy of Pediatrics … released a policy statement, “Trampoline safety in childhood and adolescence.”

Although the piece focused mostly on the dangers of backyard trampolines, the paper separated backyard/recreational trampolines and activities from trampolines used in structured training programs.

The statement’s conclusion stated, “Paediatricians should only endorse use of trampolines as part of a structured training program with appropriate coaching, supervision and safety measures in place.” …



Thanks Brett.

outrunning the Zorb

Or not. :-)

Indiana Jones in Real Life!

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Zorbing is the recreation or sport of rolling downhill inside an orb, generally made of transparent plastic. …

The first zorbing site was established in Rotorua, New Zealand, by David and Andrew Akers. …

In June 2009 a teacher died and a pupil was seriously injured in the Czech Republic while trying zorbing.

In January 2013, at a ski resort in Dombay, Russia, a man died from a broken neck and another was seriously injured when a Zorb rolled out of control down a mountain, hitting rocks and eventually coming to a stop a kilometre away on a frozen lake. …

an unfair deduction – “chest low”

In NCAA Gymnastics in particular, I keep hearing people refer to “chest low on landing” deduction.

Yet in the current FIG Women’s Code of Points I see only this reference: Landing faults ~ Body posture fault = 0.1 or 0.3 deduction

An angled chest on landing is not necessarily a “body posture fault”, though it could be. If the impact forces are not safely and smoothly brought to zero, the gymnast can be deducted. Regardless of the angle of the chest.

For example, here’s a good landing that should not be deducted. Check the angle hip to shoulder on first contact.

chest angle on contact

landing sequence

How many judges are deducting that landing?

None in Men’s Gymnastics. Few in FIG WAG Gymnastics. But in College Gymnastics gymnasts are wrongly penalized, in my opinion. The good lady judges of the NCAA have so few deductions to take, they incorrectly jump on “chest low”.

Leave a comment if you have an opinion on this. Especially if you are a College judge.

Those graphics come from a study by Gittoes, Irwin and Kerwin. Kinematic Landing Strategy Transference in Backward Rotating Gymnastic Dismounts in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics.

related – deduction for “chest low” on landing

Greg Glassman – King of CrossFit

CrossFit, Inc. is a fitness company founded by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000 …

… workouts incorporate elements from high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy sport, calisthenics, strongman, and other exercises.

It is practiced by members of over 10,000 affiliated gyms …

Turns out billionaire owner Greg Glassman, a former gymnast, is outrageously outspoken and unrepentant. Click PLAY or watch a feature on him on CBS.


… websites allege that CrossFit exercise sequences are illogical, random, and lack periodization. Those same blogs allege that CrossFit lacks accreditation standards for trainers …

CrossFit needs to evolve. It needs to become more individualized. Needs to be made safer.

Tumbl Trak – Pit Pillow

I really like the Pit Pillow Mat because it is perfect size for just about anything in training, GREAT for any dismount, timers or many drills. We also use it for bars release skills. …

– Liang Chow

I visit about 40 gyms every year. Often I ask the kids: “What’s your favourite soft mat?”

They bring me some old beaten up wreck of a mat that’s normally kept in the pit. It’s soft. Friendly. Perfect for “timers”.

Tumbl Trak can sell you a mat like that. And they are comparatively inexpensive.


I guarantee this mat would get a LOT of use in your facility.

related – Pit Pillow as trampoline throw mat

2 or 3 kids on one strap Bar

I recall the first time I saw a coach swinging two gymnasts on the same straps Bar. I instantly tried to hire her. :-)

It was the only way her kids could get enough repetitions, she told me. (Most gyms do not have enough strap bars.)

Since then I’ve seen it many times.

two girls strap Bars

But I was surprised and shocked seeing a coach at Manjak’s put 3 kids on simultaneously. :-)

Manjaks 3 straps

They were working kip drills.