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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.

McKayla Maroney appreciation

McKayla is as beloved a gymnast as anyone today. She’s been getting a lot of support from her fans.

And if anyone knows how to move forward from adversity, it’s McKayla. :-)

Click PLAY or watch an old montage on YouTube.

(via Tsuk the Pain)

Minnesota’s Meg Stephenson resigns

University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics head coach Meg Stephenson, who had been with the program for almost two decades, resigned on Thursday amid an investigation of sexual harassment within the program.

A University investigation in the spring found that the former coach had violated the school’s anti-retaliation policies following an investigation into her husband and former volunteer assistant coach Jim Stephenson’s behaviors with team members. Jim Stephenson resigned last fall. …

Jim Stephenson held the title of head coach for 17 years and soon after, Meg Stephenson joined as an assistant coach. From 1999-2009 the couple led the program as co-head coaches. …

The program’s two assistant coaches, Jenny Hansen and Louie Johnson, will keep their current positions as the athletic department conducts a coaching search, the University said in a release Thursday. …

Meg and Jim

read more on Minnesota Daily

Gymnastics Injury Seminar

Oct 18th, 2014 in the Boston area.

Dave Tilley on Facebook:

… registration for the 1st Annual Gymnastics Injury and Performance Seminar (G.I.P.S.) is officially open!

Check out the details, list of presenters, and find the registration forms …



Deadline for Registration is OCTOBER 15th.

Aliya Mustafina – Beam

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (fall)

They allow a beam mat in competition. Good idea.

Protect Aliya like the Czar’s jewels. :-)

gymnast survives 100ft fall

Dylan Schuetz age-21. From Colorado.

(From 9news via FIG)

Chellsie on parenting gymnasts

Chellsie Memmel is soon to be a Mom. I think she’ll be a great one. :-)


I first want to thank the parents who put their kids in our great sport! Without parents, we wouldn’t be here or have any of the amazing opportunities that we do. With that said, I believe there should be boundaries in parental involvement in sports.

MemmelsDo watch practices….but only once and a while. If you just can’t stay away, don’t bring up things that happened or any trouble they may have had in practice that day. Let your child talk to you. If they want to vent, listen. If they would rather leave their bad day behind, let them. If they had a great day and are super pumped to tell you about it, be excited and happy about it.

Don’t set your own goals for them…

Tumbl Talk – Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Participation by Chellsie Memmel

That’s the Tumbl Trak blog. If at Congress Pitsburg, be sure to stop by and say hi to everyone at the Tumbl Trak both. I’m going to miss the P&G Championships. I’m presenting at the Gymnastics B.C. Congress instead this year.