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Trickers need good ankles

All those one foot landings and twisting take-offs.


Click PLAY or watch Team Genetrics on Vimeo.

Team Genetrics is hosting Genetrics Gathering – the UK’s largest international tricking gathering – Aug 17-20 in the U.K.

Thanks to Steve Hough of everythingacrobatic.co.uk for the link.

keeping your Bar grips secure

Elastics ensure that the grips cannot slip off the fingers. Janz Gymnastics, Ireland.

I’ve most often used soft yarn. Leave a comment if you have a favourite method.

Karolyi summer camps not sanctioned

More bad press for Karolyis.

INDIANAPOLIS, June 6, 2012 – As part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to promote a safe environment for athletes, the Board of Directors of USA Gymnastics recently adopted further policy changes regarding athlete participation in USA Gymnastics-sanctioned events.

Effective August 2012, the beginning of the next membership cycle, only member clubs or registered businesses of USA Gymnastics may apply for membership on behalf of an athlete. In addition, only member clubs or registered businesses may enter a team of athletes in USA Gymnastics-sanctioned events. …

Pertinent USA Gymnastics links:

Code of Ethics
Standard of Care
Participant Welfare Policy
Permanently ineligible members list

USA Gymnastics adjusts athlete participation policies as part of its ongoing efforts to promote athlete welfare

Sounds good.

What’s been the reaction to that announcement?

… “I’d like to applaud USA Gymnastics for the recent amendments to the Athlete Participation Policies,” said Julie Whitman, a former U.S. junior national team gymnast who told the Register and USAG officials that she was physically abused by (Doug) Boger more than 20 years ago. …

Katherine Starr, founder of Safe4Athletes, a national advocacy organization dedicated to child athlete welfare, wants USAG to take an even stronger position toward gymnastics clubs, camps and businesses. …

Those quotes come from an article posted by SCOTT M. REID on the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER – USA Gymnastics rule change will expand safeguards

Scott has been the most vocal critic in the mainstream media.

He points out a loophole in the new regs:

… The Orange County Register has learned that former U.S. Olympic coach Bela Karolyi and his wife Martha, the current U.S. women’s national team coordinator, continue to operate camps for young gymnasts that are not sanctioned by USAG, despite the national governing body’s efforts to encourage all gyms and coaches to become members and adhere to the safeguards. …

The Karolyi camps, Starr and others said, are a glaring example of how even with the new rule changes coaches and clubs can still operate outside USAG’s jurisdiction and safeguards. …

“These camps are not USA gymnastics sanctioned events as they are open to non-USA gym participants,” USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny told the Register. …

Martha Karolyi told the Register that the camps are not sanctioned because USAG rules do not require them to be registered with the organization.

But the camps’ non-sanctioned status and the Karolyis’ failure to register with USAG, former gymnasts and child sports advocates said, sets a poor and embarrassing example. …

That is embarrassing.

NFL players – Concussions lawsuit

More than 2,000 former NFL players filed a lawsuit this morning in Philadelphia, accusing the league of concealing information linking football-related injuries to long-term brain damage.

In the biggest sports lawsuit ever, the former players allege that the “NFL exacerbated the health risk by promoting the game’s violence” and “deliberately and fraudulently” misled players about the link between concussions and long-term brain injuries.

The NFL denies the claims, saying, “Any allegation that the NFL intentionally sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league’s many actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions.” …

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top U.S. gymnasts getting bigger

Dr. Bill Sands is always doing this — stifling perfectly entertaining online debates with the facts. :)

Here’s an abstract of one of their newer publications looking at the official heights and weights of U.S. Olympic teams since 1956:

The lay press, scientists, and physicians appear to believe that gymnasts are continually getting smaller and that their “smallness” is a health risk.

PURPOSE: Assess the historical changes in the size and age of the U.S. Women’s Olympic teams from 1956 to 2008.

METHODS: The official records from the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, of Olympic team members were assessed at two levels: 1) individual height, mass, age, and body mass index (BMI) and 2) the team performance scores and rankings.

Fourteen Olympic teams with a total of 106 team members, including the alternates, were included. Trend analyses were conducted using linear and polynomial models.

RESULTS: Simple linear correlations indicated that since 1956 height, mass, age, BMI, and team Olympic rank have been declining. However, 2nd order polynomial curve fits indicated that in the last four Olympic Games the members of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastic Teams have been getting larger.

CONCLUSION: Women’s Olympic gymnasts were getting smaller through approximately the 1980s and early 1990s. Since then the size of these gymnasts has increased. The minimum age rule modifications may have played a role in athlete size changes along with a shift from former communist Eastern Bloc near dominance.

Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2012 May 29. [Epub ahead of print]

Historical Trends of the Size of U.S. Olympic Female Artistic Gymnasts.

Sands WA, Slater C, McNeal JR, Murray SR, Stone MH.

Source: Monfort Family Human Performance Research Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO.

In jock speak:

… the teams got continually smaller through the 80s and early 90s and then have been getting bigger ever since.

Interestingly, Olympic places and medals tends to follow the same trend. As the latter gymnasts got larger so did their medal count.

“Fitness Wheels” by Tumbl Trak

Most big gyms will have one of these within a year, I predict.

It’s a stand alone mobile “circuit”. Brilliant for Rec. Useful for all your other programs.

It’s so obvious (now) that a round, soft shape is safe for kids. Why wasn’t this concept popularized sooner?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Look for Peng Peng in that edit. We took one to Oakville.

As a Tumbl Trak Ambassador, I’ve got one in transit to my gym right now. :)

Doug Davis and crew will have units on DEMO in San Jose. They go on sale sometime in July, last I heard.

(via Rec Gymnastics)

gymnast Andrew Donnellan

Andrew Donnellan of Tucson, Ariz., will be presented with the 2012 USA Gymnastics Robert Miller Spirit of the Flame Award at the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in San Jose, Calif., on June 30 at the Hilton San Jose. He is awarded for his demonstration of strength and bravery after suffering a career-ending injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. …


GREAT choice. I’ve followed Andrew since his fluke accident, over-rotating a simple front tuck on Floor.

And I’ll try to meet with him in San Jose. Catch-up in person.

great Bar padding

Is it possible to do better than this?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

From Nick Blanton.

compulsories teach basics

No matter how many times Bruno Grandi insists that quality of gymnastics is paramount, fact is that highest start scores win the medals.

… but how did we get to this state of affairs?

Three main reasons, I postulate:

open-ended Code encourages more and more difficult routines
easier for judges to rank top routines
• fewer “compulsories” world-wide

Do you have compulsory routines where you coach?

Though Edouard Iarov has moved on — to WOGA — the developmental program he put in place as Canada’s Men’s National Coach is still working.

We have a big base of good young guys in the “Argo” program doing “compulsories“. It’s still the best way to reward “basics”.

Here’s a sample Horizontal Bar routine.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Elija is from Calgary Gymnastics Centre.

building a Bar channel pit

At Al Fong’s gym in Missouri, I was wowed by his self-designed Bar trench pit. It works great. And can be quickly reconfigured into dozens of different set-ups.

Here’s my new prototype spotting box, inspired by those at GAGE.

Used for many different things in the gym, it’s made from lightweight Styrofoam topped with a layer of (old) closed-cell mat.

The custom vinyl cover has a Velcro closure on one end and 4 handles. It can easily be moved by 2 kids.

Coaches at A-Mazing Adventures, Regina, like the concept. I’m now pricing 6 more that could be put together as a channel pit.

The most expensive part is the cover, $159 from Triad.

Have you ever built anything similar? If so, leave a comment. There are a few more photos of the construction here.

don’t TOUCH that spring board

via email from Lise Gosselin of Gymnastics Canada:

re Gymnova boards:

Any athlete, coach or manager who takes one or more spring(s) out of any board will be red-carded for the duration of training or competition session when this occurred. The person will leave the training or competition floor immediately. She/he will be allowed back on the training and/or competition floor once authorized in writing by the WAG Program Director and following a payment of a fine of $300.00 to the WAG Program of GCG.

Yes sir.

One of our gymnasts had to change her Beam mount first day of podium training at the National Championships.

The only board allowed for Beam was rock hard. She couldn’t deflect it.

The vaulting boards were quite good this competition, however. Gymnova brought “used” boards that had been broken-in at previous competitions. Please do that for Beam too, next time. :)

In past meets, even the softest Gymnova Boards were too hard for the smallest female gymnasts.

Why is it that 50lb young girls are required to vault on Olympic boards?

Is that safe?

On a personal note, thanks to Pascal and the Gymnova crew in Regina. My club purchased discounted equipment at the competition. And we are LOVING our new mats.

yucky honey in the gym

Aussie gymnast Luke Wiwatowski has a blog:

… Almost without fail every gymnast that will ever compete in a senior event will apply honey to the parallel bars. …

… one may find rows of honey bottles splayed across any given competition podium for parallel bars. …

… uses maple syrup but the concept is much the same. …

Gymnasts and Honey

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I don’t like honey in the gym. It’s messy. And unsanitary.

Instead, microwave sugar water, boiling it for some seconds. Use that supersaturated solution to apply chalk. It works as well or better, and is much cleaner.

Shallon Olson – Vault

She’s been competing this DTY for years. … since she was a kid.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

No female gymnast has ever done so much difficulty at such a young age. The Canadian Jr Champion (still age-11) is a unique talent. A trickster.

It’s going to be interesting to follow her career.