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November 16th, 2011 — ethics, Gymnastics, Olympics, safety
It’s all over the mainstream news.
… USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, placed Peters, 64, on the organization’s permanently ineligible list and removed him from the sport’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday after at least three women accused him of sexually abusing young gymnasts in the 1980s.
“A USA Gymnastics’ hearing panel has concluded the investigation regarding Don Peters and has ruled that Peters will be listed as “permanently ineligible” for membership in USA Gymnastics, and that Peters’ membership in the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame will be revoked, along with any rights and privileges connected to either,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement Wednesday. The organization would have no further comment, a spokesperson said.
The hearing panel’s decision is final and concludes the disciplinary process per USA Gymnastics’ bylaws. …
If you believe it’s a witch hunt, SCOTT M. REID of THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER is leading the pitchfork wielding mob. Here’s his take on the announcement – Don Peters, iconic Olympics coach, banned by U.S. Gymnastics
Let’s say Don Peters is guilty. Justice has been served though not with the due process he’d get in a court of law. I hope the victims get some closure and relief. I only wish he’d have been found “guilty” sooner.
Let’s speculate that he’s innocent, or guilty of lesser crimes, he’s finished anyway, with or without this official relegation to the Hall of Infamy.
All male coaches are tarnished, too, in the minds of the general public.
… What about others who knew and did not act?
I’m still looking for the right wrap-up on the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal in so far as it relates to gymnastics coaches. How much are enablers to blame?
It’s a more complicated issue than it appears to the pitchfork wielding mob.
November 16th, 2011 — safety
… McNamara, 44, found himself on a freak mountain of water 30m high, surfing one of the biggest waves ever ridden, probably the largest in Europe and the biggest recorded on film. …
NZ Herald – Surfing: Once is enough for monster wave rider
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
November 13th, 2011 — ethics, floor (women), Gymnastics, judging, safety
It seems that every male gymnast does many different roll-out skills. But — in fact — they are only allowed to do two.
2012 MAG Code
For improved safety of the athletes, I hope the rumour is true — that they will be devalued next Code. Certainly they are overused type currently.
(That still leaves FIG in the awkward position of banning them for WAG, but allowing them for MAG.)
related – Yusuke Tanaka – concussion
Yusuke competed Worlds immediately after his concussion. Then sat out All Japan Championships. I’m wondering what the Japanese medical staff advised.
November 11th, 2011 — ethics, safety
I don’t see this on the USA Gymnastics homepage, but it looks true.
USA Gymnastics tightens rules on banned coaches
USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, has adopted new rules designed to prevent coaches banned for sexual and physical abuse from remaining in the sport, the Orange County Register has learned.
USA Gymnastics will announce today a policy change requiring any organization or individual hosting or organizing USAG events to be in compliance with the rule prohibiting employment of people on the permanently ineligible list. …
… Boger was banned by USAG in 2010 but continued to coach at a Colorado Springs gym. His continued involvement in the sport spurred a number of former students to go public, for the first time, with accusations of abuse.
Boger has repeatedly denied the allegations …
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Actually, it affects only about 300 more gyms than in the past. USAG can’t police non-affiliated businesses.
… “This is a start,” Vidmar said. “We’ve got more to do.” …
USA Gymnastics Chairman Peter Vidmar
With the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal all over the news, I doubt they’ll be much discussion.
This rule change doesn’t much alter the biggest remaining issue — if you are innocent yet somehow placed on the ‘permanently ineligible list’, your coaching career is over.
I had a teacher friend wrongfully accused who spent years in prison. It’s a sore point with me.
November 11th, 2011 — safety, sport medicine
The 2010 world champion tried to compete Bars / Beam at DTB Cup this weekend. But had some knee pain. It was a no go.
As reported by Brigid McCarthy:
“The DTB ticker, after saying Mustafina had withdrawn, commented that as she helped her team prepare bars, she did not look happy at all. The crowds and many fans around the world are equally unhappy about this gymnast’s unfortunate luck of late. Let us hope we will see her soon.”
related – Examiner interview with Aliya
photo via Nils Bohl
Russia finishes 3rd as a team without her, behind Australia and Germany – Couch Gymnast
via @Double_Front and @Full_Twist
Blythe had questioned whether or not it was too soon.
It looks that way. But I’ve seen astonishingly fast recovery from ACL from super fit, super motivated young gymnasts before.
November 6th, 2011 — club governance, coach education, ethics, Gymnastics, pits, planning, safety
A new report has found Queensland gymnastics and trampoline clubs need to improve safety for sport participants. …
… the risk of contact with all possible hard surfaces was controlled in only 8 per cent of facilities.
… nine recommendations to boost safety at clubs
New report aims to boost safety in Queensland gymnastics clubs
It’s now been over 2yrs since the death of adult recreational gymnast Michelle Maitland who hit her head on concrete at Townsville Gymnastics. Nothing can bring her back. But this report — released the day before what would have been Michelle’s birthday — might help prevent future catastrophic injury.
My friend Mike Outram survived after hitting his head on concrete.
Surely the very first thing coaches must do in any facility is make sure it’s impossible to hit concrete or steel. Long term, we need modify all foam pits to suspended systems, the best being the Jim Walker design.
Here are the 9 recommendations:
1. Gymnastics Australia should review the level of training, assistance and monitoring provided to clubs to implement the Club 10 program. This review should include the methods of monitoring compliance with, and implementation of, the program.
2. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Sport and Recreation Services and Gymnastics Queensland should research how to link improved safety outcomes in the sport of gymnastics with the funding and non-financial support provided by SRS.
3. Gymnastics Australia should review their GA lesson plan template, in consultation with its members, with the view to developing a lesson plan template that includes coach positioning and key safety controls. Consideration should be given to sample lesson plans for each apparatus and level.
4. Gymnastics Australia should conduct a training needs analysis and ensure that access to coach accreditation and professional development courses is available.
5. Gymnastics Australia should research and develop methods to assist gymnastics clubs to conduct risk assessments, specifically in the use of gymnastics apparatus.
6. Gymnastics Australia should review the Club 10 equipment maintenance policies and procedures with a view to achieving greater compliance with Club 10 documenting processes.
7. Gymnastics Australia should research and develop methods to assist gymnastics clubs in managing the risk of manual task injuries in gymnastics coaches.
8. Gymnastics Australia should review coach knowledge on spotting and provide additional guidance and training where required.
9. Gymnastics Australia should research the viability of a simple method to document skill progression of gymnasts, including any injuries suffered. This may vary for high level, competitive gymnasts and low level or recreational gymnasts.
Download the entire 25 page report. (PDF)
This report needs be circulated to sports governing bodies worldwide. Leave a comment if you have ideas on how to make that happen. I’ll send it to some FIG committee members and Gymnastics Canada.
Update: As commenters have pointed out, an improvement to this report would be to better specify exactly what parts of the gym need be “padded”. In the past I’ve narrowed it down to pits and trampoline devices. But it should be broader than that.
November 5th, 2011 — club governance, parkour (free running), safety
Obstacle course military training has been around for thousands of years.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
But if we call it “Parkour” or “Free Running”, many kids are quick to sign up for the class. Those are some of the hottest classes in many gyms, right now.
Unfortunately some Insurance companies are starting to list “Parkour” as an “extreme sport”, too dangerous to cover. Check your policy.
October 30th, 2011 — Gymnastics, safety, vault
Here’s her zero vault from finals. (results)
Yamilet Peña Abreu VT 1 EF Guadalajara 2011
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
I’ve seen her do it on to hard mats perhaps 8 times now. (I’m getting slightly less nervous each time.)
… Still, I’d support banning this vault for women and handspring triple front for men. For now.
Leave a comment if you see a video of her prelim “Prudnova” vault, the one that qualified her to Finals.
October 26th, 2011 — ethics, Gymnastics, Olympics, safety
SCOTT M. REID / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:
Don Peters, who guided the U.S. women to record-breaking success at the 1984 Olympic Games, has resigned his membership with USA Gymnastics and his coaching and director positions at SCATS, the Huntington Beach club he built into a global superpower, the Orange County Register has learned. …
USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, has scheduled a Nov. 11 hearing in Indianapolis to determine whether he should be banned from the sport he helped transform into the marquee women’s Olympic attraction …
If USA Gymnastics finds that Peters had sex with underage gymnasts he could be placed on the organization’s permanently ineligible list. The ban would prohibit Peters, a fixture at U.S. and international gymnastic events for parts of five decades, from either coaching athletes on the floor of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned events or being credentialed for those competitions. Banned coaches are also prohibited from working at what USA Gymnastics considers a “member club.” Under USA Gymnastics rules, member clubs agree “not to employ, or use as a volunteer, anyone who is on the ‘permanently ineligible list.’” …
read more – Coach accused of abuse resigns from O.C. gym
All 3 coaches investigated by reporter Scott M Reid have left the sport. The other two being: Michael Zapp and Doug Boger.
Makes me wonder who he’s going after next.
October 26th, 2011 — ethics, Gymnastics, movies, psychology, safety
“A young gymnast questions her dreams of Olympic glory when she discovers she’s part of a shady government plot to win at any cost.”
Written and directed by Emily Greenwood. …
Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.
It looks hilariously cliché to me. But there is one theme that may be of interest to coaches.
… The film addresses the grim topic of abortion doping, a practice rumored to have been used by Romanian and Soviet coaches during the 1970s and 1980s to improve the athletic performance of gymnasts. …
Double Front – Cold Warrior Movie Trailer
Click through for more on that film. And for another link on abortion doping.
October 19th, 2011 — ethics, Gymnastics, judging, safety
At World Championships Jordyn Wieber started with almost a point more than Viktoria Komova, yet at the end of the meet everyone in the arena (aside from John Geddert) assumed that Vika had won.
Over time, and repeated analysis of the videos, I’ve come round to believing that Jordyn indeed had the better of the two performances that night — using the “real rules” of FIG judging in 2011. (What they actually score routines, not what they are supposed to score them as dictated by the Code of points.)
related – Examiner – Why Jordyn Wieber deserved to win the 2011 World all-around title
Why the confusion?
Aunt Joyce didn’t say much during World Championships, but in a wrap-up post he nails it – 2011 Worlds: The Direction of the Sport:
There is great debate about who deserved to win the all-around at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships. While debate is healthy, it is not a good sign for the sport when the audience feels one gymnast deserves to win and the results say otherwise. Gymnastics has become exceedingly confusing. …
The FIG has given statements that they aren’t pleased with the direction of the sport, yet their own policies and open-ended judging system sent the sport on a roller-coaster ride to becoming an obscure sport like aerial skiing and the luge. …
… we actually saw a greater diversity of gymnastics back in 1999 and 2000. …
Where is the sport going? Is Jordyn Wieber the goal? Is Komova the goal? …
read more – 2011 Worlds: The Direction of the Sport
AJ linked to an enthusiastic IG interview with comedian / gymnastics fan Michael Buckley on:
• loss of the “perfect 10″
• need for “celebrities”
• using twitter to increase popularity
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (3min 8sec)
The ball is in Bruno Grandi’s court. He pushed through this open ended Code. Nobody else from FIG says boo. During 2wks in Tokyo we got not one word from either Technical Committee.
Where is women’s Gymnastics going, Professor Grandi?
Do you want Handspring double front to back drop in Vault Finals? … Or athletes with a balance of physical, motor and technical abilities?
We just want to know?
October 18th, 2011 — club governance, ethics, safety
The scandal at ArtSports World in Colorado is bad news for all Gymnastics Clubs. Parents will understandably be more reluctant to register their kids after they read this story:
… Ten retired gymnasts told The Orange County Register that (Doug) Boger, a 62-year-old former national team coach, sexually or physically abused them while they trained in Pasadena, Calif., in the 1970s and 1980s. …
Since that revelation, at least 10 more recent athletes have contacted me to say that Boger was a great coach, and that they felt completely safe with him.
In the court of public opinion, certainly, Doug Boger will be assumed guilty. Whether he’s innocent or not.
… Is there any upside at all for the rest of us?
Perhaps clubs will be more open to scrutiny.
… There’s an observation deck for parents, as well as more than a dozen security cameras, at ArtSports, which isn’t a member of USA Gymnastics but mandates background checks for 50 employees and an annual safety certification, according to a statement emailed by ArtSports management after Womack declined comment. Instructors also aren’t “allowed to be alone with a student in our facility at any time,” the statement said. …
… Keeping everything in the open is the name of the game at Aerials Gymnastics, a USA Gymnastics-sanctioned club with three locations in the Springs, all of which have lots of windows, an observation area and security cameras. Aerials also has a policy at the two gyms owned by Tom and Lori Forster, with 1,200 athletes, that prohibits 55 coaches from contacting students outside of class – no calls, no texts, no Facebook posts, no tweets. …
… Stars National Gymnastics Village is contemplating a social media policy …
… Windows overlooking practice mats are a staple of The Little Gym of Colorado Springs …
Those quotes come from an article by Brian Gomez in the Colorado Springs Gazette – Safety of kids at gymnastics clubs called into question
Does your gym have good answers if a reporter like Brian comes asking?
And does your gym have one way glass between the gym and the parents viewing area?
October 15th, 2011 — floor (women), Gymnastics, judging, safety
It’s official. Lauren Mitchell is in the Floor final later today, defending her title from 2010. Diana Bulimar from Romania has withdrawn.
She (and all the Australians) take maximum advantage of the oddity that evolved when FIG decided to disallow women to step back out of tumbling passes — a leap, jump or random flutter kick out after landing.
Click PLAY or watch her routine on YouTube.
Lauren does those jumps as correctly as anyone else.
Jumps to disguise lack of control on landings have been used by male gymnasts for decades, but the trend is quite new for girls. It’s smart to use the rules to maximize your score. Especially if you gain bonus for connection.
Personally I don’t mind the jumps. But the old “lunge backwards” was better. Requiring a two foot “stick” would look good — but result in more landing injuries. And we have too many of those now.
Many disagree. Leave a comment if you are one of them.