The 26th Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships are set for St Petersburg (RUS), November 11 – 14, 2009. This competition falls just prior to the 18th World Age Group Competitions for the 11 â€“ 18 year category, which will be subject to difficulty limitations. A first of its kind, the FIG and its Technical Committee engineered the competition to safeguard gymnast safety in high-level sport and to give even more precedence to execution over trendier risk taking. The Code of Points provides for this by making execution considerably more advantageous than difficulty.
The decision was guided by the political mindset championed by the Federation and its President, Prof. Bruno Grandi, who recently declared: â€œGymnastics in any form is most importantly a means of body expression through which athlete and coach alike must give preference to execution, artistic expression, over reckless and dangerous risk taking.â€ The Presidentâ€™s message was clear, and the judges and experts present in St Petersburg will make it their priority to respect this order.
Isn’t this the same Prof. Bruno Grandi who championed the open-ended code after 2004, leaving girls on Floor and Beam no time for any kind of artistry?
… In 2004-2005 the FIG and its president Grandi developed a new scoring system, in which an open ended scoring will be used, so that the marks are theoretically limitless. The majority of the FIG did vote in favour of the new Code. This was a controversial move: many fans and athletes alike campaigned against it, speaking out in opposition …
That’s 16.7 start, 16.9 if he does whip -> 2.5 twist as he originally intended. Right?
NICK calculates only 16.6â€¦.F(6)-F(6)-[C+D](3+1+4)-B(2)-C(3)-[D+C](4+1+3)-C(3)-E(5)=4.1+2.5+10=16.6
UPDATE: From Geoffrey Taucer:
Actually, Nickâ€™s off by one tenth; according to the latest NGJA interperetations release, the value theyâ€™ve given the DLO 5/2 is a G, not an F. Otherwise, his calculations appear to be accurate (assuming the final pass is an arabian double pike and not an arabian double lay; which is probably an accurate assumption).
This would put the start value of this routine at 16.7.
Don Eckert posts by far the most interesting gymnastics videos on the internet. And now he’s sponsored by Gibson (Mats, Beam, Bars, Grips, …)
The first training camp is scheduled for February 19-22 at The Matrix in Huntsville, TN.
The USA is not nearly as strong in Trampoline and Tumbling as I would expect for a sports superpower. JumpStart is their talent identification program for kids ages 7-12. A high priority is providing coach education for these athletes as they advance.
The Spieth competition Floor at my gym is too hard, in my opinion.
Kyle Shewfelt, 2004 Olympic Floor champion, only rarely tumbled on it during training. He mostly tumbled on our rod floor.
Now Scott Weller has developed a product he calls the “First Significant Improvement to the Spring Floor in 25 Years.”
(Scott was a former all-around gymnast at the University of Michigan and Arizona State University.)
Meets FIG, USAG, NCAA competition specifications.
WOGA, Aspire Kids Sports, Arizona Sunrays are using it!
Bill Sands has looked at it:
“I’m very pleased you’ve really followed through and appear to have a superior product. I’d like to see the test results and study the athlete/apparatus interactions, but congratulations on a job well done.”
Wm A. Sands, PhD, FACSM, C-ARS, NR/WEMT
Performance Services – Recovery Center Leader
U.S. Olympic Committee – 1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5760
THIS TECHNOLOGY significantly reduces the peak forces transmitted to the athlete and the post-impact vibration in the floor. Lighter athletes can get more rebound while heavier ones will still have the full force.
THE WELLER spring comes up slower than it compresses (recoil). A slower recoil is almost certainly beneficial as tests have shown that spring floors can cause inadvertant knee bends during backward tumbling known as the “double knee bend”.
THE WELLER spring fits into the same caps in the floor now! So it’s easy to retrofit any spring floor. Just pop out old spring and put in the Weller spring!
I often see T&T in the same gym with Artistic. The most difficult multi-discipline meet is co-hosting Rhythmic with Women’s Artistic.
In New Zealand, at National Championships they did it by scheduling Rhythmic and Artistic at different times.
At Canadian Championships 2007 we put Rhythmic at one end of a huge Fieldhouse, Women’s Artistic at the other end. Surprisingly, it worked. You could only faintly hear the music of the other discipline.
Leave a comment if you have experience â€”Â good or bad â€” of combining disciplines at the same meet. Randy is looking for advice.