Ron Galimore resigns

The most senior remaining employee of USA Gymnastics resigned.

Galimore was elected a member of the FIG Executive Committee through to 2020. I haven’t heard if he’ll resign from that position as well.

Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance – a review

Expecting to enjoy this book, it was even better than anticipated.

This book is must read for any Beam / Floor coach.

Life Is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance is a thankful celebration of Gymnastics, a refreshing respite in an era where conversations are often dominated by the crimes of an evil doctor.

Miss Val is one of the most successful College coaches all time. Yet, as a dancer, she doesn’t pretend to be a technical expert or biomechanist. Her specialities are artistry, musicality, dance and choreography. A non-gymnast, she became one of the greatest NCAA Beam coaches in history learning on the job.

Even more interesting to me is her skills set of all those MANY things that coaches need outside Gymnastics.

Miss Val is a case study on those MANY other things.

Surprisingly, I also recommend the book to non-Gymnastics readers. Life lessons for all. I learned a lot.

She discusses one issue I hadn’t seen addressed before: the awkward words ‘victim’ and ‘survivor’. She tells of Jordyn Wieber’s dislike of both words. I use victim as much as possible over survivor.

I loved the section on face tattoos. UCLA does NOT wear face tattoos. As an old dinosaur, I agree with Miss Val on this. Can we start phasing those out? Please.

For once an author openly admits her ghost writer is a contributor. That’s Steve Cooper, one of the GymCastic team.

Aly Raisman doesn’t do that, for example. Her co-author is journalist Blythe Lawrence.

I enjoyed hearing her team rules at UCLA. It’s a challenge to motivate young women away from home for the first time.

Miss Val didn’t talk enough about the high rate of injury in College Gymnastics, in my opinion. UCLA has had more than their share. I’ve always attributed that to her tendency to recruit Elite gymnasts over Level 10s. Elites tend to arrive with more injuries, I suspect.

Miss Val reads the audio book. It makes the content more personal. Get the audio version if you can. 

Eythora Floor – Memorial Gander 2018

Coming back from injury, Eythora was not on the Dutch team for Worlds. But she did compete World Cup.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (Note the dance in to start.)

spotting Bars on blocks

Spotting blocks are even better than a channel pit for introducing new skills on Bars and Horizontal Bar. There are hundreds of different configurations.

For example, introducing forward Giant.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Al Fong went through 5 prototypes before deciding on length, width, channel gap, and adjustable heights.

Great for the kids. And great for the coaches who will suffer fewer spotting injuries.

Tumbl Trak – Al Fong Spotting Blocks System

all hail King Artur

After winning three European titles (team, vault and parallel bars) in Glasgow just a few months ago, Artur Dalaloyan was dubbed ‘King Artur’ at the World Championships in Doha … as he collected an impressive set of 5 medals, becoming the most successful male gymnast there.


Piibunina’s YouTube channel was deleted

One of the great resources online was deleted during World Championships. Somebody must have lodged a copyright complaint during the competition.

What a shame. 😥

Piibunina is still posting on his Chinese site.


Eulogy for LOST NCAA teams

College Gym News put together a partial list including Canadian teams:

Adams State University, Colo. (women)
Alberta, University of, Canada (men and women)
Appalachian State University, N.C. (women)
Arizona, University of, Ariz. (men)
Athens College, Ala. (women)
Augustana University, S.D. (women)
Ball State University, Ind. (men)
Bemidji State University, Minn. (women)
British Columbia, University of, Canada (men and women)
BYU, Utah (men)
Cal Poly-Pomona, Calif. (men)
Cal Poly-San Louis Obispo, Calif. (women)
Cal State-Chico, Calif. (men and women)
Cal State-Fresno,Calif. (men and women)
Cal State-Hayward, Calif. (women) [Now Cal State-East Bay]
Cal State-Long Beach, Calif. (women)
Cal State-Los Angeles, Calif. (men)
Cal State-Northridge, Calif. (men and women)
Calgary, University of Canada, (men and women)

College Gym Graveyard: Eulogies for the Teams We’ve Lost

Click through to see more.