European YOG qualifier results

Lauren Hopkins posted a summary of results and full list of the nations who qualified a gymnast to Youth Olympic Games 2018:

European Qualifier Seals Youth Olympic Games Field

1. Anastasiia Bachynska UKR 54.299
2. Carolann Heduit FRA 53.266
3. Daria Belousova FRA 53.066

full results

Click PLAY or watch some unedited Bachynska highlights on YouTube.

In the European Men’s Jr competition:

1. Iurii Busse RUS 80.731
2. Sergei Naidin RUS 80.297.
3. Krisztian Balazs HUN 79.332

full results

National Handstand Day?

Apparently so.

Yesterday — June 23, 2018 — my twitter feed included many #nationalhandstandday posts.

Click PLAY or watch solscott on Twitter.

Click PLAY or watch Bermuda kids on Facebook.

Sam interviews Jill Hicks

… known as the “College Recruiting Expert” …

… Over time, the college recruiting process for gymnastics has drastically changed.

Jill’s consulting company, Jill Hicks Consulting LLC, strives to market her support for college-bound gymnastics to choose what the best fit is for them. …

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Or listen online from the I Have Cool Friends website.

evaluating Flexibility

Click PLAY or watch it on Instagram.

“What gets measured gets improved.” This is the flexibility testing routine I use with my athletes. It’s taken from the Australian National Profile Test. . . For each of the positions the athlete loses points for aesthetic errors and not achieving the desired position. Splits should be flat and square, chest of floor in a 90 degree straddle, shoulders past hands in bridge, armpits within a couple of centimetres of floor in shoulder extension, and a flat bridge. . . Big thanks to my two demonstrators Adrian and Jay. Adrian scored a 0 on this test, though editing the video I wanted to deduct for hips not being square in splits. Jay received a 2.2 which is a missive improvement on the 3.8 he was scoring just 6 months ago. . . We try and test every two weeks with the athletes nominating the target score for the next test. It’s a great way to monitor and motivate them to work on their flexibility.

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attention potential NCAA recruits

If a football prospect wants to be recruited by Nebraska coach Scott Frost, he should know that the Husker staff will comb through his social media history checking for character.

“And I’ll tell you this right now — if there’s anything negative about women, if there’s anything racial or about sexuality, if there’s anything about guns or anything like that, we’re just not going to recruit you, period.

Piece of advice for you — what you put on social media, that’s your résumé to the world. That’s what you’re trying to tell the world you’re all about. That’s how you’re advertising yourself. Be smart with that stuff.”