teaching the H Bar dismount tap

The classic technique since Tong Fei popularized it in 1985 is well explained in this Lee Woolls tutorial.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

On the other hand, some Chinese coaches are now greatly reducing the severity of the action.

A huge tap is not really necessary. It’s usually a form deduction at the bottom of the swing. And there have even been injuries to the lower back from excessive tap.

(via Gymnastics Coaches Skills & Drills)

Changing Gymnastics Culture

Dave Tilley is a coach and sports medicine professional. His goals:

1. Provide gymnasts with healthier, more successful, and more extended careers.

2. Provide coaches, medical professionals, parents, and support staff with more education on how to help gymnasts achieve goal 1.

In Dave’s experience the high rates of injury and drop out in WAG are due in part to …

• questionable methods for motivating gymnasts

• inappropriate flexibility techniques

• suboptimal strength and cardio programs

• insanely high skill repetition requirements, or lack of attention to athlete recovery

• training methods that are applied without a sound basis of coaching rationale or scientific evidence

• a lack of collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to gymnastics training


Dave’s made his book free. Click through to download. If you can’t read the entire book, work through Dave’s “Take Away Points” at the end of each chapter.

The book is 3 PDFs.

USAG Statement to Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations

Kerry Perry’s opening statement:

… First, I want to apologize to all who were harmed by the horrific acts of Larry Nassar. …

… USA Gymnastics is on a new path, with new leadership, and a commitment to ensure this never happens again. …

USA Gymnastics is committed to our athletes and to investing in making gymnastics a sport where gymnasts of all abilities can train and compete without fear of abuse of any sort.

Right now, there is a parent driving their child to a gymnastics class. I want that parent to know that we are doing everything we can to protect their child. …

Read the full statement – “Examining the Olympic Community’s Ability to Protect Athletes from Sexual Abuse”

what is Kerry Perry thinking?

… Thursday, Perry pushed out the vice president of the women’s program, Rhonda Faehn, who was heading a national team training camp in Crossville, Tenn., at the time. Athletes complained about her forced departure on social media posts, and the remainder of the camp was canceled.

By Friday, Perry was announcing a restructuring of the organization at the USA Gymnastics headquarters in Indianapolis, with at least nine layoffs, including Faehn, the head of the organization’s nascent athlete protection program, and seven other employees. …

She told staff in a two-minute meeting that the cuts were necessary because “our organization is facing a great deal of pressure on many fronts” and “to better adapt to the current climate, restructuring was necessary.”

Faehn said in an email that athletes’ welfare had been her “absolute top priority.” She added: “I did not resign as I did not feel that suddenly abandoning the national team athletes was in the best interest of their safety or emotional well being.” …

On Monday, Perry apologized to team members and their parents for “the disruption and confusion created at last week’s” camp, adding that it was “truly unfortunate,” and said she had made USA Gymnastics’ Junior Olympic program director Annie Heffernon the interim vice president of the women’s program. …

Wall Street Journal – USA Gymnastics Is Still Struggling With Internal Upheaval

The article hints that USAG might have to declare bankruptcy if they agree to even one major settlement.

Uchimura v Shirai v Tanigawa

Kohei was still in 3rd place AA arriving at the 12th and last apparatus. Fortunately it was Horizontal Bar. Kohei is one of the very best in the world.

He nailed it.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

GYMNALYSIS linked to a great recap of the top 3 at the 2018 NHK Cup. English subtitles by Gymnastics Soul.

Kohei was MORE motivated after his AA loss at All Japans.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

After withdrawing from Worlds 2017 injured, this year Uchimura’s goal is the team competition in Doha. He wants to see how Japan compares with China in the lead-ups to Tokyo 2020.

Mélanie wins French National Championships

1- Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos
2- Louise Vanhille
3- Lorette Charpy
4- Marine Boyer
5- Sheyen Petit
6- Coline Devillard


Click PLAY or watch some of Mélanie’s competition on YouTube.


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