post-season competition

I have always scheduled at least one post-season FUN competition for all competitive gymnasts.

There are many benefits in competing after the peak meet of the year. Often you can compete at the next highest level of competition. Or compete new skills which were not ready for important meets.

Dan Niehaus started a post-season classic for boys called “The Macho Meet” which included a hotdog rotation, a chance to drop your coach into a dunk tank and $5 cash “speeding ticket” prizes for anyone who ran full-tilt on vault. Gymnasts, coaches and judges all wanted to attend desperately.

I loved the boys vs girls “reversal meet” my club hosted at the end of the season — boys competed the girls events and girls competed any 4 of the boys events. As I recall, the girls won every time.

For years we took gymnasts late season to Great Falls, Montana where Hal Halverson hosted a FUN post-season competition. Recently I spoke with ex-gymnasts (now over 20-years-retired) who still raved about Hal’s meets — including the year hosted in Butte, Montana with the teams staying at the Fairmont Hot Springs resort. Great memories.


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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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