Roethlisberger on Men’s NCAA Gymnastics

After this season, there could be only 12 NCAA teams remaining.

John Roethlisberger:

… men’s gymnastics is the hardest sport to follow, understand, and tell who’s winning, even more so than women’s gymnastics. In 2018, the women’s finals of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships had over three times as many viewers as the men’s competition, according to Sports Business Daily.

Roethlisberger believes people want to know the score in real time and what needs to happen in the next turn for a team to take or retain the lead. …

The meets also take too long, Roethlisberger said. He said he would shorten all events to three-up, three-count. 

He said he would downsize the gymnasts on teams to 12 and use a club program as the junior varsity program. Many programs have more than 20 on their roster.

“I honestly would go as far as cutting the entire budget, other than the coach and maybe three scholarships,” Roethlisberger said

Tide changing for collegiate men’s gymnastics, alternative solutions exist

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Rick Mc

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

One thought on “Roethlisberger on Men’s NCAA Gymnastics”

  1. I’ve taken people to gym meets. I make us sit next to vault, then when the gymnast slams into the board and launches high into the air, they always gasp! They’re always impressed by the sport and don’t seem too turned off by the scoring (figure skating has crazy scoring!). Are the meets a little long? Sure, but there’s no need to cut down on the gymnasts. Most routines are 60 seconds or less for the men. Cut down on the judging time by introducing electronic notation. A judge can just type in a code – way faster than that silly scribble … and the judges deducting can deduct for both coded and uncoded elements. For the elements not in the code, the judge can press a button for non-cop and then submit the deduction type and amount. If the judge has to choose an error type and a deduction amount electronically, then the reported score with deductions can be more transparent. The deductions (if not marked as non-cop) should match in order the named skills noted by the D-score judge. The judges can then tally their deductions in real time, producing a near-immediate score that is electronically recorded with deductions tied to reasons and skills. It should cut down on two major areas of complaint – judging time and lack of transparency.
    Nevertheless, the time and the scoring aren’t things my non-gym friends have complained about. They love the meets. I think it is marketing that we are missing. Look at Alabama and Georgia in the 90s. They marketed their programs and got great results. People at State College have no idea there’s a men’s gymnastics meet happening! Though, it does always get a decent crowd anyway (nothing like GA in 1995). Both sides of the bleachers could be full at Penn State or in Columbus if the programs got marketing help, free parking for attendees, and community interest. Focus there, focus on making the programs cheaper (I agree with Roethlesburger – reduce the expense).


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