talking about the ‘gymternet’

Fans are Fanatics.

We once had to rely on “mainstream media” to cover Gymnastics.

A few TV channels. International Gymnast magazine.

Sports Illustrated … every 4 years.

The situation for fans (and coaches) is much better today.

YOU and anyone online can post your own opinions the sport at no cost. And you might find an audience.

I recall when non-gymnast Spencer Barnes launched The Balance Beam Situation.

Instantly it was my #1 source of information on NCAA Gymnastics.

On the down side, every #hater, #troll and #bully can get online, as well.

Check an AP (mainstream media) article:

The ‘gymternet’: gymnastics’ devoted, sometimes toxic fans

GymCastic’s Jessica O’Beirne interviews Mandy Mohamed in Tokyo


Many College Gymnastics coaches are sharing a message on Twitter.

And asking 5 others to join them.

A few examples:

Gymnastics Now … an all-inclusive news source, where fans and athletes alike can come to get the latest breaking news, feature stories, live meet coverage, and more.

Gymnastics Now covers the top male and female athletes of the sport, striving for comprehensive news coverage of all. From Sam Mikulak to Simone Biles, from Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols to Minnesota’s Shane Wiskus, from Russia’s Artur Dalaloyan to France’s Melanie De Jesus dos Santos–and beyond.

Gymnastics Now also wants to celebrate its followers–building a community along the way–through giveaways, contests, and more. Make sure to follow us on social and join our email list, so you never have FOMO.

Gymnastics and negative social media

some FANS are FANatics.

Fans experience euphoria during moments when play is going well for their team, and stress when play is going against their team. This tension between the two emotions generates an unusual sense of pleasure or heightened sensations. …

The more fans a sport has, the greater the number of haters, people who mostly participate in negative ways.

The sport of Figure Skating, I believe, has more haters than Gymnastics. Hiking far fewer. 

We have a lot of young athletes, so it’s even more important to protect. 

Best strategy is to BLOCK trolls when you first encounter them. Don’t engage — that’s what they want. Live in a social media bubble of people you like and respect. Ask your athletes to do the same.

When I think of FANatics I recall the 1996 film where Robert De Niro (the fan) is obsessed with baseball player Wesley Snipes.

Fandom to the extreme.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

Nile Wilson’s new podcast

Nile’s one of the most popular Gymnastic vloggers. Some of his videos have more than a million views.

NEW in July was adding an audiocast. His co-host is father Neil so the parent’s perspective is well represented.

Episode 5 is a good interview with Nick Ruddock. Listen online or subscribe via iTunes.


Simone … so much G.O.A.T.

Gifs of Simone doing crazy things in training on Tumblr.

If you use Tumblr you know management has been crappy for many years.

Yahoo bought Tumblr for over $1 billion in 2013. They promised not to screw it up. Then did screw it up. It was sold to Oath and Verizon.

This week Tumblr was sold for less than $3 million.

The GOOD NEWS is that a small company called Automattic bought Tumblr. They run WordPress, the platform that runs at least a quarter of the sites on the web including this one.

Automattic actually knows what to do with microblogging.

Twain looks guilty

There’s a Murder Mystery Game online right now.

Four weeks out from the 2024 Olympic Games, … U.S. Gymnastics … has to choose its Olympic Team. They go to a secret camp in an isolated gymnasium deep in the secluded woods.

There is a murderer on site.

Could it be Twain?

… He operates The Uneven Bars Pageant, an award-winning blog web site and an off-shoot podcast about all things gymnastics. Twain has had several restraining orders placed on him from past elite gymnasts. …

GUEST POSTS on Gymnastics Coaching

By site editor Rick McCharles

Pretty much every day I decline requests for sponsored posts. Those are mostly advertisements that look like a regular post.

But we do post guest articles.

So, if you’d like to summit something to this site, here are our guidelines for submissions:

What Content Do We Want?

  • Information of interest to Artistic Gymnastics coaches.
  • Things that are NEW. DIFFERENT. ORIGINAL.
  • Insider information not available elsewhere.
  • What’s happening in parts of the world not well covered by the gymternet now: Africa, China, S.E. Asia, etc.
  • Technology / Apps being used by coaches & judges
  • Suggestions on improving ethics, safety and general wellbeing of participants in acrobatic sport.

The more succinct, the better. But include visuals: graphics, photos, videos.

Send an email to RickMcCharles (a) gmail.

Include the following:

Your coaching history. Any links you’d like included.

There’s no payment or remuneration of any kind. This site now runs ad free.

IN THE BEGINNING … was Blythe Lawrence

In the early days of the gymternet, Blythe was the only trained journalist. To start she wrote for a site called Gymnastics Examiner.

Liked and respected by all, Blythe got called up to work for FIG in Switzerland. She speaks French. That helps.

When Aly Raisman asked her to collaborate on her book Fierce, Blythe left FIG.

Happily — for us 🙂 — Blythe is back posting under the name Rocker. Check a sample post with the highlights of this past weekend.

Follow Rocker on Twitter. Or Facebook.