GBR Men’s Performance Symposium

Jan 13-14, 2018 | £160

Lilleshall National Sports Centre

🌟Nick Ruddock🌟: Keynote Speaker and International Coaching Consultant working with several National Teams around the world.

🌟PBars by Baz Collie: BG Men’s National Coach

🌟Rings by Andre Popov: BG Men’s National Coach

🌟Pommel Horse by Lee Woolls: Elite Performance Squad Technical Lead Coach

🌟New Club Grades by Eddie Van Hoof MBE: BG Men’s Head National Coach & Matthew Firth: BG Men’s National Development Coach

🌟Artistry by Carol-Angela Orchard  😀

🌟Reflections from the 2017 World Championships and the 2017 Elite Grades by Andrew Tombs: 1st Vice President F.I.G. Men’s Technical Committee & James May: Category 1 International Brevet Judge.

🌟English Institute of Sport will cover Nutrition, Psychology, Physiotherapy and Strength/Conditioning.


Dangers of Trampoline Parks

Trampoline and pits are dangerous unless taught by a certified, qualified, experienced coach. Find the best club and coach in your area.

how much TRAINING / EXPERIENCE has this referee had?

Ty Thomasson died at 30 years old in February 2012 after somersaulting into a shallow foam pit at Skypark, a facility in Phoenix.

Trampoline parks host up to 50 million visitors annually but both adults and children are suffering severe and even fatal injuries after visiting these popular attractions. The families of injured victims speak out.

Watch the 3 minute feature on Doctor Oz.

Canadian Coach Education revision

The change from textbook to digital media is nearly complete. A big improvement.

Digital media can be easily revised in future.

Click through to see a diagram showing the OLD requirements at the top for Gymnastics Alberta and the NEW structure in the graphic.

NCCP Summary – Revised September 6, 2017

Left to finalize are the Evaluation components of Comp 2 and Comp 3. 

WHY I liked Worlds Montreal

Yesterday I documented the weird and flawed arena. AND linked to the shocking injury list as well as other major complaints.

Here’s what I liked about Worlds 2017

It was memorable.

Glasgow inspired razzle dazzle. The big screen worked well.

Announcers were OK, better than Glasgow. Personally I enjoy listening to CA.

It was well attended by North Americans. I caught up with hundreds of friends and acquaintances. It was a treat to have Worlds back in North America.

The nearby INS Gym hosted Canadian team camps in conjunction. There were a dozen of other nations there, too, all getting to meet each other.

Montreal is a fun tourist city. Most visitors have a good time.

Judging was — perhaps — better than I can recall at any other Worlds. Europeans 2017 was laughable, I thought. But there was not much glaring injustice in Montreal. Most arguments were over a tenth or two.

Should Ellie or Oksana have been 4th on Vault, for example.

FIG judging rules are stupid, of course, and should be fixed. E score is weighted too low compared with D score. But that’s an issue separate from this particular competition.

related – This Code has simply made the sport too difficult for the majority of countries.

Beam scores were far too low relative to Vault scores. You must lower Vault or raise Beam. That’s obvious.

Lower Vault. Doubling the deductions would bring that apparatus in line with Beam.

I sat in front of Beam for the entire meet. To be fair to the judges, aside from Pauline, there were very routines without obvious form, balance, angle and rhythm deductions. It would have been smart to put a very clean, low difficulty routine in front of that panel. I can’t recall one.

There were few very weak routines considering this is individual Worlds. Two Tsuk pikes, I recall, for example. Fewer than usual for the first Worlds of the cycle.

Gymnasts were very well behaved at this Worlds. No incidents in the corrals that I recall. Everyone very friendly.

Montreal history. Nadia 1976. Worlds 1985 in the same Olympic complex. (Worlds 1985 was far worse than 2017, by the way.)

GymCastic videos. I’m a big fan of GymCastic audiocasts. But the GymCastic videos are even better. Social media was excellent at Worlds 2017. Those who couldn’t attend still had a good experience online. FIG LIVE scores mostly worked this time.

Fans and gymnasts were able to rub shoulders more than I can ever recall at Worlds. Every time you turned around in that arena you’d spot a famous gymnast.

Longines didn’t bungle the Elegance Awards. Kenzo and Brooklyn were very good choices. (Though I would have preferred Yul and Brooklyn.)

For me, personally, a big highlight was having media tribunals at field of play level was fantastic. Normally we are way up high with a long range, impersonal wide angle view. (Text media like myself were happy. Video / photo media were not.)

The Acrobatic Sports Symposium October 5-8th held in conjunction was excellent. Every Worlds should have a coach education event. (Judges do have clinics at every Worlds, by the way.)

I liked Montreal. And I expect Stuttgart 2019 to be as good or better. That city has an excellent reputation for hosting big meets.

I’ve toured the ultra modern Qatar venue. Expect a smaller, more intimate event. Not anything on the scale of Glasgow or even Montreal. Audiences will be smaller, I assume, so that might work.

Montreal 2017 Coaching Symposium

In conjunction with World Championships 2017 an excellent acrobatic sports symposium was hosted October 5-8th.

I wish coach education was a part of Worlds every year.

Merci beaucoup Guy Lavoie, principle organizer.

CA Guy Lavoie

Three streams to choose from: Sport Science & Health, Technical workshops and Gymnastics for All. 

Over coming weeks, I’ll be posting notes from the sessions I attended.

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International PanAm Trampoline clinic

The Federacion Panamena de Gimnasia and Pan American Gymnastics Union recently hosted athletes and coaches from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Republica Dominicana, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Panama at a 2017 international Pan American Trampoline Gymnastics Training Camp exchange program, a four-day event that included clinics for gymnasts and coaches.

The camp included instruction from the Canadian and Mexican national coaching staff, Dave Ross from Canada and Margarita Zermeño from Mexico. …

Trampoline Pundit

World Championships selling out

Via the organizing committee’s official twitter account.

You might still be able to get good finals seats by registering for the sports symposium + tickets package.