Lee Woolls interview

Lee is one of the coaches in the world I admire most.

Check his YouTube channel to see what I mean.

Lee is Men’s Head Coach at City of Birmingham,  having built it into a powerhouse over the past 11 years. He didn’t copy anyone. Lee rather tries to learn from everyone and anyone.

Though well known as a superb basics coach, he’s currently coaching 6 seniors including Dominick Cunningham and Joe Fraser.

The interview is excellent. Lee very down to earth. Easy to listen to.

shout out for Springers Gymnastics Winnipeg

Thanks to the coaches and JO 8 and up athletes who attended my one day in-house clinic at Springers Winnipeg. It was fun.

Just back from holidays we focused on a few themes: Staying healthy & happy, Handstands, Landings, improving Tumbling basics, Bar releases and more.

One of their top gymnasts is Jordyn Galloway who’s considering continuing her career in the NCAA. Check out her YouTube channel.


Gymnastics Coaching Course – Winnipeg

Congratulations to the coaches who attended our intensive 4-day Competition 1 course (WAG & MAG) hosted by Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre.

Clinicians Rick McCharles and Hélène Desmarais.

All coaches are now considered “trained“. Next step in Canada is to “certify”.

That requires putting together a coaching portfolio including yearly training plan. Spotting is assessed and coaches are given feedback over a 1-hour in-gym session` with a Coach Evaluator.

new Canadian Competition 4 coaches

Just in time for Christmas.

Competition 4 is the highest level of certification. It’s required of all coaches taking gymnasts on the floor for Canada in international meets.

Group photo of those wrapping up before the holidays.

Changes for the next cycle have not yet been announced.

U.S. Gymnastics Club Owners Association

Update: The Region 5 Director is Don McPherson.

That’s a red flag for me. He’s well known online for defending Steve Penney, the old system. And belittling survivors. At one point he tried to apologize:

___ original post:

This is an independent organization that has been formed by US club owners to help provide guidance to USA Gymnastics in moving the sport of gymnastics in a positive direction. …

… charter members donated $1,000.00 each to cover the financial and legal obligations in forming such an organization.


Click over to the official website to learn more – usgcoa.org

General Membership will open on January 1, 2019. The cost for membership will be published after the next board meeting.

I’d hoped this new organization might do more for coach education. The only mention of the word education, however, is here:

In the future the USGCOA will be hosting an Owners Summit. The focus will be on ways to improve your business. Many topics that are pertinent & beneficial to club owners and your bottom-line. This is tentatively scheduled for October of 2019 in Las Vegas.

It’s possible USGCOA might be a candidate to take over from USAG as national Sports Governing Body.

January 2019 – British Gymnastics Symposium

12th and 13th January at Lilleshall National Sports Centre

Some of the presenters:

Donatella Sacchi – FIG Women’s Tecnical Committee Chair

Amanda Reddin – Women’s Artistic Head National Coach

David Kenwright – Women’s Artistic National Coach

Paul Hall – newly appointed Men’s Artistic Head National Coach

Gheorge Predescu – Performance Coach for Men’s and Women’s Artistic

Ionut Trandaburu – Director of Coaching at Pegusus and personal coach to James Hall and Courtney Tulloch

Andy Tombs – Chair of the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee and FIG Men’s Technical Committee member


Paul Hall

In praise of Gymnastics in the USA

Once again USAG is headline news in mainstream media. Another self-inflicted shot in the foot.

Criticism is much deserved. Whomever voted for Mary Bono as President should recuse themselves from the next selection process.

That said, Tony Retrosi took the time to post some of the many excellent things that are happening in the USA:

Gymnastics IS GREAT- And we will make it EVEN BETTER

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