SHIFT online symposium

Shift Movement Science is offering a 3 day event June 10-12, 2022.

30 Speakers.
32 Gymnastics Lectures.

If you register, you’ll get all the notes and presentations 2 weeks in advance. And if you can’t attend LIVE, you can watch instead after the event.


Kasamatsu progressions

Here’s another very well edited tutorial from the Saving Tenths YouTube channel.

I’ll add a couple of additional points for KAS:

  • it’s important that coaches of BEGINNERS understand the relationship between cartwheel (early) and twisting (later). If one decides the direction of cartwheel — then later decides a different direction of twist, this particular vault is going to be difficult or impossible.
  • cartwheel with the right hand forward requires a right twist in all saltos
  • cartwheel with the left hand forward requires a left twist in all saltos
  • I like to post a chart on the wall where all coaches know cartwheel hand and twist direction of every competitive athlete in the program
  • ideally I’d like to do all the progressions in this video — but in the layout position first into the pit. Use the tuck position only if needed for competition that season. Layout is the goal. I’d go back to layout as soon as season ends.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

R.I.P Tom Kinsman

One of my mentors in coach education was Tom Kinsman, technical coordinator for the Canadian Gymnastics Federation starting 1973. And later working for Coaching Association of Canada.

He developed the Canadian Coaching Certification Program alongside his partner-in-crime, Keith Russell.

As a clinician, I’ve always tried to live up to the standards set by Tom and Keith. They are my role models to this day.

Tom died Sept 11, 2021 from complications from Alzheimers. He’s remembered fondly and vividly by all who knew him.

Read his obituary.

Dave Tilley – 3 things we need

1. A moral and ethical code

2. A better education system

3. A workload and wellness monitoring system, that is specific to gymnastics.