USAG cancels the Ranch

Good call.

Kerry Perry, president and CEO of USA Gymnastics:

“USA Gymnastics has terminated its agreement with the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas. It will no longer serve as the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center.

“It has been my intent to terminate this agreement since I began as president and CEO in December. Our most important priority is our athletes, and their training environment must reflect this. We are committed to a culture that empowers and supports our athletes.

“We have cancelled next week’s training camp for the U.S. Women’s National Team. We are exploring alternative sites to host training activities and camps until a permanent location is determined. We thank all those in the gymnastics community assisting in these efforts.”



Tony Retrosi is the United States Elite Coaches Association Chairman.

That’s an organization independent of USAG.


Is it time for the National Team Training Center at Karolyi’s Ranch to close?


… The information I can share is USAG is working on a plan for the new training center. In August they had 5 parties interested in working with USAG to build a new training center. …

Some have mentioned the USOTC in Colorado Springs as an alternative—good idea but it can barely handle the training schedule required for the men. …

The USA needs a world class training facility where coaches and gymnasts can learn and train with minimal distractions—a National Team Training Center where our National Teams in all disciplines can train on a regular basis and where we can develop the talent of our up and coming coaches as well.

We need USA Gymnastics University to be both a brick-and-mortar University (at the National Team Training Center) and an online source as well. We need the best and brightest to be teaching at national, regional and state congresses and conferences. I personally would like a university where gymnastics professionals can go and learn from the best and one to where the best can go and share their ideas and drills with each other.

This university and training center must be a safe place for all participants.

The funding involved in doing this would be astronomical, however, we MUST move forward at all costs and anything worthwhile starts with a dream. …

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USA Gymnastics University provides voluntary coach education courses in the USA.

Colorado Springs 2014 photo

coaching course Edmonton, Canada

Congratulations to those who completed sections of the new Canadian Competition 1 coaching course. Apparatus and Sport Science modules.

WAG coaches

Thanks to my partner clinicians Tracey Frith and Kim Baksh, as well as our hosts at Ortona Gymnastics, an amazing facility shared with University of Alberta sports.

Our course was organized by the Alberta Gymnastics Federation.

International gymnast Bobby Kriangkum came in to assist with the 5th and final MAG day.

The revised National Coaching Certification Program is still not widely understood in Canada, particularly by those coaches who went through the old system.

One NEW thing — coaches need not certify in Foundations before signing up for the Comp 1 course. But they do need to certify in Comp 1 before registering for Comp 2.

FIG Coach Education – Egypt

Hardy Fink:

… 2017 closes with one of the busiest months ever for the FIG Coach Education Programmes with 231 different coaches from 34 countries and 30 experts from 15 countries attending eight Academies and one age group camp. These were:

December 1-8: Level 2 Academy for MAG & WAG in Cairo, Egypt
December 1-8: Level 2 Academy for Trampoline Gymnastics in Cairo, Egypt
December 3-10: Level 1 Academy for Aerobic Gymnastics in Lima, Peru
December 3-10: Level 1 Academy for Trampoline Gymnastics in Lima, Peru
December 4-11: Level 2 Academy for Aerobic Gymnastics in Cotonou, Benin
December 5-12: Level 1 Academy for MAG & WAG in Guayaquil, Ecuador
December 10-14: MAG & WAG Age Group Camp in Cairo, Egypt
December 10-17: Level 3 Academy for Trampoline Gymnastics in Airdrie, Canada
December 14-21: Level 2 Academy for MAG & WAG in Canberra, Australia

Busy December closes FIG education activities for 2017

Myself and Portuguese WAG National coach Pedro Roque were apparatus clinicians in Egypt.

It turned out to be the best-attended age group camp ever with 69 coaches from seven Arab federations – Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. Thirty-two of the participants were MAG coaches and 37 were WAG coaches.

I was impressed and inspired to meet coaches from Syria and Palestine trying their best to offer Gymnastics programs for kids despite many problems.

Host Egypt is very well organized. They’ve had strong coaching for decades.

We had a good number of FIG judges attend, as well.

Two FIG courses were hosted at the Olympic Centre for National Teams in Cairo, part of a secure, enclosed multi-sport venue with hotel and restaurant.

One evening Pedro and I visited the huge Wadi Degla Club in Cairo. Another world class venue with excellent, experienced coaches.

Gymnastics in Egypt is doing very, very well.

explaining Olympic Solidarity

Olympic Solidarity … helps athletes in the developing countries to compete on a level playing field with athletes from other parts of the world. …

Click PLAY or watch an IOC promo on YouTube.

I’ve attended two and led several, including one in the Philippines. Solidarity is one of the best programs of both IOC and FIG.

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.