Aly Raisman Talks Code of Points & Injuries

I hope FIG WTC listens to their Olympic Champion. She’s right.

Rules should be set with respect to the health and safety of competitors.

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The FIG Medical Commission should have more input to WTC. 😦

(via Inside Gymnastics)

Brittany Rogers 10.0 Vault

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I recall her doing pretty much exactly the same Vault at NCAA Championships one year … and getting 9.85. 😦 The WRONGEST score I saw at the meet.

I felt Brittany’s DTY was as good as any at Worlds 2015.

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NCAA related – Gym Digest – Decoding The New Vault Code

concussions in gymnastics

They are more common than we realize. 😦

GymCastic interviewed former gymnast Caroline Just, a Neurology resident, on best practices for coaches, parents and teammates:

ANY head injury during practice or a meet should be investigated with a concussion checklist, because if you keep going without it, the second concussion could make things much worse. Print out a checklist and put it on the wall of the gym or download the Heads Up App

Take Tylenol not aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Naproxen or Aleve.

Most concussions resolve within two weeks, but if you don’t go through the appropriate steps, waiting to be symptom-free for 24 hours before you advance stages, you risk not healing properly, which increases risk of long-term neurocognitive symptoms

Go see a doctor if you are worried! It’s pretty unlikely that the doctor will tell you to quit, or to take a long break.

Doctors are required, in most states and provinces, to inform authorities if the welfare of a child is in danger, including by coaches. If you think a coach is negligent – don’t be silent. Get parents involved, get head coaches involved, get athletic directors involved. The right people will take this very seriously.

Gymnasts are tough. They are used to focusing on the goal and working through the pain. However, sometimes the toughest thing is to do what is right for your health, or your friend’s health. It’s better to miss the meet than miss the season, or miss out on your life.

188: Kyla Moves On, Concussions, Baku and American Cup Preview

Caroline Just recommended we download a free app – Heads Up. I’ll be checking it out.

‘Smart Rings’ at Jr Europeans

Great news. Artistic Gymnastics judging will finally include a truly objective component.

‘Smart Rings’ is a project by InnoSportLab with automatically measures the time for hold elements on Rings. As reported earlier the Smart Ring was tested at the 2015 European Championships in Montpellier. Later the system was successfully tested as an integrated part of a 4 way competition between BEL, NED, SUI and ROU.

In light of the positive tests, the UEG Men’s Technical Committee has decided to put the system in action, as an official part of the scoring at the upcoming European Championship for Juniors in Bern, SUI. The system will be managed by two appointed judges who will control the input based on agreed methodology.

The Men’s Technical Committee thanks the company InnoSportLab (NED), and the Apparatus supplier Janssen-Fritsen, for the close cooperation. …

UEG Newsletter

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. The demo shown is not perfect, but it gives you an idea how it works.

crop tops for Gymnastics training

In some parts of the world – Australia, for example – separates are more popular than leotards for training.

crop top for sport

But in North America they are the exception, not the norm. Crop tops are worn on very hot days in a few Gyms, for the most part.

Chalk Bucket has a thread on this topic right now. Comparing club policies.

Even odder for those in the general public not familiar with Gymnastics training is the tradition in Men’s Gymnastics of training shirtless.

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Dwight Normile on the Code of Points

2016 marks the 10th year under the current Code of Points, which tried to repair an ineffective judging system from 2004 by creating — and adding — two separate scores: “Difficulty” and “Execution.” …

It is debatable whether this rather one-dimensional Code, which continues to get tweaked as problems arise, has actually improved the sport or its evaluation. …

The State of the Sport

10 Judging system

Dwight much preferred the perfect 10 Codes of Points, as do I.

Rewriting Russian Gymnastics weighs in. And agrees. IG – The State of the Sport

FIG Technical Committees have not done a good job of tweaking the open ended Codes, in my opinion. They are today at least as problematic as the 2004 perfect 10 Codes.

If you are interested in this topic, you’ll need to buy Dvora Meyers’ upcoming book July 5, 2016.

The End of the Perfect 10

Canadian Olympic Committee spending

Hmm.

The Canadian Olympic Committee spent $2.9-million on a new boardroom, hundreds of thousands of dollars on outside lighting, and more than $1-million on a launch party for its new headquarters in Montreal. …

The project received $3.5-million from the government of Quebec, $3-million from the Canadian government and $2-million from the City of Montreal, in addition to private sponsorships and other revenues. …

Globe and Mail

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‘It’s difficult to accept:’ Canadian Olympic Committee criticized over cost of new headquarters

Thanks Cordelia.

Charity Choice Invitational 2016

Tacoma, Washington.

Each year, we host this incredible event not only for the gymnasts to show off their talent, but to give back to the community as well. Each team competes on behalf of a charity and by the end of the weekend, over $15,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to various charities.

Charity Choice Invitational is an official invitational of the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. Evanni Roberson from Emerald City Gymnastics Academy earned a spot to compete with her 38.25 All-Around at the Nastia Liukin Cup held the weekend of March 4-5, 2016 in Newark, NJ!

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more Trinidad & Tobago drama

I’m disappointed in the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation for over-reacting to a photo supposedly of its 2015 Sportswoman of the Year nominee, Marisa Dick.

New topless photo rocks gymnastics; Marisa and Thema sent to disciplinary committee

They should have downplayed the issue. It’s no big deal. Both gymnasts should be focused on training. Not getting distracted by media sensationalism. 😦

Aly Raisman - ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue

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Men’s Code – 8 or 10 skills?

At the 2015 World Championships Glasgow, word was that the Men’s Code of Points would go from 10 skills to 8 after Rio, to match WAG. The DRAFT 2020 Code had 8 skills, 4 element groups.

Much later the final decision of FIG MTC was to stay with 10 counting skills. I’ve not yet heard the rationale.

An Aussie gymnast, Luke Wiwatowski, who must plan different routines for 8 or 10 skills, weighs in.

The “We Say You Do” Model Of Code Review Is Broken

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