Rentaro Ueyama – Kasamatsu 3/1 twist

On to soft mats in the pit.

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Gymneo – Dive Roll

For me Dive Roll is a critical SAFETY basic. When something goes wrong, gymnasts need to absorb impact force over time and surface area by rolling out.

The classic example is going over the handle bars when cycling: rolling out is safest, prone fall more dangerous. 

Male gymnasts all do enough dive rolls.

But it’s a neglected basic for some WAG coaches. If you see a competitive gymnast  with too much pike on her Handspring Vault, there’s a good chance she hasn’t perfected Dive Roll.


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Nick Ruddock – Yurchenko Vaulting

Nick donated his time putting this presentation together for Dave Tilley’s fundraiserFeeding America’s Hunger Relief.

Some highlights from Nick’s presentation:

  • when you see a problem in the air, the CAUSE was something earlier:
    • physical ability
    • prerequisites (e.g. handstand shapes)
    • acrobatic prerequisites (e.g. Whip, Round-off, etc.)
  • use as much of the 25m vault run as possible
  • create > conserve > convert. Convert as much energy as possible to the vault itself.
  • actually, each athlete has an optimal speed of run. Not all are fast enough to handle their maximum run speed.
  • visual – what do they see? 
  • rigid body
  • shapes at each phase
  • tempo, rhythm
  • arms as straight / tight as possible on Round-off
  • knees as straight / tight as possible on the Springboard
  • hips up quickly on the preflight
  • head watches the board before preflight, but eyes watching hands on contact
  • watch the horse on post-flight. (Lifting the head too soon can later cause early twist problems.)

Extending the hips while on the Springboard generates rotation through an indirect reaction force of the feet on the board. Nick has gymnasts train backward layouts on Tramp without using the arms — requiring them to use hip extension to generate rotation.

Gainer backward layouts would be an alternative to this, requiring hip extension on takeoff.

Note that Nick doesn’t actually show the full Yurchenko vault. As Edouard Iarov first made clear to me, once the hands leave the horse it’s too late to change height, distance or total rotation.  The flight phase is more related to trampoline basics than vault.

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Kyle Shewfelt book delayed until 2021

The 2004 Olympic Floor Champion is a fan favourite. And a very popular public speaker.

MAKE IT HAPPEN: My Story of Gymnastics, the Olympics, and the Positive Power of Sport.

Kyle worked with Blythe Lawrence on the new book but,  with everything that’s happening now, decided to delay publication until Spring 2021.

If you just can’t wait, Kyle will be reading a chapter a day on his Instagram Live during the month of May.

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MAKE IT HAPPEN: My Story of Gymnastics, the Olympics, and the Positive Power of Sport. This is my book and I am so proud of it. I held a freshly printed copy in my hands a couple of weeks ago and it felt so damn good. Writing this book has been a goal of mine for years and with the help of a talented team, including my co-writer @roseblythelawrence, we got it across the finish line. What a feeling! Today, I wanted to announce that I will be postponing the official release until Spring 2021. Waiting another year feels like an eternity, but considering the current circumstances, it also feels right and so I’m rolling with it. I’m too excited about this project, however, to have it sit entirely on a shelf until the launch next year. I’ve decided to read the book, one chapter a day, on my Instagram Live during the month of May. Story time with Kyle – this is going to be FUN!! Please join me starting tonight, May 1, at 8:30 p.m. (Mountain time) for the Prologue – it’s titled ‘The Landing’ and we’ll go back to that day in Stuttgart when I broke both of my legs. I’ll also post it to my IG story if you would like to listen, but can’t join in live. This project is so important to me and I’m feeling a great sense of accomplishment. Thank you all for your love and support! #makeithappenbook #storytimewithkyle #gymnastics #olympics #author #newbook #author #authorsofinstagram

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Click PLAY or watch an artistic Artistic Gymnastics routine on YouTube.

Coaching clinic for COVID19 Food Banks

Free online. LIVE this Saturday, May 2nd streaming from SHIFT’s YouTube and Facebook Page.

Fund-raising by donation.

  • 10:30am – 12:00pm ET – Dave Tilley – Intro, Fundraising Details, and Strength and Conditioning
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Dr. Josh Eldridge – Fueling For Performance: What Coaches and Gymnasts Need To Know About Nutrition
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Nick Ruddock – Essential Techniques for Yurchenko Vaulting
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Tom Meadows – Essential Techniques for Men’s High Bar Dismounts
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Dr. Ali Arnold – Come Back Stronger: Mental Toughness Techniques for Coaches and Gymnasts
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Jordyn Wieber, Chris Brooks – Developing Healthy and High Performing Cultures
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Jessica O’Beirne, Spencer Barnes, Kensley Behel – GymCastic Podcast Episode
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Colin Van Wicklen – Live Q&A Session
  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Madison Kocian, Kyla Ross, Val Kondos Field – Live Q&A Session

After the event, you’ll be able to watch any of the presenters on the SHIFT Movement Science YouTube channel.