U.S. Elite Coaches Association letter to Congress

Dear Members of Congress

We are children’s fitness facility coaches, vendors, owners in your districts and states, who directly work with the children in each of your jurisdictions.

In the face of the rapid spread of COVID-19, we are very concerned that our youth sport business industry may not survive this pandemic or the resulting economic downturn. Lawmakers are rightly focused on sending immediate aid and support to our most vulnerable businesses and workers. We are a vulnerable group so vitally important within our community – we hope and pray we are included in the conversation.

We represent the over 200,000 employees of approximately 4,000 children’s fitness facilities …

… we are now fighting for our survival. …

read more (PDF)

 

United States Gymnastics Club Owners Association at risk

SANDY SPOKOINY-FLORES:

The United States Gymnastics Club Owners Association pleads with our elected officials to hear our cries for help as we not only see our own economic plight, but we also dread the possibility of us not being able to survive and continue to do what we do for the communities we serve. …

We would like to suggest an immediate, nationwide 2-month freeze of mortgages and/or rent for our businesses, as well as for all homeowners and renters affected by these closures. …

 

TIPS for parents with kids at home

Robert Andrews:

The shutdown of schools and all sports programs has created quite a shock wave in the families, homes, and lives of athletes who suddenly find themselves without a sport.

I have been receiving a lot of inquiries from parents seemingly lost on what to do with their athletes at home. …

Normalize the first week or two …

Have regular family meetings …

Help your kids create a written planner …

Empower them to take responsibility …

Connect with others …

Try new things to stimulate your mind, body, and emotions …

read more …

A Parents Guide to the Sports Shut Down

GYM SCHOOL with U.S. gymnasts & coaches

I’ve seen a LOT of options online where gymnasts at home can log in for workouts and inspiration. Most are free.

This GYM SCHOOL costs $79 for a 6 week course — but has the potential to be best of all.

Half of that $79 goes back to the individual athlete’s club within two weeks of the conclusion of the program. Awesome.

Starting March 23rd, classes will be held 3 times a day on weekdays.

40 instructors leading 90 Facebook live classes.

Many online programs are USA only — but this one is available worldwide for anyone with a Facebook account.

Click through for details.

Or email Cory Tomlinson at cory (a) youmakeitloud.com with questions.

Simone (again) calls for independent investigation

I have to question the competence of a communication department that doesn’t even know Simone’s correct Twitter handle.

They tagged a fan site by mistake.

related –

Simone Biles publicly shames USA Gymnastics after birthday tweet

 

 

weighing gymnasts – British Gymnastics position statement

Created as a guidance document for clubs, coaches, parents and gymnasts the statement gives advice and reasoning on the complexities surrounding weighing gymnasts with the gymnasts optimal long-term development at its core.

The advice highlights the need for clear reasoning, appropriate methods, correct consent and the use of qualified practitioners in order to safeguard the physical and mental health of the gymnasts. …

BG