Nick Ruddock’s advice for your Gym

It All Starts With a Vision
INVEST Time in Communicating Your Culture
Leadership Should be Demonstrated at All Levels
It’s Your Ship
Be Accountable
Develop ‘Buy In’
Be a Role Model
Encourage Diversity
Remove Toxicity
Avoid the 3 C’s
… Complaining, Comparing and Criticizing

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U.S. Men’s Future Stars

The Future Stars National Championships showcase the USA’s top 10-, 11-, 12- and 13-year-old male gymnasts …

In addition to the competition, Future Stars athletes and their parents participate in workshop activities that feature lectures, technical presentations, and hands-on coaching sessions. …

The Future Stars program is designed is to identify talented athletes and to start them on the right developmental path to national and international success.

USAG – McCafferty, Bottarini, Petrosyan, Shamah win 2017 Future Stars all-around titles

augmented reality for Gymnastics Coaching

I can’t foresee computers taking over for coaches any time soon, but I’m certain we’ll be using augmented reality lenses.

I’d like to watch gymnasts training over-layed with A.R. ideal models.

We might also be able to keep stats on our athletes, too. Click PLAY or watch a simple example on YouTube. (4 years ago)

training hours for new gymnasts

Coach Brittany posted her recommendations:

1st Year or ages 4-5
I recommend 4-6 hours per week and move to 9 hours by the end of that season or year.

2nd–3rd Year or ages 6-7
A this age and/or level of experience I suggest training 9-12 hours at 3-4 days per week.

3rd-4th Year or ages 7-8
I generally recommend 14-16 hours at a minimum of 4 times per week.

4th-5th Year or ages 8-9.
In the 4th-5th year I would recommend 20 hours per week, training 5 days per week.

Those look a bit high for me. Especially in year one and two. We typically do 4 hours a week the year before Grade 1. Six hours a week in Grade 1.

On the other hand, I’m not worried for children of this age. They love the sport, improve rapidly and have relatively few injuries. This is the “easy and fun” stage of the sport.

How Many Hours Should Pre-Competitive Gymnasts Be Training?

Max Whitlock considers return to all-around

It’s either a return to at least 4 apparatus, or go the World Cup specialist route if Max wants to continue towards Tokyo 2020.

Team GBR would ideally want 4 all-around gymnasts for Doha 2018.

Max Whitlock considers return to all-around competition after Montreal success

Ellie Black looking to the future

Ellie Black is a double Olympian.

5th in Rio. 

She certainly could have retired with the best Olympic result AA for a Canadian.

But since she’s still improving her goal — so far — is to stay as long as possible.

Watch the CBC interview:

In a sport dominated by teenagers, 22-year-old Ellie Black, of Halifax, is beating all expectations — and still going strong ahead of Tokyo 2020.

Ellie is one of three gymnasts who qualified to 3 finals along with Elena Eremina & Mai Murakami.