A round table hosted by John Min, USECA Video Chairman.
A NEW challenge for each Club. This is a brainstorming session.
The BIG recommendation is not to rush. Come back slowly and safely. We have a new, unexpected meso-cycle in our training year which precedes another Preparation Phase. Slow return to the Gym after weeks of lockout.
Inviting back Competitive first, staggering training times
Check for temperature of athletes on arrival (this is not foolproof)
About 4 people / 1000 sq feet
Kids in each rotation group will stay as far apart as possible. Apparatus groups will switch at the same time, in order to keep distance.
Take this COVID-19 opportunity for super keen gymnasts to find a better life / gymnastics balance.
When skills are eventually introduced, use tumbling trampolines, pits, soft surfaces. Don’t rush.
Coaches will wear masks.
Coaches will be tested just before coming back to the Gym.
Coaches and gymnasts should be challenged to progress with LESS spotting, even on Bars. Slide mats rather than hand spot. (Spotting belts might make a return to popularity.)
Adding new RECORDS bulletin board for fitness tests. This will be the focus at first, not skills.
Anything you did not like about your old program, should be banished now. This is a great opportunity to reinvent your program. A fresh start.
High priority is to STOP the keenest athletes from overdoing it on getting back to the Gym. Injury is a worry after weeks out.
Advise athletes that anticipated J.O. move ups are on hold, for now
This ‘forced rest’ is an opportunity to fully heal old injuries
Watch themselves on video (Mental Training)
Reassuring the parents will be a high priority.
His club uses a ‘fogging machine’ to disinfect. It takes 10 minutes. He’ll do it 2-3 times / day.
Might delay the calendar of competitions for the 2021 season. Don’t rush.
Assign one gymnast / Beam for all of each rotation
Craig would like to have clear masks for coaches.
Craig will allow very few parents into the Gym. Other clubs will simply ask parents not to enter the Gym.
Time to focus on cooperation. Coaches and athletes working together to get back to peak training form.
Be smart. Rebuild confidence progressively
Conditioning first after a few weeks away
General strength before specific
Flexibility improvement phase
Work ‘shapes‘ before movements
Time at home is a chance for gymnasts to make Dream Boards and set goals / objectives
Training would progressively advance to BASICS without rush. Up to 2 hours / day to start.
If this limited training goes on for months, planned goals for 2021 will have to be modified.
Has been working on personal development of athletes while at home. Generosity. Team supporting one another.
Has been using a combination of big group Zoom meetings. Smaller meetings in private Facebook groups.
To start … will likely only allow top 12 athletes to use the pit
Equipment will be cleaned ongoing during workout
Coaches only work with ONE group of kids. If anyone tests positive, those coaches and kids will be out of the Gym.
Plans on minimum spotting. Only the very top gymnasts will be spotted. And not for the first 8 weeks or so after return.
Leung said Friday that the releases were a mandate by insurers, which are funding the $215 million settlement offer, rather than a choice by the federation. She said she’s open to talking with survivors about their requests for more information, and pointed out that USA Gymnastics has cooperated with six independent investigations.
She also acknowledged that USA Gymnastics had erred – badly – in not having detailed processes in place for the men’s World Cup selections, and not communicating enough in advance with gymnasts and their coaches. …
Click through to read the 5 tweets in that thread.
Have not said anything, because I wanted to give USA Gymnastics a chance to resolve the matter of Yul Moldauer’s World Cup positions being reassigned, following the 2020 Winter Cup. We had asked for reconsideration, and proposed a compromise solution, which was rejected.
Responsible NSOs (National Sports Organizations) recognize the importance of a sound team selection policy to ensure that the best athletes are indeed selected for optimal performance of the team, and also to avoid disputes leading up to a major competition.
The criteria must also be communicated to the athletes long before the start of the qualification period.
The entire training program of athletes will be based on meeting these criteria to secure their selection to the team, so it would be unreasonable to communicate these criteria only a few weeks or a few days before.
Of course, once a team selection policy approved and published, the NSO must ensure that it is implemented as intended.
Though the gymternet mainly heard about the screw-ups at the annual U.S. Men’s selection meet during the Olympic year, Kensley was there — as usual — and found the competition much improved in many ways.
Click through to this Twitter thread to read her positive comments.
While many procedural things were poorly run, I do want to tell you that experientially, USAG has made leaps and bounds in the last year. At Winter Cup, I was sitting in the stands during the Jrs. and Brett brought Jason over to meet me personally. Another fan was sitting with me
Renata Cappeliano translated an article by Demetrio Vecchioli looking at the BIG picture.
At the start of the quad, Brazil looked like they could potentially challenge for a team medal. They competed in the team final at the Rio Olympics. They lost Aleksandr Aleksandrov but gained Valeri Liukin. …
… despite offering first world infrastructure to its best generation ever, it’s not hard to guess what it lacks nowadays: high performance coaches. With only a few working in the country, Brazil suffers to produce enough athletes to feed its national team. …
Only two coaches, out of the six that shaped Brazil’s elite girls, are still in the country: Ukrainian Irina Ilyashenko, who’s been living in Curitiba for 20 years, and Francisco Porath …
“Everyone knew Brazil only had six gymnasts. If two of them got hurt, we’d have nowhere to run. And that’s exactly what happened …”