educating sports parents

Nick interviews Gordon MacLelland of Working with Parents in Sport.

Dealing successfully with parents is a much neglected coaching skill.

They discuss how to onboard NEW parents starting with your pre-competitive programs.

Gordon recommends offering parents 4 minute Zoom sessions on a regular basis to avoid miscommunication.

talking about the ‘gymternet’

Fans are Fanatics.

We once had to rely on “mainstream media” to cover Gymnastics.

A few TV channels. International Gymnast magazine.

Sports Illustrated … every 4 years.

The situation for fans (and coaches) is much better today.

YOU and anyone online can post your own opinions the sport at no cost. And you might find an audience.

I recall when non-gymnast Spencer Barnes launched The Balance Beam Situation.

Instantly it was my #1 source of information on NCAA Gymnastics.

On the down side, every #hater, #troll and #bully can get online, as well.

Check an AP (mainstream media) article:

The ‘gymternet’: gymnastics’ devoted, sometimes toxic fans

GymCastic’s Jessica O’Beirne interviews Mandy Mohamed in Tokyo

Blind Landing podcast

Blind Landing is a a 5 part podcast on one of the biggest Olympic Gymnastics BLUNDERS.

The 2000 Sydney Vault debacle.

A Look At Safety In Gymnastics: Part 2 Blind Landing

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  1. A Look At Safety In Gymnastics: Part 2
  2. A Look At Safety In Gymnastics: Part 1
  3. The Vault: Part 5
  4. The Vault: Part 4
  5. The Vault: Part 3

Gym Club customer service

In this episode, Nick and his business expert consultant Julie Berry talk about how owners and managers can acquire, communicate with and keep customers.

EP057 Gymnastics Growth Show – Nick Ruddock and Gordon MacLelland Gymnastics Growth Show

Welcome to the Gymnastics Growth Show podcast, brought to you by Nick Ruddock, a performance Gymnastics Coach and consultant to international gymnastics teams and professional sports clubs. In this podcast, Nick and his special guests share the strategies and tactics used to optimise athlete and coach performance from grass roots to gold standard. Tackling all things gymnastics and performance sport, from physical preparation and psychology, to nutrition and lifestyle, this podcast is a must for any gymnastics coach serious about improving results and furthering their expertise.
  1. EP057 Gymnastics Growth Show – Nick Ruddock and Gordon MacLelland
  2. EP056 Gymnastics Growth Show – Nick Ruddock and Adam Forrest
  3. EP055 Gymnastics Growth Show – Nick Ruddock and Nicole Langevin
  4. EP054 Gymnastics Growth Show – Nick Ruddock and Aleah Finnegan
  5. EP053 Gymnastics Growth Show – Nick Ruddock and Kyle Shewfelt

Leah Clapper’s new podcast

Leah is currently competing for Florida. But found the time during the pandemic to launch her own audiocast. #respect

Introduction was posted Dec 15, 2020.

The most recent episode is an interview with Trinity before the first meet.


Jeremy Miranda | Finding Flow Zest and Progress

Jeremy James Miranda has been the volunteer assistant coach and choreographer for the University of Florida gymnastics team for 14 seasons. He is a professional dancer, former elite gymnast, and incredible person. He has performed on Broadway, cruise lines, television shows, and more, and he takes care of the magical Disney shows in Orlando. Jeremy discusses growing up in the gym, dancing in NYC, and so much more. Plus, he offers a glimpse into his creative process for crafting unique floor routines. CONNECT @jeremyjamesmiranda on Instagram and Facebook @wilwheaten (Jeremy’s doggo) — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
  1. Jeremy Miranda | Finding Flow
  2. Gabby Wilson | Competing With Gratitude
  3. Ellie Lazzari | Creating Confidence
  4. Alyssa Baumann | Persistence Pays Off
  5. Maximizing Performance Through Nutrition | Blaire Wolski, MS RD LD

Winter Beach Blast 2021

A BIG competition is scheduled for Jan 14-17 in Galveston.

4 days MAG & WAG.

The highlight will be the Men’s Sr Elite competition: Yul Moldauer, Marvin Kimble, Allan Bower, Sam Zakutney, Colin Van Wichlen, Donnell Whittenburg and many more.

Meet director Jerit Pogue was interviewed on the gymnasticsville podcast about the meet and the future of American men’s gymnastics.

A professional series of competitions is needed in future — something like the German Bundesliga. Top gymnasts there can earn as much as $30,000 for the season plus expenses.

Gym Nerd School

GymCastic launched yet another new initiative.

Episode #450 is the first of a series called Gym Nerd School 101.

Based on fan questions, Spencer and Jessica do some Gym’splainin

  • What does it mean to be an “elite”?
  • Code of Points, leotard rules, and named skills.
  • Why don’t they use the 10 anymore?
  • Why are leaps named for animals, how do I tell them apart, and no really WHYYYYYY?
  • How do I tell the difference between a split leap full and a switch leap full?
  • How do I tell the difference between those one-arm pirouettes—the Ono, Healy, and Ling?

They discuss a number of videos which you can watch LIVE ON TAPE.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Australia – Gymnastics Victoria podcast

This is a good podcast for Club administrators. This episode, for example, talks about Club finances.

It’s hosted by Olympian Ashleigh Brennan.

Click over to Gymnastics Victoria or you can listen to an episode from this page.

Financial Data and Systems The Rotation

Jeremy Gleeson from Sports Accounting Australia jumps into all things finance and systems for your sporting organisation, talking data, systems and how to use your numbers to make operational decisions. Sports Accounting Australia is like the CFO for your club and Jeremy shares tips to help you move forward from the impact of COVID and prepare for the year ahead. References Gymnastics Victoria website: Sports Accounting Australia: See for privacy information.
  1. Financial Data and Systems
  2. Human Resources in Sport
  3. Marketing to Success
  4. Sport and Life Training
  5. Avenue for growth

Nick Ruddock on on Athlete Alliance

Nick is eloquent in his summing up of the #AthleteAlliance revelations — gymnasts emboldened to come forward with some of their worst experiences in the sport.

How revealing past abuse can make things better for future generations.

Of course he looks at it from the coach perspective.