Changing Gymnastics Culture – a review

I just finished my first skim of Dave Tilley’s new book, more than 450 pages.

Something for every coach: sports medicine, injury prevention, conditioning, ethics, …

I’ll be going back through and excerpting some of my favourite sections.

Dave was partly inspired to put his ideas together by the Nassar crimes. He sensed “outdated training methods and a toxic culture can foster abusive practices” in Gym … making it possible for a pedophile to go undetected for decades.

Coaches spent inordinate amounts of time with young children and parents place complete trust in them. Young athletes are taught that their dreams may depend on the approval of a famous trainer or coach. They are also programmed to believe that obeying orders given, without question, is the only path to achieve their dreams.

Together, these truths about certain areas of our sport, while not necessarily inherently malicious in nature, certainly open to the door to abuse and mistreatment of young athletes. …

I certainly recommend you download and check it out for yourself.

Dave’s made his book free. Click through to download.

The book is 3 PDFs.

In addition are two resources: Myofascial Release Checklist and a Splits Complex.

7th Bermuda International Gymnastics Challenge

March 16th – 18th, 2018

  • USAIGC qualifier
  • USAG Girls Invitational
  • USAG Boys Invitational

$125 Registration Deadline  January 15th, 2018 or until meet is full. Early Bird registration 10% discount before November 30th, 2017.

Official hotel is Grotto Bay Resort. Special meet rate $125 per night, a real bargain.

Bermuda is a short flight from east coast USA.

Download a .zip file with details:


Or email igcBermuda (a) with questions.

Tumbl Trak Orbiter

Have you used this piece of equipment?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


Airtrack Factory sells something similar they call the AIRROLL.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

I do like these air barrels, but they can be dangerous for kids when they roll away unexpectedly.

Thanks Aileen.

spotting boxes for Bars

Al Fong perfected the science of using spotting boxes for teaching Bars. It’s a portable channel pit that can be changed around depending on the level of gymnasts and target skill.

Click PLAY or watch one example on YouTube.

Tumbl Trak is now selling Al’s system. Cost for the package is $2275.

USA Competitions next season

Florida meets hosted by one of our site sponsors.

Fright Invite – Oct 20-22, 2017

Sun & Surf Spectacular Jan 26-28, 2018

Touchdown Invite Feb 2-4, 2018

Presidential Classic Feb 16-19, 2018

Tim Rand Invitational March 2-4, 2018

Florida Crown Invitational April 28-29, 2018

Details on

Gymnastics Camps in Alberta, Canada

Canada has far fewer summer Camps than the USA. Our biggest is GymRep in Montreal. With heightened border security in the USA 2017, consider friendly Canada as an alternative.

My home Province now has 3 very good residential options.

1. CALGARY – Mountain Shadows 20th Annual Residential Artistic Gymnastic Camps (Brochure)

July 17th – 22nd WAG
 July 24th – 28th WAG

2. CANMORE Illusions 2nd Annual Residential Adventure Camp (Brochure)

Aug 13-19 WAG
Aug 20 ( coaches heli-hiking)

3. EDMONTON – First annual Pine Valley Residential Summer Gymnastics Camp (Brochure)

July 2-8 MAG & WAG
July 9-15 MAG & WAG
July 15-22 MAG & WAG
July 23-29 MAG & WAG

I’ve coached at the first two Camps and can personally recommend both. And I’m planning to travel to Pine Valley to get involved with the launch. The Kriangkum family has been putting this together for years. When comparing costs consider accommodation, food and activities. All three Camps are excellent value.

Pine Valley facility