Safe Sport Symposium – Liverpool

British Gymnastics, the national governing body for gymnastics in the UK, and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) have announced they are to jointly host a safe sport symposium in Liverpool in November. …

Taking place on 1-2 November at the same time as the 2022 World Gymnastics Championships, it has been developed to take a positive and proactive approach to safeguarding and athlete welfare within gymnastics. …

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Broken – Canadian Gymnastics documentary

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on Twitter.

Ukraine boycotts FIG Congress

Max Whitlock on mental health

Max Whitlock is one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. A a six-time Olympic medalist. The most successful gymnast in his nation’s history. The winningest man on Pommels in Olympic history.

Yet after winning Olympic gold on Pommels in Tokyo, he fell into depression.

It can happen to anyone.

Read an interview:

Max Whitlock: I fell into a big hole, feeling a total waste of space. I guess I’m not ready to retire

Gymnastics: It’s Hard, It’s Supposed To Be Hard!

Of all sports and physical activities, Gymnastics is one of the most challenging. That’s why our athletes are amongst the fittest.

In addition, our athletes are younger than most other sports.

Read the newest post by coach Andrew Vetter:

… Gymnastics isn’t all sunshine and rainbows; the higher you climb, the more dangerous the skills become.

With risk, comes rules.

With safety, comes standards.

These things can be taken in the wrong context and come across as strict, demanding, or unfair to athletes and their parents.

We need to keep in mind that this isn’t golf, if you miss a shot you can lose a lot more than your favourite ball. …

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CHN competes tumbling trampoline

For me the most useful piece of equipment in any Gym is the tumbling trampoline.

High reps. Less stress. Fewer overuse injuries. Good form and technique.

Very helpful for everyone.

The Men’s Artistic Gymnastics blog linked to videos of young Chinese Artistic gymnasts competing on tumbling trampoline.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Smart.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

It was Tumbl Trak founder Doug Davis who first popularized tumbling trampolines.

In fact, Doug saw a homemade version being used by a coach from Quebec. And asked if he could start making them himself. #history

USAG Xcel Program

The USA Gymnastics Xcel program was developed as an alternative competitive program offering a bit more freedom for gymnasts and coaches.

GymnasticsHQ compares Xcel with the traditional USAG Development Program (formerly Junior Olympic rules):

Canada also offers Xcel. And it’s used in some other nations, including Bermuda.

Sapphire is newest. It’s being piloted in USA Regions 3, 6, 7, and 8.

If interested, check the documentation on USAGym.org.

If you know Xcel, click over to GymnasticsHQ which has a succinct summary of changes for 2022-2026.

new USAG branding 2022

Tiny Dancer Jaime Guttenberg

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Elton John celebrated the memory of Jamie.