Fauci: schools safer than community

Data so far shows — for kids — Schools safer than the home community.

I’d argue Gym Clubs are safer than schools.

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virtual REC and SCHOOL Gymnastics workshop

International Online Course on Children’s Active Play and Sport Programs

September 4-6, 2020

Cost is $99.00 USD.

Replays of the presentations will be available for up to 3 days after the workshop if you can’t watch them live.


As SCHOOL Gymnastics declined, Men’s NCAA declined


Katherine Hasenauer Cornetta:

Many men’s gymnastics followers point to the impact of Title IX as providing a critical blow to the sport on the collegiate level.

However, an in-depth look at the history of gymnastics in education over the past 60 years shows that while Title IX is used as an excuse to eliminate collegiate teams, there were several elements that offered up men’s gymnastics to the chopping block.

It was a perfect storm of court cases involving risk, injury and liability in physical education classes and school sports and a change in media coverage. …

While balance beam, parallel bars, vault, trampoline, rope climb and more used to be regular gym class activities, around 1978, they start disappearing from the curriculum. …

When existing equipment broke, it was not replaced, but phased out. When new schools were built and gymnasiums were stocked, gymnastics equipment was not ordered. …

… A Look At How Liability Caused A Decline in Men’s Gymnastics

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I graduated High School in 1975. I had school Gymnastics club and competition in Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Each was fairly well equipped.

By 1985 (or so) all three of my schools had eliminated all but basic P.E. Gymnastics. They sold off the equipment by auction. Clubs bought the best of it.

National Sport School – Calgary, Canada

Elite Canada is in Calgary this weekend. The National Sport School there is under threat.

The (Calgary Board of Education) allocates $1.8 million annually to the school and “the cost of maintaining this program as it exists is no longer affordable,” according to a document posted on the school’s website.

Moving the program would save approximately $1 million a year, the board said.

Belt-tightening required in the wake of a provincial government funding freeze on education was cited as a factor. …

‘It’s just going to kill the National Sport School’: Parents oppose both CBE options for future of NSS

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U.S. High School Gymnastics participation

Down over a 5 year period.

(via Greg Marsden)

Shawn Johnson went to regular school

Shawn on Freakonomics:

… My coach was Chinese, born and raised Chinese. When he was three years old, living in China, he was taken away from his family and actually put into their Olympic system. And raised to be an Olympic gymnast in China. And he kind of had this career within the gymnastics world in China that I would say almost traumatized him. He lost his childhood. He kind of lost his family in this trend. This crazy career.

So when he was 21 years old he actually left China, came to the United States, opened a gym in West Des Moines, Iowa, of all places. And had this dream, this American dream, to raise an Olympian or Olympians that were also children and how to balance in life and were fun loving and had a true childhood.

And I was really really blessed to fall under his guidance and his coaching because he let me go to school. I mean not even let me. He kind of demanded that we go to a full day of school. He encouraged us to go to school dances, to go to Dairy Queen after practice. He incentivized us by letting us sleep over at the gym and have popcorn and ice cream. And he just was this fun loving guy.

And I think because he let us have fun as children, but yet pushed us and challenged us at the same time, it challenged us and encouraged us to go farther in the sport. And I feel the intensity of elite athletics, you weed out a lot of people just because you burn them out so quickly. So no, I don’t think the intensity is necessary. I think you need intense training but in small doses, not the 80 hours a week people think. …

(via Steve Arkell)


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Friedrich Ludwig Jahn in St. Louis

After NCAA Nationals while walking in Forest Park, close to the site of the 1904 Olympics, I happened upon this statue of one of the historical founders of Gymnastics.

On either side are statues of a male and female athlete.

Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (11 August 1778 – 15 October 1852) was a German gymnastics educator and nationalist. His admirers know him as Turnvater Jahn, roughly meaning “father of gymnastics” Jahn. …

The first Turnplatz, or open-air gymnasium, was opened by Jahn in Berlin in 1811, and the Turnverein (gymnastics association) movement spread rapidly. …

A man of populistic nature, rugged, eccentric and outspoken, Jahn often came into conflict with the authorities. …

Jahn promoted the use of parallel barsrings and high bar in international competition. In honor and memory of him, some gymnastic clubs, called Turnvereine (German: Turnvereine), took up his name …