The second series of FIG online coaching seminars has begun.
I highly recommend this presentation.
Gymnastics is under review worldwide. We hear much about the problems.
Hardy Fink offers solutions.
Hardy has attended more World Championships & Olympics than anyone else. He’s the principle author of the FIG Age Group Programmes for all disciplines. And he’s led more FIG coach education courses worldwide than anyone else.
Hardy Fink was the Director of Education and Academy Programmes for FIG. He organized, amongst other things, FIG Academies, FIG Age Group Programme and Olympic Solidarity courses. All things education for 7 FIG competition disciplines – ACR, AER, MAG, PK, RG, TRA, WAG.
For some years Hardy had been asking for a transition plan to a successor. It’s a massive job and not many in the world have the experience, knowledge and contacts to make it work.
Hardy has attend more World Championships & Olympics than anyone, for example. Stuttgart was his 32nd Worlds in series.
Nobody has yet been named by FIG.
The only positive note is that Hardy has been asked to consult with his replacement over the next couple of years. In my opinion, that would be essential or FIG coach education opportunities will plummet.
There were 29 NCAA colleges and universities sponsoring teams in 2019. The sport must reach 40 varsity programs to move forward to the NCAA governance structure for championship consideration in future.
Athletes are recruited as bases, flyers or backs. Some compete only the tumbling portion. Each team has 30 members or more. Baylor, the top team in 2019, has 50 on their roster as I post.
Scholarships are available. Numbers and amount vary school-to-school.
Competitors come from disciplines including Acrobatic gymnastics, Artistic (often Levels 8-10), Trampoline & Tumbling, and competitive Cheer (often Levels 4 & 5).
The harder competition surface is typically a basketball floor with roll mats on top.