Rings spotting bungee belt by Tower Spot

Just once I tried to build my own version of a Rings bungee belt. It lasted about 3 weeks before falling apart.

A professional version is available. Safer on the shoulders. Easy to do more repetitions of swings. It works for dismounts. And, of course, less spotting is needed.

Tower Spot System includes TS anchors, TS adult and child harnesses, TS resistance bands (5 for each side, 10 total).

Details $699

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USAG on safe reopening

It seems to many that USA Gymnastics was quite slow in posting their own document.

Member clubs had already reopened before they saw this document, I believe.

Here’s a SAMPLE:


• Athlete safety is paramount, and coaches should not be restricted from spotting an athlete if necessary, to protect the athlete from injury.

• While spotting remains an important element to athlete safety, consider alternative teaching/coaching methods that align with social distancing protocols.

• Clearly communicate any alternative teaching/coaching methods so they are understood by the athletes and their parents.

• Coaches should consider the use of gloves for personal contact, with a goal of switching gloves between athletes.

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• Per USA Gymnastics’ Safe Sport Policy, a parent/guardian must be provided the opportunity to observe their child’s training.

Read the entire document for yourself:

USAG Safe Reopening

Gymnastics Clubs are reopening

So far, so good at Avant Coeur.

Every coach and every Gym has to decide what’s best for them.

Err on the side of caution. Start training slowly with an abundance of physical distancing. No spotting to start.

If it works, gradually increase training. Gradually increase the number of kids invited to restart.

If even one child or coach tests COVID-19 positive for any reason, your Gym will likely close again.

Much depends on the risk in your area. New Zealand clubs, for example, will be back to normal quickly. If you are in a hot zone, you’ll have to go more slowly.

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Many owners right now are worried about this scenario. There has to be enough revenue to keep the doors open.

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Gymnastics training in Sweden during COVID-19

Sweden has, unlike many other countries, not imposed any lockdown, with most measures being voluntary. …

Most schools and Universities are closed, but not Primary schools.

The Swedish government has tried to focus efforts on encouraging the right behaviour and creating social norms rather than mandatory restrictions. And voluntary has worked in many cases.

Most public sports competitions were postponed, but Gymnastics Clubs could continue training if they wished.

One Gym decided to close for 10 days to get organized. Then reopen only for competitive WAG and TeamGym.  (Each Gym made their own decision. Some decided to close voluntarily.)

Anton @GymSwedeAnto:

On the WAG side, we have a pretty strict hygiene regimen the gymnasts and coaches all follow. We’ve begun washing our hands like it is our religion:

-When we come into the training hall
-Before line-up at the start of training
-After warm-up
-After each rotation (sometimes 3 or 4 apparatus)
-After break
-After stretch before going home

We also have rotating shifts amongst the coaching and office staff cleaning the gym for three hours every weekday. This includes sanitizing mats after each use in training and during the cleaning shift, mopping floors, and using disinfectant wipes to clean non-pourous training surfaces.

The gymnasts often help out with disinfecting the mats they used during training.

We’ve also taken to using the plastic sides of our mats instead of the soft sides, as well as laying panel mats over our closed-foam pits to diminish the chance of infection transmission on surfaces that are not easily disinfected.

As seen in the photo, we have marked out 2 meter distances on our floor and all over our training hall …

We’ve also set up five chalk stations at bars to keep distance there as well. …

As far as actual gymnastics, the girls are training skills they are comfortable with, a lot of drills and progressions, and a lot of basics.

Coaches have been asked not to spot gymnasts until we get clearance from an assortment of government authorities allowing us to do so. It absolutely does make things interesting; not being able to spot the gymnasts and keep them that extra level of safe.

One of my biggest challenges right now is keeping up motivation. With no competitions or training camps for the foreseeable future and no timeline for them to return, the gymnasts sometimes wonder what they are training for. It isn’t easy, but we are making it work …

We’ve had zero transmissions or infection …

Leave a comment if you have any questions for Anton.

Update – Another Swedish club closed for 14 days.

Reopened with one class at a time, no parents allowed inside the building (1 parent allowed if the child is younger than 5).

  • First 5 minutes is to wash hands, etc.
  • Cleaning between sessions.
  • No hugs, high fives or spotting.
  • No food in the building.


great SPOT – coach Chad Buczek

Chad is a coach and owner of Metro South Gymnastics Academy, Canton, Mass.

At a competition in Tennessee, 9-year-old gymnast Cherrish Remy barrels her way toward the vault and launches herself off the springboard, but she’s off the mark.

Luckily, her quick-acting coach Chad Buczek appeared out of nowhere and caught little Cherrish before her fall could go really badly.

“I instantly broke out into a sweat,” said the girl’s mother. “It’s definitely not the first time he’s saved her,” she continued, speaking of Coach Buczek.

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Bev Plocki, Jay Clark, Melissa Kutcher-Reinhart

Bev Plocki (Michigan)
Jay Clark (LSU)
Melissa Kutcher-Reinhart (Denver)

Read the full interviewVeteran NCAA Gymnastics Coaches Reflect On Past, Present & Future

Flo: The 2020 season is knocking at the door. At this point, before we get rolling for season, what is one goal you have for your team this year?

Bev: I want us to maintain the same kind of unity and chemistry that we had through last season, and focus on ourselves. … And of course, enjoy the journey as we go through the season. This is a group of amazing women who make coming into the gym every day a joy. If we can do that, we will accomplish great things.

Jay: Our goals stay the same at LSU. They are stated in our team handbook. We have academic, team, and community goals. We want our team to compete for and win championships. … There are plenty of small goals we set every week and define what those are. We want to be the model of a student-athlete: excel in the classroom and give back to the community that is supporting them. We teach them to be accountable for their decisions. … This level of balance sets us apart.

Melissa: I don’t necessarily know yet. We have four returning All-Americans and a very talented and experienced team. We are expected to be one of the top teams in the nation and I honestly think our job is to stay in the process and the journey. That will lead us to where we need to be.

So far, Jay Clark won the preseason with this spotting skill.