Keith Russell filled me in on the recent FIG Academy coach education course hosted at the Karoli ranch in Texas. (That’s where Bela keeps his camels!)
Seventeen coaches from five countries attended this Academy and an additional 15 USA High Performances coaches were permitted to observe all of the sessions. …
… Valeri Liukin taught tumbling and uneven bars, Tammy Biggs taught balance beam, Stephen Rybacki taught vault and sport theory, Antonia Markova taught choreography and artistic preparation, Dr. Bill Sands taught biomechanics …
Artistic Academy in Houston – FIG
The FIG Academy is the arm of the International Gymnastics Federation which provides coach education.
Some terrific courses have been held in developing countries. But I was pleasantly surprised to hear of this new initiative where coaching “brevets” are being offered to the top coaches in the world who attend a course.
From the L3 course held in Japan:
FIG Office / Tokyo, June 13, 2006: The Academy held in early June in Japan was originally scheduled for October 2003 to be the first of the “special brevet” Academies, where coaches from the world’s most successful gymnastics nations would immediately receive an FIG Coaching Brevet on the successful completion of the course. For a number of reasons the Academy was postponed until this year and was now the last of the three “special brevet” Academies. …
A disappointing total of only 14 coaches from four countries attended this Academy. There were 9 MAG coaches from Japan, Korea, USA and Canada and only five WAG coaches from Japan and Canada. Considering the signifigance of the FIG Coaching Brevet and the long time that invited nations had known about this Academy, the low turn out was a big surprise. …
Nevertheless, the combination of the top coaches from the participating nations and the services of nine of the world’s top experts in the technical and scientific aspects of gymnastics made the Academy a big success. The first time attendance of Japan and Korea brings to 59 the number of federations that have attended an FIG Academy. The course was conducted in English.
The course leader was Hardy Fink the Director of FIG Education and Academy Programs. Octavia Bellu taught the women’s apparatus and Edouard Iarov the men’s. Special presentations were made by Corina Morosan for choreography and by Japanese gold medal Olympic team coach Minoru Kano on rings. Dr. Peter BrÃ¼ggemann made two biomechanics presentations; Dr. John Salmela taught Psychology; Dr. John Atkinson taught Sport Theory and Dr. Keith Russell taught Medical Issues.
FIG – FÃ©dÃ©ration Internationale de Gymnastique
(photo) Minoru KANO, Octavian BELLU, Hardy FINK, Edouard IAROV and Keith RUSSELL
FIG seems somewhat confused on the purpose of the coaching “brevet”.
But anything which furthers coach education is a good thing.