FIG boss wants independent judges

This is interesting.

grandi.jpegAt first glance, I like the idea.

International Gymnastics Federation president Bruno Grandi said Monday he wants to establish a pool of judges who would have no ties or allegiances to their national federations. The pool could
be in place by 2010 or 2011. – OLY – International gymnastics chief wants to establish independent judges pool

Grandi will be “remembered” as the leader who got rid of “the perfect 10” in Artistic Gymnastics.

Bruno Grandi inducted into International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

how to tape your hands

Rifs blog has a good photo tutorial on how to do a fast, basic tape job for rips.

This has proven to be a most effective method of taping hands as a preventative to tears or after one has already torn. I used it for years a gymnast and a gymnastics coach …

Rifs Blog: How to tape your hands.


(via Scott Bird’s excellent Straight to the Bar blog.)

gymnastics competition facility set-up

Is there any sport that takes more time, money and effort than gymnastics? We’ve been at it for two days preparing for the Canadian Gymnastics Championships.


Gym looks good. Our biggest problem was laying out the Rhythmic floors. They need a flat, smooth base below the carpet. But not concrete. We tried a number of different base layers before deciding on an interlocking plastic grid material.

Keith Russell had a brilliant idea. Instead of using concrete blocks for anchor weight on the apparatus, he suggested we use concrete parking barriers. These are possibly twice as heavy as the typical 800 – 1000lbs normally used. These bars won’t be rocking.


FIG girls begin training tomorrow. I will have regular updates from Regina, Saskatchewan.

preventing dumb injuries

I know this sounds like heresy — but are minor injuries part of the learning process of children?

If we keep kids completely cocooned in protective bubbles, will they appreciate greater potential risk?

Do we need to shut down playgrounds?


Consider the athletes you know. Some have had “dumb injuries”. Some have never had a major injury.


What are the least injured athletes doing right?

Leave a comment if you have an opinion on this.

video – superb acrobatic stunts

I especially like how they use a car as a gymnastics apparatus.

Many of the free running / Parkour videos you see are dangerous. YouTube is the “Olympics” for reckless kids.

But check this video featuring some of the best acrobats in the world including Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle.

These guys are as physically prepared and technically trained as any gymnast.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Canadian Nationals 2007 LIVE

by Rick McCharles

I am blogging live from Regina, Saskatchewan, host of the 2007 Nationals.

Long ago I worked for organizer Gymnastics Saskatchewan and have always been impressed with how they host major competitions. (i.e. Nationals 1991, 2001)

This time I’m a technical volunteer so I’ll have a good chance to see all athletes in all disciplines and say HI to many coaches. - Create custom images

rings – muscle-up tutorials

The the best muscle-up tutorial on the internet was posted by a non-gymnast, Tyler Hass, on the Power Athletes Magazine site.

Tyler called muscle-up the one upper body exercise that reigns supreme.

Now, building on that article, strength guru James Bathurst posted an exhaustive tutorial on his excellent Beast Skills site. Once again we gymnastics coaches have been bettered at our own game.

Of course James takes a fitness rather than a gymnastics approach. You need not keep your feet together and feet pointed on his drills.

From his long tutorial, here are a few visual highlights:


With beginners, I always introduce the skill on the very end of the Parallel Bars. It is easier to learn the false grip and the “outward” action of the elbows there.

His tutorial includes that drill as well, but on a machine in a weight room on the chin-up handles of a squat rack.


In the culture of men’s gymnastics, you are nothing until you can get above the rings by yourself.

LATER … you need to do muscle-up on a bar.


What really caught my eye, however, was muscle-up on a bar in UNDERGRIP. I’d never seen it before.

Check the tutorial for yourself – The Muscle-Up – Beast Skills

I’ve seen a few female gymnasts do muscle-up, but not many. I’d love to get a video clip of a girl doing it on rings.

10 reasons for NCAA popularity

The perfect 10 blog posted this list in 2005 assessing why College girls can draw a bigger crowd than almost any other gymnastics competition.

Top Ten Reasons Why Women’s NCAA Gymnastics is So Popular

1. Crowd involvement.

2. The enthusiasm & emotion of the athletes.

3. The floor routines. The choreography and crowd appeal of women’s NCAA floor routines is unsurpassed.

4. The ease with which the audience can understand the scores.

5. The artistry & beauty of the gymnastics.

6. Team loyalty.

7. Stuck landings.

8. Most of the athletes are older.

9. Fan base.

10. Television coverage.

perfect 10 » Top Ten Reasons Why Women’s NCAA Gymnastics is So Popular

A more recent post lists the top 10 highlights of NCAA Women’s Championships in Salt Lake City 2007.


I am on my way to the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Regina, population 180,000. Lets see what kind of audience we attract.

gymnast hands

Originally uploaded by la_mamacita_81.

“The chipped nail polish says ‘third-grader,’ but the callouses and rips and uncanny grace say ‘competitor.’

She qualified for the competition months ago, and the exhale and jubilation after that triumph were brief. Now the days are few and the pressure is on. I try to minimize it for her, keep it in perspective, but she feels tenfold of whatever nerves I’m feeling at any given time. ”