dispute management

listenerAs a poor-listener this is something I need learn.

When I disagree with someone in future, I plan to:

1. Listen carefully – “I hear you.”

2. Acknowledge – “I appreciate / recognize how you feel.”

3. Offer proof – “I know how you feel. I felt the same way when…”

4. Share your discovery – “What I found that worked for me was…”

Disagree — without undermining.

No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

Thanks to Garth Rowan for explaining this to me. He calls it the Feel, Felt, Found formula.

gymnastics – innovative equipment

Marvin Sharp is the Head Coach of Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy in Indianapolis.

The club has posted photos of their gym.


Bar height can be adjusted, in seconds, from 3 ft. to 8 ft. and anywhere in between. This is the same bar used at the USAG National Team Training Center (The Ranch).
That is where we got the idea.


Giant custom made spotting blocks! Here we are using the blocks to make a canyon bar for pirouettes, uprises, etc.

See more of the Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy facility.

what happened at the clinic?

For decades I have been the guy with the video at the clinic. The one taking notes on a laptop computer. The one responsible for sending the report out to clubs. …

Last clinic for 3 coaches from our gym, we had 2 camcorders running.

For the first time I see this for an upcoming coaching workshop:

Personal video/still shot cameras are NOT permitted at any Congress session. Gymnastics Queensland may video all Congress Sessions and DVDs will be available for purchase shortly after the completion of Congress.

Hmm. They clearly want to generate some revenue from the proceedings in addition to the course entry fee.

My fear is that the extra revenue will not cover the cost of production. I hope I’m wrong.

I’ll be reporting on that Congress in the next couple of weeks. Will let you know what happens.

video – “free running” (Parkour or PK)

Only the French could have come up with a sport this insane. You may have seen videos clips of youth in street clothes running, overcoming natural obstacles on the route with a variety of gymnastic and acrobatic moves including jumps & wall runs. It is an urban thing.

As usual, the recently maligned Wikipedia is the best reference on the web for anything interesting:

Parkour – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

David Belle, free runner

The wildest clip I have yet seen should be on this page, if you have high speed internet.

Doug Taylor pointed me to this building jumper video page.

video – Bars by John Geddert

UNEVEN BARS A to Z ($50) are the best Bars coaching videos I have seen.

These DVDs are comprehensive: idle time stations, conditioning and technique. Included are American compulsories, basic optional skills — even advanced bar releases and dismounts.

Coach John Geddert may run the top Bar club in the USA.

You can get them through the TwiStars USA website. Click the Contact Us link.

video – muscle beach in the 1960s!

The WordSmith from Nantucket, a coach from California, former UCLA gymnast, alerted us to some historic video clips posted on the Santa Monica Gymnastics Center website.

  • Dennis Sherman quad flyaway from swinging rings on to sand
  • Mark Davis triple back flyawar from highbar on to sand
  • Double back tumbling on sand
  • And more beach craziness including big dismounts from swings.

    Watch those historic feats on santamonicagymnasticscenter.com

    USA Technique magazine

    magazine cover

    For years Technique Magazine has been the first place I look for new gymnastics articles.

    The USA Gymnastics members-only hard copy is best — but even the free on-line version is useful. It holds an archive of selected articles back through 1995!

    There is no search utility so you need to simply browse the titles of interest.

    Read anything published by Bill Sands or Jenni McNeal.