coach needed – Vancouver, BC

Surrey Gymnastic Society, just 30 minutes from the heart of Vancouver, is seeking an experienced, high energy, self-motivated high level Competitive Coach to help foster the growth of the Women’s Competitive Program.

Candidates should:

• be a committed individual
• be minimum Level 3 NCCP certified (or equivalent)
• have first aid training
• have excellent communication and organizational skill
• be able to work with others toward common goals

The position is full time and comes with a benefits package. Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications.

Deadline for applications is June 30, 2007

Surrey Gymnastics

Flying Superkids performance troupe

In my city, gymnastics training is expensive. Competition is tough.

But we have a dance team called the Young Canadians with every child on scholarship.

Parents, at some point, have got to ask: Do I want my child in competitive gymnastics? Or in a less costly performance group?

The ensemble “Flying Superkids” (Denmark) has existed for more than 35 years.

Over the years millions of spectators in 32 different countries … have admired this children ensemble, and countless are the positive reviews they have achieved where ever they have performed.

A total of 30 children aged between 7-18 throws themselves into all sorts of acrobatically entertainment, dancing and singing. Video-, lighting- and show effects are mixed in an entertaining and humorous way with untraditional dance choreographies and fantastic vaulting & tumbling.

It all started out as a traditional gymnastic team, but the Superkids have over the years developed into an unique show ensemble.They sing, dance and tumble straight into the hearts of any audience.

Flying Superkids

To see a sample of their training click PLAY or watch it on YouTube (Danish).

Looks like fun and games. Right?

But watch the final performance: Flying Superkids Promo (YouTube).

new gymnastics coaching video – Bar Skills

Tim Rand (American Twisters Gymnastics in Florida) is one of the most popular clinicians in the USA.

Keeping developmental and pre-team classes enjoyable, upbeat and progressive can be a challenge. …

In this DVD, Uneven Bar Skills for Developing Gymnasts, Tim explains many skills and drills that he used in his program to develop all the fundamental skills for Uneven Bars while keeping the classes fun and exciting.

Gymnastics-Bars01-TR.jpgTopic covered are:

  • types of grips
  • ways to hang
  • support on the bar
  • casting
  • swinging
  • strength
  • … The video is great for staff development.

    Uneven Bar Skills for Developmental Gymnasts

    From, click on the GYMSMARTS TV CHANNEL (new for 2007) to see more GymSmarts videos.

    focus on Chinese sport system

    USA Today used Natalie Behring’s excellent photos to illustrate an article on China leading up to the Beijing Olympics.

    Part of the flood of news we’ll be getting on China in coming months.

    The word on China from everyone, even my Chinese coach friends, is CHANGE. Everything is changing. It’s uncontrollable.

    Entire value systems are being swept away. (Believe sports training for children is free in Communist China? Read the article below.)

    Western media will accelerate change. Articles like this:

    The Chinese training methods have drawn scrutiny. After a visit to Shichahai in 2005, Matthew Pinsent, an Olympic rowing champion for Britain and former International Olympic Committee member, reported that gymnasts were being physically abused.

    Some young Chinese athletes say they are accustomed to some abuse but defend the practice as part of training to be the best.

    “I have been kicked and slapped when I didn’t try hard enough,” Sun says. “It hurts and I cry sometimes, but next time I try harder. The coaches are good. They are trying to help me.”

    School director Liu Hongbin says abuse isn’t condoned: “However, the concept of beating and abuse are different in different cultures and countries.”


    China ties Olympic gold to quest for worldwide esteem –

    Wang Yan shows signs of recovery

    You probably heard of a catastrophic fall from bars on dismount at a competition in China June 10th.

    Gao Jian, the chief of gymnastic administration center, reports that injured Chinese gymnast Wang Yan is improving.

    According to Gao, Wang is getting stronger physically and the right foot regains the ability to move.

    “I visited Wang Yan in hospital yesterday. Wang expressed her will to cooperate with the doctor and hoped to get well soon. I suffered similar injury when I was a gymnast in 1968, so I encouraged her by taking me as an example,” said Gao.

    Xinhua – English

    This reminds me too, of Sang Lan, injured while warming up in New York at the Goodwill Games in 1998.

    We’ll update Wang Yan’s progress.


    how to keep your athletes in the sport

    Good advice from Sports Girls Play:

    It doesn’t matter what sport your child chooses, at some point she will come to you and say that she wants to quit. It’s perfectly normal!

    Everyone has a bad day, everyone has a rough patch, and as a coach or a parent, it is your job to help your athlete get to the root of the problem, create a coping strategy, and get through the down time. …

    make a dealstick with practice until the end of the month, after all, they have already paid for it. After each practice, the athlete needs to tell Mom one positive thing about the practice. At the end of the month, they will discuss whether it is time to try a new sport or to keep going.

    I have a feeling that by the end of the month, all will be just fine. I have seen this situation play itself out hundreds of times over.

    Keeping Athletes in the Sport

    375128_sad_gymnast.jpgThat post has more good tips on how to keep athletes in the sport.

    My experience when an athlete summons up the courage to tell me they are thinking of quitting: stay calm, be very understanding and sympathetic.

    The worst thing to do at that moment is to try to talk them out of it. Or to get emotional.

    Simply set a last-training-day, quietly and confidentially, at least 2-weeks in the future.

    In well over 90% of cases the athlete decides to stay on. Especially if the parents are supportive.

    Often the kids are simply trying to communicate something difficult to verbalize. It’s easier to say “I want to quit” than to explain the more complicated issue to parents and coach.

    Courtney Kupets – Achilles tendon rehab

    I’ve not raved often enough about this Courtney.

    What the Olympic medalist has done in her career (so far) is truly amazing.

    After suffering a torn Achilles in 2003, she came back quickly to win Nationals 2004 and qualify for the Olympics. She’s now twice defending NCAA All-around Champion.

    Can Courtney win a 3rd title in 2008 at home in Georgia?

    Click PLAY or watch Courtney’s rehab video on YouTube.

    Courtney’s sister and team-mate Ashley tore her Achilles tendon just days before NCAA Championships 2007. I hope it will heal just as well.

    Look for a more recent Courtney interview on Shannon Miller’s show.

    Courtney Kupets – Wikipedia

    gymnastics competition leotards – more OPTIONS

    Is this for real?

    From the Gym Chat forum:

    New leotards rule in code of points:

    From International Gymnastics Federation: May 31, 2007


  • leotards with long sleeves (must be skin tight)
  • long tights (must be skin tight)
  • full-length one piece leotard (unitard) (must be skin tight)
  • For reasons of safety:

  • can’t cover face or head
  • any other “dress” which is not skin tight is not allowed with the exception of the skirt in Rhythmic Gymnastics as defined in the RG Code of Points
  • Since it’s not listed that skin tight shorts aren’t allowed in that last section, I guess … UPDATE: Nope. Seems tight shorts are still not allowed in official FIG competitions of any kind. They will one day, I predict.

    The reason for the change in code of point:

    “To allow more accessibility to competition, all women’s disciplines harmonize their uniform rules to allow the following”

    Awesome! With this, should come also changes in those clubs that require you practice in just leotards.

    Gymnastics Message Boards – Gym Chat :: View topic – New leotards rule!

    I assume the rationale is to encourage women from other cultures (e.g. Islam) to participate in FIG competition.

    Whatever the reason, I like the idea.

    This all needs clarification. It is not at all clear that girls and women are allowed to wear tight shorts in competition. But I hope it happens.

    It reminds me of the time I fought for Canadian College club team girls to have the option to wear lycra “bike shorts” over a leotard in competition. (OK, it wasn’t a fight. Everyone agreed instantly it was a good idea.)

    Then, when it came to competition, … all the girls I coached decided together not to wear shorts, after all.

    What do you think coaches? Want to allow girls to have more options in what they wear in competition? Leave a comment.


    berryblue likes the idea – Gym Chat