Ingredients For a Successful Floor Routine

Post Views 5,038   Like the recipe for a main dish, floor routines also have a list of “ingredients and spices” that need to be added in order for it to look (taste) good! At the JO Optional levels, each level has a unique set of requirements for Floor that lists skills, types of skills, or Read More

New Required Training for USA Gymnastics Professional/Instructor Members

Post Views 6,009   USA Gymnastics is now requiring a new training for some membership roles beginning with the 2017-2018 competitive season. The U110 USOC SafeSport course will now be required for all Instructor and Professional members who are over the age of 18.  This course is free to current USA Gymnastics members and will need Read More

Athlete Burnout – Symptoms and Prevention

Post Views 7,022   Simply put, burnout is a constant state of stress that develops into physical and emotional exhaustion, bitterness and dissolution, and inadequacy and lack of accomplishment. But what causes burnout? For athletes, there are a few theories: Excessive pressure to train, perform, and win Overtraining with little recovery time Shift from intrinsic Read More

SafeSport & USA Gymnastics – Reporting Procedures for Sexual and Non-Sexual Misconduct

Post Views 8,391   Going back to 2012, USA Gymnastics has provided education and reporting information regarding sexual and non-sexual misconduct to it’s members, athletes, and clubs through the Clubs Care and We Care Campaigns. Now, as of March 2017, USA Gymnastics has aligned with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to educate and investigate & resolve alleged violations of Read More

Judges Shorthand – Twists & Turns

Post Views 2,061   In our first Judges Shorthand article, we discussed the basics of shorthand and how many of the shorthand symbols look like the actual gymnastics skill being performed. For example, the shorthand symbol for a cartwheel is an “X”. Once you learn to script many of the JO compulsory skills you can begin to learn Read More

Remain NCAA Eligible or Go Professional

Post Views 2,975   To compete at the collegiate level is the dream of many young gymnasts as they walk into the gym each day to train. When the time comes for these gymnasts to being to look at and apply to their favorite college teams, they must ensure that they are adhering to specific Read More

What Makes That a Perfect 10.0?

Post Views 1,573   We are now in full competitive swing with NCAA Women’s Gymnastics. Fortunately for us, they still use the 10.0 as the pinnacle of perfection! But what makes a routine a perfect 10.0? First, a judge needs to ensure that the routine being performed on Bars, Beam, or Floor have met all the Special Requirements for that Read More

Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse

Post Views 5,115   The gymnastics community has been inundated, since the Olympics this past summer, with news pieces about the sexual abuse of gymnasts. Two of the biggest headlines has involved Marvin Sharp and Dr. Larry Nassar. About a year ago, Marvin Sharp was arrested and charged with three counts of child molesting and four Read More

Don’t Forget The Small Stuff – Compulsory Beam & Floor

Post Views 5,637   As coaches and judges get ready for another competitive season, it is always good practice to review the compulsory beam and floor routines. ESPECIALLY the small details! As a coach, it is valuable to review each compulsory routine found in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic (JO) Compulsory Program book to ensure Read More

Protecting Gymnasts From Predators – Part 3

Post Views 2,862 Click here to read Part 1 or Part 2 of the series. The final line of defense, to protect a gymnast from a predator, comes from the parent! We all want to trust the adults in our child’s life.  But according to d2l.org, 60% of children are abused by people the family trusts! So Read More

Protecting Gymnasts From Predators – Part 2

Post Views 2,412   If you have not read Part 1 in this series, click here. But what else can be done? Well, club management can also play a large role in ensuring your child’s safety while under the supervision of their employees and/or while in their facility. I say “employees” instead of coaches because coaches are Read More

Protecting Gymnasts From Predators – Part 1

Post Views 2,854   This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. We are hearing more and more through the media about allegations of sexual misconduct by adults toward minors in the sport of gymnastics. Almost a year ago, the owner of Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy in Indianapolis, IN (Marvin Sharp), was arrested and charged with three counts of child Read More

Coaches – How To Inquire On A Gymnast’s Routine

Post Views 1,489   As coaches, it is hard not to talk to judges that you work with or have become familiar with over time while attending the same meets. But there are rules and policies in place when it comes to how judges are to interact with coaches. This is particularly important, and sometimes Read More

Road To Rio – Olympic Team Selection Procedures

Post Views 2,785   The P&G National Championships are this weekend and then shortly after will be the Women’s Olympic Trials on July 8-10. Have you ever wondered how an athlete qualifies from the P&G Championships to the Olympic Trials?  And then how she is chosen from the Trials to the Olympic Team? Well, lets first talk about how Read More