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Q&A With Cheryl Hamilton – USA Gymnastics’ Women’s NTCC

Post Views 267   We recently did a LIVE Facebook interview with Cheryl Hamilton, USA Gymnastics Women’s JO Program National Technical Committee Chair & Brevet Judge. Cheryl responded to questions that were submitted by coaches and judges from around the country. The topics included; Level 2/3 Vault Level 6/7 Vault Potential new deductions for Vault Read More

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NEW Level 6/7 Vault – Judges Eye

Post Views 13,029   As many of you know by now, the JO Women’s Program has new vault choices at Levels 6 and 7.  Long gone is the Front Handspring vault to a hard landing surface. The new vault choices now include; Front Handspring Entry Tsukahara Entry Yurchenko (Round-Off) Entry From a Judge’s perspective, we Read More

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Op Ed – Judge Bashing

  I have wanted to talk about something for a long time and now that I am on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) due to GBC, I am seeing more and more of something that I take personally. I notice it a lot during the NCAA gymnastics season and at National or International meets.  Read More

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Making An Olympic Team – By The Numbers

Post Views 10,662   For some athletes and their parents participating in sports, the ultimate goal is to make an Olympic Team. But how achievable is this goal, especially in the sport of women’s gymnastics? Lets first look at the number of female athletes participating in gymnastics in the United States. According to USA Gymnastics, Read More

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Proposed Compulsory Skills for 2021-2029

Post Views 11,395   USA Gymnastics has given a sneak peak at the proposed new skills and “probable” routine sequences for Levels 1 – 5 for 2021-2029. Listed below are the proposed skills and sequences by event for each level. VAULT Level 1: Straight jump onto min. of 16″ mat, kick up to HS, fall to Read More

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Ingredients For a Successful Floor Routine

Post Views 4,770   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

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JO Nationals – A Recap

Post Views 1,267   The top Level 10s competed this past weekend at the USA Gymnastics Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships in Indianapolis. The top 681 Level 10s participating this year were divided into 12 age divisions with between 56 – 58 athletes in each age division. To illustrate the caliber of athlete that competed at Nationals, we combined Read More

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The U.S. Elite Coaches Association – Providing Education & Representation

Post Views 1,508   Did you know that there is an organization that can educate you on the development of athletes to the Elite level?  Did you also know that this organization will represent you on the USA Gymnastics Advisory Council and other committees? The US Elite Coaches Association (USECA) for Women’s Gymnastics has been around Read More

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Coaches – How To Inquire On A Gymnast’s Routine

Post Views 1,285   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

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Rhonda Faehn – The Leader of USA Women’s Gymnastics

Post Views 2,084   For Rhonda Faehn, her gymnastics career has now come full circle. As an elite level gymnast, Rhonda was trained by legendary coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi at their Texas ranch. Under their guidance, Rhonda was a member of the US Women’s National Team from 1985 – 1988. During this time Rhonda Read More

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Becoming A Gymnastics Judge – Part 2

Post Views 1,192   Did you miss Part 1? Click Here You passed your test, now what? Before you can actually begin judging you will need to obtain a Safety & Risk Management Certification and a few professional memberships. The Safety & Risk Management Certification you need to obtain is through USA Gymnastic. This is Read More

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Becoming A Gymnastics Judge – Part 1

Post Views 2,334   Have you ever watched a gymnastics meet and wondered what it takes to become a Women’s Gymnastics Judge? What the process entails, what you need to know, or how to begin? Evelyn Chandler, President of the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges (NAWGJ), lists a few things people interested in judging Read More