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  1. K

    iPhone/iPod Touch app for Gymnastics Meets!

    Saw this today. I don't have a use for it right now, but thought some of you parents and competitive coaches might want to check it out! iPhone app – Gymnastics Meet Tracker Gymnastics Coaching
  2. K

    Saftey Certification?

    Actually, a gym can't be safety certified. The individual coaches have to do that. I would guess that the gym in question makes sure that all their coaches are safety certified. Getting safety certification is very easy for most coaches. The things that they ask in general are common sense and...
  3. K

    For Coaches RO BHS Rebound Opinions

    I don't like for the arms to go behind the gymnast. If they do decide to kick a foot out, and send themselves flying backwards, then they end up on one of those arms and soon have a cast on. We teach a rebound with the arms high. The gymnast is to rebound as high and as long as possible. Then...
  4. K

    For Coaches Front Tumbling Hurdle Technique

    I learned both the Russian lift and the arm punch, for real confusion! I have not heard of the arm circle into front tumbling. It will be interesting to hear what others say. I, and all the other coaches at my gym, still teach the arm punch. Actually, thinking about it, I did know a coach...
  5. K

    Pull ups

    Reverse work your biceps (front of upper arms) Forward work the front of your lower arms, can't recall the muscle name
  6. K


    One reason many gymnasts kick their legs around instead of up is because they drop their arms going into the cartwheel. In linsul's illustration, notice how stretched the cartwheel is. If you reach down, instead of out, you will kick your legs around every time. We use carpet squares to help...
  7. K


    Linsul, I like your drill. I've taught lots of cartwheels on beam and used lots of techniques for doing it, but this is the first time that I've seen this idea. I'll be using it the next chance that I get! :)
  8. K

    Flyaway Help!

    Something that helped me tremendously as a gymnast and has helped many of my fearful gymnasts is to have a visual cue for when to let go. I was told and tell my girls to do a good tap swing. When you see your toes, let go! This is not the way to do a perfectly correct flyaway, but it is a...
  9. K

    Hand Help....

    Until recently, I would not have thought that your problem sounded like a bruised bone. A few months ago, I started having knee trouble. At first it would come and go, then it finally made walking very difficult and sometimes impossible. Any time that I did any jumping or dancing or even bumped...
  10. K

    Tuck Flyaway help!

    lol... looks like lifesentence beat me to it!
  11. K

    Tuck Flyaway help!

    I have found with many of my girls who have been afraid of flyaways that a visual clue is tremendously helpful. Most often, they are afraid of hitting the bar, so I tell them to let go when they can see their toes. That's a little early for a good, high flyaway, but very useful for when you are...
  12. K

    Layout Flyaway Help!

    Actually, you don't want to arch when doing only one layout. The tight arch used in the double layout is to make your body flip fast enough to rotate twice. If you look closely, the arch doesn't really show itself until she enters the second layout. I think most judges will take a slight...
  13. K

    Can good form be taught or are you just born with it?

    I have noticed a trend that is just my theory and does not hold true for all people... The gymnasts with the best form usually are the ones who are the strongest. It takes muscles to hold in your tummy, keep your legs straight, and even point your toes. Certainly, anyone can do these things, but...
  14. K

    Front Tuck Help?

    The problem I most consistently see with front tucks is that the gymnast looks down. This makes the flip go down and often makes it stay in one place. You don't want a front tuck to travel forward much, but when done properly, they do travel some. As you are running and jumping for the punch...
  15. K


    The one thing that I tell my girls that seems to help their fear is to let go when you see your toes. Often, when first learning a flyaway, they don't have the feeling of knowing where their body is. This visual cue gives them an idea of when to let go until they can get the feeling of it. As...
  16. K

    Making my roundoff longer

    We do a couple of things for stretching out a RO and keeping kids from piking down. The first is a 6 panel mat unfolded in half (3 panels on each side). The length of the mat depends on the height of the gymnast. The gymnast must do his/her roundoff over the mat with only the hands reaching to...
  17. K

    Beam Shoes - Yes or No?

    I wore beam shoes (including in competition) and loved them. I had really sweaty feet and even chalk didn't help, so the shoes were a must. Unfortunately, I also have BIG feet and the shoes highlighted that. That meant that every toe pointed or not had attention drawn to it. I have coached a...
  18. K

    You, your kids, and chiropractors

    Thankfully, no. Since my surgery I can do more gymnastics (even at 32 after having two kids!) and rarely have pain. When I do have pain, it is in my hip where they had to take out some bone in order to cause my vertebrae to heal over the rod and screws. :)
  19. K

    You, your kids, and chiropractors

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/119/1/e275 In Canada a couple of years ago, some chiropractors and doctors got together and did some research regarding the benefits of chiropractic care versus the possible problems. In the end, they stated (chiropractors included) that...
  20. K

    How long to get to level 4?

    In the US, levels 1-4 are not required competitive levels. Some gyms compete level 4, some do not. Our gym does have a level 4 team in order to get the kids used to competition early. The kids that get to join that team usually have at least a year to two years of pre-team (called Shooting...