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New Guide to Gymnastics

Posted: 07.18.2016

New Guide to Gymnastics

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Gymnastics Instructor/Team Coach needed

Posted: 06.22.2016

Gymnastics Instructor/Team Coach (Grant Park)

Employment type: part-time
We are a fun-loving, high quality, community oriented gym located in historic Grant Park, Atlanta's best known intown neighborhood. InTown Stars Gymnastics is the fastest growing USAG member club in Atlanta, and we are expanding. Our recreation and competitive programs are at full capacity and we are hiring for boys' and girls' classes that will begin this Fall 2016.

We are looking for USAG level 3-7 coaches, Xcel Silver and Xcel Gold Coaches, and rec class instructors as well.
We have reliable, enthusiastic and committed instructors who are dedicated to a child's learning, and high quality, effective coaching that is grounded in our strict philosophy of kindness and firmness. If you believe you have these traits, please email your resume and a brief cover letter. .

Go to our website for more information on our program, our philosophy, and our classes.
These positions are year-round, part-time 10-30 hours per week, requiring evening and weekend hours. Hourly rates are competitive and based on experience. All positions have tremendous capacity for growth and advancement, as our gym is growing exponentially each year.

Successful completion of a background check will be required.
1. 2 or more year of experience as a gymnastics instructor or coach - you must be able to teach/coach a class upon hiring.
2. Great energy and enthusiasm about gymnastics
3. Reliable transportation
4. Professional, mature and reliable
There are also many other opportunities for income including private lessons, birthday parties and after-school programs.
Email a resume and brief cover letter to: Anna Robinson. No phone calls please.

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Advertisement for Coaching Position

Posted: 06.01.2016

Team Attraction Gymnastics, one of the premier gymnastics training centers in the Triangle area, is actively seeking a competitive team coach. Located in Apex, NC (listed as one of the Best Places to Live), with our State-of-the-art facility, we are proud of our entire team, ranging from our Pre-Teams to our Xcel and JO Regional, National and Collegiate Scholarship athletes! Seeking a positive, hard-working, and reliable coach, who is willing to learn & share knowledge.

Job openings in all levels of competitive coaching experience. Current USAG & Background Check required. Wages and benefits based on experience and knowledge.  

Come be a part of a strong, growing program! Please send resumes and inquire to EMAIL.

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May Minutes now available

Posted: 05.25.2016

Minutes from JO, Technical, Xcel, Administrative and many other Committees are now available.  LINK

These changes go into effect August 1, 2016.  Read this information NOW before you construct new optional or teach compulsories to athletes moving up.

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Coach needed

Posted: 05.20.2016

Coach needed!
Harris Chalkettes Gymnastics Team is looking for optional level coaches - part-time or full-time positions available. Pay commensurate with experience.  We currently have 150+ gymnasts on our team, ranging from bronze to level 10.  We are located in Charlotte, NC, in the largest YMCA in the USA, both membership and facility wise.
If interested please email Elaine Roberts.

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Region 8 Charity

Posted: 04.01.2016

In an effort to teach our athletes the importance of giving and thinking of other Region 8 has chosen St Jude's as our charity for 2016 and 2017.  Please plan to donate at Regional competitions

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission here, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

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Study of Mental Blocks performing backward skills

Posted: 03.13.2016

I am a former Finnish National Team member, Olympic qualifier, and Division I collegiate gymnast. I am currently a doctoral student studying mental blocks in performing backward moving skills and twisting in gymnastics for my dissertation. I have been researching this topic for the past 4 years and published an article in USA Gymnastics Technique Magazine. You can read my article here.

If you have any gymnasts, at level 5 or higher, currently experiencing a mental block in backward moving skills and/or twisting, could you share their contact information with me or forward this email to them so they can click on the link at the end of this email to participate in my study? It would be helpful if you could also forward this email to other coaches who may have gymnasts experiencing a mental block on backward skills or twisting. Specifically, I am looking for gymnasts who have experienced something similar to one or more of the following scenarios:

1. A gymnast, Taylor, has completed a particular backward moving tumbling pass on floor successfully all season in both practice and competition. One day, Taylor starts a tumbling pass but suddenly balks in the back handspring. Taylor tries a second time, but balks again. Taylor has been able to do round-off to back handspring easily for a long time, but just cannot do this particular skill anymore.

2. A gymnast, Sarah, has completed a double back dismount on bars successfully all season. One day, Sarah starts her dismount but suddenly balks and won’t let go of the bar. Sarah tries a second time, but balks again. Although Sarah has been able to do the dismount easily for long time, she just cannot do this particular skill anymore.

3. A gymnast, Peyton, has completed a full twist on floor successfully all season in both practice and competition. One day, Peyton attempts to perform a full but suddenly does a double full instead. Peyton tries a second time, but does a double full again. Peyton has been able to do the full easily for a long time, but just cannot do this particular skill anymore.

4. A gymnast, Sam, has completed a layout on floor successfully all season in both practice and competition. One day, Sam attempts to perform a layout but suddenly does a full instead. Sam tries a second time, but does a full again. Sam has been able to do the layout easily for a long time, but just cannot do this particular skill anymore.

Interested gymnasts will be asked to fill out a short online questionnaire. In addition, gymnasts might be invited to be interviewed about their experiences with difficulty in performing backward moving or twisting skills via Skype, and/or to fill out additional online questionnaires. Upon completion of the study, the participants will be entered for a drawing of a $50 gift card.

To begin the study, gymnasts click this link. Thank you!

Please feel free to contact me at 303-523-2318, or at this email for more information. Thank you for your help. Sincerely,
Annamari Maaranen-Hincks, M.S.
Doctoral student, Springfield College Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Athletic Counseling

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Coach Needed

Posted: 03.02.2016

Lakewood Ranch Gymnastics is currently looking for compulsory and optional team coaches.  Full and part time positions available and salary and benefits determined upon experience.  We are currently the 2015 Florida Compulsory Club of the year and our program prides itself on coaching great technique and form. We are located 45 minutes south of Tampa and are 25 minutes from the white sand beaches of the gulf.  Please send a resume to Lakewood Ranch or call us at 941 753-FLIP.  Come see why life is so good at the ranch!

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New Online Courses for Coaches and Judges

Posted: 02.02.2016

Women’s Artistic Coaches and Judges! Take a look at the NEW course J412- Optional Beam Connections: To Give or Not Give covering how to identify connected elements.

Visit the Complete Course Catalog on the Education page for details on the course!

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Level 8 Vault Review

Posted: 01.19.2016

Since Optional season is now underway, there have been some questions regarding Vault, especially for Level 8. In order to stay consistent across the country, I have consulted with the National Chairs of the JO and Technical Committees and the JO Program Director and am presenting the following explanation of the rules on their behalf. Please feel free to post this on your websites.

Level 8 Vault Questions
Is a coach allowed to ask for and receive the average of the first vault at Level 8?
Coaches can ALWAYS ask for the score of the first vault at ANY level. Many times it’s an issue of protecting a slightly injured athlete from doing another vault if the first vault score is adequate and acceptable.  Sometimes the gymnast plans to perform two different vaults and the coach wants to know the score of each to determine which was the counting vault.  For Level 8’s, it’s essential that the coach knows the score of the first vault to assist in their decision to have the gymnast try a second vault or not.
Please explain the 1.00 deduction for the coach spotting (assisting) during the post-flight for Level 8?  Is there ever a time that we would void a Level 8 vault, in regards to the spotting deduction?
If a Level 8 (or any optional gymnast for that matter) is spotted in pre-flight or support phase, the vault is Void.
Since Level 8 is the first level at which salto vaults can be performed, the JO and Technical Committees decided to add a 1.00 deduction for spotting in the post-flight to encourage coaches to not be reluctant to “bump” the salto in order for the athlete to complete more of the BA rotation. While the intent was to keep the athletes safer on flipping vaults, it is also applicable to any vault performed by Level 8’s.
If the gymnast is spotted not only in the post-flight, but also during the landing phase, the spotting assistance on the landing phase deduction of 0.50 will also be applied for a total of 1.50.

USA Gymnastics
Technical Director of Women’s Jr. Olympic Program


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