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Register for the USECA Video Club for 2009-2010! Video Club membership is available to voting and associate members only. A collection of current video material provided by our members, including domestic and international apparatus fining methods, elements techniques, choreography, educational symposiums, etc. Members will receive a minimum of 8 – 10 selections per year containing one or two DVD's, sent directly to you. Previously issued selections may be ordered (by Video Club Members only) at a minimal cost. To order previously released selections, you can use your credit card and click here to register online or click here to print out a registration form and mail to:

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2012 DVD's

Selection #240: Elite Update 2011

This set contains 2 DVD's with lectures related to the TOP's skills and requirements on floor.

The first DVD is a mixture of material from 2 lectures by Tammy Biggs titled " TOP's Skills and Curriculum on Floor. These lectures were filmed at 2011 Region 8 Congress and 2011 USA Gymnastics National Congress.

Using a combination of demonstrators and video Tammy goes thorough the TOP's floor routines for all of the age groups. She points out all of the key execution and form requirements and goes through a series of drills and conditioning to achieve these.

The second DVD of this series is a lecture filmed at 2011 National Congress and is by Enrique Trabanino. The title of this DVD is "TOP's Skills and Curriculum on Tumbling". Using video Enrique provides an overview of the TOP's tumbling skills and requirements for all of the age groups. He presents drills and methodology for developing, strengthening and improving tumbling, from basic through advanced.

Selection #241: Uneven Bars #21

The first DVD in this selection is titled "Twisting, Pirouette, Higgins Roll vs. Higgins Pirouette, Inverted Giants" and is a lecture by Jack Carter. Jack is the owner/head coach of Carter's Gymnastics Academy in Mesa, Arizona.

Jack begins with a discussion on twist direction and how critical it is to determine direction during the development of foundational skills. He explains its relationship to the higher level skills and shows a number of methods for determining dominant twist direction. Jack wrote an article on this topic and it can be found online at the USA Gymnastics University Library at usagym.org. The title is; "Twist Preparation and its Relationship to the Pirouette".

Jack discusses the development of the pirouette and its relationship to future development of skills on all of the events. He then discusses the Higgins, explains the proper execution of the skill and the difference between a turn and a roll. Using video he goes through the conditioning, preparation, progressions and drills he uses to develop this skill. He stresses the methodology and development essential in developing this skill in a safe, injury free, environment.Next comes Inverted Giants. Jack goes through the same methodology he used in the development of the Higgins. He begins with development of the essential conditioning and flexibility. He then goes through the progressions and drills he uses to develop this skill.

This lecture was presented at 2007 USA Gymnastics National Congress in San Jose, California. Thank to Jack Carter, Cheryl Jarrett, and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this lecture. If you would like a copy of the DVD used in this lecture or other DVD's by Jack contact him at Cartersgymnastics.org. Other lectures by Jack can be found in the video club library at gym.net/useca.

The second DVD in this selection is titled "Level 9&10 Uneven Bars". This lecture is by Bryan Neal. Bryan is the owner/head coach of Cypress Pointe Gymnastics in Ponchatoula Louisiana.

Bryan begins with twisting drills. He goes through the progressions and drills he uses to teach twisting. He discusses the key things to focus on to get the athletes to be able to understand the skills. He explains how the use of these drills progress as the athletes progress, from Level 7&8 - learning, through Levels 9&10 - maintaining and building off of the core skills.

Using the same methodology Bryan then goes through the progressions and drills he uses to develop the Gienger, Reverse Hecht, Front Giant, and Toe Shoot to Handstand. He stresses the proper body shaping, mechanics, spotting and drill repetition needed for your athletes to become comfortable and successful with these skills. During the final part of the lecture Bryan goes through a series of fun drills and stations for release moves. Some of these are repetitive but there are also drills for the Jaeger and Khorkina.

This lecture was recorded at 2011 Region 8 Congress in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thanks to Bryan Neal, Cheryl Jarrett, USA Gymnastics and Region 8 for allowing us to use this lecture.

Selection #242: General Business #5

Selection #242 contains the final two lectures in David Holcomb's 2007 series of Business lecture titled "Cracking the Code". David is the Owner of Buckeye Gymnastics in Columbus, Ohio and the person who founded the Video Club those many years ago. Dave is also a recovering attorney so he brings a unique perspective to much of this material. The first two lectures in this series, "Gymnastics Business Basics" and "Financial Basics" were presented during 2011 in USECA selection #238.

The first DVD in this selection it titled "The Details that Matter" and in it Dave goes through all of the details that require attention and thought to run a successful Gymnastics Business. Remember that it's not only doing a good job for the kids but it is also about doing a good job for yourself. Dave discusses problem avoidance, background checks, protecting employee information, employee vs. contractor, negligent hiring and retention. He also discusses coaching and coaching assignments, pay policies, certifications, tuition rates, refunds, training, benefits; what they really cost along with how to pay for them. How to hire, train, and retain the best people. Dave discusses pre-school programs, program organization, recreation classes, and other programs.  Warm-ups, advancement, student retention, and retention bonuses are also discussed. He then covers Staff dress code, facility maintenance, cleanliness and how to pay for it, staff recognition, marketing, office management, security, campaigning, and much, much, more.

There is more information in this lecture than can be fairly addressed in this short space. It covers almost 90 minutes. I did consider breaking it into two DVD's but then I had no place for the final lecture.

The final lecture in this series is titled "Facility Design for Growth and Profit". This lecture is about going through the conceptual design and organizational process so you will have the financial resources to do whatever you want whenever you want.

Concepts discussed include site lines, maximizing classes, circuits, games, recreational vs. team, class size and rotation, pre-school, equipment,  no lines-no waiting. You want to design and organize for the maximum number of classes and rotations for pre-school, recreation and team.

Following Safety, Marketing is once again the next priority with the design. Team practice is a fantastic marketing tool to your recreational and pre-school parents. Safety, Safety, Safety, beginning with a natural traffic flow of classes, trampoline set-up, pit design, Uneven Bar stations, Vaulting location, set-ups and modifications for younger children, Spotting blocks, and combining fun rotations.

Guiding lights include;  maximum number of kids, recreational kids up front, low stuff towards the front to not block sight lines, Favorites - Trampoline, Pit, Tumble Track, Rope Swing, Teaching Back Handsprings, everything is marketing and safety first, last and always, no unprotected concrete - anywhere. When designing your gym, start with pre-school since they will be paying your bills. If you are going to make any money at all it will be due to your pre-school program.

Dave finishes with a discussion of  the "killing zone" or how to maximize your profits. Thanks to David, Cheryl Jarrett and USA Gymnastics and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.                  

Selection #243: Developing High Level Gymnasts

Selection #243 contains two lectures by Tom Forster presented at 2010 Region 8 Congress. Tom is the owner of Aerials Gymnastics in Colorado Springs, Colorado and on USAG's National Coaching staff.

The first DVD is titled " Preparing 4-6 Year Olds for Team...Someday". The first step is determining the goals, for you, your gym, and your team, should you decide to have one. Then determine where you are and how to achieve those goals. Developing a system to achieve the goal of developing young athletes for team include a selection process, setting expectations and finally skill  development. This will include developing or hiring the right coaches along with selecting the right kids. Remember that children will rise to the level of expectations that you set, so carefully and consistently choose and communicate your expectations. Finally select the right skills and ignore the rest.

Tom then describes his selection process and what he and his staff are looking for in their pre-school and school age classes. He describes how these chosen athletes then feed into his Gym Stars Program from which a decision is then made if they proceed into either the USAG Team Program or Prep Op Recreational program. He goes through the hours each group works along with the tuition charges. Competition begins in his program at level 5. He discusses his philosophy regarding skill development, practice, and competition. It all depends on your goals. Evaluation is a continuous process throughout, are they eager to learn, do they continue to have the desire, are they achieving the necessary level of strength and flexibility, what is their general attitude? He then goes through the strength, flexibility, skills and expectations for each of these preparatory levels.

Remember when attending or viewing these lectures to take everything in and then use what works for you and your gym.

The second DVD is titled "Preparing Level 5 and 6 for Optionals". The jump from Compulsories to Optionals is somewhat intimidating, and it is your responsibility to educate your parents to that fact, and to prepare your athletes for a successful transition should they choose that path. This takes planning for introducing these more challenging skills as early on in their training as possible. After discussing his philosophy Tom goes through the skills, along with some drills and stations he uses at Level 5 and 6 in preparation for Optionals.

Thanks to Tom Forster, Cheryl Jarrett, USA Gymnastics and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #244: Sports Science #9

These presentations continues the set of lectures by Dr. Gerald George based on his lifetime work and recent book "Championship Gymnastics - Biomechanical Techniques for Shaping Winners". Dr. George is Professor Emeritus of the University of Louisiana. Additional lectures in this series can be found in selections #232 and #233. The book can be found at; www.WinningGymnastics.com .

The first DVD in this selection is titled "The Mechanics of Swing". Dr. George starts this lecture with a discussion on the Handstand and how it relates to swing. Those who master the basics skills will be the ones who succeed later on in obtaining the more difficult skills. He discusses Shape, Tension, Balance, Body Alignment, Shaping, and then provides some ideas and Exercises to achieve the desired shapes under stress. Next are discussions on Swing, Internal vs. External, Amplitude vs. Acceleration, simultaneous reaction, Transfer of Momentum, Kinetic Chain, Friction, Gravity, Radius of Rotation, and other concepts. To demonstrate these concepts and how they relate to skills he provides examples using the Kip Action, Cast Handstand, Back Giant, and Stalders.

This lecture was filmed at 2010 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention. Thanks to Dr. George, Cheryl Jarrett, and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD in this selection is titled "The Mechanics of Impact". This lecture was filmed at USA Gymnastics 2010 National Congress. During this lecture Dr. George explains the mechanics of leg, arm and shoulder impacts and the effect they have on tumbling and vaulting. Before you can rotate and twist you have to be able to get up in the air and be turning around. He explains the importance of "Understanding why we do what we do and what happens when we do what we do."

He explains impact, collision and effect, elasticity, deflection, restitution, coefficient of restitution, quasi-rigid, trajectory, travel vs. lift, rotation, amount vs. speed, blocking, and angle of incidence. He then focuses on tying it all together in how to maximize lift, travel, and rotation. The common thread is centered in the take-off of the movement which sets the stage for all that is to follow. He does this by analyzing movements, identifying causes, and providing the proper corrections of the cause. The skills used in these discussions include; Front Handspring - Front Somersault, Basic Dive Roll, Back Somersault, Multiple Somersaults, Handspring- Front Somersault Vault, and Beam Dismounts.  Thanks to Dr. George, Kathy Feldmann, and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.


2011 DVD's

Selection #230: Elite Update 2010

This selection contains two lectures from 2010 National Congress in Hartford Connecticut.

The first DVD in this selection is titled “TOP’s Skills and Curriculum for Uneven Bars”. This presentation is by Enrique Trabanino, founder of Perfection Gymnastics School in West Chester, Ohio and a member of the Women’s Program National Staff.

Enrique goes through the Uneven Bar requirements for the TOP’s program for each of the age groups. He goes through each of the skills and describes what the evaluators are looking for at TOP’s testing. He describes each of the skills in detail and uses video to demonstrate and analyze. Keep it simple and show great form.

He then goes into a description of the training camps, the importance of the training camps and what you should expect when you get there. Know what is happening and come prepared.

He finishes with going through each of the stations and uses video to demonstrate expectations and form. The stations are on floor, floor bar and strap bar. Enrique gives lots of tips for developing your athletes to create quality bars.

The second DVD in this selection is titled “Elite Development Skills and Curriculum for Uneven Bars”. This presentation is by Tom Forster, owner of Aerials Gymnastics in Colorado Springs and member of the Women’s Program National Staff.

Tom begins this lecture with an overview of the Elite Development Camps. The purpose of these camps is to find athletes with Elite potential and to assist these athletes and their coaches so that they can achieve success at the International level of competition.  You have to petition to these camps and Tom describes the process. He goes through what is expected on the DVD, and what is not expected. He also provides the information on where to send it.

Tom describes the Elite Development Camp. He goes through the set-up, schedule and the expectations. Come physically prepared and ready to work.
He describes the Bar curriculum taught at the camps. He goes through how it is organized and a typical breakdown of each of the 30 minute workouts (2 per day) throughout the camp. Using a Front Giant he describes what the coaches are trying to instill in execution and form for proper development.

He lays out a timeline for where you need to be at different times in an elite athlete’s development, working backwards. Quickly one can see what your very young athlete should be training to be competitive later on. If your goal is to have your athlete someday make the National Team then Great Technique, Perfect Form, and Great Basics are of primary importance, closely followed by High Level Skills. You cannot just wait until they are 13 to begin introducing the high level skills.

Tom then goes through video of a number of Elite compulsory routines pointing out errors in technique and making suggestions for how to improve. He finishes with some video demonstrating some of the stations that are used to develop such skills as Front Giants, Pirouetting, Invert work, Inbar work and Blind changes.

Two very good presentations whether one is already involved in the Elite program or just thinking about it. Thanks to Enrique, Tom, Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #231: Tumbling #21

This selection contains 2 lectures from the 2019 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention in Austin, Texas.

These lectures are titled “Taking the Angles out of Tumbling” and are by Tony Gehman. Tony is the owner of North Stars Gymnastics Academy in Boonton, New Jersey. These lectures are meant to supplement the series of articles Tony has written for the newsletter. The first DVD focuses on preparation and Front Tumbling. The second DVD is on Back Tumbling.

Tony begins with preparation, developing the required strength, flexibility, and body shapes. He explains the long term effects of taking short cuts and not doing things correctly. If you want to maximize your athlete’s efficiency and achieve the highest levels of performance while avoiding injuries, it all begins with proper preparation. Taking the angles out is all about reducing segmentation during tumbling. It is all about “arching and snapping not sitting and jumping and bending and pushing”. He uses video to demonstrate some exercises and drills for achieving the desired strength and shapes.

He then goes into Front Tumbling starting with the basics. If you have developed the desired body shapes, done the proper conditioning and ingrain the proper basics, the more difficult skills will be achievable. He begins with the Front Limber, and then moves through a Front Handspring from a stand, Headspring, Hurdle (treat it as an individual skill), Front Handspring Step Outs, Add the Hurdle, Flysprings, Multiple Flysprings, Layouts, and Front Whips.

He breaks each skill down into a logical progression, shows a number of drills for each, and describes what needs to be focused on and the common mistakes to look for. He carries this methodology into the next lecture.

The next DVD begins with a brief review and then moves on to Backward Tumbling. Remember to teach proper basics, begin with the end in mind, and continually review the basics. The skills covered in this lecture include the Cartwheel, Roundoff, Hurdle, Add the Hurdle, Back Handspring, Multiple Back Handsprings, Back Flipping, Double Flipping, Twisting and Whips.

Lots of information and hours of study, and remember to use your drills to focus on removing the angles. Shapes first; then add the speed. Thanks to Tony, Cheryl Jarrett and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this

Selection #232: Sport Science #7

This selection contains two lectures by Dr Gerald S. George. Dr. George is Professor Emeritus of the University of Louisiana and the author of the recently published, highly successful book, “Championship Gymnastics -Biomechanical Techniques for Shaping Winners”.

www.WinningGymnastics.com .

The first lecture is titled “Ten Key Factors for Success in Gymnastics” and was filmed at 2010 National Congress. This is the first of five lectures he presented at the 2010 National Congress and sets the base for the remaining presentations. In this lecture he sets out a series of broad principles that can then be later refined into a set of specific principles.

After setting the stage with some basic concepts; The Ideal Model, Successful Manipulation of the Science, and using a Systems Approach, he moves into the Ten Key Factors.

The Ten Factors discussed are; Long and Winding Road – No shortcuts,  All Systems Go – Performer Readiness, Mastery of the Basics and Core Skills – Easy to learn, difficult to master, Repetition – Unconscious Habit, Skill Progressions – Simple to Complex, Skill Simulation, and Variety, Learning vs. Performance – Automatic Pilot, Skill Sequencing, Compensatory Techniques, Sureness of Execution – Absolute Command of Performance, and Psychological Readiness.

The second DVD in this selection it titled “Five Basic Principles for Refining Gymnastic Movement”. In this lecture Dr. George gives us a set of principles from which to work with that can be applied to any movement, skill, or element and allows us to judge and improve upon the existing lines.

The five basic principles discussed are; Amplitude – External and Internal, Segmentation, Closure – Degree of body shape change when executing a skill, Peaking – Timing Accuracy when performing an element or movement,  and Diversification. As he develops these principles he uses many skills as examples, breaking them down and pointing out the small differences that differentiate Great from Good.

These first two lectures set up the remaining lectures which are devoted to the actual mechanics involved in skill development and execution.

I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. George at 2010 National Congress and at the 2010 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention. I want to thank him once again for allowing us to use this material. I also want to thank Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use these presentations from the 2010 National Congress.

Selection #233: Sport Science #8

This selection contains two lectures by Dr Gerald S. George. Dr. George is Professor Emeritus of the University of Louisiana and the author of the recently published, highly successful book, “Championship Gymnastics -Biomechanical Techniques for Shaping Winners”.

www.WinningGymnastics.com

The first lecture it titled “Critical Factors for Success in Vaulting”. Observing actual performance shows us what is, Biomechanics’ shows us what could be. In this presentation Dr. George shows us how to use our eyes, what to look for, why it is important, and how to make it better.

Vaulting simply involves Running (Speed), The Flight Plan (Maximizing External Amplitude, Buying Time), the Skills of an Advanced Tumbler and the Sureness of Execution (Stick it). Remember it’s not what you do it’s how you do what you do.

He breaks Vaulting down further into individual discussions which cover; Optimizing the Vaulting Environment, Employing the Entire Runway , Setting Marks, Uniform Acceleration, Trajectory Shaping,  The Hurdle Phase , Actual Impact,  Arms,  Pre-Flight,  Board and Table Contact, Repulsion Phase, Post Flight, The Staircase Effect, Landing Angle, Landing Techniques, and Sounding the Rhythm.

The second DVD in this selection it titled “The Mechanics of Rotation and Twisting”. This lecture looks at flipping and twisting starting from a pure biomechanical perspective and then puts in into practical terms. Topics discussed include; Center of Mass and its relationship with body shape and position, Primary axis of rotation, Somersault rotation, Shape and Rotation, Twisting Technique, Momentum, Multiple Twisting, Peaking,  and Multiple Somersaults with Twisting.

These lectures were filmed at the 2010 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention in Austin Texas. I want to thank Dr. George, Cheryl Jarrett, and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use these presentations.

Selection #234: Balance Beam #21

The first lecture in this selection is titled “Level 1-3 Balance Beam Drills and Skills” and is by Tom Koll.  Tom Koll is the owner of Premier Gymnastics in Omaha Nebraska and Committee Chairman for USA Gymnastics National Jr. Olympic Committee and also the Women’s Program Committee.

This lecture focuses on developing the skills required at Levels 1-3 while adding a little fun to the process. Tom begins by addressing some of the other challenges a coach will be presented with when dealing with little children. These include Behavior Modification, Communication, Discipline, and Fear. The material in this presentation is also applicable to your recreation classes and coaches. Remember that you can be successful without being mean.

The first 15 minutes is devoted to Behavior Modification and in it Tom shares his methods for communicating with young children in such a way as to create a stable, successful, learning environment. He then moves on to discussing those very basic beam skills that you want to imprint right from the beginning. These include Body Alignment, Posture, Basic Dance (How to stand and Walk), Key Words (Push – Pinch – Pull – Press), Beam Feet, Hands, and Turn Out. He then follows with skills, which include arabesques, turns, jumps, acro, and dismounts. Contests, props and class interaction are used throughout.

The second DVD in this selection is titled “Drills to Keep Competitive Kids on the Beam” and is by Cheryl Jarrett. Cheryl is currently the New Vice President of Member Services for USA Gymnastics.

She begins with discussing the top ten things that can be done to prepare your athletes mentally for Beam. These ideas include; you as a coach must care, Ability is usually there before the confidence, do not get stuck in a rut, no one is perfect - talent must be developed, and this is a mental game. Balance beam is like life, it’s all about balance. You will find the answers wherever you look, whatever you focus on the longest will be the strongest, empower your athletes by asking questions, and finally be consistent with your requirements and standards.

Cheryl’s top ten Techniques for staying on the beam include; straight is great, work from the beginning of the skill, be exact with visual spotting and focus, self talk is important, choreograph breathing, ask questions, few correction and miles of praise. Also included are; arms-arms-arms, you provide the confidence when there is none, nothing is stronger than will and numbers, numbers, numbers.

Using talented demonstrators and video Cheryl, goes through a series of Drills and stations for various skills. These include; leaps, turns and jumps. If you do set up circuits and stations remember that they need to be set up in such a way that they are being monitored.

Both of these lectures were filmed at 2009 National Congress in Dallas, Texas. I want to thank Tom Koll, Cheryl Jarrett, and USA-Gymnastics for allowing us to use these presentations.

Selection #235: Coaching for Excellence – Tim Rand
 
Uneven Bars - Part 2

Selection #235 is the fifth set of DVD’s to remember Tim Rand and his teachings. The focus of this set of DVD’s is Uneven Bars.

The first DVD in this set was filmed at the 2007 Region 8 Congress, in Atlanta Georgia. The lecture is on Preschool and Recreational Uneven Bars. The basics that Tim recommends covering in these classes include; Grips, Hangs, Supports, Casts, Circles, Swings, Pullovers, and Conditioning

Some things to think about ahead of time; Try to have equipment set to their size, Set equipment to avoid lifting, Big drops are not real cool, and always have your set-ups ready ahead of time. Things you need to know about preschoolers; Preschoolers do not think supporting on their stomach is fun, Preschoolers and letting go of the bar are synonyms, Some preschoolers have never been upside down before, Preschoolers like powder, beware of introducing chalk, Little kids, and their parents do not think rips are OK, Kids are not as fit as they used to be. For these beginner and recreational classes keep in mind that Bars require conditioning however it must also be fun and that you want your kids to find success.

Using video he them goes through the skills – Grips (Grip Walks, Swings, Conditioning), Hangs (Body Positions, Conditioning), Inverted Hangs (Tuck, Pike, Straddle, Straight, feet on and off of the bar), Skin the cats (both directions), Gliding, Supports (Front, Rear, Perch, Stride, leg cuts, Chair, ),  Casting (Off the bar, with turns, Forward roll), Back Hip Circle, and Swinging.

Always use proper terminology along with those cute terms so that they will understand later on.  Try not to become a traffic cop…you are teachers, you are educators, you are suppose to be hands on. There is nothing more impressive than having a 4 year old go up and tell their mother, I did Pike Inverted Hang, even if mom has no clue what they are talking about.

Thanks to Toni Rand, Cheryl Jarrett, USA Gymnastics and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.

The next selection comes out of the USECA library and was originally presented in Selection #166 part of the 2003-2004season. This DVD is a clinic on Level 4 & 5 Bar Skills conducted by Tim at Region 5, 2003 Congress. Tim goes through the level 4 and 5 bar skills by breaking them down into teachable chunks. He goes through the progressions he uses for teaching the skills. He discusses form and execution, body shaping, spotting, and the importance of the skill and how it relates to what comes later on. He also reminds us to be patient with drills and give them time to work.
The skills covered, broken down into smaller parts, are the Glide Kip, Front Hip Circle, Casting, Single Leg Shoot Through, Back Hip Circle, Underswing Dismount, Squat-on, Long Hang Kip, and Tap Swings. This is an in gym clinic and is courtesy of David Holcomb, Buckeye Gymnastics and Region 5.
The final DVD also comes from the USECA library and was originally presented in selection #155 part of the 2002-2003 season. This clinic was presented at the 2001, Region 8, Level 9/10/Elite Training camp in Roswell, Georgia. The lecture is titled Shapes, Lines, and Pirouettes.
Tim discusses body position, where is vertical, and goes through the common errors one encounters in coaching and judging these skills. He goes through event specific conditioning which includes; Lever Swings, Conditioning “Wrong”, Pull up and over, Leg lifts, Straddle Press to HS, Rope Climb, The Wheel, Cast Handstands with and without Pirouettes. He finishes with covering Back and Front Giants, Kip-Cast-1/2, Stalders and Free Hips using a very talented group of demonstrators.

Selection #236: Uneven Bars #20

This selection contains 2 lectures for the coach working with and developing Optional level gymnasts. The first clinic is by Chris Burdette and was presented at the 2006 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention in Austin Texas. Chris is the Pre-elite chair for Region III and operates Texas Dreams Gymnastics in Dallas, Texas.

The lecture is on Pirouetting. Chris covers basic Pirouetting and Blind Changes through Giant 1&1/2.He starts with the basics that you should be teaching to your compulsory athletes. You want these athletes to be able to do a basic pirouette and be able to turn out of skills as they are learning them.

He goes through a series of progressions beginning with the turning of the hands and weight transfer drills.  He starts on the floor, moves to the wall, introduces a floor bar, moves to casting and then into and out of skills. He explains how to teach the skills, what common errors to look for, how to make corrections, along with the proper ways to spot. Thanks to Chris Burdett, Cheryl Jarrett and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD in this selection is by Jack Carter and was presented at 2007 National Congress in San Jose, California. This lecture is on Bar Release Skills, specifically the Gienger and the Jaeger. Jack is the owner of Carters Gymnastics Academy in Mesa, Arizona.

Before you start, remember that you cannot do it all by yourself so just make sure everyone is on the same page. Retaining consistency is the key to teaching bars.
These are two year skills and you need to begin skill specific conditioning 8 months to a year ahead of time. Jack discusses learning and how one learns and stresses the importance of being visual and putting in the numbers.

He goes through skill specific conditioning for both skills and how to hit all the aspects of these skills on Trampoline before you get near the bar. Remember to teach skills so you get two for one, couple the dismount with the release move.  The methodology and progressions Jack shares stresses the safety necessary in teaching these skills. Thanks to Jack Carter, Cheryl Jarrett and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #237: Coaching for Excellence – Tim Rand

Balance Beam - Part 2

Selection #237 is the sixth set of DVD’s to remember Tim Rand and his teachings. The focus of this set of DVD’s is Balance Beam.

The first DVD in this selection was filmed at the 1998 Region 8 Congress, in Atlanta Georgia. The lecture is on "Mastering Compulsory Balance Beam".

While the compulsory routines have changed over the years the secrets to Mastering  these routines remains the same; excellent basics, repetition, rhythm, timing, and the use of queue words and/or key phrases. Using some very talented demonstrators Tim goes through the 1998 Level 4, 5, and 6 routines pointing out all of the little things that make a difference. He breaks down some of the skills including turns, scales, jumps, leaps, and handstands and goes through a series of drills for improving these skills. Thanks to Toni Rand and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.

The next selection comes out of the USECA library and was originally presented in Selection #146, part of the 2001-2002 season. This DVD was re-mastered from the original video. The title is “Advanced Balance Beam” and the clinic was filmed at the 2000 Region 8 Congress in Tampa, Florida. Thanks to Toni Rand and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.
Tim begins by discussing his philosophy and teaching methodology .He then goes through the progressions he uses for teaching advanced tumbling on beam. He begins with the lunge, foot positions, and other basics. He then moves into advanced skills which include; layouts, onodi, back full, and front tuck. He discusses bonus and goes through some dance combinations that work. He finishes up with a discussion on beam dismounts.

The final DVD in this selection is titled “Training Tumbling Skills on Beam” and was filmed at the 2007 Region 8 Congress. Tim begins with a discussion of how he believes Balance Beam should be taught and shares his experiences and how his methods have changed through the years. Then, using video, he goes through the typical Beam Tumbling complex that his advanced gymnasts use. He also explains that this same complex can be modified for use through the lowest levels. Next he goes through some interesting mounts and explains that every gymnast should develop something that is unique in their routine, which showcases their individual strengths. He sues video throughout the lecture that goes through the stations and progressions he uses to develop and refine tumbling skills. The lecture finishes up with dismounts. Thanks to Toni Rand, Region 8, Cheryl Jarrett and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #238: General Business #4

Selection #238 contains a couple of selections devoted to the Business of Gymnastics. It contains two lectures from David Holcomb from Region 8, 2007 Congress.

These lectures are from a series of lectures Dave referred to as “Cracking the Code” or, what is truly important in making a gymnastics business successful. These focus on what is important so that you can do a great job teaching gymnastics for all of the obvious benefits, while creating a financially successful business. The first DVD it titled "Gymnastics Business Basics" and the second DVD is titled "Financial Basics".

These lectures focus on what you need to be successful, which starts with Great Staff, Great Facilities, Good Execution, Proper Pricing, and Making Money. The lectures include information on what you should know before opening a gym, the Numbers and Financial Information that are critical for you to know as the owner, and all of those little details that make the difference between success and failure. Thanks to David Holcomb, Cheryl Jarrett, Region 8, and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #239: Vaulting #19

Selection #239 is the 19th set of lectures on Vaulting. These lectures are for your developmental and compulsory coaches to help in producing the next great vaulter.
The first DVD is titled “Beginner Vault” and is by John Geddert. This lecture was presented at USA Gymnastics 2011 National Congress in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Thanks to John, Cheryl Jarrett, and USA Gymnastic for allowing us to use this material.

John covers all aspects of developing a great Front Handspring Vault. He begins with the run and then covers body tension, inversion, rotation, blocking, landing drills, finally putting it all together. He presents a number of drills and explains the importance of each and what one should be looking for. He points out many of the challenges you will encounter as a coach teaching these skills. This is an excellent lecture for your developmental and compulsory coaches.

The second DVD is titled “Vault – What to look for as a New Team Coach” and is by Todd Gardiner. This lecture was presented at Region 8 2009 Congress in Jacksonville, Florida. Thanks to Todd, Cheryl Jarrett, Region 8, and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

Todd begins where John leaves off. He focuses on what skills your athletes will need for converting that basic Front Handspring into a high level, optional, vault. He starts off with his coaching philosophy and how it has developed throughout his career. He then goes into what is needed in developing the Yurchenko entry vault. Using video and a demonstrator he breaks down the skill into individual elements and presents a number of drills to achieve success. He points out all the things to watch for and what to focus on to maximize the skills.He finishes with analyzing some video of high level vaults.

These lectures, combined, offer an excellent starting point for the development of a successful vaulting program.


 

2009-2010 DVD

Selection #220: Perfecting Conditioning 2009

This set of DVD’s contains 2 lectures on conditioning by two of the best. The first lecture is titled “Efficient Conditioning Through Circuit Training” and is by Mary Lee Tracy.

Mary Lee goes through 5 different conditioning circuits to be used at different times throughout the training year. These circuits cover such topics as Turning Weakness into Strength, Training Efficiency, Increasing Overall Fitness, Warm Ups and an End of Workout Circuit. She stresses keeping it interesting, creating excellence, and the importance of supervision.

This was filmed at the 2009 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention. Thanks to Mary Lee, Cheryl Jarrett and the Gymnastics Association of Texas.

The second DVD in this selection it titled “Ideas for Conditioning the Junior Olympic Athlete”. This lecture was presented at the 2008 Region 8 Congress by Brad Harris.

Brad starts with some basic ideas regarding conditioning and stresses to never equate conditioning with punishment, always provide supervision, stress technique and never trade repetitions for technique.

The lecture is broken down into three basic areas of conditioning; core, upper body, and lower body. Each section contains exercises covering beginner to advanced levels. He also includes static strength and plyometric conditioning.

Thanks to Brad and Region 8 for allowing us to use this

Selection #221: Uneven Bars #19

This set of DVD’s contains 2 lectures on Basic Uneven Bar Development. The first lecture is titled “Developing level 4-6 Uneven Bars, Drills and Skills” and is by Brad Harris.

Level 4-6 Bars is all about being strong enough so Brad begins with some physical pre-requisites and shows the benefit of skill specific conditioning throughout the presentation. The skills he covers include; Mill Circles, Front Hip Circles, Underswings, Kips, Casting, Clear Hips, Tap Swings, Long Hang Pullovers, and Flyaways.

He discusses the skill itself and what is actually happening during the execution of the skill. He breaks down each of the skills into separate phases and demonstrates drills and preparation needed to successfully master the phase.

This was filmed at the 2008 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention. Thanks to Brad Harris, Cheryl Jarrett and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD in this selection it titled “Basic Bars” and is by Mike Comeau

Mike looks at common problems seen during the execution of these skills and shows some drills for addressing these problems during the learning process.

The lecture starts with some ideas for conditioning and then covers; Back Hip Circles, Underswing, Front Hip Circles, Glide, Kip, Casting, Clear Hips, Tap Swings, Long Hang Pullover, Flyaways and Beginning Giants.

This lecture was presented as part of the 2008 Woodward Visiting Coaches Program. Thanks to Mike and Woodward Camp for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #222: Dance #5

This set of DVD’s contains 2 lectures related to the New Dance pass and creating higher level leaps, jumps, turns and combinations for bonus.

The first lecture is titled “The New Dance Pass, Be Creative” and is by Tom Koll. Tom explains and goes through the thoughts behind the new dance pass requirements. The goal is to encourage more variation and allow for greater artistry to be displayed within the routine.

Tom goes through a number of combinations, using video, which would meet the new requirement. He also shows a number of combinations that would not. Using demonstrators, and a game, he shows a number of leaps and jumps and how to create your own unique passes.

This was filmed at the 2009 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention. Thanks to Tom Koll, Cheryl Jarrett and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD in this selection it titled “Drills for High Level Leaps and Combinations” and is by Linda Johnson.
 
Linda starts by going through the rather extensive list of Jumps, Leaps, and Turns in the Code of Points. She then shows how these can be put together to achieve Bonus. Next she goes through a series of Basic drills that can be used to teach the more complex skills.

Using video she shows a number of these skills and combinations. All through this she points out the common errors to watch for and provides suggestions on how to fix these.

This presentation was filmed at 2009 National Congress. Thanks to Linda Johnson, Kathy Feldmann, and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #223: Vaulting #18

The first lecture is titled “Yurchenko 101” and is by Tony Retrosi. This presentation starts with a montage of higher level vaults that Tony has collected. He then goes through the philosophy behind his teaching of this vault including when to start, athlete selection, commitment, and safety.

He breaks the vault down and shows a series of drills, that can be used starting with you lower levels, for each phase of the vault. Throughout this he stresses what to focus on and where it leads to.

This was filmed at the 2007 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention. Thanks to Tony Retrosi, Cheryl Jarrett and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD in this selection is somewhat off the regular track. It is titled “Developing High Level Vaults” and is by Bill Sands and Ron Brant. Ron is the Men’s Senior National Team Coordinator. This was based on a study of the Vaults of the 2004 Olympic Men’s vaulting finalists.

Bill starts out with an analysis of the vaults and the various vaulting styles. He breaks down the vaults and vaulting in general. The concept of teaching the actual vault off of the Board vs. off of the table is developed.

Ron then takes over and using video demonstrates how this concept is used in training, starting with the Juniors, through the Seniors and the National Team. This is followed by an extensive Q&A session

This presentation was filmed at 2005 National Congress from the Men’s Track. Thanks to Ron Brant, Kathy Feldmann, and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.


Selection #224: Leadership

The first DVD in this set is titled “Leadership Warrior, A-Z” and is by Dr. Alison Arnold. Become the Leader that everyone looks up to.

This lecture is a little different type of lecture. It is more of a life lesson in learning and realizing the impact you have as a coach on those around you.       As a coach you are around young people during the most critical parts of their lives and how you behave and act can leave lasting impressions, not only to the athletes but to their parents and your co-workers. Remember that we are always imprinting each other.

“What impact are you having on those around you? How are you impacting their water?” Watch this lecture to learn more.

The second DVD in this set is titled “Obtaining the Standard” and is by Cheryl Jarrett and Chris Burdette. Chris and Cheryl tackle the age old question on how you obtain the standard of success from your athletes, coaches, and even parents. What are standards? What are your levels of Standards? How do you implement them? Is everyone held accountable? Are you willing to accept the consequences?

These are some of the questions Cheryl and Chris address in this interactive session. Setting standards sounds easy but are you willing to enforce them and accept the consequences related to enforcement. Are you strong enough, committed enough and in the end are they really that important to you?

Both of these were presented at the 2008 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention in Austin, Texas. Thanks to Alison, Cheryl, Chris and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #225: Coaching for Excellence – Tim Rand
 
Uneven Bars

This is the third set of DVD’s to remember Tim Rand and his teachings. The focus of this set of DVD’s is Uneven Bars.

The first DVD in this selection was originally presented in USECA Tape #142, part of the 2001-2002 season. The title of the presentation is “Recognition of Group 3, 6, and 7 Skills”. This was my first season taking over the responsibilities of the video club and Tim was one of the first, of many since, to say “No Problem” when asked permission to use his lectures. This lecture was filmed at 2001 Region 8 Congress.

This video is for Judges and Coaches and goes through what to look for and how to differentiate between athletes competing these skills. Using video he discusses the skills along with combinations and variations of the skills. This presentation was re-mastered from the original footage.

The second DVD in this set is titled “Clear Hips and Stalders”. The clinic was filmed at 2005 Region 5 Congress and comes to us courtesy of David Holcomb.

This is an in gym clinic and Tim along with some very talented gymnast go through the process of teaching Clear hips and Stalders. Tim starts with the importance of body shaping and the conditioning necessary to maintain these shapes. He demonstrates a number of return stations that can be used to achieve and maintain proper body position.

He starts with Back Hip circles and introduces drills at each stage of the progressions up to the final clear hip from and to a handstand and multiple clear hips. He does the same thing for Stalders, starting with teaching roundy-rounds taking us through to multiple Stalders.

All through the clinic he shares his philosophy and experiences, point out what to look for and various spotting techniques depending on what you are trying to achieve.

The final DVD in this set goes back to the 1998-1999 season. It was originally presented in Tape #110. The title of the lecture is “Identifying Grip and Hop Changes” by Tim Rand and Linda Chemcinski.

In this lecture they present 40-45 different combinations, all with grip changes or hops and your job will be to list the skill, the value, and the bonus.  After all the combinations have been presented, Linda and Tim will go back over the combinations with an explanation of the skill, the value, and an examination of proper technique.  This video is offered courtesy of USA Gymnastics.

Selection #226: Coaching for Excellence – Tim Rand
 
Balance Beam

Selection #226 is the fourth set of DVD’s to remember Tim Rand and his teachings.

The first DVD in this selection was originally presented in USECA Tape #55, part of the 1992-1993 season. This was part of Vaulting #1 and the first season that the club switched focus from competition video’s to educational videos. The video is titled “Front Handspring Vaults: Twisting and Flipping”.  Tim Rand, coach of the American Twisters, was nice enough to take time out from training his gymnasts to beat all of us to put together this tape for the USECA. 

The tape focuses on the front handspring family and starts with the handspring full and goes through to handspring fronts.  Tim has included lots of drills, techniques, and tips for mastery of these important vaults.  This is a great instructional video and even if you have been teaching these vaults for many years, I guarantee that you will pick up some pointers here.  Thank you to Tim and his gymnasts.
           
The second DVD in this set was filmed at USA-Gymnastics High Performance Coaching Seminar in June of 2000 in Downers Grove, Illinois. This Seminar was tailored for level 9 &10 coaches looking to go further. This DVD contains 2 of the 4 lectures on Vaulting. The Seminar was broken up into 1 hour in-gym clinics along with traditional lectures. The vaulting lectures were further broken down into 30-minute sessions.

The first 30-minute clinic was on Front Handspring based high level vaults however the message throughout is the same; bigger, higher, more rotation. How do you achieve this? It’s about changing our expectations and teaching methods with the goals of achieving 10% improvement on something specific. The improvement is achieved through improvements in the run, action on and off the board, and through the block.

The second lecture continues with this message and applies this to Tsukahara vaults.

The final DVD in this set was originally presented in USECA Tape #141. This is an in-gym clinic filmed at Region 8 Congress in June of 2000. The title of the clinic was “Yurchenko Vaulting”.

In this clinic Tim goes through the mechanics of the Vault. He breaks it down and goes through how to teach it and what to look for. This has been re-mastered from the original.

Selection #227: Sport Science #6 

Both DVD’s in this selection are by our own Bill Sands and were filmed at 2008 National Congress. Thanks to Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

The first lecture in this set is titled “Training Design for Female Athletes ages 6-11”. The lecture discusses Training Adaptation along with Growth and Development in young gymnasts. Bill then ties these two topics together to provide suggestions on how to modify your training program to achieve optimum results within this age group.

Topics discussed include; Recreation vs. Competition, The importance of FUNdamentals, Developing Physical Literacy, Early Specialization vs. Late Specialization, Chronological, Biological and actual age development, Periodization, Planning, and system alignment & integration. Remember the big picture since this is a long term process.

The second lecture in this set is titled “Recovery and Block Periodization”. At the time of this lecture Bill was the Director of the Recovery Center at the Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs. Bill discussed recovery but in a slightly different way. He presents a training methodology to not only allow for recovery and return to normal but to adapt and be even better than before. Unlike the first lecture in this set, this lecture is for the training of Elite level athletes.

He discusses Recovery, then Chronic Fatigue, Over Training, Burnout and what is now referred to as under recovery. He discusses the causes and the consequences. From there he moves into a modification of Periodization known as Block Periodization which is a different approach to training design.

Selection #228: Balance Beam #20

The first session in this set is titled “How to do Drills around the Beam to Improve Your Beam Complex” and is presented by Tammy Biggs. To make maximum use of your time on Beam and to perfect performance on Beam there are many Drills, Skills, and daily requirements that need to be practiced, not on the Beam, but around the Beam.

Using a group of very talented demonstrators Tammy goes through what she expects in a typical beam workout. She starts with Flexibility, which involves work around and on the beam. Beginning with releve’, toe point and ankle stability work she then moves on to improving the dynamic kicking ability.

Tammy discusses the importance of expectations and that when mistakes are made on Beam the athlete needs to immediately move to floor and go through the drills necessary to make the corrections. She demonstrates this process with a back walkover.

Next comes leaps and Tammy goes through a series of exercises, on and around the beam to improve Jumping and Leaping ability. This is then followed by Handstand Complex work. Finally there is Bridge work and drills to improve front and back walkovers.

This session was filmed at the 2009 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention in Austin Texas. Thanks to Tammy, Cheryl Jarrett, and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

The second session in this set is titled “Bridging the Gap between Compulsory and Optionals on Beam”. The presenter is Amy Schulthess who coaches the Optional levels at the Tampa Bay Turners in St Petersburg, Florida on Beam and Floor.

Amy shares with us her experience on what works for her in preparing athletes for that “jump” from Compulsory to Optionals and that really it should not be a jump. She starts with a discussion of the importance of Basics. Teach good basics and you will get good Optional Gymnastics. The second key to proper development of your athletes is Know the Code, Know the Book. Third, educate your athletes and let them share in the decision making process.

Always remember, and expect, proper Posture, Releve, and Presentation and you will be successful.

Working with a couple of talented demonstrators Amy then goes through the steps she uses to develop the series, flight skills, and dismounts required for beginning Optionals. During this she includes many training tips along with pointing out where the development needs to lead to for developing successful Level 9 and 10 athletes. At the end of the lecture she answers many of the questions you may have.

This session was filmed at 2009 Region 8 Congress in Jacksonville, Florida. Thanks to Amy, Kathy Feldmann, and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #229: Tumbling #20

These DVD’s focus on Tumbling Basics and take you from recreational through what basics are necessary for the highest level tumbling.

The first session in this set is by Ray Gnat and was filmed at 2008 Region 8 Congress. Ray starts at the very beginning with what you would teach in your Recreational classes. He starts with forward rolls and proceeds through back handsprings. Ray shows a step by step process on how to teach these skills safely. He shows how to spot, what to look for, when to back down and how each skill leads into the next. He breaks down the skills into teachable pieces and demonstrates variations of the skills to keep your beginner classes interesting and moving.

Thanks to Ray, Kathy Feldmann, Region 8 and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD in this set looks at Basic Tumbling with a slightly different end point. The lecture is by Todd Gardiner and begins with analyzing elite level tumbling from video. He then takes us back from there to what is needed in the development of your athlete’s basics. He covers these using demonstrators and shows a series of drills for improving a number of skills.

He shows how proper Tumbling Basics are critical to success on the other events and includes some ideas for developing the strength needed to be successful.

This session was filmed at 2009 Region 8 Congress. Thanks to Todd, Kathy Feldmann, Region 8 and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.


2008-2009 DVD

Selection #210: Perfecting the Compulsories - Uneven Bars

The first lecture is by Tom Koll and is titled “How Much Would You Take”.         Tom goes through the skills required in the compulsories and lets everyone know what to look for and what to expect with regards to deductions. He does this in conjunction with the coaches and judges present.

Tom goes through the skills starting with the mounts and ending with the dismounts. He also explains how to handle those occasions when there are very little differences between routines.

The second DVD in this selection is titled “Level 5 and 6 Compulsory Bar Skills” and is by Dennis Hayden.

Dennis starts with a General Discussion on coaching regarding Technique, Communication, Balance, Patience, Positive Coaching, Empowering your Athletes, Form and Strength.

Next he goes on to go through individual skills, breaking them down into teachable pieces or sections. He explains what to look for, why it is important, proper positioning to prepare for the next skill, thinking ahead, thinking out of sequence, and drills to eliminate the common errors. He starts with the glide and goes through all of the level 5&6 skills, finishing with the Flyaway. 

Both of the lectures in this set were filmed at 2006 Region 8 Congress in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Thanks to Tom, Dennis, Randy Sikora and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #211: Tumbling #19

The first DVD in this selection is titled “Combination Tumbling for Bonus” and is by Brad Harris. The lecture was presented at 2006 Region 8 Congress in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Brad begins the lecture discussing his philosophy and makes suggestions for keeping it simple. Develop a minimum set of progressions and training aids that work for your situation. A series of training aids, in decreasing level of spring, might be an Aero Board to a Tumble Track to an Air Pad to a sting mat on the floor to the floor itself.

Brad then discusses development of two root skills, the front Layout and the Whip Back (and Whip ½). He goes through the development of each showing the progressions he uses.

Finally he goes through a series of combination passes, both front and back, that range from 0.1 to 0.5 in bonus at levels 9 and10.

Thanks to Brad, Randy Sikora, and Region 8 for allowing us to use this lecture.

The second DVD in this selection is titled “Front and Back Tumbling” and is by Tony Retrosi. The lecture was presented at the 2007 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention in Austin, Texas.

Develop and implement a concrete plan. This is the first of Tony’s 10 commandments (actually only 9). Tumbling is the base for all the gymnastics events and skipping a step will always come back to haunt you, there are no shortcuts. Remember to always give corrections, not observations.

Tony then discusses the importance of conditioning and goes through the conditioning he uses, focusing on leg strength, core conditioning and developing the arms for tumbling. He also goes through a discussion of preparing the mind.

He discusses what  to use in your daily line drills and then moves on to specific drills on Trampoline and Floor for developing front and back tumbling through twisting.

Thanks to Tony, Cheryl Jarrett, and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this lecture.

Selection #212: Vaulting #17

The first DVD in this selection is titled “Tsuks and Handspring Fronts” and is by Tony Retrosi. The lecture was presented at the 2007 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention in Austin, Texas.

Tony begins with a little philosophical discussion and presents what works for him. Have a plan, stick to it, let everyone know, and modify it as needed to address weaknesses. Every level should have goals and pre-requisites and these should be known by all. This will save a lot of those uncomfortable parent discussions later on.

Tony starts with some basics focusing on the run and hitting the board. He presents what to look for, some conditioning, and drills for each. He then goes to the Tsuk and goes through his prerequisites and philosophy. He starts with the landing and works backwards. He goes through landing drills, repulsion, pre-flight, and putting it all together.

He finishes with Handspring Fronts and he goes through the same methodology.
Remember its all about flipping, make corrections, not observations, and take your time and be patient.

Thanks to Tony, Cheryl Jarrett, and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this lecture.

The second DVD in this selection is titled “Developing the Yurchenko” and is by Dennis Hayden. The lecture was presented at the 2004 Region 8 Congress in Nashville, Tennessee.

This lecture focuses on the correct technical development of the approach, round off, board and table contact. Dennis starts with a cartwheel on a line. Throughout the presentation he is constantly correcting the demonstrators while pointing out specifically what you should look for and are trying to achieve. It is all of those little things that lead to a successful vault. It’s all about creating direction.

He then adds some movement backwards, then a Roundoff, next brings in a board to a small raised mat, finally raising the mat to vault height. During all of this he is pointing out all of the small things you should be looking for. The presentation is very interactive with Dennis addressing many questions from the audience. Remember that any drill is only as good as knowing what to look for and making the appropriate corrections. Work slowly and be patient.

Thanks to Dennis, Marian Dykes, Sheila Ragle, and Region 8 for allowing us to use this lecture.

Selection #213: Professional Development #11 - Managing Fear

This selection focuses on managing fear. I would look at it as a 2 part-training course for understanding and hopefully working through fear issues. The selection contains two lectures by Dr. Alison Arnold. For those of you who are not already familiar with and using some of Alison’s materials I would recommend first using the ideas presented in the first selection. I would begin to implement them over 2-3 months. Then look at the second selection and add some of the additional ideas.

The first DVD in this selection is titled “Dealing With Fear” and was presented at the 2004 USA Gymnastics National Congress in Anaheim, California.

Have faith coaches there are methods of successfully attacking the fear beast. Alison begins with a discussion of what exactly is fear and what are the sources, including that all too familiar “I don’t know”. She next goes into a discussion on anchoring the mind in the present and the concept of loose mind–tight mind. This includes techniques for developing the tight mind including Identifying Loose Mind, Anchor Phrases, Mental Choreography and Successful Repetition. Next we go to the bank and discuss deposits and withdrawal and some techniques for building up deposits. The concept of Virtual Skills is discussed along with demonstrations.

What if nothing seems to work? Look for the deep thoughts, talk about it, and maybe you just need to look within and change yourself.

Thanks to Alison, Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this lecture.

The second DVD in this selection is titled “To Go or Not to Go” and was presented at the 2008 Gymnastic Association of Texas Convention in Austin Texas.

This lecture contains a review of the first lecture with additional information and techniques for managing fear. Some of these include Simple Fear vs. Complex Fear, Negative Belief Systems, Inconsistent Mind, and introduces the Confidence Ladder.

I would look at these two lectures as Managing Fear 101 and 201. Again, if you have not used Alison’s methods before I believe the best way to use them is to not even view the second selection until you have practiced the techniques introduced in the first selection for a few months.

Thanks to Alison, Cheryl Jarrett, and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this lecture.

Selection #214: Evaluating Optional Vault - Tips and Tricks for coaches and Judges

These DVD’s contains approximately 2 hours of analysis and discussion by coaches and judges on Optional Vault led by Judy Dobransky. The material was filmed at the 2008 Alabama State Clinic. Thanks to Judy, Deb Walls, and Alabama USAG for allowing us to use this material.

The first DVD focuses on Tuck, Pike, and Layout - Tsuks and Yurchenkos.

The second DVD covers the more Advanced vaults including Handspring Front Tuck, Handspring Front Pike ½, Yurchenko ½ off Front Tuck and Front Layout, Yurchenko 1/1 on, and Yurchenko 1/1. This is then followed by approximately 30 minutes of discussions on Level 7 Front Handsprings.

Learn to recognize the differences between similar Vaults, remember that the scores need to reflect these differences. The analysis of these vaults include good discussions on the specifics associated with each and with coaching tips on what could be done to affect improvements.

Selection #215: Evaluating Uneven Bars - Tips and Tricks for Coaches and Judges

These DVD’s contains approximately 2 hours of analysis and discussion by coaches and judges on Optional Uneven Bars led by Judy Dobransky. The material was filmed at the 2008 Alabama State Clinic. Thanks to Judy, Deb Walls, and Alabama USAG for allowing us to use this material.

The first DVD focuses on Level 7 and Level 8. The second DVD covers Level 9 and Level 10.

Learn to recognize the differences between similar routines, remember that the scores need to reflect these differences. The analysis of these routines include good discussions on the specifics associated with each routine and the skills in them along with coaching tips on what could be done to affect improvements.

Other discussions focus on casting, General Composition Deductions, The question of Above and Beyond Skills and the Level of Competition, and Execution vs. Difficulty.

 
Selection #216: Uneven Bars #18

The first DVD in this set is titled “High to Low- Low to High Releases”. This lecture is presented by Tom Forster and was filmed at 2004 Region 8 Congress in Nashville, Tennessee. Thanks to Tom and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.

In this lecture Tom presents the list of Transitions from High to Low and Low to High and then goes into how he trains the Bail and the Straddleback. He also discusses how to train the Pak Salto.

The second DVD in this selection is titled “Transition Skills for Advanced Bars”. This clinic is presented by Mike Comeau and was filmed in 2007 as part of Woodward Camps Visiting Coaches Program. Thanks to Mike and Woodward Camp for allowing us to use this material.

This clinic focuses on those skills needed for transition from Level 8 to Level 9. The skills covered include; Pirouetting, Blind Changes, Front Giants, and Bails.

Selection #217: Balance Beam #19 

The first DVD in this set is titled “Beam…A Plan to Conquer Fear”. This lecture is presented by Tom Koll and was filmed at 2004 National Congress in Anaheim California. Thanks to Tom, Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

In this lecture Tom presents a systematic way of helping athletes work through fear. This is done by allowing them some ownership of the learning process along with the use of proper progressions.

The second DVD in this selection is titled “Common Mistakes Made on Beam”. This lecture is presented by Tammy Biggs and was filmed at the 2007 Gymnastic Association of Texas Convention in Austin, Texas. Thanks to Tom, Cheryl Jarrett and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

In this lecture Tammy discusses the common problems encountered on Beam and presents a series of drills to correct these problem areas.

Selection #218: Coaching for Excellence – Tim Rand
 
Balance Beam

The first DVD in this selection was originally presented in USECA video #56, part of the 1992-1993 season. This was the first season that USECA moved from distributing primarily competition tapes to gymnastic instructional tapes. The title of the clinic is “ABC’s on Beam Training”. The tape was filmed at American Twisters.

Tim and Toni Rand are at it again, sharing the secrets of their success with the rest of us.  The focus of this lecture is the elimination of fear through mastery of proper basics.  The gymnasts must master the basic ABC’s of beam before they can write creative and proper gymnastics sentences. The beam complex is at the core of those ABC’s and the Rands take us through the complex, showing how it builds to create beautiful gymnastics.

The next DVD in this selection is titled “Routine Composition and Tumbling”. This tape was originally distributed as part of the 1999-2000 season in Tape #126. The name has been modified from the original and the DVD has been re-mastered from the original video. Neither of these first two selections were previously available in DVD.

In this selection Tim discusses his philosophy regarding creation of a Beam Routine. His very talented demonstrators then take us through a series of Level 7, 8, and 9 routines. Following this he then moves on to a discussion on developing Beam tumbling skills. He discusses drills and class rotations for a number of tumbling skills finishing up with the Roundoff for dismounts.

The third DVD in this first selection is titled “Saltos on Beam; From Drills to Competition”. This lecture was originally distributed on tape #178, part of the 2004-2005 season. This DVD was also prepared from the original video.

In this lecture Tim discusses Front Salto’s, Aerials and Side Sommies’s. Using video Tim methodically goes through the progressions and philosophy he uses to teach these skills. The methods and progressions he shows will work for everybody. He then discusses how to differentiate between Good and Great execution by taking us through some competition video. This lecture was presented at 2004 Region 8 Congress courtesy of Marian Dykes, Sheila Ragle and Region 8.

Selection #219: Coaching for Excellence – Tim Rand
 
Tumbling and Floor

The first DVD in this series is titled “Front Tumbling” and was originally presented in Tape #81, part of the 1995-1996 season.

In this DVD Tim discusses Front Tumbling. He starts at the beginning with handsprings and works up to high level twisting and somersaulting skills.  As always his progressions are solid, safe, and sane

The next DVD in this selection is titled “The Mystics of Twisting”.  This lecture was originally presented in Video #116, part of the 1998-1999 series. While I have re-mastered it from the original there still were many technical difficulties (lighting issues) during the filming.

Tim believes that there isn’t much mystery to twisting at all.  It’s so simple, so very simple, that only a child can do it.  This lecture starts with the basics and builds.

The final DVD of this series is titled “ABC’s on Floor”. This was originally presented in Video #160, part of the 2003-2004 season.

This clinic was presented at Region 8’s Level 9, 10, Elite Training Camp in October of 2001. Tim starts with a number of warm up drills and then moves on to tumbling. He goes through basic tumbling using a multitude of corrections and verbal cues.

 


 

2007- 2008 DVD

  Selection #200: Elite Process Update - 2007

The first DVD contains a presentation from Tammy Biggs taped at 2007 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention in Austin Texas. The lecture is titled “Progressions for Top's National Testing”. Tammy covers the skills added to the Top's testing program along with ideas for drills, conditioning, and flexibility exercises for achieving and improving these. She begins with Vault and goes through a series of progressions for developing the Yurchenko vault. She discusses when to introduce these progressions along with breaking the vault down into individual pieces. From Vault she moves on to Bars and begins by reminding everyone to be a little more forgiving here and focus on developing the correct shapes at the beginning, even at the expense of some of the requirements. The skills will come easier once the correct shaping is engrained. Some of what she covers includes; kip shape, grip variation, shifting, developing the Blind change, and some introduction to releases. With very little time left Tammy then discusses Beam with a brief discussion of developing forward tumbling skills. Thanks to Tammy, Cheryl Jarrett and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD contains a lecture presented by Chris Burdette and his wife Kim Zemeskal Burdette and is titled “Routine Development for the Hopes Division”. Chris begins with a brief review of the program and directs us where to go if we need more information. He then explains the two part scoring system, how it works, and how it applies to all of the events. Chris goes through Vault and Uneven Bars with regard to training strategy, skill selection, and routine development. Kim then takes over and goes through Floor and Beam, again discussing skill selection and routine development adding her judging perspective to the discussion. Thanks to Kim, Chris, Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

 

Selection #201: Uneven Bars #17

The first clinic was presented in June of 2006 at Woodward Camp in Woodward, Pennsylvania. The clinic is presented by Mary Lee Tracy and is titled “Pirouetting on Bars”. Start by developing the proper shapes in the root skills (Cast Handstand, Giant, Clear Hip, Stalder and Toe Handstand). If you fail to develop the proper core shapes you will have problems developing the pirouetting skills. Keep working pirouetting basics on floor while perfecting the core skills. Mary Lee begins with the development of the basic handstand stressing proper body shape, pushing up, shoulder extension and head placement. She then goes through a complex that can be used on floor for developing pirouetting fundamentals. She then does the same for developing the blind change. After an extensive floor session she moves to the bars. This part of the clinic begins by looking at the core skills. She points out areas that need correction and what to look for. After that they then add the pirouetting skills. Thanks to Mary Lee and Woodward Gymnastic camp for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD contains a lecture by Tony Retrosi and was presented at the 2007 Gymnastic Association of Texas Convention in Austin, Texas. The title of the lecture is “5 Skills Every Gymnast Needs on Bars”. There are 5 basic skills (Kip, Cast to Handstand, Clear Hip to Handstand, Giant, and Flyaway) with which every gymnast needs, regardless of the composition of their routine. Tony goes through each skill along with developing a training plan for your Team on bars. The plan covers daily, weekly, and seasonal aspects. He discusses a list of drills for developing and improving each of the skills along with, which skills should be developed along side each of these basic elements. He also shares his philosophy and general rules for working bars. Thanks to Tony, Cheryl Jarrett and the Gymnastic Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #202: Perfecting Compulsory Beam

The first DVD contains a presentation by Cheryl Jarrett presented at the 2006 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention in Austin, Texas. The title of the lecture is “Are They Doing it Correctly?” The lecture is a combination of three lectures and covers corrections, drills for individual skills, and on-time beam training. Cheryl starts with common mistakes made in the compulsory routines and then moves on to on time beam training. She starts with Level 5, then Level 4, and finally Level 6. During this part of the lecture she also answers many questions related to the text, teaching techniques, and training tips. She finishes the lecture with some drills for the handstands and leaps. Thanks to Cheryl and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD in this selection contains a Lecture by Kathy Semok and was presented at the 2006 Region 8 Congress in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The title of this lecture is “Compulsory Beam Basics”. Kathy starts at the beginning (walking) and takes us all the way through Level 6. She does an excellent job of showing us how all of the compulsory levels tie together and, if you take your time, and teach each level correctly, you will find that they all build to a point in which the basics for optionals are there when you need them. She does this with a group of Demonstrators and goes through the Drills she uses for teaching the skills at each level. She includes teaching queues, points to things to emphasize, common mistakes, and explains where it all leads. Thanks to Kathy Semok, Randy Sikora and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #203: Club Philosophy

Selection #203 comes to us courtesy of USA Gymnastics. The lecture is titled “Club Philosophy” and is presented by John Geddert. In this lecture John shares what has worked for him in developing his highly successful program. Success starts with developing a consistent philosophy from which to build from. This then develops into a series of standards, policies, and rules for your program. John shares his and then shows how this follows through in his program design. He discusses expectations, scheduling, Team Selection, Parents, Booster Clubs, Staff selection and training (Cloning). He discusses how to handle all of the managerial headaches that will be encountered on the road to developing a National Caliber competitive program. He also discusses training and skill selection and finishes up with a discussion on conditioning. Thanks to John Geddert, Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #204: Tumbling #18

The first DVD contains a lecture by Tony Retrosi and was presented at the 2007 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention in Austin, Texas. The title of the lecture is “Combination Tumbling”. In this lecture, Tony goes through the skills he teaches to develop the combination tumbling necessary to achieve bonus. He goes through the progressions he uses to teach the basic skills needed to be successful in developing the combinations that work. The skills include whips, front layouts, and whip halves. He starts at the beginning and includes ideas for proper strength development, and key things to watch for when teaching the skills. Thanks to Tony, Cheryl Jarrett and the Gymnastics Association of Texas for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD in this selection is by Mike Lorenzen and was presented as part of Woodward Gymnastics Camp 2006 Visiting Coaches Program. The title of the clinic is “Multiple Back Somersaults”. In this clinic, Mike takes us through the development of the Double back tuck and Double back pike. He starts with the basics developing the proper mechanics in the Roundoff and back handspring and then takes us through the progressions he uses for developing these skills. He shows us what to look for and how to make corrections in an older athlete whom already has their basics. Thanks to Mike and Woodward Gymnastics camp for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #205: Vaulting #16

This selection is devoted to developing a strong Front Handspring Vault. The first DVD in this selection contains a lecture presented at 2007 Region 8 Congress, by Brad Harris, and is titled “Level 4-6 Vault Development”. This lecture contains the largest amount of strength exercises and drills that I can remember in a single 1-hour lecture. Using a DVD that Brad created he goes through the development of a front Handspring for Level 4-6. He starts with Strength Preparation, then Shaping Preparation, Running drills and ideas for what to include in your vault complex, developing the Hurdle, Board Contact, Pre-flight, Blocking, and finally Post Flight. He goes through each of these phases of development showing the drills and exercises and stressing what is important to look for in developing the skills to avoid problems in the future.

The second DVD in this selection was presented as part of Woodward Camps visiting coaches program in 2004. The title of this clinic is “Vaulting Basics” and is presented by Mike Comeau. Mike starts with developing the proper running mechanics then moves on to the Hurdle. Once the run and hurdle are established he then brings in the Board. Next come the resi-mats, blocking, and finally the table. He does all of this using a series of drills and stresses what he feels is important and what to look for. He also uses his background from college coaching to show us how to go back and use some of the drills when an older, experienced athlete is experiencing problems.

Selection #206: Professional Coaching #10

The first DVD in this selection contains a lecture presented at 2003 Gymnastics Association of Texas Convention, by Dr. Alison Arnold, and is titled “Hitting – All in the Mind” . The lecture is about “Hitting” and what needs to be part of your yearly training program to establish the mindset of expecting to hit. Dr. Arnold uses Cincinnati Gymnastics yearly training plan as an example and starts with how it is developed for the upcoming year, how it is broken down and then how sports Psychology fits in with the rest of the plan. She then goes through parts of the plan and explains what psychological training and exercises to focus on during those training cycles. Thanks to Greg Schram for sending us this video and to Cheryl Jarrett and GAT for allowing us to use it.

The second DVD in this selection was filmed at 2006 Region 8 Congress in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The title of the lecture is “When Coaching and Judging Collide” and is by Mark Robbins, Florida State Judging Director. Mark looks at Competition from both the Judging and Coaching perspectives and ways of avoiding those occasional collisions. Remember that when you are out there on the floor you are under the scrutiny of all. Everyone, athletes, coaches, judges, and spectators should leave every competition with a good feeling. Mark provides a number of suggestions for both judges and coaches for improving their perspectives and finishes with four principles that you should try to make part of your rulebook; Always be impeccable with your words, Don't take things personally, Don't make assumptions, and Always do your best. Thanks to Mark, Randy Sikora and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #207: Balance Beam #18

The first DVD in this selection is titled “Optional Beam Basics” and is by Kathy Semok of Park Avenue Gymnastics. The lecture was filmed at 2006 Region 8 Congress. Kathy begins where she left off in the lecture on Compulsory beam and continues to show how it all ties together. She goes through the various types of Jumps and then shows how the tumbling develops from the compulsories through Levels 7, 8, 9, and 10. She includes everything to look for and a series of drills that begin on floor and ends with successful completion of the skill(s). After completing the tumbling progressions she then shows how to develop the round off dismount and how to the use the round off in a series. Thanks to Kathy Semok, Randy Sikora and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD in this selection was filmed at the 2008 Alabama State clinics. The session is by Judy Dobransky and is titled “Level 9&10 Beam Evaluation”. The session was on Beam and Floor and the Floor parts were edited out for this DVD. Judy starts with a brief overview of some general deductions applicable to Beam and Floor. She then looks at some selected Leaps, Jumps and turns. The session finishes with a critique of several Level 9 &10 routines. Thanks to Judy Dobransky, Deb Walls and Alabama USAG for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #208: Developmental Gymnastics #2

This is the second set of material related to teaching Recreational Gymnastics. The first lecture is by Tom Koll and was presented at 2006 Region 8 Congress. The title of the presentation is “Ideas for Recreational Instructor's Who Teach Tumbling” . This lecture is directed directly at Recreational Instructors teaching beginning recreational tumbling classes. Tom starts with how he sets up his classes and also how he chooses the people needed to teach these high-energy classes. He gives ideas for warm-ups, ideas for stations, how to combine praise while making corrections, ideas for progressions, how to deal with different types of children, and how to meet the parents expectations. The key to making all of this work is hiring the right people. Thanks to Tom Koll, Randy Sikora and Region 8 for allowing us to use this material.

The second DVD in this selection is titled “Ideas for Teaching Advanced Recreational Tumbling”. This is an in-gym clinic and was presented by Bill Sands at 2005 Region 2 Congress. This presentation is for those instructors who teach more advanced recreational tumbling classes and are looking for some new interesting ideas. Bill works with a group of athletes and asks them to try some things they have not seen before. Coaches who teach higher level gymnastics may also be interested in this one to see where some of this could lead. Everyone who knows Bill also needs to watch closely as he demonstrates a long forgotten skill. The old guy still has it. Thanks to Jeni McNeal, Bill Sands, Dave Adlard and Region 2 for allowing us to use this material.

Selection #209: Improving Performance

This selection is by someone who is new to the presenter community for USECA although not new to the Gymnastics community. Gina Pongetti is a Physical Therapist and owner of OccuSport Physical Therapy of Chicago. She also was a Gymnast, Club Coach and College Coach. She is part of USA Gymnastics Health Care Network and served on the Medical Staff for the 2003 World Championships. The first DVD in this selection is titled “Shoulder Flexibility in Handstands from Beam to Rings”.

Gina starts by going thorough some anatomy of the back and shoulder along with how it all works with regard to what you see in their gymnastics. She goes through the common shoulder problems and gives some great ideas for stretching and conditioning for improving this all-important area to create great lines in their gymnastics. Gina's background as both an athlete and a coach brings a unique perspective to these lectures making it a nice mix between a coaching and a medical lecture.

The second DVD is titled “Hips and Beyond” . Similar to the first lecture Gina applies the same methodology to describing how creating proper hip alignment affects bodyline and Gymnastics performance. This information will help your athletes achieve proper hip and leg positioning, improve posture and dance alignment. She gives a number of flexibility and conditioning ideas along with ideas for improving flight series performance on beam. Both of these lectures were presented at 2004 National Congress. Thanks to Gina, Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.


 

2006 - 2007 DVD or VHS

Video #190: The Elite Process:

I have been waiting for a long time to get two sessions that I could use to put together a video describing the Elite Programs. Video 190 is that video. It contains lectures by two speakers who are very passionate about what they do. The first lecture is by Gary Anderson, chairman of the Pre-Elite committee. He goes through a history of the Elite programs and explains how it all came about. He discusses how Tops, Hopes, Pre-Elite and Elite tie together, along with their requirements. Thanks to Gary Anderson, Randy Sikora and Region 8 for this lecture. The second lecture is titled “Elite Fast Track” and is by Chris Burdette. Chris is the Region III Pre-Elite program chair and coaches and operates Texas Dreams Gymnastics in Dallas , Texas . Chris builds on what Gary starts and also gives you the information you need to answer that question, “Should I”. This Video is for those coaches who have always wanted to find out more about the Elite path and may be what they need to give it a try. Thanks to Chris Burdette, Cheryl Jarrett and The Gymnastics Association of Texas for this lecture.

Video #191: Uneven Bars #16:

The first lecture on this video is by Brad Harris and is titled “Advanced Bars”. Brad covers the requirements, drills, and progressions he uses to teach Straddle Back to Handstand, Pike Back to Handstand, Bail to Handstand, Hop Change, Tkatchev, Gienger and Advanced Dismounts. He also provides some ideas for combining these skills for bonus. Thanks to Brad Harris, Randy Sikora and Region 8 for this lecture. The second clinic on this video is by Anna Sexton and Karli Jones and was filmed at Woodward Camp in Pennsylvania this summer. This was one of those unplanned clinics that come about if you ever spend time at Woodward. Karli has a skill named after her, which is a piked Hindorff. Anna and Karli go thorough the progressions they used to develop this skill and demonstrate the skill. It also gave me a chance to try out slow motion. Thanks to Karli Jones, Anna Sexton, and Woodward Camp for this clinic.

Video #192 : Perfecting the Compulsories – Floor:

This video contains two lectures by two of the authors of the 2005-2013 compulsories. The first lecture was filmed at 2006 Region 8 Congress in Ft. Lauderdale and comes to us courtesy of Randy Sikora and Region 8. The lecture is titled “How Much Would You Take” and is by the master himself, Tom Koll. Tom is the current chair of the National Junior Olympic Committee, Women's Program Committee Chair, and the Vice Chair for Women on the Executive Committee for USA Gymnastics. He is a Brevet rated judge and is co-owner of Premier Gymnastics in Omaha , Nebraska . The lecture is geared to get coaches and judges on the same page with regards to the deductions applied to the current compulsories. Tom begins with a discussion of text, posture, and artistry deductions. Then, using demonstrators, he goes through many of the level 4, level 5, and level 6 skills. The second lecture on this video is courtesy of the Gymnastics Association of Texas (GAT) and was filmed at their 2006 convention in Austin , Texas . The title of this lecture is “Are You Doing Them Correctly – Floor” and is by Cheryl Jarrett, co-author of the current compulsory floor routines. In addition to being one of the creators of the current compulsory program Cheryl also is owner of Capital Gymnastics in Austin Texas and Co-founder of Sports Scholarship Consultants. She is a Board Member of the Gymnastics Association of Texas and plans all the educational programs and seminars. Using demonstrators, Cheryl goes through the fine points of the Compulsory Floor routines and shows what they should be along with the variations that are showing up in reality. She focuses on the Level 6-floor routine but does relate it to the other levels. She also provides a number of coaching cues to use in making corrections. A very important part of this lecture is Cheryl's discussion on how to handle those touchy situations in which there may be a disagreement between coach and judge. Both clinicians will stress time and time again when there is a question regarding the routines the final answer is the written text. Not what someone said, Not what you were taught, Not the video, Not the pictures in the text, it is the actual written words. The room was crowded so the camera angles are not the best.

Video #193 : Balance Beam #17:

This video contains two lectures on advanced tumbling on beam. The first lecture was filmed at 2003 Region 8 Congress in Coral Springs , Florida and comes to us courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand and Region 8. The lecture is titled “Beam Tumbling” and is by two of the most recognized contributors in the USECA video club and to gymnastics education, Tammy Biggs and Tim Rand. The lecture is focused on teaching skills that the athlete can keep throughout their career. Tammy goes through a handstand complex, progressions for developing a full twisting back handspring and then goes into progressions for developing dismounts from a back handspring series. Tim then discusses the importance of progressions and circuit training. The second clinic on the tape comes to us courtesy of Woodward Camps Visiting Coaches program in June of 2006. The clinic is on developing the Roundoff for beam dismounts. The clinician is new to the Video Club. Vicky Chilszczyk is currently an assistant coach at the University of Maryland and has been working at Woodward since 1996 and has been a director for the last three years. Vicky discusses her philosophy for teaching skills on Beam and stresses the importance of proper progressions and starting the introduction of skills as young as possible. She discusses, with the use of demonstrators, hand placement, body position, key points, coaching queues, and safe progressions.

Video #194 : Developmental Gymnastics #1:

The first lecture on this video was sent to me by Dr. Jeni McNeal and contains an in-gym lecture by Dr. William A. Sands. The clinic was filmed at Region 2, 2005 congress and is presented courtesy of David Adlard. The title of the clinic is “ Developmental Bar Skills ”. With the help of Demonstrators, Bill shows a series of exercises for developing a Kip. He then goes through a number of developmental skills including a basket swing, reverse kip, sole circles, clear hip to underswings, and beginning casting. He goes through each of these explaining where it leads to while pointing out corrections and what to look for, The second lecture on this tape was presented at Region 8, 2006 Congress and is courtesy of Randy Sikora and Region 8. The lecture is titled “Ideas for Recreational Instructors Who Teach Vault and is by Tom Koll. Tom discusses how his recreational vault sessions are organized along with the three things each class should focus on; Have Fun, Learn Something, and Proper Technique. He shows how to balance this while discussing the breakdown of his class, warm-up, conditioning, and stations. The coach you assign to this event should be your most energetic since there is a lot of ground to cover while keeping every one busy. Lots of stations, learn and use everyone's name, use and make the children use proper terminology, challenge them, and always start with something positive are just some of the areas Tom discusses. He also goes through ideas for improving running, board contact, arm circling, and beginning inversion.

Video #195 : Vaulting #15:

This video contains two clinics in which a number of excellent drills are presented for developing Tsukahara and Yurchenko entry vaults. The first lecture on this video was presented at Region 8 2004 Congress in Nashville , Tennessee . Paul Padron presents the lecture. Paul is currently the Region 8 Junior Olympic Committee Chairman and has more than 25 years of experience as a coach and judge. The title of the lecture is “Drills and Shortcuts for Vaulting”. Paul begins the lecture with a discussion on Tsukahara vaults. He goes through a series of drills for developing and improving the run, hurdle, arm circle, and muscle isolation to be able to maintain the correct body position(s). He then goes into drills that can be set up to develop the “flipping” portion of the vault which are especially useful for those coaches not having access to a pit. Next come some drills for developing the Yurchenko entry, stressing the time development necessary to safely teach this vault. Paul then puts on his judges' hat and takes us through the analysis of some vaults, including a Pike Tsuk, Pike Yurchenko, and some more difficult vaults. Thanks to Paul, Marian Dykes and Sheila Ragle and Region 8. The second lecture was filmed during June of 2006 at Woodward Gymnastics Camp in Woodward Pennsylvania . The clinician is Aladine Naamou a Master Staff member at Woodward. Aladine has competed at the international level and was a 7-time all around champion for Syria . He owned his own school for 10 years and was an assistant coach for Penn State . He is presently coaching at Chris Waller's GymJam Academy in Santa Clarita , California . Aladine goes through the Yurchenko vault step by step presenting drills for improving the run, hurdle, Roundoff, blocking and turning over the vault. Thanks to Aladine and Woodward Gymnastics Camp.

Video #196 : Professional Coaching #9:

This video contains two lectures on developing your gymnast as a person and bringing out the best in them. The first lecture was presented at 2006 Region 8 Congress and is courtesy of Randy Sikora. The speaker is Brian Hite and the title of the lecture is “Enhancing Gymnast's Intrinsic Motivation”. Brian has a Master's Degree in Sport Psychology and has coached for 10 years. He is currently coaching at Waller's GymJam Academy in Southern California . During this lecture Brian discusses Intrinsic Motivation – You do it because you enjoy it. He provides information on what is behind motivation, the different types and theory involved with motivation. He explains how to get the most out of your athletes and the role the coach plays in this process. He provides suggestions for activities and training to improve motivation. Brian is also a consultant for Head Games Sports Psychology, which provides materials, and services for athlete development (www.headgames.ws). The second lecture on this video was presented at the 2006 Gymnastics Association of Texas 40 th Anniversary Convention. This lecture is presented courtesy of Cheryl Jarrett and the speaker is Scott Moore. Scott has been coaching for 26 years after competing at the University of Michigan and representing the USA in Sports Acrobatics. He is also producing a series of DVD's on bringing out the champion in all of us (stmoore357@yahoo.com). The title of this lecture is “The Champion Within”. In this lecture Scott goes through a series of principles, which if you live by, will bring out the champion in everyone. Some of these ideas include; The Tree of Champions vs. the Tree of Excuses, Bubble Time, Mind-Body-Emotion Connection and many, many more ideas to live and coach by.

Video #197 : Tumbling #16:

This video contains two lectures on developing proper tumbling basics early on so that you can develop the more difficult skills later. The first lecture was presented at 2006 Region 8 Congress and is courtesy of Randy Sikora. The speaker is Brad Harris and the title of the lecture is “Drills for Perfecting Compulsory Tumbling”. Brad is head coach and owner of the Tampa Bay Turners in St. Petersburg , Florida and a excellent clinician with a knack for breaking things down into what works. “Floor exercise progressions and drills are the root and the base of all gymnastics whether it be Balance Beam, Vault, and even Bars.” Brad starts with this statement and then goes through the progressions and drills he uses to imprint the proper mechanics of the skills for now and later. He does an excellent job of breaking down the skills and explaining how it relates to the higher level skills that you will need later on. The skills are the Hurdle, Roundoff, Back Handspring, Front Handspring, and the Back Extension Roll. The second lecture on this video was presented at the 2004 Region 8 Training Camp in Auburn , Alabama . This lecture is presented courtesy of Deb Kornegay and Region 8. This is an in-gym clinic by Dr. Evelyn Chandler and Ray Gnat. Evelyn is a Brevet judge who has served as the Florida and Region 8 Judging director, Ray is the owner of Ace Gymnastics in Longwood , Florida and has served as the Region 8 elite chairman. The Clinic is on Front and Back Tumbling. Evelyn and Ray go through Front and Back Tumbling sequences breaking down the technical aspects of the elements from both a judging and coaching perspective and how the two come together. Front tumbling begins with Front Handsprings and adds difficulty through front full – front layout. Back tumbling begins with a back handspring and carries through to triple twists and double back. This is an excellent clinic with the help of some very talented demonstrators. Please note that some of the skill values have changed since this clinic.

Video #198: General Business #3:

This video contains two lectures related to running your Business while maintaining a successful team program. The first lecture was presented at 2006 Region 8 Congress. The speaker is Randy Sikora and the title of the lecture is “The Sport of Gymnastics vs. the Business of Gymnastics”. Randy is the owner of Twister Gymnastics Parties and Cheer in Boca Raton , Florida and President of USA Competitions. Randy goes through his conversion from Coach to full time owner operator and presents some of his perspective on how to balance the sport and the business. He provides an overview of the growth of Gymnastics as a business and provides some ideas to achieve success. There is an interesting question and answer session after the lecture. The second lecture on this video was presented at the 2004 Region 8 Congress in Nashville , Tennessee . This lecture is presented courtesy of Marian Dykes, Sheila Ragle and Region 8. The lecture is titled “Getting a Handle on Managing Your Team” and is presented by Tom Forster. Tom is the owner of Colorado Aerials in Colorado Springs and is developer of ZipGym Software and ZipGym Team Manager. Tom begins by describing the process he went through in developing his Business and then discusses what is involved in setting up and managing a successful team program. His discussion includes what type of program, hiring the right staff, getting coaches that match your program, Athletes, Parents, Financials and Booster Clubs. “Your team is a race Car, can you afford to Race?

Video #199 : Planning for Success:

This is a single session video. The edited version of the lecture is approximately 1:15 minutes long. Stephen Rybacki presents this lecture. Stephen is the current VP of the Elite Coaches Association, a member of USA Gymnastics Board of Directors, Chairman of USA Gymnastics International Elite Program and a member of the National Team staff. The presentation was taped at 2003 National Congress and is presented courtesy of Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics. Stephen lays out how to plan for success with your athletes which includes laying out your training plan, breaking it down into manageable pieces including what, when, and how much. How to involve all of your staff so everyone is working towards the same goal. He stresses writing everything down, discusses training theory, training cycles, intensity, peaking, and many other concepts that need to feed into your plan. He puts this together, not just for elites, but for all levels. He uses many examples right out of his training plan.


2005 - 2006 DVD or VHS

Video #180: Teaching Tumbling Using the Tumble Track:

This video is devoted to Tumbling Basics. The video contains a couple of lectures by Tammy Biggs presented at Region 5 2003 Congress. The title of the lectures were “Teaching Tumbling using the Tumble Track” but as you would expect from Tammy, contains much, much, more. This tape comes to us courtesy of David Holcomb, Buckeye Gymnastics and Region 5.

Video #181: Vaulting #14:

This video contains a couple of excellent lectures by two of the best. The first clinic on this tape was filmed this past summer at Woodward Gymnastics. The clinic is on Yurchenko Vaulting and is by Mary Lee Tracy. With the help of some very talented demonstrators, Mary Lee starts with the run and finishes with some layouts. In between is everything you would expect. This lecture is presented courtesy of Woodward Gymnastics.

The second lecture on this tape comes to us from Todd Gardiner and the Illinois Gymnastics Institute. The title of the clinic is “The Table, Learn Not to Fear It”. This is a tape that Todd prepared when they were introducing the table. It contains drills and lead ups for safely introducing vaulting on the Table using a number of different training aids.

Video #182 : College Gymnastics, what's it all about and how to get there:

This video contains information on College Gymnastics and what you can do as a coach and/or owner to support your local colleges along with what you need to know to help your athletes continue gymnastics after high school.

The first session on the video is from this year's National Congress. Mike Lorenzen is currently the President of the National Association of Collegiate Coaches/Women's Gymnastics and the title of his presentation is; “Mutually Beneficial Relationships between Gymnastics Programs and the NCAA”. Mike goes through the current state of the collegiate program and the benefits that exist for both club and college for building a relationship with a local college. Mike also goes through the recruiting process and what coaches can do to help their athletes continue gymnastics after high school.

The second session on this video is from 2004 National Congress and is titled “Taking the Mystery out of College Scholarships”. The presenter is Cheryl Jarrett, Co-owner of Capital Gymnastics Inc. and Sports Scholarship Consultants. Cheryl takes the mystery out of what one must do to obtain that college scholarship. Cheryl presents a timeline and a step by step process for matching an athlete with a collegiate program in which they can succeed and thrive.

Thanks to Cheryl and Mike, along with Kathy Kelly, Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics for allowing us to use this material.

Video #183 : Dance #4:

The title of the first lecture is “ Training Leaps and Turns”. This lecture begins on beam but moves to Floor about half way through. Tammy covers many possible turn variations before switching focus to Leaps. Tammy covers progressions, technique, and drills for improving these skills. This lecture is courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand and American Twisters along with Region 8.

The second lecture on this video is titled “Floor Dance” and was presented by Deana Parish at Woodward Camp as part of their visiting coaches program in 2004.

Deana starts with a Floor complex that can be used in your weekly workout that focuses on Dance skills while also improving your endurance, jumping ability and finishing. She then moves into discussing Rhythm, and how it can be used for improving the quality of your Routines on Floor and Beam. This Video is courtesy of Woodward Gymnastics camp.

Video #184 : Sport Science #5:

This video contains two lectures by Bill Sands presented at 2005 Region 2 Congress.

The first session on this video is on Periodization and discusses Training theory (with data) to plan your program to peak your athletes performance at just the right time. Concepts discussed include, Peaking, Tapering, Load Demand, Training Errors, Stress vs. Rest, Volume & Intensity, Training Response and Adaptation, Macro-Meso-Micro cycles and much, much, more.

The second session on this video is titled “Conditioning”. The focus of the lecture is on what you need to include in your training program to develop the fitness level necessary for your athletes to succeed at the skills they are working and to optimize their performance. “If they are not fit enough then the rest really does not matter”.

I want to thank Bill along with Jeni McNeal for obtaining this material for us. I would also like to thank Dave Adlard and Region 2 for allowing us to use this material.

Video #185 : Uneven Bars #15:

This video contains two excellent presentations on obtaining the beginning skills necessary to succeed at the optional levels on the Uneven Bars.

The first lecture is by Brad Harris and was presented at 2004 Region 8 congress. This lecture is courtesy of Marian Dykes, Sheila Ragle, and Region 8.

Using video, Brad goes through the skills he feels are critical to succeed at Bars. He goes through the teaching methodology he uses along with his prerequisites. The skills covered include casting, clear hips, back giants, pirouettes, pike backs, overshoots and double back flyaways.

The next lecture comes to us courtesy of Woodward Gymnastics and contains an in-gym clinic by Enrique Trabanino from the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy . Enrique starts with casting, then moves on to clear-hips, giants, pirouettes, blind change and then some bar strength and conditioning. At the end of the clinic he discusses toe on skills and giengers.

Video #186 : Professional Coaching #8:

The title of the first presentation on this Video is “Shape the Shape” and was presented by Tim Rand at Region 8 Congress in 2003.

Tim goes through the necessary shapes that must be learned in order to succeed at gymnastics. As he goes through the shapes, he also covers the strength and flexibility necessary to achieves these shapes, along with some ideas on achieving and improving these.

This lecture is courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand, American Twisters and Region 8.

The second presentation is by Brad Harris and is titled “ Making a Smooth Transition from Compulsories to Optionals”. This was presented at 2004 Region 8 Congress and is courtesy of Marian Dykes, Sheila Ragle, and Region 8.

Brad starts with an overview and his philosophy regarding what and how a program can be set up to support the ultimate goal of producing competitive, high level athletes.

This all starts with producing a minimum list of requirements for each event and rolling that back down through your compulsory and pre-compulsory programs. He covers all 4 events including strength requirements and then discusses how he fits the development of these requirements into his pre-optional workouts.

Video #187 : Tumbling #16 :

The first clinic on this video is by Mike Lorenzen and was presented as part of Woodward Gymnastics Visiting Coaches Program in 2005.

The clinic is on Back Twisting. Mike begins the clinic discussing tumbling basics and methodically breaks down the hurdle and round off and presents ideas on how to improve them. He then moves on to the back-handspring, layout and single and multiple twisting.

The second lecture is titled “Teaching a Full on Floor” and was presented by Dennis Hayden at 2004 Region 8 Congress.

Dennis presents a step-by-step method he uses to develop a full twist on floor. He discusses the basics, and then with the help of some demonstrators and an air track presents his teaching method. He also discusses front twisting. This lecture is courtesy of Marian Dykes, Sheila Ragle and Region 8.

Video #188: Balance Beam #16:

This video contains two excellent presentations from 2006 Region 8 Congress. Thanks to Randy Sikora and USA Competition.

The first lecture is by Tom Koll and is titled “ Balance Beam Games – Keeping Workout Fun”. Tom presents a number of great ways to get in the numbers needed for success on beam. He presents a number of games all the while including coaching tips to achieve yours and the athletes goals.

The second lecture is titled “Coaching Beam: Not for Women Only” and is presented by Mark Robbins. Mark is the current Florida State Judging Director.

In this lecture Mark presents a targeted approach to coaching beam so that anyone can coach beam with confidence even if they have little or no background on that event. The lecture contains a solid foundation of basic principles that are needed for success on beam.

Video #189 : Injury Prevention and Care:

This video is on Injury Prevention and Care and contains two presentations by Tim McLane. Tim is an Athletic Trainer (ATC, MBA, LAT) and is a member of the USAG National Medical Staff.

The first lecture is titled “Injury Prevention and Care” and was presented at 2006 Region 8 Congress in Ft. Lauderdale . Thanks to Randy Sikora , USA Competitions and Region 8.

Tim presents training principles that should be used to prevent injuries. He also covers the proper care to use when injuries do occur. During Tim's discussion of functional conditioning for Injury Prevention you will get a preview of some of the Functional Rehabilitation material being prepared by Larry Nasser.

The second lecture it titled “Dealing with Injuries while Coaching and Teaching” and was presented at 2003 Region 8 Congress in Coral Spring Florida . Thanks to Tim and Toni Rand, American Twisters and Region 8.

This lecture is targeted for coaches and recreational instructors who will be the first ones to encounter the injury. Tim covers prevention, basic injuries and treatment, clean up, and reporting.


2004 - 2005 DVD or VHS

Video #170: Vaulting #12 - Teaching Beginning Vault:

It has been awhile since we have had a video devoted entirely to vaulting basics and developing a good, strong, safe Front Handspring Vault. Jim Gault, founder of the Elite Coaches Association and monthly newsletter contributor gave a pair of great lectures at 2004 Region 8 Congress devoted specifically to this. Jim goes through every aspect of taking that beginning vaulter and developing a strong Front Handspring Vault. Patience, attention to detail, discipline with regards to not letting the athletes practice bad habits, and using a safe series of progressions are the key. Jim covers the run, hurdle, blocking, angles, body position, and landing. He does this using live demonstrations and video. At the very end of the lecture he discusses higher level vaulting and additional safety considerations. Thanks to Jim, Sheila Ragle, Marian Dykes and Region 8.

Video #171: Conditioning:

Two great lectures from two of the best. The first Lecture on this video is from Region 5, 2003 Congress and comes to us courtesy of David Holcomb and Buckeye Gymnastics. It is a presentation by Mary Lee Tracy and is titled “ National Team Conditioning Plus for All Levels . Using her athletes Mary Lee goes through many, many conditioning exercises used in both the National Team conditioning program along with many of her own. She discusses the philosophy she uses for conditioning, when to condition, and how to choose. The second lecture on this video comes to us courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand, American Twisters, and Region 8, 2003 Congress. Neil Resnick presented a great lecture on “ Conditioning” in which he uses video along with a demonstrator.

Video #173: The Shoulder:

This video is on the shoulder and through the combined efforts of USA Gymnastics, Rachel Lethorn, Dr. Larry Nassar, and Kris Robinson lets you know every thing you ever needed to know regarding the shoulder. The first presentation on this tape is titled “ Understanding Common Shoulder Injuries & The Rehabilitation back to Gymnastics ” and was presented by Rachel Lethorn, MS, PA-C, ATC along with Dr. Larry Nassar the USAG Artistic Women's Program Team Physician. The presentation covers the anatomy of the shoulder, the chronic causes of shoulder pain, physical examination and testing techniques, treatment, and rehabilitation for a safe return to gymnastics. The second clinic is titled “ Prevention of Shoulder Pain ” by Kris Robinson, PT and regular monthly contributor to USECA. Kris goes through the basics of shoulder anatomy along with a series of quick tests and preventive and rehabilitative exercises to use. Both of these lectures were presented at 2002 National Congress and come to us courtesy of Kathy Feldmann and USA Gymnastics.

Video #172: Professional Coaching #7:

In August of 2005 Level 8's will be allowed to do Yurchenko entry vaults. This has to be handled very carefully due to the safety concerns with this vault and the improved, perceived ability to teach it with the table. As part of an advanced vaulting lecture, Brad Harris did an excellent job discussing advanced vaulting safety and his approach, and philosophy with regards to competition and advanced vaulting. Brad is the owner and head coach of the Tampa Bay Turners. The lecture was filmed at Region 8, 2004 Level 9&10 Training camp, courtesy of Region 8. The second lecture on this video is from Region 8, 2003 Congress and is titled “ Great Coaching Systems ”. Brendan Suhr, currently with the New York Knicks, gives an excellent lecture regarding coaching people. Brendan's extensive coaching career includes a couple of NBA world championship rings with the Detroit Pistons and being on the coaching staff of the 1992 Olympic Gold medal U.S. Dream Team at the Barcelona Olympics. This is one of those lectures that you pick up a little more every time you watch it. He basically goes through what it takes to take the journey from good to great. This lecture comes to us courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand, American Twisters, and Region 8.

Video #174: Uneven Bars #14:

This video is on advanced skills. It contains two lectures by Tom Forster, Colorado Aerials, that were presented at Region 8, 2004 Congress in Nashville . These were two of a series of lectures that Tom gave on uneven bars. The first of these is on Teaching Advanced Bar Release Moves and the second is on Advanced Bar Dismounts . The release skills that Tom covers include the Tkatchev, Jaeger, Schaposchnikova, Hindorff, Khorkina and Schuschunova. In the second lecture, he discusses teaching back and front dismounts along with his philosophy on creating a bar routine. Tom goes through his progressions and methodology for teaching these skills along with what to look for. These lectures come to us courtesy of Marian Dykes, Sheila Ragle and Region 8.

Video #175: Gymnastics Dance #3:

This is the third video in the Dance series and contains two lectures by Linda Johnson that were presented at the 2004 Region 8 Congress in Nashville . The first lecture is titled “ Dance: Back to Basics ”. In this lecture Linda covers alignment and posture, ballet barre basics, head and arm positions, footwork, take-offs and landings, and preparations for turns and jumps. There is a bit of “sensory overload” in this lecture when the session next door gets going. The second lecture is titled “ Dynamic Alignment ”. In this lecture Linda covers the key points that influence body alignment and how changes in that alignment effects both dance and gymnastics skills. These lectures are courtesy of Marian Dykes, Sheila Ragle, and Region 8.

Video #176: Tumbling #15:

This video contains two lectures on Advanced Tumbling. The first lecture is titled “ Arabians and Drills ” and is presented by Tammy Biggs. This lecture was presented at 2003 Region 8 Congress. Once again Tammy breaks a skill down into its basic parts and gives a series of drills for each part while discussing their importance. This lecture is full of information on many aspects of Tumbling. This lecture is courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand and Region 8. The second lecture on this video is on Advanced Back Tumbling and is presented by Mike Lorenzen. This is an in-gym lecture and was presented as part of Woodward Gymnastics camp visiting coaches program. In this lecture, Mike covers Double Layouts, Full Ins, and Full Outs. Mike methodically goes through what is important in teaching these skills, along with what to watch for, with the help of some very talented demonstrators. This lecture is courtesy of Woodward Gymnastics.

Video #177: Sport Science #4:

The first lecture on this video is titled “ The Laws of Motion ” and was presented by Tom Forster at 2004 Region 8 Congress in Nashville . This lecture was designed for both coaches and judges and explains how the Laws of Motion relate to what a Gymnast must do to complete a skill. He uses skills from Uneven Bars, Vault, and Beam to explain what must be done to complete a skill and how sometimes this conflicts with judging expectations and requirements. The second lecture is titled “ Developing Strength and Power ” and was presented by Bill Sands at Region 1 2001 Congress. In this lecture Bill tells us about Strength and Power and the differences between the two. He discusses the physiological requirements for both and what is needed to develop strength and power in your athletes. This lecture is courtesy of Region 1.

Video #178: Balance Beam #15 :

The first lecture is titled “ Front Saltos ” and is presented by Tim Rand. This lecture was presented at 2004 Region 8 Congress. In this lecture Tim discusses Front Salto's, Aerials and Side Sommies's. Using video Tim methodically goes through the progressions and philosophy he uses to teach these skills, along with how to differentiate between Good and Great execution. This lecture is courtesy of Marian Dykes, Sheila Ragle and Region 8. The second lecture on this video is on Back Series on Beam presented by Mary Lewis. Mary is the head coach at The College of William and Mary. This is an in-gym lecture and was presented as part of Woodward Gymnastics camp visiting coaches program in 2004. Mary discusses a number of possible back series but mainly focuses on Back Handsprings, Layouts and Gainer Layouts. She discusses what she is looking for in execution of these skills and the variations she experiences dealing with a variety of athletes from around the country. This lecture is courtesy of Woodward Gymnastics.

Video #179: General Business #2 :

This video contains two lectures for those who run businesses or are considering taking the plunge. The first lecture is titled “ Building Great Staff ” and is presented by Randy Sikora, owner of Boca Twisters. This lecture was presented at 2003 Region 8 Congress. In this lecture Randy focuses on what you, as an owner, need to do to acquire, and retain Great Staff. How do you get them, how do you pay them, how do you develop them, how do you evaluate them, and much more. He discusses Communication, Counseling, Coaching, and Mentoring. This lecture is courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand and Region 8. The second lecture on this tape is “ Being a Role Model ” and is presented by Tom Koll. This lecture was presented at 2002 Region 8 Congress. This lecture was initially intended for 1:15 and actually went for 1:45 and even then Tom still had more information that he wanted to convey. Some of the many concepts he discusses include; Be a source of energy, Create an environment that makes people (Staff, Parents, and athletes) want to be a part of your program, Ask the collar, Show off all of your kids, and much, much more. Tom also explains how he uses USECA videos as part of developing his coaches. This lecture is courtesy Nancy Hawkins and Region 8.


2003 - 2004 DVD or VHS

Video #160: Basics:

The first lecture on this video is by Tammy Biggs. The title of the lecture is “ Basics on Floor ”. The lecture starts with a series of basics that you would include in your warm up. It then goes into basics for the blind change that can be done on floor and then finishes up with some basic work that will lead to a double front. Throughout the lecture Tammy is pointing out why it is important, what to watch for, and where it leads to. This lecture is courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand, American Twisters and Region 8, 2003 Congress. I have been holding on to this lecture for a few years looking for just the right partner to match it with. This lecture was titled “ ABC's on Floor ” and was presented by Tim Rand at Region 8's Level 9,10, Elite Training Camp in October of 2001. Tim starts with a number of warm up drills and then moves on to tumbling. He goes through basic tumbling using a multitude of corrections and verbal cues.

Video #161: Vaulting #11:

This video begins with a lecture by Todd Gardiner presented at the 2003 Region 8 congress. Todd begins by sharing some of his coaching experiences and then goes into some basic vaulting drills . This lecture is courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand, American Twisters and Region 8. The next two lectures are courtesy of Woodward Gymnastics and were presented at Woodward Camp, Pennsylvania in June of 2002. In the first of these, Bob Nelligan, head coach at the University of Maryland and Woodward Master Staff, goes through vaulting drills that lead up to the Front handspring front. The final lecture on this video is on the Yurchenko entry and is presented by Mike Lorenzen, head coach at the University of Iowa and Woodward Master Staff. Mike focuses on the entry of the vault and lays out a series of progressions for successfully teaching this vault. I would like to thank the owners of Woodward for allowing us to use these lectures. I would also like to warn you ahead of time that both of these lectures contain some background noise. There is some music in the background during Bob's lecture and a fairly impressive rainstorm during Mike's.

Video #162: Beginning Optionals:

This video is devoted to beginning optional level gymnastics. The first lecture on this video is by Tom Koll and he discusses Level 7 Floor and Beam . Starting with the philosophy(s) and uses of Level 7 he then goes in to what is expected in the Beam and Floor routines and how to maximize performance. Jeff Wood takes over in the second lecture and discusses Level 7&8 Uneven Bars . He covers the choice and development of the skills, which are demonstrated along with the proper spotting techniques. Both of these lectures were filmed at Region 8, 2003 Congress and are presented courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand and Region 8.

Video #163: Professional Coaching #6:

This video comes courtesy of Cheryl Jarrett, Greg Schram, and the Gymnastic Association of Texas. The first lecture is titled” Keeping Athletes over 13 Years Old ” and is presented by Nick Chaimson. Nick shares what has worked for him in keeping those older athletes when Gymnastics competes with everything else in their lives. Nick is head coach of Spirals Gymnastics in Arlington , Texas and has graduated 27 gymnasts since 1994. The second lecture on the video is titled “ How to Teach Mental Training ” and is presented by Dennis Parker. Dennis takes what has worked for him on the football field and relates it to the training of athletes in general. Dennis has 27 years of coaching experience and is currently a motivational speaker with the Zig Ziglar Corporation.

Video #164: Balance Beam #14:

Both presentations on this video are by Tammy Biggs and come courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand and Region 8. These lectures were presented at 2003 region 8 Congress. The first of these is titled “ Developmental Beam ” and contains some drills and skills that she feels are important and should be taught to your Level 1-3 athletes. The second lecture on this video contains a series of drills on Balance Beam for the development of tumbling skills

Video #165: Parents:

This video is one that I have been waiting a long time to put together. At 2001 National Congress I taped a workshop by Michael Taylor titled “Getting Parents off your Back and on your Side” which has since been re-named “ Partners not Parents ”. I have been holding onto this video since then, waiting for just the right one to team it up with. Greg Scram and the Gymnastics Association of Texas (GAT) provided the partner lecture and is a presentation by Dr. Alison Arnold titled “ Dealing with Difficult Parents ” presented at the 2003 GAT convention. Video #165 begins with Dr. Arnold's workshop, courtesy of the Gymnastics Association of Texas. Dr. Arnold is the Sports Psychology consultant for the USA Women's Gymnastics Team, USA Figure Skating, and USA Trampoline and Tumbling. If you would like information about her mental training tools and educational materials visit her at www.headgames.com . Michael's workshop follows and is courtesy of USA Gymnastics. Michael is a regular contributor to The Elite Gymnastics Journal and is currently a Senior Recreation Supervisor for the city of Menlo Park , California . He is the owner of Gym.Net. Gym.Net (www.gym.net) is a Professionals Network of Education, Business, Consulting and Internet Services specializing in Gymnastics oriented businesses. Both of these presentations are really interactive workshops. There is a great deal of editing and I have tried to play with the sound levels to make it possible to hear all of the audience participation. This tape should be required educational material for all innocent, beginning coaches and may provide some new insights to the more experienced.

Video #166: Uneven Bars #12:

This video contains a lecture on Pirouetting and a clinic on Level 4 & 5 bar skills . It begins with a lecture on Pirouetting by Neil Resnick. Neil is the owner of Flips USA in Sparks Nevada and is a member of the National Coaching staff. Neil is one of those Master Clinicians whom you never want to miss. Neil goes through the requirements, conditioning, lead ups, progressions, and general methodology for teaching a number of skills. He begins with conventional pirouetting, Higgins, Healy, and the Blind Change. Along the way he discusses Inverts and Front Giants. He also shows some interesting circuits for some of the skills. The lecture combines live demonstrations and video. This lecture was filmed at Region 8, 2003 Congress and is courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand, American Twisters and Region 8. Speaking of Master Clinicians and Tim Rand that leads us right in to the second part of this tape. The second part of this video is a clinic on Level 4 & 5 bar skills conducted by Tim at Region 5, 2003 Congress. Tim goes through the level 4 and 5 bar skills by breaking them down into teachable chunks. He goes through the progressions he uses for teaching the skills. He discusses form and execution, body shaping, spotting, and the importance of the skill and how it relates to what comes later on. He also reminds us to be patient with drills and give them time to work. The skills covered, broken down into smaller parts, are the Glide Kip, Front Hip Circle , Casting, Single Leg Shoot Through, Back Hip Circle , Underswing Dismount, Squat-on, Long Hang Kip, and Tap Swings. This is an in gym clinic and is courtesy of David Holcomb, Buckeye Gymnastics and Region 5.

Video #167: Quest for Perfection (Vault):

I had the opportunity to sit in on one of Judy Dobransky's Judging clinics a few years ago and what I immediately noticed was the lack of coaches. After listening to and taping the discussions I came away from the clinic with a better understanding of where my athlete's deductions were coming from. This video is a consolidation of material from three lectures presented in 2002 and 2003. The first lecture on this video is Judy's lecture from Region 8 2002 Congress. The lecture was one in which Judy was in the process of developing the training material for Judging Vaulting with the switch to the table. This lecture is courtesy of Nancy Hawkins and Region 8. The second lecture is from 2003 Region 8 Congress and covers Front and Tusk vaulting by Evelyn Chandler. This lecture is courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand and Region 8. The final lecture covers flipping and twisting vaults by Judy Dobransky. This lecture comes from the Gymnastic Association of Texas 2003 Convention courtesy of Cheryl Jarrett and Greg Schram.

Video #168: Tumbling #14:

This video is the 14 th tape in the tumbling series. Both of these lectures were taped at 2003 Region 8 Congress and come to us courtesy of Tim and Toni Rand. The tape begins with Todd Gardiner on Front Tumbling . Todd is the owner of the Illinois Gymnastic Institute. Using demonstrators, Todd starts with the Handstand and proceeds through Walkovers, Handsprings, Tucks, Layouts, Full's, through Rudi's. He discusses alignment, basics, drills, progressions and conditioning. Neil Resnick then takes over with a lecture on Advanced Tumbling . Neil is owner of Flips USA and a current National Team Coach. Using a demonstrator and video Neil takes us through the methodology he uses to teach advanced tumbling. He begins with basics to include in your everyday warm-ups and then goes through progressions and drills for a number of advanced tumbling skills. Learn about the Magic Clock.

Video #169: Athlete Wellness:

The final video of the year is in the area of Athlete Wellness. Both of these lectures were filmed at 2004 Region 8 Congress in Nashville and come to us courtesy of Marian Dykes and Sheila Ragle. Both lectures are by David Marshall , MD who is the Medical Director for the Sports Medicine Program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The first lecture is on Common Orthopedic Injuries in the Female Gymnast . This lecture covers the common injuries, both acute and chronic seen in young gymnasts. The common injuries covered include Shoulder and Elbow dislocations, chronic wrist pain, lower back pain, and knee and ankle injuries. Prevention, symptoms, evaluation and treatment are covered. The second lecture is on the Female Athlete Triad . The relationship between nutrition, menstrual function, and stress fractures are discussed. The focus is on early recognition and treatment. Dr. Marshall also presents some interesting information regarding obesity trends in the United States .


2002 - 2003 DVD or VHS

These videos contain a series of lectures by Tom Koll, Chairman of the JO Committee, and focus on the current and upcoming (2005) Compulsories.

Video #150: Compulsory Exercises Part 1:

Part One : 2005 Compulsory Preview by Tom Koll: This is a present from USA Gymnastics and was presented at 2002 National Congress in Cleveland Ohio . The lecture is a preview of the changes that are being proposed/incorporated in the 2005-2013 compulsories. These changes will be finalized at the committees November 2003 meeting. This lecture provides you a chance to begin modifying your preparation now.
Part 2 : How Much Would You Take for level 4-6 on Floor by Tom Koll: This lecture is courtesy of Mississippi USAG and Nancy Hawkins SACC and was presented at the 2002 Region 8 Congress. This is the first of three clinics “designed to get everyone on the same page in regards to compulsory deductions”. Tom covers all of the major dance elements, some of the tumbling, connections, dynamics, and artistry. He provides an update on the current changes as well as glimpses of the upcoming compulsories. The clinic was well received by both coaches and judges alike and is a must for those involved at the compulsory level.

Video #151: Compulsory Exercises Part 2:

Part 1 : How Much Would You Take for level 4-6 on Uneven Bars by Tom Koll.
Part 2 : How Much Would You Take for level 4-6 on Balance Bea m by Tom Koll: These lectures are courtesy of Mississippi USAG and Nancy Hawkins SACC and were presented at the 2002 Region 8 Congress. These lectures follow through on Uneven Bars and Balance Beam with the same format as described for Floor in Tape 150.

Video #152: Balance Beam #12:

This video contains something for everyone. It contains a congress session clinic, an in-gym clinic and some competition video. This tape focuses on connections on Beam for upper level gymnastics. The first clinic is one conducted by Judy Dobransky and is titled “ To Give or Not To Give ”. Judy discusses combinations on Beam and after reviewing the requirements uses video from 2001 Worlds to go through combinations and some unique skills. Judy is a Brevet Judge, coach, choreographer, consultant and clinician from Region 5. She is currently NAWGJ Librarian, and USECA's 2002 Judge of the year. This lecture is courtesy of Mississippi USAG and Nancy Hawkins SACC and was presented at the 2002 Region 8 Congress. In the second part of this video Cari DuBois goes through some exercises that she uses in her beam complex and then goes through a number of Jump Combinations that work . Cari is a judge, club coach, and has been coaching college gymnastics for nine years. She is currently the head coach at the University of California at Berkley . This lecture is courtesy of Woodward Gymnastic Camp. The final part of the video is the actual video of 2001 World Championships donated by Judy Dobransky. The video contains some of the warm ups and many of the Beam routines.

Video #153 Team:

This tape is for Owners and Coaches and contains two lectures related to “Team”. The first of these is a clinic by Tom Koll and is titled “ Team Requirements...What Are Your Standards? “. Tom discusses the requirements that he uses at his facility, USAG requirements and additional in-house requirements. He also goes through many of the experiences that one may encounter with parents along the way. Tom is the National Junior Olympic Committee Chairman, Women's Program Committee Chairman, and the Vice Chair for Women on the Executive Committee for USA Gymnastics. He is co-owner and program director of Premier Gymnastics in Omaha , Nebraska . The second part of the Tape is by Randy Sikora, owner of Twister Gymnastics in Boca Raton , Florida . The title of the workshop is “Building a Profitable Competitive Team Program ”. Randy goes through the philosophy and methodology he used to remodel his team program to be both successful and profitable. Both of these lectures were from this years Region 8 Congress.

Video #154 Vaulting #10:

This tape provides an introduction to vaulting on the Table . Both of these lectures are by Brad Harris, head coach and owner of the Tampa Bay Turners Gymnastics Academy . The first of these lectures is from the 2002 Region 8 Level 9/10 training camp. Brad goes through some of the changes in vaulting that will occur with the new vaulting table. His gymnasts demonstrate a number of vaults as Brad discusses what both coaches and judges should be looking for. The second lecture on this Tape is titled “ Vaulting - Transition from the Old Horse to the New Table ”. In this clinic Brad covers gymnast psychology, lead up stations, drills, and training aids to help with the transition. He covers Handsprings, 1/4 & 1/2 ons, Tsukahara and Yurchenko style vaulting. This lecture is courtesy of Mississippi USAG and Nancy Hawkins SACC and was presented at the 2002 Region 8 Congress.

Video #155: Uneven Bars #11:

This video contains two lectures on Uneven Bars presented at the 2001 Region 8 Level 9/10/Elite Training camp in Rosewell Georgia by a couple of current National Team coaches. The first lecture is titled Shapes, Lines, and Pirouettes by Tim Rand and the second lecture it tilted Stalders, Endos, and more by Jeff Wood. In Shapes, Lines, & Pirouettes Tim discusses body position, where is vertical, and goes through the common errors one encounters in coaching and judging these skills. He then goes through event specific conditioning which includes; Lever Swings, Conditioning “Wrong”, Pull up and over, Leg lifts, Straddle Press to HS, Rope Climb, The Wheel, Cast Handstands with and without Pirouettes. He then goes through and covers Back and Front Giants, Kip-Cast-1/2, Stalders and Free Hips. In Stalders, Endos & More Jeff introduces Free Hips as Conditioning and what should be part of your everyday Basics. He then goes on to cover Stalders, along with some Progressions & Drills, and what to watch for. He then goes through the same information for Endos, Free Hips, Hindorf, Toe On Hecht to High Bar, and some Pirouette Drills.

Video #156: General Business #1 :

This tape was initially going to be part of the professional coaching series but as I was putting it together is quickly became apparent that these lectures are specific for club owners and managers (or future club owners). The first part is by Randy Sikora, owner of Twister Gymnastics in Boca Raton , Florida . The title of the workshop is Managing Growth and Engineering Change . “The workshop is designed to challenge club owners and managers to hurdle their perceived limitations and take a different approach towards their vision for tomorrow.” The second workshop is titled Integrating Your Gym Into the Community . Deb Tapscott-Walls is from Florence Alabama and has owned and operated Schoals School of Gymnastics for the past 28 years and is presently serving her fourth term as the Alabama USAG State Chair. In this workshop Deb examines a different approach to improving your business, Community Service. She shares her experiences in giving to the community and what it means to your business. Both of these lectures are courtesy of Mississippi USAG and Nancy Hawkins SACC and were presented at the 2002 Region 8 Congress.

Video #157 Sports Science #3 :

This video is presented courtesy of USA Gymnastics. The tape contains two lectures by our own Doc Sands that were presented at USAG National Congress in Cleveland in August of 2002. The first lecture on this video is titled “ Basic Biomechanics – Flipping and Twisting” . Maybe they are doing what they are doing just to complete the rotation. In this lecture Bill goes through the mechanics and physics governing flipping and twisting. He does this without any complicated mathematical formulas. The second lecture on this video is titled “ Technique Analysis and Feedback ”. In this lecture Bill discusses the criteria of “correct technique”, methods of analyzing the technique, using technology to analyze the technique and providing feedback. With examples he goes through identification of crucial areas, detecting errors, prioritizing the errors and prescribing solutions. Most of this lecture was filmed using a stand alone (no operator) camera so there will not be close-ups of the slides.

Video #158 Tumbling #12:

This video contains a collection of shorter tumbling lectures. The first two lectures on this tape are courtesy of Woodward Camp in Pennsylvania . They were filmed in June of 2002. The first of these lectures is on Front Tumbling and is by Woodward master staff clinician Mike Comeau, assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island . Mike covers front layouts and front twisting and shares some of his drills and experiences. The second lecture on this video is on Advanced Back Tumbling and is by Woodward master staff Ricky Harris. Ricky also coaches at Aim High Gymnastics in Rhode Island . Ricky discusses multiple back flipping and twisting. The third lecture on this video is the second half of a lecture on Advanced Back Tumbling by Brad Harris, owner and head coach of the Tampa Bay Turners. This lecture was filmed at 2000 Region 8 Congress at Lightning City Gymnastics in Tampa Florida . The last lecture on this video is the first few minutes from a Spotting clinic conducted at Woodward. Mike Lorenzen, Woodward master staff and head coach at the University of Iowa discusses what is necessary in properly spotting tumbling skills.

Video #159 Hey That's a Pretty Good Drill, Three:

This Video is presented courtesy of USA Gymnastics and was filmed at 2002 National Congress in Cleveland . The lecture on this video is the third in a series of lectures by John Wojtczuk. This lecture discusses some creative ideas to help coach beginners. The drills contained in this lecture cover tumbling, vaulting, uneven bars and balance beam. John has also allowed us to use his demonstration video. Please note that very little editing was done on John's demonstration video. There is distortion of the video when pauses and slow motion are used. There is also no sound during this portion of the tape since it was meant to accompany the lecture. For those of you who have been requesting that John's monthly series in the Journal be available on videotape here is your chance to get a very small part of it. John's other two lectures in this series can be found on tapes 109, 110, and 143.


2001 - 2002 DVD or VHS

Video #140: Sports Science 1

Part 1 : Train Smarter Not Harder by Dr. Bill Sands . Bill discusses Training Theory, Planning, and the use of a systematic approach to training. There is a discussion on the principles of training and how to manage time. Bill also gives a quick “how to” on using the Gymnastics Training and Competition Planner distributed by U.S.E.C.A..
Part 2 : The Technical Aspects of Basic Conditioning by Dr. Jeni NcNeal. Jeni discusses the use of basic conditioning to train motions not muscles. She does this using basic, fundamental exercises, which would be used for beginning and intermediate gymnasts. Analysis and feedback used during conditioning should be used to improve movement technique and gymnastic performance. Use of the PIC principle (Praise, Inform, Correct) to provide feedback is demonstrated. This is what you, as a coach should be looking for during conditioning.

Video #141: Vaulting 9:

Part 1: Yurchenko Vaulting by Tim Rand. Part 2:   Tsuk and Arabian Vaulting by Brad Harris. They go through the Pre-Requisites, Drills, Progressions, Lead Ups, Philosophy, spotting and training numbers. This tape compliments Tape 127 (Vaulting 8) which includes a lecture on Yurchenkos by Al Fong and a discussion of the 1/2 - 1/2 Front by Leonard Issacs.

Video #142: Uneven Bars #10 :

Part 1 : Inbar Skills by Tom Forster. Tom discuses the Inbar skills required at Level 10. He discusses Clear Hips, Stalders, and other inbar skills. He makes use of video to demonstrate the skills, progressions, drills, conditioning and spotting for the skills. He also discusses planning your workouts at the end of the clinic. Thanks to Greg Schram for putting together this tape.
Part 2 : Recognition of group 3,6, and 7 skills by Tim Rand. This tape is for Judges and Coaches and goes through what to look for and how to differentiate between athletes competing these skills. Using video he discusses the skills along with combinations and variations of the skills.

Video #143: Drills, Drills, Drills:

Part 1: Bars by Tammy Biggs . Tammy starts off by discussing the conditioning used in the elite testing. She then covers technique and progressions for casting, pirouetting, and toe on work leading to release moves. She then moves over to the tumble track and goes through a series of drills and expectations for front and back flipping. Thanks to Greg Schram for putting together this video.
Part 2:   What do Simple Folk Do, Too by John Wojtczuk. John goes through a series of drills, breaks things down into basics and adds some new ways of teaching skills. He starts with flyaways (how do you get them to keep that head in), then moves to using “Negative Space” to teach front and back tumbling on beam. He also discusses and demonstrates with video a great deal of skill specific conditioning. At the end of the lecture John goes through some of the original material presented at National Congress in 1996. The last ten minutes of this lecture is included at the end of Video 144.

Video #144: Professional Coaching #5:

Part 1: Level 1-4 Certification by Tim Rand. After listening to Tim I was sorry I choose not to attend the 2001 High Performance Seminar. Tim gives an overview of this fairly substantial program put together by the top experts for educating coaches teaching beginning gymnastics.
Part 2:   Empowerment, The Secret of Letting go of Some Hats by Laura Mikszan and Sarah Morris. The lecture itself demonstrated the benefits of sharing responsibility when running a successful business. Laura Mikszan, owner of World of Gymnastics, was the scheduled speaker and was unable to attend at the last minute. Sarah stepped in and gave the presentation, which focused on setting up your business so it will run smoothly, even when a key player may be unavailable. There are ideas here for new as well as established owners.

Video #145: Choreography #2

Part 1 : Optional Choreography by Shirley Tranquill. Shirley goes through the process of choreographing a routine. She starts with picking the music and goes through “Coaching the Routine”. She uses video for demonstration purposes. The full video was originally put together by Shirley and Linda Johnson (USECA Video #69).
Part 2 : “ Choreography is a gift . It is a gift that people have that they give to others and performance is a personalized gift of the athlete being able to take that Choreography and make it a show.” (Judy Dobransky, GAT-2001). Judy discusses the key points that go into making up a routine with the deductions for Artistry (Beauty, Femininity, and Entertainment) in mind. The tape contains a 30 minute lecture followed by a discussion of video taped routines. The routines are difficult to see during the discussion however the actual videotape of the routines is included on the end of the tape.

Video #146: Balance Beam #11:

Part 1: Advanced Beam Tumbling by Tim Rand. Tim explains his teaching methods and philosophy for teaching advanced beam tumbling. Tim covers the layout, Onodi, One arm back handspring, full, front tumbling, and roundoff.. He also discusses some bonus combinations.
Part 2:   Creative Beam by Shirley Tranquill. Shirley then tells us how to connect those advanced skills and other requirements to develop an artistic routine. The lecture explains how to develop those “tweeners”, those interesting moves that adds the connective flow between the elements. She goes through a series of improvisational techniques that can be used to bring out the creativity of your gymnasts.

Video #147: Up a Notch:

Part 1 : Artistic Performance on Beam and Floor by Geza Pozsar; Geza goes through what the gymnast needs to develop a great routine. He uses a demonstrator to show what is important in form and uses video to analyze some great beam routines.
Part 2 : Low to High & High to Low by Arthur Akopyan. Arthur describes a series of unique bar skills that he would like to see in up and coming gymnasts. He describes the skills, what to look for, and how to teach them.

Video #148: Sports Science #2:

Part 1 : Skill Teaching by Bill Sands. Bill goes through what is involved in the process of learning skills. Skill Performance model, making movements into habits, Body sense, temporary vs permanent memory, and more.
Part 2 : Understanding Weight Loss and Control by Bill Sands. Ever wonder why it seems to be so hard to loose weight. Bill goes through the roles of Diet and Exercise, energy efficiency (sleep more), fitness and examines a number of Myths. He also provides some answers.

Video #149: Tumbling #11:

Part 1 : Front Tumbling for Bonus by Brad Harris; This lecture starts with the front handspring, moves on to layouts, twisting and complex combinations for bonus. Brad goes thorough the key elements of each move and uses video to take you through the progressions he follows when teaching these skills.
Part 2 : Back Tumbling through Twisting by Dennis Hayden. This lecture is on Back Tumbling and the importance of Basics. He starts with Limbers and goes through to twisting. It is all towards creating that “super tumbler”.


2000 - 2001 VHS TAPES

TAPE #130: Mental Toughness:

Developing Mentally Tough Gymnasts , by Dr. Alan Goldberg: Do you remember the vault during the first night of preliminary competition? Kristen Maloney had come up limping after a less than perfect first vault. The commentators were worried. Could she do it? Should she even try? Then, as Kristen focused on the horse as she prepared for her second attempt, her facial expression changed. Tim Daggett said something to the effect, “Oh, yes, she's all ready now.” Then Kristen ran full blast down the runway and nailed her vault. This did not surprise Kristen, her coaches, or Tim Daggett. This was normal. This is why Kristen was in the Olympics in the first place. Kristen is tough physically and mentally. How did she develop this toughness? Dr. Goldberg teaches us that great athletes get comfortable being uncomfortable. They get past fear, physical difficulties, and burn out. This is no accident. This skill can be taught and you can learn about it in this tape.

TAPE #131: Tumbling #9:

Part One: Compulsory Tumbling , by Brad Harris: Brad did a couple of lectures for us last year and they were very well received. He's back again giving practical, useful drills and progressions for use in the compulsory floor routine. This lecture is perfect for your level 4, 5, and 6 coaches and it is also a terrific training aid for class teachers.

Part Two: Russian Tumbling Techniques , by Vladimir Novikov: The first part of this lecture is hard to understand. But after the camera is moved to a different angle and as Vladimir warms to his subject and we get used to the accent, things sound a bit clearer and the last 3/4 to 2/3 of the lecture is very good. This is not a methodical step-by-step presentation of the old Soviet system. Instead, Vladimir takes a group from basics to intermediate tumbling skills. This lecture is at its best as Vladimir actually makes corrections and drills these girls on their specific skills. He concentrates on head, shoulder, arm, and back positions. This is a good lecture for all optional level coaches and even veteran coaches should pick up a pointer or two.

TAPE #133: Gymnastics Dance #1, Tom Koll:

Part One: How to Create a Great Floor Routine from Scratch : In this lecture, which was presented at the 2000 Region 8 Congress, Tom goes through some fun and interesting activities for creating poses and transitions.

Part Two: Interesting Dance Drills : Tom begins the discussion with some drills for leaps, jumps, and turns and then moves into consideration of pulling the best performance from the gymnast.

TAPE #134: Uneven Bars #9 (Advanced Bars):

Part One: Major Bar Skills , by Brad Harris: from Region 8 Congress. This in gym clinic Includes discussion on the hop-change, Tachachev, Geiger, full-in, full-out, Fontain, inverts. The lecture includes drills, lead-ups, progressions, and spotting. This is a good lecture.

Part Two: Bar Dismounts , by Ray Grant: Includes flyaway, double back, twisting doubles, layout double, Arabian, and double front.

This tape also includes the conclusion of Larry Nassar's lecture from Tape #135

TAPE #135: Coaches Medical Primer HPS 2000 :

Larry Nassar presented this lecture at the High Performance Training Camp. This USA Gymnastics event was very well received and this tape should give those who did not attend some idea as to the depth of the information presented. This is a medical primer on common problems, treatment, taping, and injury prevention in such areas as ankles, shins, hips, glutes, and the back. This is information that every coach should know.

TAPE #136: Gymnastics Dance #2, Tom Koll:

Part One: The Illusion of Perfect Alignment : In this lecture, Tom stresses proper posture in leaps and turns, what to watch, and how to improve.

Part Two: Incorporating Dance Into Everyday Workouts : This is often the problem: so much to do and not enough time to get it all done. Tom's approach is down to earth and includes strategies you can put to use right away.

TAPE #137: High Performance Seminar 2000:

Bill Sands, our sports science guy gets down to business as he sets his sights on the physiological aspects of women's gymnastics, specifically physical preparation and fitness for training and performance. This is a very good tape.

TAPE #138: Basic Tumbling:

I have had this tape for a couple of years just waiting for an opportune time to send it out. Think of this as a “Greatest Hits” tape on basic tumbling skills. Greg McCalester put this tape together from a number of lectures and they all have to do with basics on floor with a little vault thrown in as well. This is an ideal tape to give to class teachers and beginning coaches as well as a great reminder for all the seasoned veterans. This tape is full of drills, lead-ups, and progressions, as well as basic technique.


1999 - 2000 VHS TAPES

TAPE #120: 1999 World University Games:

Many Video Club members have expressed an interest in receiving more competition videos. The Video Club has received few to offer the membership that we were able to distribute due to network television rights, but we can share this one. There are some terrific gymnasts competing in this international championship and some skills that are breathtaking include a handspring double front vault (2.501) performed by Elena Produnova. The Video Club thanks Judy Dobransky for sending and sharing this tape. Her notes on the competition appeared in the October 1999 issue of the USECA Newsletter.

TAPE #121: Professional Coaching #4:

Part One: Improving Flexibility , by Dr. Bill Sands: Bill calls this some of the most practical and effective information he has come across in his 30 years in the sport. Simple to understand and implement he all but guarantees that the use of this system will improve your gymnasts' leaps and jumps within just a few weeks. That is why this tape is coming out as one of our first offerings of the year. Bill's notes appear elsewhere in this Newsletter.

Part Two: Teaching Gymnastics to Children , also by Dr. Sands: This centers on the big picture of teaching athletics, particularly gymnastics, to children. What can children learn and when can they learn it? This is important basic information critical to the ongoing success of your club and our sport.

TAPE #122: Coaching Great Gymnasts :

Part One: What Should I Put into My Workout for My Up-and-Coming Gymnasts? , by Tami Biggs: Long time Video Club members know that I think Tami Biggs is about the best thing going. She is a coach's coach and she is sharing her knowledge with all of us. In this video she shows us what we might want to incorporate in our daily workouts to get our little ones ready for the rigors of optional and level 10/elite competition. The focus is on beam but most of these drills are applicable to floor as well. Some time is also spent on bars.

Part Two: How to Develop Great Gymnasts While Training 20 or Fewer Hours a Week , by Brad Harris: Brad takes us through his yearly training schedule (periodization). He also talks about workouts and training. This lecture was poorly filmed but the content is good.

TAPE #123: Gymnastics Basics:

Part One: Basics on All Four Events , by Tim Rand: “There is nothing basic about basics.” Tim goes through what's important and gives some ideas on how to work these skills and drills into the workout. There are some noise problems with an adjoining area but these calm down some during the course of the lecture.

Part Two: Uneven Bar Basics , by Leonard Isaacs: The level 4 and 5 bar routines are nice but they are only partially developmental. There is much work to be done above and beyond the skills in the compulsory routines. Leonard gives his take on what those skills and drills are and how best to do them.

TAPE #124: Advanced Tumbling:

Part One: Bonus Tumbling , by Brad Harris: Great insight on an important subject.

Part Two: Progressive Training for D and E Skills , by Jack Carter: Jack Carter has done a tremendous job with the Parkettes and he shares his philosophy and progressions in this video. Originally presented at the 1998 National Congress, it is offered here courtesy of USA Gymnastics. This is a great tape!

TAPE #125: Training the Compulsories:

Part One: Drills and Skills for the Compulsory Routines , by Tami Biggs:

Part Two: Compulsory Beam Skills , by Tim Rand: If you are familiar with these coaches then you know why this is an impressive videotape. These coaches are among the best in the United States , lecturing on a subject in which they have proven to be the masters. Enjoy!

TAPE #126: Balance Beam #9:

Part One: Turns and Twisting , Tami Biggs and Tim Rand: USECA is proud to present another tape featuring two of the best teachers and coaches in the United States . In this video, Tami and Tim focus on the specifics of turning and twisting, laying groundwork in the basics and proceeding through intermediate and into advanced skills.

Part Two: Routine Composition and Dismounts : Tim Rand turns his attention to other important aspects of beam training and some that might be somewhat neglected. This is an excellent tape.

TAPE #127: Vaulting #8:

Part One: Yurchenko Vault Drills , by Al Fong: It has been a while since USECA sent out a strong Yurchenko vaulting tape. This is such a tape. Al starts by giving an overview of what the expectations of the elite program are and how that impacts the selection of this family of vaults. Then he moves through a series of drill for the Yurchenko. He explains the timeline for learning the vault and shares his philosophy for developing a strong vaulter.

Part Two: ½ on ½ off Front , by Isaacs and Jansson: This lecture was presented at the Region V Congress during the fall of 1999. It presents an in depth look at this vault and the technical aspects that differentiate it from a tsuk with a half twist. There is a fairly detailed biomechanical analysis of the vault with an emphasis on the practical aspects of teaching and judging the vault. Recent USECA vault tapes have had a strong bias toward the basics and development of good vaulting. This tape has a focus on the higher ends of the skill level on this event. This is a very good tape.

TAPE #128: Tumbling #8:

Part One: Tumbling Basics , by Tami Biggs: Tami Biggs is one the most sought after and accomplished coaches working in the United States today. She has forgotten more effective drills than any of us will ever learn or develop. In the first lecture on this tape Tami turns her attention to the drill, skills, and conditioning that the girls must do in order to lay a solid foundation for advanced tumbling.

Part Two: Directly Connected Saltos , by Tim Rand: In the second lecture Tim explains that although the gymnasts can get credit for “C”, “D”, and “E” dance skills, such dance difficulty is subject to interpretation and judgment by the official. Tumbling difficulty is much more reliable in terms of getting credit and fulfilling requirements. In this lecture Tim looks at lead-ups, technique, and drills for directly connecting saltos on floor. This is a great tape for content. However, this tape was filmed by setting the camera up and letting it record while the owner filmed another lecture. There are no close ups and you will have to turn the volume up. Also, there was not enough room to include Tim's entire lecture on this tape. It is continued on Tape #129.

TAPE #129: Beam Dance:

Part One: Effective Leap and Jump Combinations , by Tami Biggs: Tami is at her very best on this tape presenting effective combinations on beam. Not only does she present specific combinations for the girls to use, she also provides a framework for all coaches to use in deciding what is best to use with their individual athletes. This is a great tape for content. However, this tape was filmed by setting the camera up and letting it record while the owner filmed another lecture. There are no close ups and you will have to turn the volume up.

This tape also contains the conclusion of Tape #128, Directly Connected Saltos.


1998 - 1999 VHS TAPES

TAPE #110: Uneven Bars #7:

Part One: Hey, That's A Pretty Good Bar Drill: Creative Thinking to Help Coach Beginners : John Wojtczuk, a coach at North Stars Gymnastics and a past chairman of the J.O. Program Committee, has come up with some pretty good bar drills for kips, pirouettes, blind changes, clear hips, late toe-on, stalders, and giants. These drills are not new. In fact, many of them have been around for a long time, but may not be familiar to many new coaches and gymnasts. Changes in equipment, progressions, the rules, and thinking about gymnastics have all led to the loss of many great drills of the past. These drills are particularly valuable as they can often be set up as an additional station which does not require your presence every rotation.

Part Two: Identifying Grip and Hop Changes , by Tim Rand and Linda Chemcinski. Tim is the owner and head coach at American Twisters. Linda is one of our top judges, having judged at the Olympics and World Championships. In this lecture they present 40-45 different combinations-all with grip changes or hops and your job will be to list the skill, the value, and the bonus. After all the combinations have been presented, Linda and Tim will go back over the combinations with an explanation of the skill, the value, and an examination of proper technique. This video is offered courtesy of USA Gymnastics.

TAPE #111: Coaching Clinic #6:

Part One: 51 Quick and Easy Sport Psychology Exercises , by Allison Arnold. Dr. Arnold is a sport psychology consultant for USA Gymnastics and a former Class I gymnast. Mental conditioning is not different than physical conditioning. Minds need constant training to become disciplined enough to handle the rigors of high-level performance. Sport psychology is much more than a bit of mental rehearsal the night before a meet. This lecture will give coaches quick and easy exercises that can be implemented in the gym immediately. The topics discussed include team building, goal setting, motivation, concentration, decreasing anxiety, consistency, and confidence.

Part Two: Conditioning, Peaking, and Dennis Rodman? : David McCreary, REPC for Region I, has been coaching top level gymnasts for over a decade. In this lecture, David tries to make sense of the vast amount of material that has been published over the past few years concerning conditioning and peaking. The lecture includes types of conditioning and strength training; the yearly plan, prioritize, per iodize; and individualize; how to tailor different training phases to the differing conditioning priorities that you will encounter during the year; how to implement a training program that is practical and efficient; an example of a yearly strength and conditioning program, and the considerations that must go into such a program. This video is offered courtesy of USA Gymnastics.

TAPE #112: Vaulting #7 :

Part One: Handspring Vaults : Glen Vaughan. Glen has been coaching gymnastics for many, many, years, working first with the boys and now with the girls in the San Diego area. This lecture is devoted to the drills, skills, technique, and approach to teaching and perfecting the basic handspring vault.

Part Two: Advanced Vaulting : David McCreary. David is one of the coaches at West Valley Gymnastics and he has produced many top gymnasts. This lecture is titled “Advanced Vaulting” but in reality David's focus is on the basics. If you get the basics right, even the most advanced vault takes care of itself. He devotes time to six areas of training that he does with all of his gymnasts no matter what level: (1) Sprint and running drills (2) body position drills (3) repulsion drills and conditioning (4) board drills (5) air sense and landing drills (6) mental preparation. This is a terrific lecture for coaches of all levels.

TAPE #113: Flexibility:

Part One: Flexibility and Jumps Using the Tumble Track , Cheryl Jarrett: Cheryl is one of the coaches at Capitol Gymnastics and she has helped produce many top gymnasts. The title of this lecture is literal. Cheryl has her gymnasts use the Tumble Track frame and bed to do flexibility exercises. She also has them practice leaps, jumps, body positions, landings, and flexibility drills using the apparatus.

Part Two: Increase Flexibility : Ligosar. This is a good cross over lecture as a rhythmic coach shares the secrets of flexibility with the artistic gymnastics community.

TAPE #114 Uneven Bars #8:

Advanced Bars : Mark Young. This is a very good lecture. Mark coached Amy Chow and shares many of the thoughts, progressions, and techniques that led to her success on this event.

Unique Bar Skills : Todd Gardiner. Todd has shared his insights with us many times. This would be a great lecture if the person filming it had been able to zoom in on the information Todd presents concerning the future direction of bars and what we must do to keep up with this changing event. I have spliced in some great film of the China gymnasts on bars.

TAPE #115: Balance Beam #8:

Planning the Workout : Naomi Meyekawa. Naomi has lectured extensively on this event drawing on her vast dance background. She breaks the year into three training periods and details what needs to be done during each period.

Tumbling Clues and Cues : Tom Koll. Tom has taken some time off from his duties as the National J.O. Program Chairperson to lecture on basic tumbling including handstands and cartwheels. Those who know Tom will expect this lecture to be funny, entertaining, and informative. They will not be disappointed.

TAPE #116: Twisting and Tumbling:

Part One: The Mystics of Twisting , by Tim Rand: Actually, Tim believes that there isn't much mystery to twisting at all. It's so simple, so very simple, that only a child can do it. This lecture starts with the basics and builds.

Part Two: Basic Tumbling , by Dan Witenstein: Basic tumbling has been done before but rarely has it been done so well! This is a good tape!

TAPE #117: Gymnastics Training:

Part One: The Difference Between a Good Practice Coach and a Good Meet Coach , by Dr. Stan Beecham, Sport Psychologist to the University of Georgia . There is a difference and your athlete's performance will improve if you know the difference.

Part Two: Jump Rope Conditioning and Skill , by Dr. Larry Nassar and Anthony Lee. This lecture teaches and demonstrates how using a jump rope can develop a gymnast's speed, strength, skill, and overall performance level. Both of these lectures were presented at the 1996 USA Gymnastics National Congress in Boston . They were both filmed and offered courtesy of USA Gymnastics.

TAPE #118: Elite National Training Camp:

This tape features the National Coaching Staff in action at the Elite National Training Camp in November 1998. There is nothing fancy here. If you like to watch great coaches work with super gymnasts during a regular workout, this tape is for you. There are good sections on bars, beam, flexibility, along with extensive warm-up. This tape is offered unedited to preserve tape quality. (This means that the cameraman jumped from event to event as he saw stuff he liked. He did settle down later in the video and stayed at a single event through a rotation.)


1997 - 1998 VHS TAPES

TAPE #100: Drills for the New Compulsories:

Part One : Annual USECA Awards for Coach, Choreographer, and Contributors of the Year. The membership of the USECA votes for these awards and now you get to see them presented.

Part Two : Tami Biggs presents some of her drills for the new compulsories. Tami is one of the best coaches in the USA . In this video she gets us all on the right track by pointing out the drills that will help your gymnasts succeed with the new compulsories. Plus, Kinetic Imagery Productions presents digital analysis of skills from both internal and external view, different angles, slow motion, and more. This is the future of coaching.

TAPE #101: Team Organization #2:

Part One: Organizing a Team Booster Club : David Holcomb, an attorney, gym owner, and meet director for the Buckeye Classic (2,200+ gymnasts), presents his ideas on how a Booster Club can make life easier for the coach by funding competition expenses for the gymnast, performing time-consuming work, coaching staff, and supporting the efforts of the gym school.

Part Two: Developing a Team Handbook : David speaks on the development of the USECA Team Handbook and the ways in which such a document can establish a team philosophy, make more money for the club, and eliminate problems.

TAPE #103: Vaulting #6:

Mark Young, owner and coach at West Valley Gymnastics, delivers a two-part lecture on vaulting. He starts with the run, approach, and other basics, and then progresses into tsukaharas, handspring fronts, and yurchenkos. This is common sense approach to vaulting that has yielded great results for Mark and the gymnasts at West Valley .

TAPE #104: Uneven Bars:

Part One : Steve Rybacki, a National Team Coach and the owner and head coach at Charter Oak Gymnastics, starts this two-part lecture with basics such as kips, casts, and clear hips.

In Part Two , he devotes most of the lecture to the development and correct use of swing.

TAPE #105: Balance Beam #7:

Part One : Beth Kline-Rybacki, a member of the 1980 Olympic team, and elite judge, a National Team Coach, and a coach at Charter Gymnastics, shares her philosophy on coaching beam. She covers every thing from structuring the workout, to dealing with fear, games and contests, developing lesson plans, staying consistent, and giving the gymnasts responsibility for their own training and success.

Part Two : Tami Biggs, one of the top beam coaches in the world, urges you and your gymnasts to “Do it to the max!” Those familiar with Tami's coaching might be wondering when it was that Tami did not urge everyone to go for the max. In this lecture she expands on one of her core themes.

TAPE #106: Tumbling #5:

Ben Corr devotes the first part of this tape to front tumbling while the second half focuses on back tumbling. Ben makes extensive use of a Tumbl-Trak in these lectures, as he does in his gym. The lecture stresses correct basics, timing, alignment, and progressions.

TAPE #107: Coaching Clinic #5:

Part One : John Geddert, the owner and head coach of Twisters USA, develops his thinking on the use of line drills for use as a warm-up, for drills, for mastery of basics, and to use to get large numbers of gymnasts working productively.

Part Two : Tami Biggs is at it again. This time the entire tape is devoted to foot and ankle drills for strength, alignment, and proper positions. Improve dramatically on floor and beam after using the information on this tape.

TAPE #108: The Secrets of Russian Classical Ballet, Volume 3:

In 1996 Sergi Mali produced a series of five videotapes called the Secrets of Russian Classical Ballet. These tapes were intended for use by gymnasts and he sent them to us (of course). The first two tapes were published and sent last year as USECA Tapes #96 & 97. This tape will continue the series.

TAPE #109: Professional Coaching #2:

These lectures were presented at the 1997 USAG National Congress in Denver , CO . They are offered now through generous assistance of USA Gymnastics.

Part One: Why Do They Keep Doing It That Way? by John Wojtczuk: Why does Jessica keep putting her head back on her back layout? Why can't Sally get her steps when it comes time to turn her vault? Answer these questions and the hundreds like them and you may well have solved the secret to coaching. In this lecture John will give you the secrets to unlock both your potential as a coach and your gymnasts' potential as athletes. The steps John outlines include: physical preparation, skill specific preparation, introduction of the skill, repetition of the skill, and mastery of the skill. There you have it! Watch this lecture and go out and save the world!

Part Two: Getting to Do It: Privilege Coaching: by Derick Moellerbeck: I first heard this lecture in 1996 and felt at the time that it was one of the most important and profound approaches to coaching that I had ever heard. I still feel that way. All gymnasts struggle from time to time with fear and learning plateaus. This lecture develops a philosophy of coaching which will provide a framework in which to avoid and work through these difficult problems. In essence, this philosophy incorporates two simple but powerful principles. First, the coach should assume that the gymnast is giving 100% effort and if she is having difficulty the cause is not based on her effort. Second, the gymnast should never be forced to do anything. She should strive to earn the right to take positive steps in her own training. There's more, of course, but this is the essence and this is a powerful and positive approach to coaching young athletes.


1996-1997 VHS TAPES

TAPE #90: Podium Training 95-96 (1):

The Video Club does not often send competition or competition related videos anymore. This time we will make an exception. This video is very interesting and special and presents behind the scene clips of the very best gymnasts in the world, training prior to the most important gymnastics event in the world of gymnastics. The gymnasts found here are often performing skills that never see the light of day before a judge in top-level competition. Here you will see work in progress and skills that are dropped from competition routines because they are not 100%. This video is mostly concerned with the women’s side but some men’s training is included, mostly on horizontal bar and tumbling.

TAPE #91: Balance Beam #5:

Part One: Beam Tumbling: by Diane Amos. Diane is one of Amy Chow’s coaches and she shared in Amy’s Olympic experience this past summer. Diane has been coaching 23 years and has been recognized by the NCWGA as “Choreographer of the Year.” In this lecture Diane emphasizes drills for alignment and aggressiveness on the important beam tumbling skills: round offs, handsprings, front saltos, and more.

Part Two: Advanced Beam: by Patty Resnick. Patty has been coaching for 20 years and trained 7 different gymnasts who have represented the USA on the National Team. In this lecture Patty is concerned with the skills and drills that will take a gymnast to the highest levels. She emphasizes rolling skills as an essential component of the beam repertoire. Both Diane and Patty appear here in a USECA video for the first time. This video is excellent and we give a heartfelt “thank you” to both Diane and Patty for sharing their knowledge, insights, and experience with us. This video was filmed by Leesa Friedell at the 1996 Region 1 Congress. Thank you Leesa.

TAPE #92: Tumbl-Trak #2:

Part One: Todd Gardiner, the owner and head coach of the Illinois Gymnastics Institute, demonstrates Vaulting Drills using the Tumbl-Trak. He starts with a very beginning level gymnast on the floor and builds up to more advanced vaulting: front handsprings, twisting, handspring fronts, and more. There are also demonstrations of the “Porta-Vault” System, and preschool stations and setups, plus guest speakers and setups from several gyms.

Part Two: Todd is back with Uneven Bars utilizing this special piece of equipment. Todd again starts with basic bar skills for the beginning gymnast. Then he demonstrates how the Tumbl-Trak, fitted with an adjustable bar, can be used to make teaching this difficult event more fun and effective for gymnasts of all abilities. Demonstrated are skills on a low bar, medium-height bar, and a raised bar, slip grip skills, pirouettes, class drills, bounce handstands, bungee drills, preschool setups, straps, and a bungee harness.

This tape will primarily benefit the class teacher and the coaches of competitive gymnasts through level 9. There are dozens of drills and setups, which will make gymnastics more fun for your students and will give your staff plenty of ideas. As noted when USECA distributed the first Tumbl-Trak video, this tape does not promote the Tumbl-Trak product. But, this product has probably been the greatest innovation in gymnastics equipment in the last decade and has contributed greatly to the fun and appeal of our sport while making training safer and more effective.

TAPE #93: Vaulting #5:

Part One: Steve Rybacki wants us to Be Aggressive in teaching vaulting. His basic theme is “The gymnast must be safe to be aggressive.” The most important consideration for successful vault is the mental preparation. Any lack of power and speed in the run and in the pre-flight can be attributed to a lack of mental preparation. Of course, there are drills to perform and proper technique is a plus. So, Steve lays out a plan for incorporating the training into the workout schedule. Steve has been coaching USA National Team gymnasts for the past 8 years and as of the summer of 1996 has junior international gymnasts ranked #1and #4 in the USA.

Part Two: Ben Carr reinforces Steve’s philosophy on vaulting in this lecture, which focuses on Running Faster. Ben says “slow it down to make it faster.” Use drills and special stations to build control and confidence in the run. The gymnast cannot run fast if she is dealing with fear. There are drills on the mini-tramp for the hurdle and block, and for explosive power. Ben is the head coach at Rhonert Park Gymnastics and has produced several National level gymnasts.

TAPE #94: Team Organization #2:

Part One: Team Gymnastics for Fun and Profit: Not only is it possible to make a profit on your competitive gymnastics program, it is something that you owe to yourself and your gymnasts. We all work very hard to provide a great opportunity for these athletes. Unless you think your efforts are without value, you are selling yourself short if you do not at least break even. In this lecture David Holcomb, the owner of Buckeye Gymnastics, explores all the costs, hidden and obvious, that are associated with a competitive team. He then discusses strategies for covering those costs in full.

Part Two: How to Avoid and Win Any Lawsuit: David Holcomb is an attorney who also owns Buckeye Gymnastics. In this lecture he explains the realities of the gymnastics business: that no matter how many mats and pits you provide, no matter how many times a gymnast may have successfully performed a skill…your gymnast will still suffer injuries and each and every injury provides an opportunity for a parent to file a law suit against you. He then covers the ten things that you need to do right now to protect yourself. Included within the lecture is a way for club owners to save up to $10,000 on professional liability insurance. These two lectures were presented at the National Congress in Boston in 1996 and at various Regional Congresses. Two handouts, which give a broad overview of the two lectures, are included.

TAPE #95: Uneven Bars #5:

Part One: Fun Activities on Uneven Bars: Todd Gardiner is back again. He is the owner and head coach of Illinois Gymnastics Institute, one of the top clubs in the USA. In this lecture Todd presents ideas for making beginning level bars fun and worthwhile. The first goal is to lay a proper foundation of skills so that the serious gymnast can build on correct basics. The second goal is to make learning fun so that all students achieve success and will want to continue in the sport. The lecture starts with a front support and builds. This lecture is perfect for training recreational class teachers and for providing ideas for your class program.

Part Two: Release Moves: Todd now takes us through many of the common and not so common release moves. He covers lead-up skills, spotting, equipment, philosophy, and mechanics. Many of these lead-ups and completed skills are demonstrated by the Illinois Institute gymnasts live and on-tape.

The Secrets of Russian Classical Ballet, Volumes 1-5 , by Sergi Mali

Sergi Mali trained for 8 years at the Bolshoi School of Ballet in Moscow before joining the Bolshoi Ballet as a performer. Sergi came to the United States in 1989 and has been dancing and teaching ever since.

In 1996 Sergi produced a series of five videotapes called the Secrets of Russian Classical Ballet. These tapes were intended for use by gymnasts and he sent them to us (of course!). I am proud to offer the first two in the series as Tapes 96 and 97. Two more will be published next year (1997-98), with the final tape due in 1998-99.

These tapes speak directly to the gymnasts. Not only does Sergi offer technical information for the gymnasts and their dance/gymnastics teacher, he also serves up a bit of himself as well. He makes jokes, observations, and comparisons; he gives quizzes and homework assignments; and he offers history lessons and dance theory. While all of this could come off as corny, with Sergi is comes off as warm and charming. After watching the tapes I wanted to meet this crazy Russian who has such a gentle way about him. I am confident that you will want to meet him as well. More importantly, for our purposes, you will want to study these tapes. There is so much information here that it will take many viewings to get it all down. Share it with your gymnasts and enjoy!

TAPE #96: Secrets of Russian Dance #1:

Introduction: Poses of the Body: En Face: front, side, back, Profile, Epaulement: Croisee/Effacee/Ecarte, Egyptian Position, Petite and Grand Pose,

Position of the Arms (pr 1,2,3), Alenge (palm up and down), Port de Bras with two hands on bar, Arabesques, Head Movements, Port de Bras (1,2,3,4,5,6)

TAPE # 97: Secrets of Russian Dance #2:

Position of the Feet: Plie Demi & Grand Batement, Tendus, Batement Jetes/Degage, Pique, Ronds de Jambe Par Terre En Dehors/ En Dedans,

Ronds de Jambe en L’Air, Grand Ronds de Jambe en L’Air, Cou-de-Pied (front, side, back), Batement Frappes, Batement Fondus, Releve, Sous-sous, Soutenu (4,5), Petit Batement + (Double Frappes and Fondus), Reverelent, Passe/Retire, Developpes,

TAPE #98: Balance Beam #6:

Part One: Balance Beam Basics, with Tami Biggs: Loyal members of the Video Club know that I think Tami is just about the best beam coach around. Not only is she good with the gymnasts, she is terrific as a trainer of coaches and she is extremely generous with her knowledge as she lets us share her wisdom with you. In this lecture Tami’s focus is on the basics that every gymnast needs in order to be successful on this difficult piece of apparatus. The focus is on strength, flexibility, and alignment. This is a very good lecture.

In Part Two, Balance Beam Games and Charts, another good beam coach, Diane Amos, provides a strategy for making beam more fun. There are plenty of ideas here for gymnasts of every age and ability level.

TAPE #99: Coaching Clinic #3:

Part One: Slow Motion: Good skills, great gymnasts, and a slow motion camera all add up to a valuable examination of some key skills on bars.

Part Two: A Good Warm-Up: This is the Australian National Team going through their warm-up, a choreographed affair that hits everything that needs to be warmed up, stretched out, and strengthened before intense activity.

Part Three: Training in China: what the Chinese gymnasts do in their daily workouts.

Part Four: Training in USSR: I believe this is pre-Russia material and it has been edited to include effective drills, conditioning, and lead-ups.


1995-1996 VHS TAPES

TAPE #80: Creating Physical Ability:

Part One: Physical Ability: David Adlard, the Technical Director of the USAIGC and president of Sport-Tech International, a California bases sport consulting company, gives an overview of physical ability in gymnastics in the first lecture on this tape. There are seven physical abilities: strength, flexibility, endurance, speed, power, body composition, and local muscle endurance. Since gymnastics is not an endurance sport, that physical ability is not discussed except to mention that endurance training in gymnastics actually takes away the gymnasts’ ability to perform the short bursts required by the sport. Nor is body composition a major topic in this lecture since that aspect of physical ability is more directly associated with nutrition or sports medicine.

For the physical abilities that remain, David discusses the specifics of what is physical ability, why or how it is important to gymnastics training, and how to develop that ability to improve gymnastics performance. This could be a dry lecture was it not for David’s personality and teaching style. His lectures are sprinkled with “fun facts to know and tell,” personal anecdotes, irreverent references to common myths about training gymnasts, and more. David Adlard knows his stuff and with his educational training in Sport Science and Biomechanics and his wealth of personal teaching and coaching experience, this lecture will provide valuable information for gymnastics professionals at all levels.

Part Two: Conditioning for Physical Ability: OK, now that we know what physical ability is and why it’s important, how do we go about developing it? David comes to the rescue again. In this portion of the tape he demonstrates many of the conditioning exercises that will help develop the various physical abilities.

He works with a strong young gymnast to demonstrate various exercises. He starts with an explanation of why the conditioning is important, what it accomplishes, and how to perform the exercise with beginning level gymnasts working up to advanced level athletes. Two parts of the lecture are not included on this tape. First, an example of a warm-up activity designed to raise the core-body temperature (the entire purpose of any warm-up). Second, the flexibility portion of the lecture was cut because of a lack of time. It will be included on a future tape.

TAPE #81: Tumbling #4:

Part One: Twisting: George Grainger, from the North Shore Academy of Gymnastics, presents this lecture on twisting. The lecture is not tumbling specific but it all certainly applies to tumbling and many of the drills are performed on the floor. That is why this lecture is included on this tape.

George notes that there are several techniques that can be used to learn a twist. Twisting can be initiated from a solid surface, by distorting body shapes while in the air (a “cat twist”), uneven tilt twisting, and alternately dropping the arms. George then goes over orientation of twisting by having the gymnasts learn to twist in a number of different positions and orientations. He also drills twisting shapes such as the set and the wrap. He then concludes with technique work using various drills and skills. Please note that the first few minutes of this lecture are missing.

Part Two: Front Tumbling: In this lecture Tim explores the absurdity of the Code which gives very high difficulty values to relatively easy front tumbling skills. His motto: “take what they give you.” Amen. He starts at the beginning with handsprings and works up to high level twisting and somersaulting skills. As always his progressions are solid, safe, and sane.

TAPE #82: Junior Elite Routines:

The junior elite routines continue to be refined and this video presents the latest interpretations and clarifications. Geza Pozsar is featured in this video as he works with the Region V junior elites on dance, elements, presentation, style, and technique. The video was filmed at the Region V Elite Clinic and Workshop, which was held at Cincinnati Gymnastics in September of 1995.

The gymnasts range from experienced competitors who are working on perfecting the routines to those new to the junior elite program who are struggling to learn the difficult elements and connections found in the routines.

This video is intended for immediate use by those member clubs who are looking to improve their junior elite routines. It will also be of value to those clubs who are considering entering this program. Not only will you be able to use the information found on the video to teach the routines, you will also get a good feel for the performance requirements of the level in order to help you to decide whether your athletes are ready for this level at all. Finally, there is value for all coaches whether they have elites or not. Geza is a master at working presentation, technique, and form. Simply watching him at work provides a wealth of information that can be used to train both compulsory routines and optional routines at any level.

TAPE #83: Improving Performance:

By Dr. Bill Sands this is a major video published by the USECA. The tape seeks to answer the questions most often asked by coaches of all sports:

What factors determine the performance of my athletes in competition?

How can I systematize my training to improve performance?

Dr. Sands approaches these questions using three basic premises:

  • There are theories of training that can take into consideration all the training variables and make sense of it all. He then presents those theories.
  • Athlete’s adaptation to training can be understood and predicted to a certain extent.
  • The theories of training can be reduced to models, which can be used by coaches to improve the performance of their athletes.

This tape continues the foundation established in Tapes 1, 18, and 31. Viewing these tapes is highly recommended.

TAPE #84: Rehabilitating the Injured Gymnast:

Part One: Mary Lee Tracy brings us this lecture and demonstration based on her recent experience in the 1995 World Championships in which one of her gymnasts underwent knee surgery just two weeks prior to the competition.

Mary Lee approached both the mental and physical rehabilitation of her gymnasts with the same care and thoroughness that she approaches everything else. Mary Lee incorporates many if not all of the goal setting strategies noted above in her plan to get her gymnasts back to full recovery. Her specific plans, including workouts on each event, are included with this newsletter.

Part Two: A university sports trainer covers the nuts and bolts of getting an injured athlete back to activity. He covers the nature, extent, and severity of the injury, as well as rehabilitation strategies, easing back into workouts, conditioning, and so on. Not much new here, but a good overview of the entire rehabilitation process.

TAPE #85: Balance Beam #4:

Part One: Structuring the Beam Workouts: Kittia Carpenter, the head coach at Buckeye Gymnastics, gets into every aspect of structuring a beam workout. Starting with the number of beams, gymnasts in a group, and training days in a week. Kittia explains the process for determining how many repetitions and how much time can and should be spent on the different parts of the beam routine. These parts include dance work, different series, made routines, mounts and dismounts, and individual skills. The organization is further broken down by the time of year and the goals of the training.

Kittia is particularly strong on motivating her gymnasts and she shares many of her games, award systems, and prizes with you. She also covers the lesson plan for beam which takes into account not only the appropriate structure of the workout, but it also includes conditioning, goal setting, and how much time for each aspect depending on the time of the year.

This is a very good lecture with a particularly strong question and answer session at the end.

Part Two: Acro and Tumbling: by Tami Biggs, a member of the USAG National Coaching Staff. Tami is very results oriented and uses many drills and conditioning elements in her workouts to get the gymnasts strong, focused, and properly aligned on beam. She is always intense and her drills work!

Taken together, these two lectures cover the spectrum of beam event and provide and excellent resource for improving coaching effectiveness on this most difficult apparatus.

TAPE #86: TOPS National Training Camp’95:

The National TOPs Training Camp is a gem. Many of the most talented 9-11 year olds in the country, the top few percent who are tested, made the trip to Tulsa where they worked with the National Coaching staff assisted by many regional TOPs directors. Of course, most of the coaches working with the gymnasts and in attendance with their athletes were USECA members.

The sessions included on this tape include: front and back tumbling with Steve Elliot, vault basics with Vladimir Artemov, beam basics with Murial Grossfeld, beam drill with Tami Biggs, conditioning with Tony Gehman, and more. The tape was not made with the video club in mind and thus tends to focus on only one group and only on the events of particular interest to the cameraman (me). Thanks to Steve Whitlock and USA Gymnastics for allowing the distribution of this tape.

TAPE #87: Uneven Bars #4:

Part One: Release Moves with David Patterson: David presents many of the most common bar release skills with an explanation of the various lead up skills and drill and tips for making corrections, spotting, and adaptations to fit individual gymnasts.

Part Two: Front and Back Giants with Gary Goodson: Gary is technically oriented and he goes into great depth and detail as to technique, physical preparation, athlete readiness, lead-ups and so on. He includes some terrific footage of post-Soviet training in what is now Russia and uses this film to highlight his drills and preparation advice. The entire tape was filmed at Region 8 Congress by Joel Inman and is presented unedited to preserve tape quality.

 TAPE #88: Vaulting #4:

Part One: Tony Gehman, president of USECA, lectures on the round-off entry vault. He discusses his philosophy on how to approach the vault beginning when the gymnasts are level 5’s. He then goes into detail on the technique, drills, and technical aspects of the vault. Several years ago Tony helped produce a video for USAG on this vault. He now shares this information with us.

Part Two: Gym layout and Design: This is a round table discussion on the newest trends in gym design. Those involved in the discussion included David Adlard, the technical director of the USAIGC, who spends most of his time traveling from gym to gym in this country and around the world; Tom Burgdorf, the publisher of Gymnet, the business newsletter for the gymnastics industry; David Holcomb, vice president of USECA; and several others. This is a presentation of ideas on how to design a gym for coaching, making a profit, and fitting it into what works for you.


1994-1995 VHS TAPES

TAPE #70: Professional Coaching:

The title of our 70 th video, Professional Coaching, reflects a growing awareness within the gymnastics community that there is more to coaching this sport than walking into the gym and working out.

Part One: Motivating Athletes (45 min): USAG Coach of the Year, Mary Lee Tracy, has cultivated the notion of positive motivation and approaches the topic in terms of training the largest muscle in the body…the brain. We all give lip service to the idea that gymnastics is 50%, 75%, 90% mental, but in what ways do we actually train the brain? According to Mary Lee, “all athletes perform better when they are encouraged to accomplish in a positive atmosphere.” The focus of this tape is on the creation of that positive atmosphere through visual aids, weekly time devoted, positive games and contests, staff team word, and coaching tips. “Mental attitude is crucial because it is the hurdle over which more athletes stumble than any other factor. A winning attitude can spell success for a mediocre athlete; the lack of it can doom the most talented athlete in the world to failure. You can create your own positive environment.” (Mary Lee Tracy)

Part Two: Peaking Your Athletes (45 min): John Geddert, Great Lakes Gymnastics. The entire basis for this presentation is the analogy between training gymnasts and racing cars. “The ‘high performance racing machine’ is the gymnast, the frame and chassis is the gymnast’s body, and the engine or the driver is the gymnast’s mind. The tricky catch in this whole process is that although refueling is available, the total fuel supply is limited. With this in mind there must be a careful monitoring system established in order to make sure that the racecar has enough fuel remaining when it comes to the final championship race.

John’s gymnasts have earned five national all around championships over the past five seasons. He frankly admits that he and his gymnasts were stuck in the middle of the pack until he changed a few key aspects of his training. This tape presents those changes and he offers all of us the chance to catch him.

Don’t be left in the dust.

Part Three: Philosophy of Coaching (30 min): Steve Nunno, Dynamo Gymnastics. Steve is one of the brightest stars in the coaching universe. The success he has had with Shannon Miller and the other gymnasts at Dynamo has placed him at the top forefront of American gymnastics and at the top of his game in world competition as well. It will come as no surprise that Steve has some things to say about that success and the reasons for it. This lecture presents an overview of the things Steve thinks are important to all gymnastics professionals as they look to improve themselves and their sport.

TAPE #71: Tumbling #3:

It has been the observation of many coaches that tumbling skills form the basis for success in all gymnastics events. And it is easy to see why.

All four women’s events involve front and back saltos, they all incorporate handstand skills and large rotation skills, and they all require strong body positions. Floor and tumbling form the basis of those skills.

OK, so tell me something I don’t know. Well, I’m not sure that I can, but the coaches that appear on this video will.

Part One: Floor Complex and Twisting: by Steve Nunno, coach of Shannon Miller. The first portion of this video shows the basic complex that is used by Dynamo Gymnastics to warm up and prepare for tumbling. While the need for a set complex is widely understood and appreciated for beam, it is less so for the other events. Yet, Steve feels that such a complex is important on events other than beam.

The complex that is demonstrated in this tape covers all the key elements that that are needed to establish current success and develop future potential. The complex starts with handstands, moves toward flexibility development, and finishes with drills designed not just for floor but also for beam dismounts. Those skills finish with tucked fulls, which form the basis for a full-in dismount.

The second part of Steve’s lecture is very focused. He presents his methods and technique for teaching front and back twists. At the core of this technique is the basic assumption that in order to twist successfully, the gymnast must first have control and power in the salto portion of the skill. Steve teaches the twist with straight arms. The arms start by the ears and are then brought straight down in front to arrive on or on either side of the thighs. The body is kept perfectly straight with the head neutral.

Part Two: Direct Connections: Dr. Istvan Karacsony, Prof. Of Physical Education, Hungarian University of Physical Education, Budapest. This tape comes to us via Video Club member Rick McCharles of the College of Physical Education, University of Saskatchewan. The tape is an English translation of a Hungarian gymnastics training tape produced by Dr. Karacsony.

The tape’s sole focus is on direct connections in tumbling: Back salto punch fronts, and punch front to punch front.

In an American tape on the same subject the emphasis would be on technique, arm positions, take off and landing position, and lead-up drills. Since this is an Eastern European training video, the emphasis is on physical preparation. In fact, most of this 25-minute tape is devoted to getting the body, mostly the ankles and legs, ready for the forces that are to be applied during the performance of the skill.

TAPE #72: Vaulting #3:

This tape is a two-part effort between Tim Rand and Steve Nunno. I thought a long time before duplicating this lecture. There was a problem with the vertical hold on the master I received. That means that the tape jumps quite a bit. The reason I decided to send it anyway is because the content is so good. While some of this repeats ground that Tim has covered in Vaulting #2, it does offer new material and a new perspective. This tape has excellent content on the development of the handspring front vault. Basic, of course, important, absolutely.

Part Two: Vaulting Drills by Steve Nunno: One thing is certain, Steve is not wishy-washy when it comes to his thoughts about what needs to be done in the development of top level gymnasts. In this lecture/demonstration, he shares those thoughts with us. He is very specific on what he wants to accomplish and how to accomplish it. Great tape.

TAPE #73: A Focus on Basics:

Part One: Mary Lee Tracy shares her philosophy of organizing her practice to incorporate a complex of skill on each event. It sets the mood and the intensity for the entire workout when the kids focus on their complex at the beginning of each event. The complex skills are determined by the demands of the compulsories and by the weaknesses we all have in our programs. If an area is weak then incorporate the key skills in the complex and improve it. This lecture/demo takes us through her complex on vault, bars, beam, and floor. There is a lot to learn here for both the novice and the advanced coach.

Part Two: Murial Grossfeld works on alignment, posture, balance, and strength development in this portion of the tape. She uses the beam and a set beam complex to teach and train these basic skills. This is detail oriented, technical, and very valuable information.

TAPE #74: Tumbl-Trak:

The stated purpose of the Tumbl-Trak is to “increase the level of skills learned by tumblers and gymnasts of all ages and abilities, and decrease the time taken to learn skills.” Tumbl-Trak strives to increase the repetition count, and decrease the stress on body parts, while promoting student enjoyment.

If you already use the Tumbl-Trak, then this tape will give you some great ideas that will help you to increase its effectiveness for your school and for your gymnasts.

In Part One Steve Nunno presents a 1:15 lecture on the way the Tumbl-Trak is used in the Dynamo Gymnastics Program. Steve is an enthusiastic endorser of this product and that enthusiasm is contagious.

Part Two of this video brings you the promotional tape produced by VTL (Vertical Take-Off and Landings), Inc. Obviously, the makers of the Tumbl-Trak have an interest in promoting their product through this video. However, in this case their self-interest serves us as well. The various applications, setups, progressions, and safety tips provide a wealth of ideas and technique, which can be applied to a wide range of settings. Indeed, the idea for producing a tape for USECA devoted to this product came after I revisited this promo-tape and came away with some new ideas, which were implemented immediately.

Part Three is a short peek at the VTL Action Video, which shows two hours worth of setups, applications, designs, and use of the product in 32 different gymnastics schools. Space permitted us to only show approximately 20 min. of this tape. Perhaps we will get to the rest in some future tape. Some highlights of this tape include tumbling drills; use of a training bar attachment to teach giants, tkatchevs, blind changes, and other bar skills; overhead spotting rigs and traveling rigs; preschool applications; and setup and storage options.

TAPE #75: Somersaulting and Twisting:

This tape could be called Tumbling 4, because it deals predominantly with tumbling skills. But, since much of the material in the first lecture is applicable to all twisting and somersaulting skills, the tape is not event specific enough to call a tumbling tape.

In Part One Steve Elliot, many time NCAA, USA, and World Floor and Tumbling Champion, presents a lecture on basic twisting and somersaulting technique. The entire lecture is presented with the use of a trampoline. The lecture begins with front rotation techniques and progresses on to front twisting. The tape moves on to back rotation and twisting.

The tape offers an interesting comparison to much of the same material presented in Tape #71, in which Steve Nunno also presented a system of teaching twisting and somersaulting. The two techniques share some basic concepts, but they are markedly different in other ways.

Plus, this segment of the tape ends with a bit of a retrospective of some of the great flips in Steve’s long and productive career. These video clips alone are probably worth the cost of the tape. You will enjoy this one.

In Part Two Sasha Kurbatov, a former member of the Soviet national tumbling squad, presents a lecture on the use of a traveling bungee overhead rig to teach tumbling skills. Sasha spends a great deal of time stressing the technique and importance of the back handspring.

The bungee rig works a bit like a slingshot. The gymnast is secured to the rig and then walks forward, stretching the bungee cords. Then, as the gymnast starts into the back handspring, the bungee pulls her backwards, increasing speed and power.

While this bungee setup may have limited practical application, the discussion of technique is certainly applicable. And who knows, maybe this traveling bungee rig will be the next big thing.

TAPE #76: The Female Athlete Triad Part One:

Disordered Eating, Amenorrhea, Osteoporosis: This lecture was presented at the 1993 USAG National Congress by Dr. Aurelia Nattiv plus other sports professionals, including coaches, NCAA administrators, and a former Olympic gymnast. Many thanks to Steve Whitlock and USAG for allowing us to film and distribute this important information. I have held off on releasing this video, but now seems the perfect time. This is not an attack. It is important information from a variety of sources, which will help us better protect our athletes and ourselves.

Part Two: Find the Fat: Nutrition for Gymnasts: Jo Ann Shields presented this lecture way back in 1989 to a Region V Elite Training Camp. The information is geared toward the gymnasts and deals with healthy eating while on the go.

TAPE #77: Balance Beam #3:

Part One: Tumbling on the Beam: Murial Grossfeld presented this lecture at the 1994 Region VI Congress. The content of this lecture is super. Murial is always detail and results oriented. There is a wealth of information presented here starting with handstands and cartwheels and progressing through the most advanced tumbling skill. The quality of the video is less than perfect because the camera was set up at the back of the hall and simply ran the entire lecture.

Part Two: Beam Complex: by Natalia Illenko. This lecture comes to us courtesy of the BAGA. There may be little that is totally new here, but this type of complex helped train an entire generation of top international competitors and many times the old standards are more successful than the new, untested methods. The film quality is acceptable but the tape did undergo a standards conversion.

TAPE #78: Uneven Bars #3:

Part One: Biomechanics of Swing: David Adlard, a long time USECA member and teaching pro for the USAIGC, presented this lecture at the Region IV Mini-Congress on June 24, 1995. This is but the first in a series of lectures and demonstrations devoted to fundamentals of the sport and the application of those fundamentals to various apparatus and training systems.

In this lecture David takes us through the basic laws of motion and applies them to uneven bars first in a general way and then in specific ways. For example, when discussing Newton’s law, which states that “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,” David uses a Tkatchev to illustrate that a pull against the bar, which opens the shoulders, will also cause the legs to drop and the hips to open as well. Conversely, in a double layout dismount the legs will want to lift and rotate backwards, so the release/throw must be forward with the shoulders closed to some extent.

Part Two: Bar Dismounts: John Geddert discusses the training, lead-ups, spotting, technique, and trouble shooting required to achieve terrific and safe dismounts from the uneven bars. John touches on both forward rotating and backward rotating dismounts with his gymnasts serving as demonstrators.

TAPE #79: Designing Effective Workouts:

Part One: Plan for Future Success: Tony Gehman, president of USECA and many time coach of USA National Champions and USA Team Members, shares with us some of the keys to his success. In the first lecture Tony’s focus is on a philosophy of training which looks forward to concentrate on long-term development while at the same time achieving success short-term.

Tony geared this lecture to Level 10 gymnasts, but he also noted what would be different if the focus was on the elite level. Looking down the road 4-5 years, what will it take to be competitive at the National Championships as a level 10? He shares his thoughts on this subject then he looks at the gymnasts he has working levels 5, 6, and 8 now. What must these gymnasts be doing now in order to be competitive in 4-5 years?

Part Two: Training Loads: This lecture is also by Tony Gehman. This time Tony takes us through the structure of a season with the goal being to peak the gymnasts at the right time and to continually build the gymnast to a higher level. Building to a higher level involves such variables as intensity, repetitions, rest, routine, skill development, and meet preparation. Tony shares his planning and strategy with all of us so we can do the same. This is a great video.


1993-1994 VHS TAPES

TAPE #60: CSKA Leningrad #2:

This tape is a continuation of the CSKA video sent as part of 1992-93 Video Club offerings. The problem with Tape #60 is twofold. First, the video is about 4 th generation. The second problem is that you have to work at getting the information. We have become used to organized and thoughtful presentations of information at our National and Regional clinics, workshops, and congresses. Gone are the days when coaches poured over bootleg videos smuggled in from the Soviet Union to gain any insight into the Soviet system. This tape harkens back to those days.

TAPE #62: Soviet Training 1989-91 #1:

This video is in two parts. The first half is a presentation of trampoline drills used for tumbling and vaulting. The gymnasts start with simple jumping and build up to multiple twisting and multiple somersaults. As translated on the video, “Every skill that is performed on floor is first perfected on the trampoline.” Indeed, most of the basics must be performed 10 times in a row prior to being attempted on floor.

The second half of the video is devoted to uneven bar basics. The tape is full of drills presented in sections starting with kips then moving on to casting, circling, and pirouetting. The gymnasts do drills on floor, on floor bars, on trampoline, and on the bars themselves. Basic skill sequences and a type of mini-routine are presented and mastered at each step.

David Lewis, head coach at Dallas School of Gymnastics, spent some time in the former Soviet Union over the course of several years. While there he persuaded the coaches at the National Training Center at Roundlake to present progressions on many events in a systematic and orderly fashion while he filmed them. He has had the best material from these trips professionally edited into two tapes.

TAPE #63: Uneven Bars #2:

Part One is devoted to swing progressions and Part Two is a continuation dealing with release moves. John Geddert, the head coach at Great Lakes Gymnastics, presents both lectures.

Part Three is devoted to the elite compulsory bar routine and was delivered by Vladamir Artemov at the 1993 USA National Congress.

Thank you to USA Gymnastics for funding, presenting, and permitting us to film and distribute lectures. Even if you do not have gymnasts competing this routine Artemov’s analysis of technique and his presentation of drills is well worth a look. After all, kips, casts, clear-hips, and giants are done the same whether in a compulsory routine or not.

Part Four is a brief look at Al Fong’s new “Hecht Machine” set up. An earlier tape, Uneven Bars #1, showed us the first generation of his “machine.” Now he has placed it in-ground, prettied it up, and turned his gymnasts loose on a variety of release and swing moves. The set up is essentially that of a “U” shaped pit, but Al has improved on it and added his own innovations. Al Fong is the owner and head coach of Great American Gymnastics Express.

TAPE #64: Soviet Training #2:

This tape picked up where Soviet Training #1 left off. I have received as many positive comments about the first Soviet tape as I have about any tape that we have ever sent. The second tape is just as exciting!

TAPE #65: Organizing Team Workouts:

This brings together four of the top coaches in the country: Tim and Toni Rand from American Twisters, Mary Lee Tracy from Cincinnati Gymnastics, and John Geddert from Great Lakes. These coaches and programs represent some of the top elite and age-group programs in the country. On this video they share some of the secrets of their success. You have already heard from the Rands in several tapes published by USECA. In this lecture they talk about the structure of their team program: how it is organized and how that organizational scheme contributes to their overall success. They also speak of the competition structure of the state of Florida and how that scheme affects the overall quality of their program and others (Brown’s, LaFleur’s, and others come to mind).

Part Two of this tape features Mary Lee Tracy and the Cincinnati Gymnastics’ road to success. In this portion of the tape Mary Lee speaks of the difficulties and organizational considerations that attend to integrating an elite and J.O. program in the same gym and the same workout. She deals with staffing, philosophy, extracurricular activities, and structuring the workouts all with an eye to keeping everyone happy.

Part Three: This lecture presents a nuts-and-bolts overview of how Great Lakes works: team organization, cost, time, philosophy, advancement, and more. John has done a tremendous job in crafting a system that produces national and world-class athletes from the population base contained in a relatively small midwestern college town.

Here’s how it works. All three lectures speak of the same basic issue: how to structure the team program to obtain a quality program up and down the ranks. All three approaches work. All three programs are wildly successful. And whether you see yourself as a cheerleader, Barney, or the Commander and Chief, there is an approach here for you. Of course, all of us relatively normal coaches can learn as well. This is one of the most requested of all of our back order tapes.

TAPE #66: Balance Beam #2:

 Part One: A Systematic Approach to Beam Training, comes to us from Mary Lee Tracy of Cincinnati Gymnastics. Mary Lee has some obvious success with beam training and she shares her approach with us. As Mary Lee explains in her lecture, she does not claim any special knowledge about beam training. But she does admit to the use of a specialized system and approach that takes much of the guesswork out of the training and replaces it with a comprehensive plan of attack.

Mary Lee shares her philosophy and approach to beam and then moves on the specific technique and skills she uses to develop her beam routines. This is a terrific lecture/demo and will be sure to provide some helpful tips to even the most experienced beam coach.

Part Two: Advanced Skills on Beam, is another lecture/demo presented by one of the hottest clubs in the country, the American Twisters, coached by Tim and Toni Rand. Last year in Balance Beam #1, the Rand’s shared with us their ABC’s of beam training, that is, the building blocks that they use to develop fine beam workers. In this lecture they take these ABC’s and use them to write the beam sentences and passages, which combine to make great performances. There are no basics here. This is advanced beam.

TAPE # 67: Vaulting #2: (Poor Video Quality)

 Part One: Handspring Front Vaulting: David Patterson takes us through the techniques and drills he uses to teach and perfect the handspring front vault. As he explains it, the basic technique takes only a few minutes to describe and present. However, he goes into some detail and uses some talented athletes to make his point. There is nothing fancy here, just results-oriented advice and tips.

Part Two: Round off Entry Vaulting: Gary Goodson has his own thoughts as to how round-off entry vaults should be taught and approached (which should come as no surprise to anyone). He believes these vaults are as safe and easy as any other type of vaulting and allows gymnasts with less than explosive power to perform high level vaults which allows them to hang with the big guns of women’s vaulting. You’ll become a believer after watching Gary in action.

Part Three: The Tsukahara: Think you know all there is to know about tsuks? Think again. Vladamir Artemov presented this technical lecture at the 1993 National Congress and it is offered to our members with the permission of USA Gymnastics. In it Vladamir takes us through each step of the vault starting with the first step of the approach. Vladamir moves quickly through the technical aspects of the entire vault using drawings, notes, and quick demonstrations. There is a wealth of information presented here and you will need to go through it a few times to take it all in. Perhaps you will know all there is to know about this vault after watching this film.

TAPE #68: Northstars Gymnastics: A Day in the Life:

This tape comes to us from the USECA President, Tony Gehman the head coach of the Northstars. Tony takes us through a typical day of training at his gym in New Jersey where he has developed and trained many USA national and international champions.

Tony filmed the two entire days workouts and the nearly four hours of tape had been edited down to a more reasonable two hours in order to fit on the tape which will go out to our membership. In virtually all cases the gymnasts begin doing basic drills, which lead into some very difficult world-class skills and performances. Because of this wide range there is something here for everyone. It is easy to see where the basics are going when the gymnasts incorporate the simple movements into their advanced skills and sequences. The same is true for the practical application of the strength and flexibility work into the performance of the various gymnastics skills.

The tape is full of drills, progressions, coaching corrections, training devices, and a great variety of skills. It is my belief that every coach who watches this tape closely will come away with some new drill or a twist on an old one that can be of immediate use.

TAPE #69: Choreography!

Shirley Tranquill and Linda Johnson have devoted countless studio hours to the preparation and production of this tape.

The tape begins, as it should, with the selection of the music and proceeds to an evaluation of what music would best fit the gymnast based on such factors as style, personality, projection, rhythm, strengths, and endurance. Next, attention is given to the Code of Points and the various requirements of composition: the tumbling passes are considered and added, then come the dance sequences, single dance elements, the mixed series, original acro elements, mixing the levels, and covering the space on the floor.

But these two are not finished yet. They turn their focus to the quality of the music itself as the determining factor as the routine evolves. Rhythm patterns, note values, syncopation, counter point, tempo, repetition, and meter are all considered, discussed, and evaluated as essential elements in the creation of the perfect floor routine.

Finally, Linda and Shirley consider thematic elements to tie the whole composition together. Isolations, corner connections, theater and gesture, and changes in style are all tricks of the trade, which are shared with our members in the exceptional video.


1992-1993 VHS TAPES

 TAPE #50: How to Tape 2 (Plus More):

Larry Nassar continues his training here for a total of about three hours on taping injured gymnasts. These tapes belong in every serious gymnastics reference library.

You might recall that part of Tape #47, Plyometrics for Gymnastics, was recorded in extended play so that it appeared in fast motion on your tape players. That portion of the tape has been included on this tape at regular speed. Plyometrics for sprinting is the title of this section of the tape and it is very valuable information to help in vaulting and tumbling.

TAPE #52: Uneven Bars #1:

This is a great tape! In Part One Steve Nunno takes us through basic bars as related to the level 10 and elite compulsories.

In Part Two Todd Gardner explores advanced bar skills such as giants with pirouettes and release moves. Todd makes great use of a bar placed just above a trampoline to teach progressions, technique, and body positions. It is very effective!

In Part Three Al Fong demonstrates the use of a “U” shaped pit system or “Hecht machine,” as he calls it, to teach various release moves and flyaways.

TAPE #53: Tumbling & the Dynamo System:

In Part One, the master, Steve Elliot, takes us through advanced tumbling, incorporating the proper body positions and blocking techniques into the progressions leading to various advanced tumbling skills.

In Part Two Steve Nunno discusses the workings of his club, Dynamo Gymnastics, in some detail. He discusses the business aspects of running a club and a team program, his philosophy of coaching, the details of his team training, and life with Shannon.

TAPE #54: Potpourri:

 Part One is very well taped coverage of the 1992 Golden Sands competition held in Bulgaria by Tony Gehman (30 min).

Part Two is some acro material shot by Tony at the same competition. I know acro is outside our main interest, however, the handstand work and conditioning are as interesting as the sport itself.

Part Three: In the September USECA Newsletter, Milan Stanovich wrote a report on teaching deltchevs. This video takes us through these progressions plus a whole range of other skills. Milan is a very innovative coach and his gymnasts are very accomplished on this event.

Part Four is coverage of the 1992 Moscow Stars Competition. This meet takes the place of former Moscow News competition and those familiar with that meet recognize it as perhaps the international invitational in the world. The Moscow stars carries on that proud tradition. In 1993 the first time the top gymnast in the former Soviet Union competed for their respective republics. The level is very high while the filming and quality of the tape is not (40 min).

TAPE #55: Vaulting #1:

Part One: Front Handspring Vaults: Twisting and Flipping: Tim Rand, coach of the American Twisters, was nice enough to take time out from training his gymnasts to beat all of us to put together this tape for the USECA. The tape focuses on the front handspring family and starts with the handspring full and goes through the handspring fronts. Tim has included lots of drills, techniques, and tips for mastery of these important vaults. This is a great instructional video and even if you have been teaching these vaults for many years, I guarantee that you will pick up some pointers here. Thank you to Tim and his gymnasts.

Part Two: The Round off Entry Vaults: Steve Nunno, coach of Shannon Miller, presented this lecture at the Region V Mini-Congress last September. The reason why this particular lecture is so important is that it provides a bit of an alternative to the traditional method of approaching this vault. Steve is less high tech. He is more results oriented and less process oriented. Tony Gehman produced an instructional video (for the USGF) some years ago which focused much more on the technical aspects of the vault. Steve’s approach assumes the knowledge provided by Tony’s technical analysis and then he takes a step sideways, allowing us to see another means to the same end. This video is the perfect compliment to Tony’s video. I recommend that anyone interested in teaching this family of vaults have both videos.

TAPE #56: Balance Beam #1:

 Part One: ABC’s of Beam Training: Tim and Toni Rand are at it again, sharing the secrets of their success with the rest of us. The focus of this lecture is the elimination of fear through mastery of proper basics. The gymnasts must master the basic ABC’s of beam before they can write creative and proper gymnastics sentences. The beam complex is at the core of those ABC’s and the Rands take us through the complex, showing how it builds to create beautiful gymnastics.

Part Two: The Mental Aspects of Beam Training: Tami Biggs presented this lecture at the Region V Mini-Congress in September 1992. Her focus was the elimination of fear through the mastery of perfect technique and basics. This is beginning to sound familiar. It is no accident that both parts of this elimination of fear as the two keys to success on beam, the most difficult and dangerous piece of gymnastics apparatus for women. Tami’s approach is somewhat different than presented in Part One. Tami believes that if the gymnasts are busy thinking of key words and proper technique they will have little time for distractions. If you are not yet a Tami Biggs fan, you will be after viewing this tape.

TAPE #57: CSKA Leningrad:

Every once in a while a tape drops into my lap from out of the blue. This is such a tape. Victor Gavrichenco and Bamara Yapchenco, personal coaches to Elena Shushunova, 1988 Olympic All Around Gold medal winner and 1995 World All Around Champion, put together this tape while still coaching in the former Soviet Union. The best way that I can describe the tape is that it presents a series of “little drills” which break down complex skills into small component parts. The results are fascinating. To be honest, I cannot determine what every drill is used for. The tape is not systematic in its presentation and it is all in Russian. However, it is very valuable and it is presented unedited. You want this tape!


1991-1992 VHS TAPES

TAPE #40: Training Future Elites (1991):

This tape was filmed and edited by Mike Corriere of Hudson Valley Gymnastics. Most of the material centers on the training of three Junior B Elite Gymnasts at CATS Gymnastics in Cheshire, CT. The tapes include: interview with CATS coaches, interviews with the gymnasts before and after elite competition, compulsories and optionals from 1 st Elite Qualifying Meet and 1 st Regional Elite Competition, gym training of elite gymnasts, and up-and-coming elites. These videos represent three months of effort and are a must for any coach entering the elite field. They are also valuable for current elite coaches and for age group coaches who want direction in developing young gymnasts. There are intermittent sound blackouts on this tape.

TAPE #42: Coaching Clinic #3:

Part One: Running…Faster: This lecture by Philip Ward, a Ph.D. candidate at Ohio State who used to work with members of the Australian National Team, presents many useful drills for improving speed on the vault run. Along with the speed drills are various vault drills.

Part Two: Soviet Training Systems: This segment of the video shows various drills, skills, and apparatus in the Soviet system of gymnastics training.

Part Three: Choreography: Tami Biggs presents a lecture on the construction of a floor routine.

Part Four: Drills for the ‘92-’96 Elite Beam Compulsory: Murial Grossfeld takes the routine and elements apart and puts them back together…her way!

TAPE#47: Conditioning for Gymnastics:

 Part One: Plyometrics: In this lecture Larry Nassar explains what Plyometrics is and is not. He discusses the physiological basis of the training and dispels some myths along the way. He then goes through a recommended series of plyometric exercises that can be done specifically for gymnastics training. Power equals strength times speed. The second half of this video covers the strength aspects of training, and deals with speed.

Part Two: Conditioning Programs: This portion of the tape features various conditioning exercises, programs, and set-ups from two of the nation’s top programs: The Great American Gymnastics Express and Northstars Gymnastics. Thanks to Al Fong and Tony Gehman for sharing their ideas with us.

TAPE #49: How to Tape the Gymnast 1:

Larry Nassar takes us through the injury, explaining what has happened using the skeletal model, how it looks and how it feels to the gymnast, and how to tape it to prevent further injury. He starts with the toe and works up. This is a terrific reference on what is, unfortunately, an important aspect of coaching gymnasts.


1990-1991 VHS TAPES

TAPE #29: The 1990 Soviet National Championships:

Filmed in the September of 1990, this video offers a first look at all the top Soviet female gymnasts for the upcoming year. Unlike some videos from the USSR which make their way to the USECA, this tape has not been converted and duplicated 10 times. The quality is very good and the subject matter is the best! Many thanks to Yoyoi Vano of Japan (who is in the states to study choreography for the year) for sharing this video with Bill Sands, who sent it on to the USECA.

TAPE #30: USECA Coaching Clinic #1:

This is the first in what should be a long series of tapes devoted to coaching. In the first section Dr. Sands sets up a resistance-training program for gymnasts with suggestions for development, implementation, expectations, and some thoughts on how this type of program fits in with other training methods.

Kristi Kraft takes over with an uneven bar lecture devoted to teaching the Marovich (sp?). Unable to talk technique in a vacuum, Kristi devotes half of her lecture to developing basics, strength, proper alignment and technique on bars. The rest of her section is developed to training techniques and lead ups to the Counter-Kim. Note: the tape ends prior to the last five minutes of the lecture when Kristi takes us through the actual skill. This may be why I have never seen this skill performed by an American gymnast. Had Kristi only shortened her lecture by five minutes…who knows, there might be dozens performed every meet and FIG would have to devalue it to a “C”.

TAPE #31: Coaching Clinic #2:

This tape comes courtesy of the USGF through the efforts of Steve Whitlock.

Part One deals with Periodization, what to do and when to do it in order to maximize the training for your gymnasts. This is the latest in a series of lectures by Dr. Bill Sands. Many of you have told me that these lectures are the best thing about the Video Club because they provide specific and practical information on training. Thank you Bill and Steve.

Part Two of this tape is deals with interval training and is presented by Dr. Johnson. This lecture was originally presented at USGF Congress several years ago. It is included now because it fills a gap in the training information presented in the lectures by Dr. Sands.

TAPE #32: Tumbling:

Learn from “The Master”, many time National and World Champion, Steve Elliot. This tape contains a lecture and demonstration by Steve and other world-class tumblers.

TAPE #34: Gymnastics Training:

Part One: Pacific Rim Championships: There are lots of great routines here, professionally filmed.

Part Two: High Bar and Mozart: only in the USECA Video Club can you get such great material. This segment was filmed at the 1987 Leningrad International and features the Iranian men’s team on high bar with their expressive coach.

Part Three: Surgical Tubing: this segment shows a way to set up a bungee system over a trampoline and some of the things that can then be accomplished.

Part Four: Soviet Training: this tape was shot in one of the Soviet Training Centers (possibly Leningrad). For those who like such tapes this is a good one and shows a wide variety of gymnasts, events, and skills.


1988-1989 VHS TAPES

TAPE #18: Peak Performance:

Part One: How to Peak for Championship Meets is presented by Dr. Bill Sands. He reviews the results of an ongoing study into the training habits of the teams and individual members of the USA National team, drawing important implications from the data and the results from competitions.

Part Two: Varna Report: Murial Grossfeld presents a report on compulsory technique. Do not dismiss this tape just because you do perform the elite compulsories. A walkover or a leap or a jump is still a basic skill used in every gymnast’s training. Murial presents a wealth of technical information on how these skills and many others can and should be done. These are equally applicable to optionals as well as compulsories.


1987-1988 VHS TAPES

TAPE #1: Training Methods:

Dr. Bill Sands provided this video and it contains two lectures presented at the Elite Coaches Seminar.

In Part One, Dr. Tudor Bompa discusses methods of training athletes.

In Part Two, Dr. Sands goes into the process of developing flexibility.

I found both tapes to be both interesting and helpful. Please note that the sound portion of the tape is missing during the first two minutes.


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