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1 Freshman Gymnastics: HIT FORM WIN by Myles Laffey Hinsdale Central

2 Don’t underestimate the power you have to positively influence kids Don’t overplay your role in the process of skill acquisition; Let the gymnast own what he earned

3 The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. --Socrates Seek advice from coaches you trust

4 Coaching Influences Al Bekkedal DGN

5 Coaching Influences Tony Canino HC “…worth doing well.” Neil Krupicka HC “…pat on the back.” Harrison Bull HC “Do your best.”

6 Coaching Influences Eric Liva Team Dist. 86 Tim Hamman HC, Fremd Tnation.t-nation.com Stayfit.com

7 Coaching Influences “Iron” Mark Wanner HC “Attention to details” “Fall in love with the training” -Lance Armstrong

8 Other IHSGCA coaches (and judges) particularly: DGN GW LT York

9 PRACTICES For skills, drills, stations, routines, etc. see Coach Levin’s presentation referencing HC Coach Canino

10 PRACTICES Day 1: Learn all gymnasts’ names; no excuses Be on time, be on task, always do your best “Let’s build something together”

11 PRACTICES 2-3 events per day Condition as a team (within a team) Saturdays: condition with varsity What you do in practice, you will do in a meet

12 Skill Acquisition Luck, Coincidence, Skill “I didn’t see you; do it again” Celebrate rites of passage (kip on bars, uprise on rings) Give freshman an audience, spotlight

13 Capitalize on “horses on the trail” moments Draw a crowd quickly; keep it lively Spontaneous contests Focus on repetition of specific skill

14 ROUTINES KISS--“Keep it simple, Sparky” 10 “hittable” skills with form HB example Teach them to breathe VISUALIZE or find what works

15 Skills as “carrots” for Spring Break Ex. giants, higher level skills, team tournaments, pool workouts, club visit & lunch Incentive to stay for break practices After frosh year spring break required

16 MEETS “Business dress” – job to do Stick together Watch each other compete Talk to opposing friends after meet Handshakes: consider “gymnastics brotherhood” Didn’t hit? Can’t complain. Hitting is contagious, and fun!

17 HOME MEETS All levels help out (set up, take down) Team meeting after take down Win vs. loss speech Highlights, future focus Red Devil award

18 Freshman Education: Traditions “Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat” bus ride special treats trivia night at coach’s house naming exercises after creators Uniforms (Star Trek tops)

19 Freshman year as start of journey Success takes time Laffey’s 18 years of freshman teams (win some, lose some) 14 years of senior teams at State (7 trophies)

20 HIT FORM WIN What does it mean? Doing your best vs. being the best Scores and medals; gymnastics as metaphor for life Building a future with your team

21 A Gymnastics Perspective By: Jeff Levin Glenbard West Glenbard West

22 MY GOALS-  State a PHILOSOPHY- What does it all mean?  Taste of the “HILLTOPPER APPROACH”  ALSO- CREATE sort of a ROADMAP TO SUCCESS! TO SUCCESS!

23 Influences  Tony Canino: HC  Tom Sokalski: NE  Ed Gagnier: Iowa State  Blaise Blasko: GW  Steve Kafka: GW

24 Events Judging Rationale

25 TIME and FOCUS  Soph season-  66 days  Approximately- 12 meets  Only 54 days to coach  My first meet is two and a half weeks into the season (almost 25 %) into the season (almost 25 %)

26 HENCE  Work on EVENT REQUIREMENTS right away!  Develop PATTERNS, STATIONS, and HABITS!  TALK TO THE TEAM- FORMULATE TEAM GOALS!  CREATE INDIVIDUAL GOALS  HOLD YOUR GYMNASTS TO THEIR GOALS!

27 TUMBLING REQUIREMENTS  BACK PASS-.4  FRONT PASS.4  A TWIST.4

28 MY PHILOSOPHY-BEG. YEAR  GET YOUR REQUIREMENTS FIRST  CONSTANT LEG DRILLS- FOR BOUNDERS.  CONDITIONING PAYS DIVIDENDS  REMEMBER- THERE IS NO REPITITION!- WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

29 FIRST MEET- GENERIC GYMNAST  Most likely- two front passes. WHY?  Work front (barani) into the pit or crash pad.  A nice ro-ff- back is fine at the beg. Of the year. (spot in practice- no pt. to do It in the meet. Also, front bounders Also, front bounders

30 SCORE?  Diff. 1.6  Combination- 1.2  Sub-total 2.8  Form = 5.4  Form in reality=  Gymnast’s score=

31 Final routine- top guy(s)  Front-front-front + for. Roll- WHY?  Ro-ff- back- back- back extension  For. Full – for. Roll- front.  Why did I add the back extension On pass two? On pass two?

32 SCORE WITH FORM  YOU HAVE FOUR C’S- ONE OF THEM WILL BE BROKEN DOWN INTO TWO B’S. OF THEM WILL BE BROKEN DOWN INTO TWO B’S. DIFFICULTY 2.8 COMBINATION- 1.2 BONUS. 2 (C+C CONNECTION) FORM= SCORE=

33 POMMEL HORSE- DON’T COMPROMISE THE ISSUE!  INCEPTION- THE MUSHROOM THAT BEGAN THE PROCESS TO 10.0!  NUMBERS! NUMBERS! NUMBERS!  BASIC TECHNIQUE- THE QUARTER AND THREE QUARTER POINTS.  DON’T SACRIFICE FORM FOR MORE NUMBERS!

34 FIRST MEET  TWO CIRCLES- DOES THE WORD “TASK MASTER” COME TO MIND?  TWO SCISSOR HOPS- REMEMBER- SPACE BETWEEN THEIR CROTCH AND THE HORSE- NO STOP!- ONE LEG NEEDS TO KEEP MOVING!  JUST A REGULAR LOOP.

35 REMEMBER:  YOUR GYMNASTS WILL BECOME ABOUT AS GOOD OR WORK ABOUT AS HARD AS YOU MAKE THEM WORK  THERE IS A DIRECT CORRELATION TO BECOMING GOOD AND THE NUMBERS THAT YOU HOLD THEM TO  MAKE SURE YOU ADD LOOP DRILLS AND SCISSOR DRILLS.

36 FIRST MEET  TWO CIRCLES (PROBABLY MOUNT)  TWO SCISSORS INTO A “B’ SCISSOR HOP!  ANOTHER SCISSOR HOP (REMEMBER- IF THEY STOP OR DON’T KEEP MOVING- THERE IS ZERO BENEFIT!)  DON’T FORGET- 10 LEGITIMATE PARTS!

37 SCORE  DIFFICULTY=.4  COMBINATION=.8 (IF GIVEN CREDIT FOR CIRCLES- DON’T BANG THE HORSE!)  FORM=  TOTAL=  REMEMBER- JUDGES CAN AND WILL BE TIGHT ON EXECUTION!

38 END OF YEAR  START WORKING ON TRAVEL DOWNS  CIRCLE LOOPS  TRAVEL LOOP OFF OR TRAVEL DOWN- BREAK CIRCLE LOOP OFF  “B” PART EITHER WAY

39 SCORE BREAKDOWN SCORE BREAKDOWN  DIFFICULTY- 4 B’S AND THE REST A’S= 1.6 A’S= 1.6 * COMBINATION- 1.2 * COMBINATION- 1.2 EXECUTION ( KEEP THE BUTT OFF THE HORSE AND KEEP IT MOVING- ONLY EXECUTION ( KEEP THE BUTT OFF THE HORSE AND KEEP IT MOVING- ONLY STANDARD BREAKS STANDARD BREAKS FORM APPROX.= FORM APPROX.= FINAL SCORE= (NOT BAD!) FINAL SCORE= (NOT BAD!)

40 INTERLUDE  MAKE IT FUN-GAMES- CHINA VS. THE UNITED STATES. VS. THE UNITED STATES. KEEP GYMNASTS ON-TASKKEEP GYMNASTS ON-TASK LOTS OF COMMUNICATION- CONSTANT REMINDERS ABOUT ACHIEVING GOALS!LOTS OF COMMUNICATION- CONSTANT REMINDERS ABOUT ACHIEVING GOALS!

41 STILL RINGS- DRILLS  SWINGS- HANDS IN - BLOCK IN THE FRONT- PALMS DOWN IN THE BACK!  HANDSTANDS- STEP ONTO A BLOCK, IF NECESSARY.  DISLOCATES ONTO CRASH PADS.  CROSSES OR FRONT LEVERS (EVERY OTHER DAY IS FINE)  LIFTED DISMOUNTS – GOOD BLOCK OUT OF THE FRONT SWING.

42 RINGS- INTANGIBLES  STATIONS ARE A MUST- AND KEEPING ON TASK IS A MUST.  NOTE* WITH SOME GYMNASTS, JUST GETTING THEM TO THE TOP OF THE RINGS IS A BIG PSYCHOLOGICAL BOOST!  BUILD THEIR CONFIDENCE AND STRESS PATIENCE (FOR SOME THIS EVENT CAN TAKE AWHILE BEFORE THEY REALLY SENSE IMPROVEMENT!

43 BEGINNING OF THE SEASON  YOU’LL PROBABLY START WITH A SHOULDER STAND-HOWEVER, IF THEY’VE WORKED EXTREMELY HARD, PUT IT IN THEIR SET. THEY WILL LIKELY NOT GET CREDIT FOR IT.  STRENGTH- SAME  TOP TO TOP- SAME

44 OPENING ROUTINE  THE OBJECT IS TO THROW THE CLEANEST ROUTINE POSSIBLE, WHILE WORKING TOWARDS REQUIRENTS (STRENGTH, H.S. AND TOP TO TOP.  DIFFICULTY.4  COMBINATION- GENERALLY.O  FORM  SCORE=

45 DIRECTLY AFTER THE TWO WEEKS  INCREASE ALL OF YOUR NUMBERS- RELATED TO STRENGTH AND HANDSTANDS.  WORK TOP TO TOP (LIKE CRAZY)-  GET IT IN!  IF YOU’RE WORKING ON A FRONT LEVER- YOU MAY GET SOME SORT OF CREDIT BY MID-YEAR.  THE HANDSTAND WILL STILL BE A WORK IN PROGRESS

46 MID-YEAR ROUTINE  YOU PROBABLY HAVE A TOP TO TOP- PERHAPS, YOU CAN GET IT STRAIGHT ARM (PROBABLY NOT)  FORM AND “STURDINESS” SHOULD REALLY BE IMPROVING.  HANDSTAND- SHOULD BE GETTING PROGRESSIVELY BETTER.  START INTRODUCING THE POSSIBILITY OF A “FULL” DISMOUNT.

47 PROGRESSING TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR  HANDSTAND SHOULD BE GETTING CREDIT- ALL DRILLS SHOULD BE TOWARDS GETTING CREDIT. MAKE SURE YOUR GYMNASTS ARE STOPPING IN ONE POSITION, EVEN IF ITS NOT ALL THE WAY UP.  STRENGTH- SAME – START WORKING A LITTLE BIT ON PULLING OUT OF FRONT LEVERS AND CROSSES. (OBVIOUSLY, USE PULLEY SYSTEMS AND JUST PLAIN MAN- POWER (HELP FROM TEAM-MATE

48 END OF YEAR ROUTINE  HANDSTAND- CREDIT  STRENGTH- CREDIT  TOP TO TOP WITH STRAIGHT ARMS THROUGH BACK UPRISE.  PERHAPS, A BACK UPRISE TO IMMEDIATE STRADDLE L  POSSIBLY EVEN A FULL

49 END OF SEASON (SR)- BEST CASE SCENARIO  DIFF. 3B’S- ONE C DIFFICULTY= 1.9 COMB.= 1.2 SUB-TOTAL= 3.1 FORM FINAL SCORE

50 CORRELATION VLT- TU- TRAMP  YOU CAN ALMOST LUMP THESE IN TOGETHER.  LEARN A FULL (FORWARD) ON TRAMP-AND YOU CAN DO A HS FULL  PIKE BACK, LAYOUT BACK- PIKE TSUK, LAYOUT TSUK (ETC.)

51 Vaulting- progressions, principles  START LOW- VERY PROGRESSIVELY GO HIGHER (SAME THING FrOR HANDSPRINGS AND TSUKS.  REMEMBER TO KEEP THE I  INTEGRITY OF THE SKILL, REGARDLESS OF THE HEIGHTH!  HANDSPRING- OPEN ANGLES  DON’T’S! DROP THE HEAD, PIKE AT HIPS, BEND ARMS OR LEGS-DECREASING ANGLES WILL HURT THE VAULTER FOREVER!

52 MORE SPECIFIC WITH MATS  YOU CAN BASICALLY START WITH HANDSPRINGS ON THE FLOOR AND ROUND OFFS ON THE FLOOR.  JUST KEEP ADDING SPOTTING BLOCKS AND MATS TO DESIRED HEIGHT.  WHY? YOU CERTAINLY WANT TO REMOVE FEAR FROM THE EQUATION  OBVIOUSLY, PROPER PROGRESSIVE GYMNASTICS IS WHAT IS GOING TO MAKE YOU SOPH TEAM BETTER-AND MORE IMPORTANTLY- YOUR VARSITY GYMNAST MUCH BETTER!

53 PARALLEL BARS- REQUIREMENTS HANDSTAND- SWINGS INTO A H.S.- (A FEW THOUSAND- MINIMALLY) DON’TS- ARCH IN THE BACK, LET SHOULDERS GO BACK IN THE FRONT, PIKE IN THE FRONT OR TRY TO SWING TOO HIGH- TOO SOON! DON’TS- ARCH IN THE BACK, LET SHOULDERS GO BACK IN THE FRONT, PIKE IN THE FRONT OR TRY TO SWING TOO HIGH- TOO SOON! FLIPPING DISMOUNT- (NEXT SLIDE) FLIPPING DISMOUNT- (NEXT SLIDE) UNDERBAR SKILL. UNDERBAR SKILL.

54 FLIPPING DISMOUNT- MOST CASES- BACK OFF  WHY?- MOST GYMNASTS CAN’T DO A DECENT FRONT UPRISE AT THE END OF THE SET. HOWEVER, IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR SOME  BOYS.  BUILD MATS UP TO CLOSE TO THE TOP OF THE BARS (LOWER BARS).  (NO NEED TO SPOT)  KEEP REMOVING MATS-UNTIL YOU HIT 8 INCHER. HIT 8 INCHER. THEN- RAISE BARS ONE NOTCH AT A TIME THEN- RAISE BARS ONE NOTCH AT A TIME

55 STATIONS-ROTATIONS- BEGINNING OF THE YEAR GLIDE KIP STATION- I BEGIN WITH JUST A GLIDE AND PROGRESS TO THE KIP. ASAP- I TRY TO SPOT THEM INTO A “V” POSITION. SWING AND HANDSTAND STATION- NOTE- THIS IS MY FAVORITE SPOT IN THE GYM- I CAN COACH ALL 6 WHEN I’M UP THERE! (CONT.)

56 MORE STATIONS  V’S, STRADDLE L’S, HANDSTANDS, PRESS HANDS. (IT’S AMAZING HOW MANY “B” PARTS YOU CAN TEACH ON THE PARALLETS.) PRESS HANDS. (IT’S AMAZING HOW MANY “B” PARTS YOU CAN TEACH ON THE PARALLETS.) A FEW WEEKS INTO THE SEASON- WORK PIROUETTES, STUTZES, REVERSE STUTZES AND FRONT TOSSES. (THEY CAN PICK THEIR SPECIALTY). A FEW WEEKS INTO THE SEASON- WORK PIROUETTES, STUTZES, REVERSE STUTZES AND FRONT TOSSES. (THEY CAN PICK THEIR SPECIALTY).

57 FOUNDATION SKILLS FOR FIRST MEET  GOOD GLIDE KIP  GOOD MOY  BACK UPRISE AND FRONT UPRISE  HOPEFULLY, FRONT TOSS  HOPEFULLY, ONE STRADDLE “L”  HOPEFULLY A BACK OFF

58 Routine- first meet (approx)  1. glide kip- a part, req.  2. moy-a  3. b.u.-a  4. L-a.  5. front toss- B  6-7. b.u.-a, “L”-a  8. straddle L (space between legs and bar)-B  9. for. Roll-  10. b.u.- a  11. flank off (possibly back off)

59 SCORE- FIRST MEET  DIFF- 1.0  COMB..4- POSSIBLY.8  FORM  SCORE  YES, POSSIBLY A LITTLE OPTIMISTIC!

60 THE WAR- (COMING FROM AN OLD P-BAR GUY)  THOUSANDS OF SWINGS AND HANDSTANDS  THOUSANDS OF GLIDE V’S  THOUSANDS OF V’S AND PRESSES TO HANDSTANDS. TO HANDSTANDS. MANY, MANY FRONT UPRISES CHOICE BETWEEN TWO MORE B’S (STUTZ OR R.S., PIROS, B.U. STRADDLES

61 END OF YEAR- ROUTINE  1. GLIDE V= C +REQ.  2. S.S. PRESS= B  3. BAIL- B  4. MOY-A  5. B.U.-A  6. V- B  7. FRONT TOSS (u.)- B  8. B.U.- A  9. B. STRADDLE (CLEAR BARS)- B  10. SWING HANDSTAND- A AND REQ.  11. BACK OFF- B

62 END OF THE YEAR- SCORE  1 C AND 6 B’S  DIFF. 2.6  COMBINATION= 1.2  SUB-TOTAL= 3.8  FORM=  SCORE=

63 HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE TO ACCOMPLISH THESE GOALS?  SOKALSKI- FUN AND CONCERN FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL. INSPIRING CONFIDENCE!  CANINO- NUMBERS AND DISCIPLINE, Goal Setting  BLASKO- KNOWLEDGE OF “THE GAME” FORM, EXECUTION-ADHERENCE TO RULE BOOK, PROPER PROGRESSIONS!  GAGNIER (LOKEN)- ATTENTION TO DETAIL- BELIEF IN WHAT YOU’RE DOING.”WE CAN DO THIS GUYS!” + MOTIVATIONAL ATTITUDE!  KAFKA-NEVER,NEVER, NEVER (UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES) GIVE UP! BELIEF IN CREATING TEAM ATMOSPHERE AND EMPOWERMENT!

64 H-BAR  DON’T BE AFRAID TO USE THE STRAP BAR!  SWING ENOUGH WHERE THEY’RE NOT AFRAID. (SOMETIMES, VERY SLOW PROGRESSIONS).  GOOD MODELS ON BAR (IN YOUR GYM!)- NOTHING BETTER  MAKE IT FUN!

65 REPITITIONS  BACK UPRISE, BACK HI-CIRCLE- DROP KIP- CAST GIANT (IN THE THOUSANDS)  LOTS OF CASTS ON LOW BAR.  LATER IN THE SEASON- PIRO DRILLS,  FREE HIP DRILLS, POSSIBLY HIGGINS DRILLS.  GET GOOD AND COMFORTABLE (BELT) WITH CAST FLYAWAYS.

66 FIRST MEET  1. BACK UPRISE  2. BACK HIP CIRCLE  3. DROP KIP  4 AND 5- CAST GIANTS (2)  PIKE DOWN DROP KIP  6. CHANGE HANDS- B. GIANT  7. GIANT (IN TO BAR)  8. BACK HIP CIRCLE  9. KIP  10. FLY AWAY

67 SCORE  DIFF..4  COMB. 1.2  SUB-TOTAL= 1.6  FORM  SCORE

68 KAFKA- NO ONE ON MY TEAM IS GOING TO BE A BAD HIGH BAR MAN! KAFKA- NO ONE ON MY TEAM IS GOING TO BE A BAD HIGH BAR MAN!  FREE HIPS- KEEP YOU HEAD IN!  OPEN EARLY!  PIROS- WORK LOW BAR, CATCH OR  USE MAT ON BOTTOM.  HIGGINS- SAME CONCEPT.

69 END OF YEAR  1. B.U.-A  2. FREE HIP- B  3. GIANT-A  4. GIANT-A  5. PIKE DOWN- KIP- A  6. CHANGE HNDS- R. GIANT- A  7. GIANT  8. PIRO –GIANT – B  9. KIP-A  10 FLYAWAY- A

70 END OF THE YEAR SCORE  DIFFICULTY- 1.0  COMBINATION= 1.2  SUB-TOTAL= 2.2  FORM  TOTAL=

71 A Few Anecdotes- The Events and the Gymnasts that Make a Difference!  John Bremer  Michael and Eddy Ross  Josh Levin  Bob Pole  Steve Alton

72 PRACTICE DOESN’T MAKE PERFECT…PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!  LEVIN- IF YOU BREAK A SKILL DOWN ENOUGH TIMES INTO IT’S NUMEROUS AND SMALLEST PARTS…  AND DO IT ENOUGH TIMES…  YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING OR TEACH (LEARN) ANYTHING!  (COMBINED WITH A LITTLE CHUTZPAH!)


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