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Monday
Aug072017

2017 Region 6 Future Stars Workshop #1

2017 Region 6 Future Stars Information

 

Click here for results from the 2016 Region 6 Future Stars Regional Qualifier 

 

Workshop #1:  August 27th, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Sterling Academy of Gymnastics ($35/athlete)

Coaches:  Please come to this workout prepared to discuss the Future Stars Routines with the other coaches and athletes in your group.  The first future stars workshop should serve as a collaboration attempt to be sure that we, as a region, are all understanding the rules and applying them consistently.  

To make this event as smooth as possible, it would be beneficial if all coaches have a means to view the newest future stars routines prior to and during the workout.  

This workout will also serve as an opportunity to become familiar with the other coaches and athletes who will participate in the future stars program. 

There will be no event specific clinicians at this workshop.  Coaches should be willing to direct their own athletes when they get to the respective events with the hopes of sharing ideas and interpretations of the updates with other coaches.

Any issues or rules discrepancies should be discussed at the workout, noted and brought up for further discussion via email or at the future stars clinic on September 18th.

All athletes should be in competition attire; bring your Black Region 6 shirt if you have one from regionals.  Coaches should wear collared shirts.  

 

Tentative Schedule:

9:00 - 9:15 warm up

9:15-9:30 flexibility routines together as a group

9:30 – 10:30:  Rotation 1

 

  • 8-9:   FX and/or PH
  • 10 :   SR and/or Vault
  • 11+:  PB and/or HB

 

 10:30 – 11:30:  Rotation 2

 11:30 – 12:30: Rotation 3  

 12:30 - 12:50:  Parallel Bar Strength

 12:50 - 1:00:  Wrap up and Dismissal

 

 

Event Focus Points:  Use video, ipad, Coaches’ Eye, and metronomes

Understand the Bonuses and their impact on overall score.

 

Floor Exercise:

8 – 10 year olds:     Arm pull down on round off and back handsprings; vertical takeoff on dive roll and dismount; tight stretch in dive roll; tumble on a line; open out of your back tuck;  stick your landings; use a metronome.

11+:  Arm pull down on round off and back handsprings; leave the floor with feet facing forward on Arabian; Double leg hurdles; vertical takeoff on dive roll and dismount; tumble on a line; stick your landings; use a metronome.

 

Pommel Horse:

8 year olds:  Start with both hands on mushroom; no skewing hands; use a metronome; turn hips

9 year olds:  Back loops; No skewing (use tape lines); use a metronome; turn hips

10 year olds: Be sure to count circles correctly; no skewing; keep hips turned; use metronome

11+ year olds:  Counter rotation and No skewing; Use metronome; count circles and travels correctly

 

Still Rings:

8 – 10 year olds:  Rings parallel or wider on all support skills; inlocates and dislocates with shoulders above rings; Get feet horizontal, 45 degrees or between straps; No arching in the back on turn over swings 

11+: Straight arm press to handstand; Rings parallel or wider on all support skills; Feet between cables and shoulders at ring height on swings; Open dismount before horizontal; Handstands aligned with cables; stick your landings.

 

Vault:

Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjj8ZBbz6qg

8 and 9 year olds:  Speed up with every step; straight body at board strike; open body before landing

10 year olds:  Straight body and vertical off table; On-Off, In-Out

11+ year olds:  Center of Gravity; 4 distinct shapes: On-Off, In-Out; Stack up mats and do “Tom Meadows” drills

 

Parallel Bars:

8 year olds: Swing higher than the bars; swing handstands; hold handstands

9 year olds: Understand the sequence; swing higher than the bars; swing handstand to hold; bail to flyaway

10 year olds:  Giants; Open hips during swings; early pirouette; THIS ROUTINE IS DIFFICULT.

11+ year olds:  Giants without traveling; Extend shoulders and hips on the glide kip; open hips during swings; peaches without travelingearly pirouette to 3 second hold

 

High Bar:

8 year olds:  Free hips with shifted wrists; hollow in the front and back of all swings

9 year olds:  Free hip from high start; Giants; swing half turns

10 year olds:  Free hip from giants; swing half turns; Straight handstand at the top of all giants; Vertical rise on dismount; use metronome

11+:  Use a metronome; Hecht tap backuprise to 45˚; hop ½ turns; early pirouettes; straight handstand at the top of all giants; vertical dismount

 

Flexibility Routine:

1.  Step forward (leg horizontal) and raise arms to vertical

2.  Single leg prone fall (leg past vertical)

3.  Push to support

4.  Right leg swing forward to split (arms horizontal)

5.  1-2-3

6.  Turn to center split (arms horizontal)

7.  1-2-3

8.  90 degree pancake in prone position (arms vertical)

9.  1-2-3

10.  Slide legs back through split to prone position (upper body on floor)

11.  Push arms straight and go directly to

12.  Left leg split (arms horizontal)

13.  1-2-3

14.  Back leg forward to pike

15.  Push to bridge (arms shoulder width)

16.  1-2-3

17.  Lower down and reach arms back to shoulder stretch (arms shoulder width)

18.  1-2-3

19.  Sit up to Pike and reach to stretch (hands on floor reaching)

20.  1-2-3

21.  Pike sit (arms horizontal)

Friday
Aug042017

Meet Request Forms and Judge's Fees

Good afternoon Region 6:

The newly determined judges fees, which are set just below the national average, for the years 9/2017 - 5/2019 are as follows:

 

COMPULSORY:                                    OPTIONALS:
FIG $1.60/judgement                           FIG $1.95/judgement
NAT $1.45/judgement                          NAT $1.75/judgement
JO $1.25/judgement                            JO $ 1.25/judgement
Modified Capital Cup will remain at 30%
Minimum 50 Gymnasts
Minimum $90 dollars
Click here for the meet request form.  Please complete this meet request form and email to Billy Callahan to reserve judges and a date for your competition.

All forms should be emailed to wfc51881@gmail.com by September 1st.

 

 

 

Tuesday
May022017

 

Handstands for Hunger was an incredible success.

Thank you to Region 6 for participating in this initiative.

Gymnastics is for the good of the community.

 

Thank you to Max Finn for being brave and standing up for what he believes in.

Practice your handstands.  Next year we will be even better.

 

Be Great.

#646

Tuesday
May022017

Represent the #646 at JO Nationals for EVA...

 

On April 8th, 2017 an extraordinary moment occurred at Region 4 Championships at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.  I want to tell you about it but I need to rewind back to two weeks prior.
 
I received a phone call from a Swiss Turners Mom, Karen Schroeder, informing me about a situation with one of the Swiss Turners gymnasts.  At the Wisconsin State Boys Championships, because of receiving chemotherapy, gymnast, Evan Van Aacken, wasn't able to keep up with the pace of the rotations and had to miss an event.  Yet, he still took 1st place on Vault, 3rd on Pommel Horse, and 5th on P-Bars.
 
Evan’s goal was to compete all six events at Region 4 Championships.  With this information I decided, with the support of the Region 4 Championships Meet Director and Meet referee, we would permit him to go at his own pace and energy; if he needed to sit out a rotation and catch the next one, we would permit it.  At the Championships, we informed all of the coaches so they could expect a change in their rotation sheets and we informed the judges.  Everyone was more than willing to make it work for Evan.
 
In fact, at Region 4 Championships, in the Level 10 Session, Evan finished all six events without having to sit out any rotation.
 
An announcement was made, following the Level 10 Session, prior to the awards ceremony, that a gymnast in this session was dealing with chemotherapy as recent as eight days before the competition and that he had achieved his goal of performing all six events at Regional Championships.  The crowd broke into a standing ovation for him. Yet, this was only the beginning.
 
What people would learn is that Evan had actually placed in several events. So, when he took his place on the award stand, again people stood and erupted with applause and enthusiastic cheers for him.
 
What happened next, no one saw coming.

After the AA winners had been awarded and recognized, an announcement was made that the Qualifiers to J.O.Nationals would be introduced.

". . . beginning in ascending order, the 15th qualifier is..., the 14th Qualifier is . . . Evan Van Aacken."

The people in the stands exploded, standing, cheering, waving signs and beating the bleacher floor plates.
 
Then something extraordinary happened.  The gymnasts in the session had been sitting on the FX area in front of the awards stand.  Spontaneously, quietly, for a second, as though something had erupted from the earth, they all stood in unison applauding, some with their arms raised, pumping the air, for Evan, who quietly stood on the podium smiling.  The arena reverberated with the sound of family, friends, and people who didn't know him, further energized and inspired by the standing tribute the athletes were giving Evan, for his achievement and his inspiration.

Evan Van Aacken will be in Florida, competing All-around at USA Gymnastics J.O. Nationals, May 10-14, 2017.

Check out the video at the following link to be a part of this special moment.


Daniel Coon
USAG Region 4 Chairman

* All with permission of the Van Aacken Family: Teresa, Bill, Gabrielle, Anthony & Evan.
   -Note Evan's athletic profile for more details."