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How to make your emails stand out to college coaches

Most college coaches receive numerous emails each day from potential recruits. How can you make your email stand out and be read? *First of all, you can find the names and emails of all coaches in the staff directory of each athletic department website. *Focus on the key facts about yourself. Highlight something important in the subject line.   *Address the coach by name. They don’t want to receive an email that may be going out to several coaches. They want it to be personal to them. Stay away from “Dear Coach.” *Pr...

Around the World: Romanian and Australian Gymnastics

Okay, let’s get back to our research on international female competitive gymnastics systems. The focus for this installment will be on Romania and Australia. Let’s start with Romania! Pictured: Larisa Iordache   Romania If you’re old like me and watched major international competitions in the 1990’s and 2000’s, then you certainly know the myths and legends about Octavian Belu’s girls training and living together in Deva. To be honest, that’s the first thing I think of when I picture Romanian gymna...

Around the World: Canadian Gymnastics

Although elite gymnastics is governed internationally by the FIG, each country has its own system and structure for developing young gymnasts at lower levels. Growing up as a gymnast in the USA, I’ve always wondered how things work in other countries: what are the levels of competition, and what are they called? Are there age restrictions? Do the levels coincide with American equivalents, or are there big differences? In order to satisfy my curiosity, I spent some time learning about other national women’s gymnastics programs. What...

Don't let injuries stop your college recruiting process

Many of my clients have asked me what they should do when they are injured and did not get to complete or start their season. Of course injuries are never part of your plan, but you must remember injuries are a part of sports. College coaches deal with injuries all the time and you should not let this deter you from continuing or starting your college search. ~Be honest with college coaches: Coaches never want to be in the dark about injuries ~Keep communicating with coaches: Let them know what your rehab details are and what your plan is to st...

The Loveliest Leo of 2014 Euros

Pictured: Becky Downie courtesy of British Gymnastics Great Britain's flag leo won our poll for the loveliest leo of the 2014 European Championships with 44.63% of the votes. Aliya Mustfina's teal leo came in second with 24.37% of the votes. This leo shows country pride with the spirited design and the gorgeous display of colors and rhinestones blend effortlessly to create this fan favorite piece. Great Britain not only had success in our leo poll, but they had an outstanding showing in the competition itself. The team won their first ever jun...

Why I do what I do

Why I do what I do

Jill Hicks

June 18, 2014, 11:20am

Three years ago I began an advising business to help parents and gymnast through the recruiting process. I have felt very blessed to be doing what I love. My work has never felt like a job. When I was 17, I received a full scholarship to compete for the women’s gymnastics team at Oregon State University. I was an Elite gymnast and never dreamed college gymnastics could be such an amazing opportunity. After tearing the ligaments in my knee, I quickly went from athlete to coach. Staying on a scholarship at OSU and coaching my peers was the ...

Is the Thrill Gone?

Is the Thrill Gone?

June 8, 2014, 1:00am

Is the Thrill Gone?  by Dee Foster     Collegiate level gymnasts should consider this post a personal challenge. Every fan of the sport should consider this post a tough-love commentary by an observing has-been who’s been retired for longer than I care to mention.   Being an 80s USA National Team Member, ’88 Olympic Trials qualifier (couldn’t compete due to injury) and a 90s collegiate gymnast, I realize I’m a relic of sorts in the sport. I come from the generation of USA national team members and Ol...

Think You've Got What it Takes to Be a Guinness World Record-Breaking Gymnast?

If so, here's six crazy things you can try:   1: Try doing 31 consecutive handstand pirouettes. On September 30th 2013 Jennifer Stanley from Tumbletown Gymnastics in New Hampshire set the world record of 30 pirouettes. Easy if you can deal with the dizziness.... right?   2: See how many cartwheels you can perform in a minute. The world record currently stands at 63, achieved by Yash Kumar Bachubhai Patel (India) on the set of an Italian TV show on April 17th 2012.   3: For the more artistically gifted gymnast, here's a challenge...

Lovely Leos of the 2014 European Championships

The prestigious European Championships were held in Sofia, Bulgaria this year from May 14th-25th and there was so much going on that we almost forgot to take a look at one of the most important aspects- the leotards! Some of these leos we have seen before but they still deserve a nod of recognition.   Vote for your favorite at the bottom of the blog! Poll closes June 12th at midnight. Winner will be announced on the 13th! 5. Russia’s Ribbons Leo from Junior Team Finals This beautiful leo combines, metallic material, mesh, rhinestone...

New Faces at the June National Team Training Camp

USAG released the list of attendees for next week's June National Team Training Camp (see the full list here). There are a few new faces in the mix and we are excited to see them enter, or reenter, the elite scene! Tell us who you are most excited about in the comments section below. Gabby Douglas - Chow's This will be Gabby Douglas’ first time back at a National Team Training Camp since before the Olympics! Gabby left Chow’s gymnastics in August of 2013 when she joined her family who relocated to Los Angeles (read that story). Gab...

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2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships: My Favourite Moments

The 2013 P&G Championships women's competitions from the perspective of a 15-year-old British Gymnast The biggest national meet of the year for female elite gymnasts took place on August 15th and August 17th at the XL Center in Hartford. Competition was fierce as the athletes had to prove their consistency by hitting eight great routines rather than four, to earn the elusive accolade that is national champion.    The event got off to a disappointing start for me personally, and gymnasts alike, when Lexie Priessman of Cincinatti ...

Taking It To The Edge......It Is Education Not Failure

 "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."                                                         -- T.S. Elliot *********************************************************************************************************** At this competition she would unveil a signature skill on beam. She had worked tirelessly to learn the skill in practice and now it was time to add...

The Evolution of the Olympic Floor Routine

When watching the 2012 Olympics in London, one of the things that struck me was the insane difficulty scores that the gymnasts were posting, and how much more difficult the sport has become, even since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. It gave me an idea - compare the skills being competed then, to now.  I then had another thought. Why not take it even further! All the way back to 1968. I decided to look at floor routines specifically, in honour of it being exactly a year since Aly Raisman won floor gold in London. It was difficult to find fo...

My Favourite Routines - US Secret Classic 2013

On July 27th 2013, the USA's top female elite gymnasts filled the Sears Arena in Chicago for what was sure to be an exciting "warm up" competition before USA championships in a couple of weeks time. It was a chance for the gymnasts to try out new skills and size up their competition!   The junior meet showcased many elite debuts, most notably Norah Flatley of Chow's Gymnastics and Dance, who has since been dubbed "one to watch" after snatching the beam title from all around champ Bailie Key (2nd BB) and finishing 4th all around, just 3 ten...

Fall Then Get Back Up...(repeat)

Fall Then Get Back Up...(repeat)

Jill Fox

March 29, 2013, 11:49am

As gymnasts, we are taught at a very young age to get back up after a fall and keep going! As humans, it is natural to fall and get discouraged, and commonly, even to quit. Gymnastics is a tough sport. There is definitely a lot of room to fall on a daily basis. At practice, we are even taught how to fall properly. I remember while learning a Jaeger, getting yelled at over and over because I would put my elbows under me on the big cushy mat that would catch me. I was told to purposely not re-catch the bar and fall with my arms in front of me. I...

How to Make the Perfect Gymnastics Leotard

Do you want to be able to make the perfect leotard for gymnastics. The most perfect fitting gymnastics leotards for girls are made with several steps, and I am about to tell you how a perfect leotard is created and manufactured! Almost 30 years ago, Sue Fox, started making leotards, and I will guide you according to her master technique. Gymnasts who train competitively know that a leotard has to fit perfectly to outstand the 30-40 hours per week of training and competition. You want to be comfortable as you move, flip and twist in a leotard at...

Leotards for Gymnastics Made in the USA!  Foxy's Fitness Fashions has Mastered the Perfect Fitting L

  Foxy's Fitness Fashions has mastered the perfect fitting leotards for gymnastics. Almost 30 years ago, Sue Fox started making leotards for her two elite gymnasts. Her daughters started training competitively 30 hours per week in these fun printed leotards. The amazing part is that with all this use, these leotards never wore out. The girls were still able to hand them down to the youner gymnasts, and so on. Foxy's Fitness Fashions leotards were recognized instantly by people all over the nation at the gymnastics competitions. Foxy's was ...

TWU Gymnastics to Host AZ, BYU, and UWW in 2013 Home Opener

The excitement and tension in the North Texas air is building as the TWU Pioneers of Denton, TX will host their first home meet of the 2013 season this Saturday Jan. 19, 7:00pm, at Kitty Magee Arena. Folks, this is going to be a good one as the home opener this year is a quad-meet with #13 Arizona, #25 BYU, and Wisconsin-Whitewater invited to the party. The 2013 Pioneers are reaching for the stars and are not shy about saying they intend to challenge for the national championship. The Pioneers’ confidence is not without good reason. They...

Courville, Hall, Lead Upset Over #3 Florida; plus: Gymnastics Football?

Ok, I’ll admit it. I didn’t think there was any way LSU could beat Florida. Seriously, Florida has 2008 Olympian/2009 World Champion BRIDGET SLOAN for crying out loud. They have KYTRA!! MACKO and ALAINA are on their team!! After last year’s close call, many believe this is finally the year the Gators will break through and win the NCAA championship. Last Friday night (11-Jan-2013) at the Maravich Center, as the teams warmed up, I admit I almost exclusively focused on Florida. I couldn’t help it. Don’t get me wrong...

Level 10 club of the year 2012

Level 10 club of the year 2012

Brian Amato

December 31, 2012, 5:15pm

Brian Amato 7 minutes ago On behalf of Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics let me say we are honored to be nominated for the level 10 club of the year. We are very proud of all the girls accomplished in the last year and we encourage everyone to vote for your favorite level 10 team of 2012!!

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