GYMN-L Digest - 30 Mar 1995 to 31 Mar 1995

There are 10 messages totalling 415 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Moscow News
  2. floor mats (2)
  3. The Kristie Phillips thingy
  4. POSITION: National Gymnastics Foundation Executive Director
  5. Stormy Eaton fun
  6. USA Men's Competition Procedures
  7. National Gymfest
  8. Stormy Eaton funD
  9. "Spitfire"


Date:    Fri, 31 Mar 1995 16:35:19 +1000
From:    ***@STUDENT.GU.EDU.AU
Subject: Re: Moscow News

> A russian girl did dubbel Minichelli direct punch front.
> (Minichelli=dubbel with half twist in the first phase)

What is a Minichelli?



Date:    Fri, 31 Mar 1995 09:24:01 -0500
Subject: floor mats

>...well...let's just say it's hard to do level 8 floor routines without a
>spring floor.

This line cracked me up.  I remember the floor mats back in Arlington High in
the mid-to-late '70s.  When I was a freshman, we had the 8'x4'(approx) 1"
gray resilite mats that we would tape together in an "X" with 2 sides; this was
our 40x40.  I fondly remember doing round-off Arabian dive rolls and totally
missing the mat on re-entry.  It sure did teach you the importance of a
straight roundoff.  Visiting teams were always psyched out upon seeing this
setup; they'd be trying to rearrange their floor routines to fit the mat setup.

These mats were hard, especially in the winter.  And if you didn't stack them
correctly after practice, the ends would be curled up for weeks.  Then, my
senior year, we got a 40x40, but it was still the 1" resilite, now in 3 big
pieces.  It was still hard in the winter, but you could finish a floor pass and
not have to do cartwheels or such to get into the corner for your next pass.

Even at UMass, they didn't get a spring floor until after I left.  It was a real
nice cushiony mat with a carpet on it, but no spring.  So yes, it is possible
to do double backs without a spring floor.

Aaah, the good old days, when gymnasts were tough :)



Date:    Fri, 31 Mar 1995 11:12:58 -0500
From:    ***@DB.ERAU.EDU
Subject: Re: The Kristie Phillips thingy

Yes this was the movie filmed at the Americian clasic.
I thought it might be but after geave me the name I was sure because I
worked with the film crew while they were in Orlando.  I even filmed 300
ft (aprox 5 min) of raw film for the movie.



Date:    Fri, 31 Mar 1995 18:11:28 -0700
From:    ***@RMII.COM
Subject: POSITION: National Gymnastics Foundation Executive Director

Executive Director, National Gymnastics Foundation

USA Gymnastics invites applications and nominations for the position
of Executive Director of the National Gymnastics Foundation, a two
million endowment established in 1988. Reporting to the President of
USA Gymnastics, the Executive Director is a newly created position
with responsibilities for directing comprehensive programs to raise
gifts and grants for the Foundation from individuals, corporations,
and foundations. The Executive Director will develop and implement
long and short-range fundraising plans for obtaining increased funding
for the growing number of USA Gymnastics projects.

Successful candidates will have a baccalaureate degree in
Communication, Journalism or the Social Sciences. Five to ten years of
comprehensive fund-raising and management experience is essential;
ability to manage a volunteer program required; and manage ment of a
non-profit organization helpful. Candidates must have demonstrated
ability in creating, planning, and implementing innovative approaches
to fundraising. The experience of running a major campaign is a
definite plus.  Excellent communication skil ls, oral and written, and
strong organizational skills with the ability to relate well with
volunteers, federation members, and USA Gymnastics staff are required.

Salary is competitive.
Completed applications must be received by June 2, 1995.

Send a letter of application, a resume (specifically addressing experience
relating to qualifications above), and a list of three references including
titles, addresses and telephone numbers to:
   Kathy Scanlan
   President, USA Gymnastics
   201 S. Capitol Avenue
   Suite 300
   Indianapolis, IN 46225


Date:    Fri, 31 Mar 1995 18:12:47 -0700
From:    ***@RMII.COM
Subject: Stormy Eaton fun

From USAGO!:


A memorial scholarship fund in the name of Mark "Stormy" Eaton has
been established to help underprivileged children take gymnastics

Send donations to M & I Thunderbird Bank
   9333 N. 90th St.
   Scottsdale, AZ 85258
   Acct. #18703855


Date:    Fri, 31 Mar 1995 18:38:28 -0700
From:    ***@RMII.COM
Subject: USA Men's Competition Procedures

Men's Qualifying Competition Requirements
March 14, 1995

The following requirements must be met in order for a meet host's bid
to be considered as a qualification competition for either USA
Championships or Winter Cup Challenge.

1.  Use NGJA accredited National or FIG rated judges with a minimum of
two judges per event.

2.  Involve a minimum of one National Apparatus Leader (NAL) as a
judge in the competition.

3.  Involve a minimum of four different programs in the competition.

4.  Use FIG scoring with approved Men's Program Committee Special

5.  Be held the weekend of August 5-6, 1995 for Championships of USA
or January 13-14, 1996 for the Winter Cup Challenge. All competitions
must have both a compulsory and an optional session conducted on
separate days.

6.  Use an official USA Gymnastics registration form which will be a
valid entry form for both the qualifying competition and the
Championship meet.  NOTE: Entry forms must be filled out completely
and contain a valid athlete and coaches USAG registration
number. Please remember that all athlete numbers expire on July 31 of
each year.

7.  Agree that all results, along with the completed entry forms, be
express mailed to USAG within 24 hours of the completion of the

8.  Be a USAG sanctioned event.

A written bid should include for review:

1.  Competition director and site.

2.  List of programs which have indicated a willingness to be involved
in the competition.

3.  A tentative judges list.

4.  Cost of judges for the competition.

5.  Be returned to the USAG Men's Program Director a minimum of 60
days prior to the competition for consideration. (June 5, 1995 /
December 4, 1995)

Bids will be awarded by the Men's Program Committee based on meeting
the competition requirements and on regional needs. A final judging
list must be submitted a minimum of 14 days prior to the event for
review by the MPC and USA Gymnastics.


Date:    Fri, 31 Mar 1995 18:42:58 -0700
From:    ***@RMII.COM
Subject: National Gymfest

From USAGO!:

Third Annual National GymFest
To be conducted October 27-30, 1995
Carmel, Indiana
Co-hosted locally by Performer's Edge School of Dance and Theatrical

The third annual National GymFest (formerly called the National
Gymnaestrada) will be held in Carmel, Ind. October 27-30, 1995. The
first National Gymnaestrada was conducted in Indianapolis in 1993, and
the second in Palm Springs, Calif. in 1994. This ye ar's National
GymFest will prove to be a spectacular event with more participants
from more diverse groups than ever before!


General Gymnastics is a non-competitive form of gymnastics where
groups of various sizes, ages, and experience levels have the
opportunity to perform exhibition routines with widely diverse
gymnastics themes. The performances, lasting anywhere from eight to 12
minutes, are choreographed to music with high audience appeal in mind.
On the local level, this is similar to the annual gymnastics recital
conducted by many gymnastics clubs. The National GymFest provides an
opportunity for gymnastics performance groups to come together
annually to "show their stuff," share in learning opportunities, and
have a lot of fun!  The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG)
conducts a World Gymnaestrada every four years. In July, 1995, USA
Gymnastics will be sending a delegation of over 300 to participate in
the FIG World Gymnaestrada in Berlin, Germany.  It is expected that
this event will draw nearly 30,000 participants.


The theme for the 1995 National GymFest will be Cirque de
Gymnastique. Just as the world recognized "Cirque de Soleil"
creatively expanded the traditional concept of the circus, Cirque de
Gymnaestrada will permit great imagination and diversity in choreo
graphy, music selection, and costuming.


Carmel, Indiana is located just north of Indianapolis. It is located
conveniently near restaurants, mall shopping, ana, outdoor practice
areas, and a large warm-up/staging facility will be available.


Coaches, parents, senior citizens, and participants with handicaps
will have specific choreography arranged to meet specific needs. Some
of this choreography will be presented at the USA Gymnastics Congress
in New Orleans.

Group leaders and instructors will be able to attend an FIG
InstrructorUs Forum in General Gymnastics and all participants will be
invited to attend special workshop sessions. Theatrical Training and
choreographer for the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders, will be the
local Director for the 1995 National GymFest. Morgan and his staff
already have plans for the grand finale which include utilizing
rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, dance, aerobics, jazzercise, show
choir, band guard, karate and judo, handicapped, and senior citizen
units. Choreography for the grand finale will be videotaped in July
and sent to all groups planning to participate in the 1995 National


The May issue of Technique will include more specific information
about the 1995 National GymFest in Carmel, Ind., registration costs,
performance guidelines, activities schedule, hotel information, and
registration procedures.


If you or your group would like to be added to our mailing list to
receive special information about General Gymnastics, the National
GymFest, or the World Gymnaestrada, please complete and return the
form below to: Steve Whitlock, USA Gymnastics, Pan American Plaza,
Suite 300, 201 S. Capitol, Indianapolis, IN 46225.


Many groups who would be interested in participating in the USA
National GymFest may not be members of USA Gymnastics and are not
receiving this information. If you know someone in your community who
leads a performance group of any kind, please share th is information
with them and help us make this the BEST National GymFest EVER!


Date:    Fri, 31 Mar 1995 18:45:30 -0700
From:    ***@RMII.COM
Subject: Stormy Eaton funD

Sincere regrets for this typo -- of course it's the Stormy Eaton FUND,
not "fun".  Sorry, Rachele

Forwarded message:
| Subject: Stormy Eaton fun
| To: (Gymn: an electronic forum for Gymnastics)
| Date: Fri, 31 Mar 1995 18:12:47 -0700 (MST)
| Cc: (USA Gymnastics)
| >From USAGO!:
| A memorial scholarship fund in the name of Mark "Stormy" Eaton has
| been established to help underprivileged children take gymnastics
| lessons.
| Send donations to M & I Thunderbird Bank
|    9333 N. 90th St.
|    Scottsdale, AZ 85258
|    Acct. #18703855


Date:    Fri, 31 Mar 1995 21:05:21 -0500
Subject: "Spitfire"

     The Kristie Phillips movie "Spitfire" that Billy reviewed *is* available
on video. At least, it is here in Ohio. I had to do some calling around, but
located it at a Blockbuster. It was under "New Releases" and the store had only
one copy, so I guess it's not in tremendous demand, but you CAN find it at
least! Billy's review pretty much sums it up. The bars sequence is hysterical!
The announcer says "Charlie" (Kristie) is going to do 5 giants into a "brandy"
(whatever that is!) with 3 half turns. When she slips off the  high bar because
of the nasty powder that the "evil" Romanian slipped into the chalk box, she
somehow manages to fall UPWARDS and BACKWARDS so she can do an amazing triple
back in which she nearly hits the ceiling, and then miraculously lands on her
feet on the low bar and flips off. This all occurs at a qualifier in Rome for
the World Championships the next week in Athens (which are both really the
American Classic). Guess the director didn't realize that gymnasts don't
qualify for Worlds at international meets! But an American trials would have
made it impossible to introduce the "evil" Romanian and the timid Russian.
"Charlie" is certainly a girl of many talents - she has a black belt in karate
(I lost count of how many people she knocked unconscious during the movie!), a
world champion gymnast, and she also just happens to speak both Russian and
Romanian. And with her red hair, she looks a bit like Yelena Shevchenko.
Considering the silly plot and dialogue, Kristie's acting really isn't half
bad. Billy told me the role was offered first to Brandy Johnson, but she turned
it down because of the violence. There *is* a lot of violence, plus some
colorful language and a bit of gratuitous nudity at the beginning, so I
wouldn't recommend it for kids. As Billy said, the "bad guys" chase "Charlie"
all over the world to try to get some launch codes for Ukrainian nuclear
missiles (unbeknownst to Charlie, her dad is a spy). The spy plot has its
culmination in Hong Kong, from where Charlie has to fly to Athens within 6
hours to make it to Worlds (oddly, she hasn't been pulled from the meet despite
being missing for days). Her spy father conveniently arranges an electrical
problem at the arena, so there are no lights until Charlie shows up. She then
has to compete for the world title against the "evil" Romanian, who, at the
instructions of her equally "evil" coach, tries to  poison Charlie in the
middle of the competition. But for the outcome of that, you'll just have to
rent the movie!



Date:    Fri, 31 Mar 1995 19:08:00 PST
Subject: Re: floor mats

>>...well...let's just say it's hard to do level 8 floor routines without a
>>spring floor.
>This line cracked me up.  I remember the floor mats back in Arlington High in
>the mid-to-late '70s.  When I was a freshman, we had the 8'x4'(approx) 1"


>Even at UMass, they didn't get a spring floor until after I left.  It was a
>nice cushiony mat with a carpet on it, but no spring.  So yes, it is possible
>to do double backs without a spring floor.
>Aaah, the good old days, when gymnasts were tough :)

You haven't lived till you've seen some of the old films. Guys doing double
backs on horsehair mats (or better still, grass) without benefit of
technique - they just went for it ... Dwight ran a "Stretching Out"
editorial about it in IG a coupla years ago, something about watching the
'56 (?) NCAAs. Where they did floor-ex on the bare floor, including
dive-roll elements. The tumblers got the cushy mats.

Glenn Sundby has the film of double backs on the lawn outside. Nutcases all.

And we complained of tumbling on wrestling mats in high school?

Oh well, we were kids.



End of GYMN-L Digest - 30 Mar 1995 to 31 Mar 1995