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Last year The Modern Gymnast initiated a program in which we tried to focus attention upon particular gymnastic attractions in each issue. The response to our "High School" edition was so good that we decided to improve upon our first success. One evidence of what our compilation of high school gymnastic championships about the country meant was its inclusion in the annual Handbook of the National High School Gymnastics Coaches Association.

Somewhat surprisingly we received fewer reports from state championships this year than last. Also, despite our assurances that action photographs of all-around and event winners were welcome, we received a great many more tro­phy stand pictures than action shots. From ' the many letters we receive at the Modern Gymnast office, we know our readers, by-and-Iarge, prefer the excitement of a gymnast in motion to a static shot which gives no indication of his capabilities. On the other side of the coin, we recognize that the trophy pictures do allow for the appearance of more gym­nasts in our pages. For this reason, we also include trophy and team pictures.

* * * The meaning of a score awarded to a gymnast in, for

instance, New Mexico, may differ from that of the gymnast in Illinois. Until the judging practices in the different state high school competitions begin to approach some uniform level of interpretation (and even NCAA regions differ more than they should from such standards), we do not feel justi­fied in fueling a fire of controversy in which one area down­grades another for lower standards. Thus, except in the written reports , we have eliminated the scores of all the finalists . It was interesting to note, however, that fewer references were made to "college level" performances and that there were fewer scores in the 9's, an indication that


Volume IX September, 1967 No. 9

NOTES FROM AN ASSOCIATE EDITOR .................. Dick Criley 5 CHALK TALK .............................................................................. 6 PAN AM FINAL TRIALS ....................................... ,Jerry Wright 6 CANADIAN REPORT ........................................... ,John Nooney 7 GUEST EDITORIAL ...... ..................................... ,John Hinds, Jr. 8 INTERSCHOOL COMPETITIVE GYMNASTICS Richard Aronson 9 HIGH SCHOOL REPORTS .............. .. .................... ...................... 10 SWISS TURN FEST IN BERN ............ .. .. .............. Kurt Baechler 16 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROUTINE ............................ Voronine 18 RESEARCH AND FITNESS IN GYMNASTICS .... Dr. James Bosco 20 CENTER OF GRAVITY ............................ Lloyd Lingemann, Jr. 21 A PLANCHE A DAY ................................ ............ Andrew Kadar 21 LET'S TEACH ROUTINES ............. .................. . Dr. Bill Vincent 22 GYMNASTIC AIDS ........ .. .......................................... Don Tonry 23 REARWARD SOMERSAULT ................................ Benny Bishop 24 TRAMPOLINING ................................................. ,Jess Robinson 25 NOTES FROM A NEUROTIC JUDGE ........................ Roy Davis 26 LIQUID NUTRITION ............................................... Bobby Lane 27 LETTERS ...... .. .............. ................. ............................... .............. 28

COVER : Illinois State High School All-around Champion , Ed Howard. (30.05 total f or four events.) Coached by Earl D. Schabel of New Trier East, Winnetka, Illinois.

judging is becoming more closely aligned with the NCAA-FIG scoring.

Of far greater value in the comparison of gymnastic ability about the country are the winning routines sent us by vari­out meet directors. The inclusion of these routines in their reports says much about the organization of the meet as well as the level of gymnastics in that meet.

* * * One other comparison struck us: in studying the all­

around winners and the 2-3 or more event men, we noticed that tumblers and trampolinists quite often made these list­ings. This impression reinforces our opinion that our guest. editorial by Mr. John Hinds makes :l strong point in what attracts boys to gymnastics in the first place.

The National Federation of High School Athletic Associ­ations, a member of the USGF, tells us there are slightly more than 1300 schools providing gymnastic competition with approximately 28,700 participants. In light of the fact that there are more than 20,000 high schools with athletic programs, we can see a tremendous potential for the growth of gymnastics. Whatever means it takes-publicity, exhibi­tions, P.E. tumbling classes, understanding administrators, and most of all, the competent coaches-the job is there to be done. The high schools provide the logical grassroots level for a gymnastic program which will result in bigger and bet­ter gymnastic participation at all levels of national and inter­national competition.

We, of The Modern Gymnast, salute the high school gym­nastic program and pledge our support in all efforts to in­crease and improve our gymnastic image among all sports on the American scene.

* * * Next year we would like to publish our high school issue

earlier, perhaps in June-july. Delay has been necessary because of the long season of high school competition which saw championship competitions as early as February 18 in Kansas and as late as June 9 in Los Angeles. To aid our work next year we are planning an outline to be sent to the various championship meets. We would like to receive notices of the sites of the 1968 State High Sr.hool Gvmnastic Championshios to facilitate our plans and also for inclusion in the MG Calendar.

GLENN SUNDBY .. ..... ....... ..... .......................... Editor.Publi.her.

ASSOCIATE EDITORS A. BRUCE FREDERICK .. ................... : ...... .... .......... .. Educotion DR. JAMES S. BOSCO .............. ................................ Reseorch DICK CRILEY ............... .. .. .. ............ ...... .. ...... .. ... .. ...... Statistics J 1M FARKAS ....... .. ............................... ...... .......... Instruction JERRY WRIGHT ....... ....... ......... .......... .. ............... Competition FRANK L BARE ...... .... ........ .... ...... ........... ..................... USGF JESS ROBINSON ... .. .............. .. ...... ...... ...... .... ......... Trompoline ROY DAVIS ...................... ........... ... ..... ...... ... .............. Judging JACKIE KLEIN UPHUES ...... .. ............ .......................... Women KENNETH W. HOLLIS .............................. .......... ........ YMCA KeN SAKODA ...... ~ ................... .................... .. .. .. Art & Design

INTERNATIONAL JOHN NOONEY ............................. .............. .. .... ... ...... Conodo

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The third annual Congress of American Gymnastics Coaches will be held on Novem­ber 24-25 at the P rom-Sheraton Hotel, in Kansas City, Missouri. Sponsored by the United States Gymnastics Federation and hosted by the Kansas Gymnastics Associ­ation, this year's Congress will feature new innovations and attractions to aid in the development of the sport of gymnastics_ For the firs t time, the Congress will in­clude a section for women. The central location of the Kansas City area should provide for ease of travel and a large turn­out is forecast.

1968 OLYMPIC TOUR The U.S.G.F. has planned a special tour

for teachers, coaches and gymnastics en­thusiasts as well as others who might have a limited number of days to spend at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. The entire trip will be less than $500 each from Tuc­son and will include sight-seeing, Spanish­speaking guide, and the all-important gymnastics tickets. The tour call is being made September, 1967, and a $50 deposit will be required by October 1, 1967. Write: U.S.G.F., P.O .. Box 4699, Tucson, Arizona 85717.

New NHSGCA Officers


ELECTS J ACQUIN In conjunction with the NCAA Gymnastic

Championships, the NHSGCA held its an­nual meeting and elections at Carbondale, Illinois.

Jerry Jacquin, gymnastic coach at Addi­son Trail High School, Addison, Illinois, was elected President of the national associ­ation. Prior to his duties at Addison, he coached gymnastics at Wheaton Central H.S. for six years. He also serves as the current Sec.-Treas. of the Illinois H. S. Gymnastic Coaches Association.

To the post of vice-president, the associ­ation elected Sid Drain, a former president of the NHSGCA and of the IHSGCA. Sid is the gymnastic coach at Maine West H.S., Des Plaines, Illinois.

Don Perry from Kettering, Ohio, was elected to the Sec.-Treas. office.




Minneapolis, Minnesota July 7-8-9, 1967

Report by Jerry Wright The University of Minnesota and COach

Ralph Piper played the role of first rate hosts for the final trials to select the 1967 Pan American Games gymnastics team. Both the University and Dr. Piper can be justly proud of the results of their efforts.

The competition itself centered primarily around 8 gymnasts as they stood out .from the other 9 participants. Those 8 were Rich­ard Lloyd, Dave Thor, Fred Roesthlisberger, Mark Cohn, Robert Emery, Arno Lascari, Jim Amerine and Bob Lynn.

Richard Lloyd finished first because he suffered no major breaks, Fred Roethlis­berger led all the way through 11 events only to suffer a major break on the final event, the high bar. Mark Cohn was not as steady as in the preliminary trials but per­formed very well on everything except floor exercise. Robert Emery was a pleasant sur­prise as he held up well under the pres­sure losing ground on only the still rings. Dave Thor was very determined and broke only on the still rings with an 8.45 optional score. Arno Lascari beat out Lynn and Amerine on the side horse primarily as he scored 9.05 and 8.85 on two exercises whereas Lynn scored 8.9 and 6.9 and Amer­ine 8.6 and 8.6 but scored only 8.4 on the compulsory vault.

In viewing the results one might quickly get the impression that the competition was either of a low caliber or that per­haps the compulsory exercises were very difficult. Neither, however, was the case as the judging was very strict with scores over 9.0 as scarce as free sam pIes from a bank.

A good indication of the judging can be found in the floor exercise event where there were only 4 scotes over 9.0 out of 34 routines.

In addition to the above other interesting situations came up that bear repeating.

Floor Ex.

I. Richa rd Lloyd c 8.9 0 9.0

2. Dave Thor 8.65 0 9.2

3. Fred Roethlisberger c 9.05 0 9 .3

4 . Mark Cohn c 8.4 0 8.6

5. Robert Emery c 8.35 0 8.4

6. Arno Lascari c 7.8 0 8 .0


George Bauer, University of Wisconsin coach came up with the spotting gem of the year on his own Fred Roethlisberger. Fred had just stooped in to inverted (Rus­sian) giants, came under the bar, and ran out of gas, failing to make it up the other side. He then fell back down in a german giant position with the wrong grip. Coach Bauer calmly stuck an arm around his waist and prevented what could have been a nasty fall !

Richard Swetman of Penn State fell vic­tim to the same sort of fate on the com­pulsory exercise as he stooped in to shoot to eagles his extension to the eagle posi­tion came much too early stalling his forward momentum. He kept his cool, dis­located his shoulders and did what amounted to a backhandspring off the top of the bar to land on his feet on the floor.

The top six men forming this team, I am sure, will do credit to this country in Winnipeg. This is probably the strongest side horse team that has ever represented this country. The top 5 scores on compul­sory exercises would have placed 3rd in the last World Championships on the side horse. Of course such a comparison is un­realistic but nevertheless score for score it is an interesting comparison. At the same time the team is quite weak, as a whole, in floor exercise, with 3 of the 6 in the low 8's. There were only a handful of re­peats on the side horse compulsory whereas almost everyone repeated on the high bar - quite an unusual situation.

At the risk of having no one else men­tion it I would like to point ou that I dis­covered in Minn. that Ted Muzyczko re­ceived the highest score on the international judges test given recently in Mexico by FIG representatives Gander, Ivancevic, Lylo, and Maloney. Congrtulations to you Ted for such an outstanding achievement.

Officials for the meet were Maloney­South-Superior; Hardy-East-Superior; Mu­syczko-Mid-East Superior; Beckner - West; Vega-South; Fina-Mid East; Holmes-Mid West; Wright - West; Culbertson - South; Bachna-Mid East; and Ohanas-Mid East.

Side Still Horse Rings Long H. PB HB Total 9.55 8,5 9.3 8.9 9.0 54.20 9.55 8.5 9.25 8.45 9.1 108.00 9.3 9.1 9.25 8.75 8.7 53.75 9.2 8.45 9.2 8.85 9.2 107.85 9.0 8.6 9.2 9.3 9.35 54.50 8.95 9.2 9.3 8.25 8.15 107.65 9.45 8.75 8.85 8.8 9. 15 53.40 8.9 8.85 9.1 9.3 8.75 106.90 9.0 8.3 9.4 8.9 9.0 52.95 8.45 8.35 9.1 9.1 9.15 104.50 9.05 8.8 9.0 8.6 8 .9 52.15 8.85 8.5 8.9 8.5 9.35 104.2'5

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by fohn Nooney 18 Lavington Dr. Weston, Ontario




The facilities were excellent and the organization superb thanks to the hard work of Rick Duha and his committee and especially to Chuck Sebeysten, the Meet Marshall.

From the first day of the compulsories the arena was packed and this high spec­tator interest continued throughout the entire competition, In fact, for the In­dividual events finals the competition site had to be moved to the larger Winnipeg Arena because of a sell out of tickets. This is positive proof of the growth Gymnastics in Canada and also points out that if our sport is presented properly it can outdraw any other sport as was just demonstrated in Winnipeg_

The highlight for Canadian Gymnastics was Susan McDonnell winning the gold medal on the Unevens and the silver medal won by the girls team (beating out the Cuban girls by 2.249 points). In the girls competition the American girls were superb. Led by Linda Metheny who captured the All-Around Gold .1edal with 74.03 followed by Joyce Tanac with 72_99 and so on down the line, Walther, Schaenzer, Bailey and Gleason, the USA girls took home the first six places. Susan McDonnell of Ontario with 70_26 points was Canada's top girl followed by Sandra Hartley of B.C. Our girls looked good, but our team sure missed Gail Daley out with an injury.

The woman 's judging left a great deal to be desired, It seemed to me the judges were spending a great deal of time in con­ference, to the annoyance of the spectators. etc. This is absolutely no good Jar the Sport, delaying the meet also is hard on the gymnasts and does not help the meet in any way. The Cuban and Mexican judges must take full responsibility for this at this Pan Am Meet.

Our Men's team placed fourth behind the U.S.A. , Cuba, and Mexico. It was a definite disappointment to many. In the last five or six years we have seen the rise of the young Cuban and Mexican teams, while it seems we have stood still. It must be ob­vious that we must place a greater emphasis on our Junior program (what Junior pro­gram? ? ) if we are to place higher in Colombia in 1971.

It was obvious from the men's compul­sories that Fred Rothlisberger, U.S.A. (110_75) and Fernando Valles, Mexico (109_35) , and Dave Thor, U.S.A_ (109.00) were in a class of their own. The Cuban boys, Hector Ramirez and Octavia Suarez, and David Loyd, U.S.A., followed closely behind. Our own Roger Dian, Quebec, placed 9th All Around and Syd Jensen, last year's junior champion, also from Que­bec, placed 10th in All-Around.

In the Individual finals Roger Dian won

a bronze medal in the long horse vault, Syd Jensen placed 4th on Rings, and Rick Kins­man 5th in Floor Exercise.

PAN AM RESULTS Men's Team: 1. United States, 548.55; 2.

Cuba, 536.55; 3. Mexico, 529.40; 4. Canada, 519.05; 5. Ecudor, 402.45; 6. Argentine, 210.75; 7. Brazil, 18 1.35.

Men's All Around: 1. Fred Rothl isber(1er, U.S., 110.75; 2. Fernando Valles, Mexico, 109.35; 3. David Thor, U.S. 109.00; 4. Hector Romlrez, Cuba, 108.75; 5 . Octavio Suarez, Cuba, 108.65; 6. Richard Loyd, U.S, 108.55; 9. Roger Dion, Quebec City, 106.75; 10. Syd Jensen, Canada, 106.60; 11. Richard Montpetit, Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., 105.50; 19. Rick Kinsman, Fonthill, Ont., 101.55; 24. Cal Gir­ard, Faberville, Que., 96.05.

Women's Team: 1. U.S.A. 362.377; 2 . Can­ada 336.775; 3. Cuba 334.526; 4. Mexico 289.130; 5. Brazil 112.231.

Women's All Around: 1. Linda Matheny, U.S. 74.03; 2. Joyce Tanac, U.S. 72.99; 3 . Marie Wa lther, U.S., 71.61; 4. Donna Schaenzer, U.S., 71.61; 5 . Debbie Boiley, U.S., 71.34; Kathy Gleason , U.S., 70.28; 7. Susan McDonnell, Tor­onto, 70.28; 9. Sandra Hart ley, North Van­couver, 68.06; 10. Marilyn Minaker, Toronto, 66.44; 15. Glenna Sebestyen, Saskotoon, 65.11; 16. Suzanne Cloutier, Ste. Therese de Blain­ville, Que., 64.58; 18. Diane Masse, Montreal, 62.68 .


at the Pan Am Games Q. Mr. Gander, what should be done to

improve gymnastics in Canada? A. First, build a strong Canadian Gym­

nastic Association or Federation which will attempt to set a system similar to our Euro­pean system or one of your own, but a strong Canadian Assoc. is a must.

Q. What should be do to improve our presp.nt standard and technical knowledge?

A. The main concern should be your JUNIORS and JUNIOR COACHES but do not forget your seniors too much because they will be your future officials, coaches, etc.

Q. Are you satisfied with the arrange­ments and facilities etc_ for this Pan Am Games gymnastic events?

A. Yes, John. Excellent, very much so. Q. Are you pleased with the running of

the events? A. Yes, more so Men's events than

Women's. Q_ Have you a comment on the standard

of the performances you have seen? A. I was expecting the American gymnasts

to be far superior to the other countries as they have been in gymnastics for many, many years, but this is not so. Cuba, Mexi­co and Canada, for the length of time in gymnastics, are doing very well.

Mr. Gander, thank you ior all the assist". ance you have given us since coming to Canada.

Thank you, John. I would like to give you a copy of the F.I.G. 4 year Inter-con­tinental programe and I would like you to quote extracts from it or to publish infor­mation from it in your column npw and then.

CONTINENTAL F.LG. JUDGES COURSE (Pan American Games) Winnipeg

Directors of the course: Mr. Arthur Gan­der, President of the FIG and Technical President; Mr. Tom Maloney, U.S.A.; Mr. Armand Vega, U.s.A_; Mr. Jose Savinon, Mexico; and Mr. Jacques Chouinard, Can­ada.

The content of the course was about (A) The principles of judging and their appli­cation_ (B) The mechanics of movement and their evaluation as performed by gym­nasts. Excellent lectures were given by Mr_ Gander_ He spoke about the purpose of the Code of Points; also discussed inter­mediate . swings, dimensions, forms and measurement of apparatus. He closed his lectures with method of taxation (or deduc-

tion). Mr. Gander took the oral examina­tion_

Mr. Tom Maloney lectured on Execution (Technical faults), trespassing on the floor and time limits on F.X. (An entirely new set up now) gave a practical lesson on Rings and did a fantastic job on evalua­tion of moves on the Side Horse. Tom did a tremendous job on the Side Horse and has many excellent ideas on the judging of this piece of apparatus.

Mr_ Armando Vega talked about strength and swinging movements, gave a practical lesson on the Parallel Bars. He also acted as interpreter for the many Latin American and Mexican candidates, It is good to see one of our excellent gymnasts now working on the staff of these courses.

Mr. Jacques Chouinard, our Head Judge of Canada, lectured on the combination of the optional exercise. Interruption of an exercise (How should a judge consider it) and gave a practical lesson on the high bar. Jacques also acted as interpreter on all Mr. Gander's lectures and really did a superb job. Well done, J acques_

At the end of the 3-day course, a practi­cal examination was given and an oral one_ Thirty candidates took part in the course and unofficially I have been informed that 11 candidates were successful. Candidates were from the U.S.A., Cuba, Ecuador, Mexi­co and Canada.

As one of the judges on this course, may I, on behalf of all the candidates, take this opportunity to thank Mr. Gander and his assisting staff for a very thorough and informative judges clinic.

Ed. Note: There will be a furthe r report on the Pan Am Games in the next edition of the MG.

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... GUEST EDITORIAL: --------------------------------


Gymnastic Coach, Columbus Sr. High School, Columbus, Indiana Recently the NCAA and other powers-to-be have been actively

at work attempting to improve the sport of gymnastics by altering the rules and the events. They should be respected and admired for their efforts and apparent concerns. Many of the changes that have been made are accepted today by all coaches and have been acknowledged as beneficial to the development of gymnastics. However, several of the changes that have been made and apparent trends being advanced of late by the college coaches are not, in my estimation, in the best interest of gym­nastics when one considers the total U.S. program-in particular the high school programs.

* * * The college gymnastic programs could not exist at their pres­

ent caliber of work if it were not for the exceptional high school programs developing across our country. As a result of this rela­tionship between the colleges and their high school feeder sys­tems, any rules or trends advocated by one of the two groups is certain to influence the other group. Why is it then that when the bulk of competing gymnasts are in the high school ranks, the high school coaches are not consulted relative to the rules and the trends being advanced by the NCAA? Should the opinions of the high school coaches be heard? Why does the NCAA Rules Committee not have a high school representative as most of the other NCAA sports have?

* * * With these leading questions in mind, I should like to make

further comments relative to recent trends and rule changes in gymnastics on the college level. I do not feel that all of the trends and changes can be justified in light of our present high school competitive programs.

As a high school coach I appreciate the attention that is now being given on the college level in the adaption of its rule~ toward better international representation. However, a~ a coach of the talent which the colleges use I also feel that their rules should not jeopardize the future development of gymnastics on the high school level. It now appears to me thit too much atten­tion is being given to the development of gymnastics for inter­national competitions and not enough concern is being shown for the high school competitors. There should be a happy and appropriate median that the colleges could follow. The high school competitors and the high school programs cannot be neglected if the colleges wish to continue their progress.

* * * Directly related to the colleges emphasis on international

competitions is the apparent trend toward the development of the college teams solely around all-around men. True, next sea­son only two all-around will be required per team and an entire team of all-around men has not yet been approved by the NCAA. However there are strong rumors that it will be only a matter of time before we will see college gymnastic teams of solely all-around men. The implication of this trend is that a specialist has no place in college gymnastics.

* * * It is not my purpose to belittle the all-around gymnast. I

fully realize that he is important and the ultimate in gymnastics. However, I strongly feel the present ruling that each team must enter two all-around gymnasts in dual-meets is sufficient to develop gymnasts for international competition. If this trend advances to three and then finally four all-around men per team the high school programs will suffer. What will happen to the high school specialist when he graduates and attends a college? Will he have an opportunity to effectively compete and reap the rewards of participation in a sport? Is there any other sport offered on the high school level which is also available on the college level in which the athlete (specialist in gymnastics) can-

not continue to participate? How can ' we justify to the high school gymnastic specialist the fact that on the college level there is no room for him? He can no longer take part in the sport. How can we encourage a neophyte to work on one event in order to eventually develop into an all-around gymnast when the neophyte knows of other gymnasts who were not capable of developing into all-around gymnasts by graduation time and thus their careers ended? How can we effectively motivate boys to take part in gymnastics when they realize that only the all­around gymnast stands a chance of competing on the college level? What will happen to the growth of gymnastics in the high schools of our country if the colleges go to only all-around men? How can high schools justify to the public a sport that allows only three or four individuals a chance to represent the school? What happens to the individual that is physically unable to adapt to all gymnastic events? Does the champion specialist have a contribution to make in helping an all-around gymnast attain championship caliber?

* * * In view of the above questions presented I should like for

it to be concluded that I am interested in providing a sport to our public in which all individuals will have a chance to partici­pate and succeed both in high schools and in colleges.

Of additional concern to me and many of my colleagues is a rule that is scheduled to go into effect next season banning the trampoline event. The questions presented in previous paragraphs relative to the problems of the specialist are revelant as far as the high school trampolinist is concerned and should be con­sidered pertinp.nt at this point.

* * * As a high school coach I did not appreciate the NCAA's rul~

ing relating to tumbling. I appreciate less the ruling relative to the trampoline. As with tumbling, the trampoline can often be used as a starting point in gymnastics in the building of the fundamentals for apparatus work and thus should be emphasized on all levels of competition. It can also be argued accurately that the trampoline attracts many boys to the sport of gym­nastics. They come to bounce and soon learn that there are other challenging events in the sport.

* * * Additional factors that support the view that the trampoline

should be maintained as an event are: it is an effective training aid in learning to execute new moves safely; it is a crowd pleaser-spectators enjoy the event and often come just to view the trampoline performances; it is the only true American con­tribution to gymnastics; it is being accepted in other countries and as the author observed at the World Games a trend is present which will end with its acceptance in the Olympics; it is the only event that Americans can dominant in over other countries.

* * * It has often been mentioned that the trampol~ne is respon­

sible for more injuries than any other apparatus. There is no evidence in Indiana high school gymnastics that this ·statement is justified. Most coaches realize and respect the dangers inher­ent in this event but also feel that there are other gymnastic events that are as dangerous or more dangerous than the trampo­line, such as the horizontal bar. All gymnastic events should be dropped if we want to prevent injuries-is this what we want? Accidents as much as we attempt. to avoid them happen and, as a result, some individuals are injured-however we must recognize the benefits that the hundreds of uninjured receive. Under the proper supervision the hazards of any competitive sport can be reduced to a minimum.

* ,. it

It has been my purpose in the previous paragraphs to pro­test in logical questions and statements to the NCAA's (colleges) dominance over gymnastics in the U.S.A. and the trends appar­ently underway that they appear to be promoting. It is hoped that the colleges or NCAA officials will justify to the high school coaches their recent actions.

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Richard Aronson Central Washington State College

(Presented at the Northwest AAHPER District Convention, Yakima, Wash.,

April 13·15, 1967)

The sport of gymnastics has reached a new high in school and college competitive programs. All over the country, gymnastics has been incorporated into teaching units, intramurals and competitive teams. Boys of secondary school age seem to enjoy this activity and particularly look forward to gymnastics in the required program. Admin­istrators have seen the values of gymnastics and are aware that under proper supervi­sion, gymnastics has a significant role in the athletic program.

Nationally, high school gymnastic competi­tion has become a major sport in some areas. Large crowds, local television, news­papers and other news media have given the sport increased impetus in reaching the public. It is without question that the high school gymnast is the key to the collegiate picture, and there are certain areas of the country where gymnasts are sought after as much as outstanding football, basketball and track stars. The quality of high school gymnasts has increased almost as much as the quantity. Some boys are performing rou­tines in competition that ten years ago would have placed them hign in NCAA competition. Illinois, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Washing­ton are producing excellent gymnasts all capable of making college teams. Frosh teams are competing against varsity teams and in some cases have beaten the varsity. This, in itself shows the level of gymnastics in the high schools. The high school coach is in demand to produce top notch teams and individuals and with this goes excellant gate receipts in dual and championship meets. There are a few areas where gym­nastics actually outdraws other sports in terms of audience reaction.

Education of the public regarding the sequences of gymnastics is necessary. It is vital that the coach, both at the high school and college levels, adopt methods of edu· cating the public so they may understand some of the complexities of the sport. Through the advent of television, gymnastics has hecome quite. popular to the viewer. Certainly, the recent World Championships shown on television has been discussed by

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gymnastic fans allover the country. Lay people have been very impressed with this sport and coaches cannot be happier know­ing that, finally , gymnastics has now reached into the living rooms of the general public. Some suggested ways of educating the pub­lic are :

beginning team into one that the school and community can be proud of. Many questions arise ; how to get started; purchasing equip­ment; scheduling and coaching six to eight different events. The latter is the most dif­ficult. Coaching gymnastics by one man is like coaching all positions in footba ll or all events in track while being coach, man­ager and trainer all at the same time. Since each event has separate evaluations, the coach must organize his schedule so that he can reach the majority of boys in one afternoon. He must also depend upon the more experienced gymnasts to help the younger boys in terms of teaching and spot­ting. There are many avenues the coach can take in a training session. He can work certain events on certain days; stress floor exercise last when the gymnasium is cleared; plan his space so that he has a vantage point for the entire area and plan his sessions in order to safeguard the hands of the gymnasts. The coach must know the rules of the sport, and how they fit into each routine. Since many coaches also offi­ciate due to the lack of qualified officials in this country, they have become sophisti­cated in coaching tactics needed to promote a successful team.

Promoting a competItIve team has many aspects to be considered. The coach must teach the gymnast how to "sell" his exercise to the officials. He should be taught to present himself to the apparatus as if he "owned it". If he slips or falters, he must learn to cover up and not show signs of displeasure. This all takes time to master and mold into self discipline so that the end product will be a highly trained ath­lete_ . The coach and administrator must keep in mind the intangible aspects of this game.

L Increased television coverage of major competition

2. Movies shown in schools for P.E. classes; club and gymnastic teams

3. Exhibition at school assemblies ; other sporting events

Another way to increase popularity in dual and championship meets is to conduct the contest with some fanfare. There is no rea­son why teams cannot march in to the gym­nasium with music accompaniment, captains, coaches and officials introduced and scores flashed to the public. This is a trend that must be continued so that gymnastics will remain an enjoyable sporting event.

Officials play a very important part of the program. It goes without saying, that, "ANY sport is as good as its officiating" With poor officiating the entire program loses its appeal.

Early stages of programming involve or­ganzation, administration, and coaching a


BOYS AND GIRLS University of Vermont

Thomas C. Dunkley, Meet Director Team standings: Boys - Essex

Junct ion (EJ). Harwood Union (HU ), S. Burl ington (SB). Girls-S. Bur­l ington, Burlington (B). Essex Junc­tion. Combined standings: Essex Junction, S. Burlington, Harwood Union, Burlington, Middlebury (M), Newport (N). St. Albans, Winooski.

Boys : FX : Gile (HU). Learned, B. (EJ ), Learned, J . (EJ). SH : Irish (EJ), Learned, J., Parker (HU) . Tr : Sharrow (B), Gobin (EJ), Chase (HU). PB : Jacobs (EJ) , Heath (N), Therrault (HU). R: Chamberlain (EJ ), Constant (HU), McNeil (HU ). T : Gile, Chase, Mulgraw (EJ).

Girls : T : Dunkley, D., (SB), Harr ington (B) . SHV: Dunkley, D., Dunkley, R., Blanchett (EJ) . B: Dunkley, D. Reynolds (M), All en (B) . UPB : Dunkley, D. Dunkley, R., Smith, (EJ). Tr: Dunkley, D., Dunk­I"y, R., McGill (B). FX : Kabab ian (S), Dunkley, R., Dunkley, f'.


SECTION V by Clayton Bush, Section Chairman

The Section 5 Championships were held March 4 at the R. L. Thomas High School in Webster, New York. Seven teams partici­pated.


Casey Sanders of Marshall and Bob Gaddis of Madison each won two events. Sanders captured the all-around, floor exercise and parallel bars as Gaddis won the side horse and long horse vault. Rick Bunde of Webster won the still rings, Jerry Boddy of Rush­Henrietta the horizontal bar, Charles Lundy of Franklin the tumbl ing, and Steve Pies of Rush ­Henrietta the trampoline.

Results Team standings: Webster , Iron­

dequoit, Rush - Henrietta, Mad i -son, Marshall, Edison, East. AA : Casey Sanders (Mar), Bob GaddiS (Mad), Jerry Boddy (Rush). FX : Sanders, B r u c e Lubitow (Ed), Charles Lundy (F rank) . SH : GaddiS, Mike Johnson (Web). Pat Finn (Web). PB : Sanders, Bundy, Jim Wing (Web) . HB : Boddy, Jay Web­ster (Web) Dan Farnan (Iron) . R: Rick Bunde (Web), Dick Day (Iron), Ed Sommerhays (Rush). LH : Gaddis, Johnson, Wing. Tr: Steve Pies (Rush), Bob Graham (Frank), Bruce Forsburg (Web). Tu: Lundy, Farnan, Gene Lundy (Frank).


CHAMPIONSHIPS, SECTION XI by Feno S. Volpe, Section Chairman

The Sec t ion XI Gymnastics Championships were held on March 2 and 3, 1967, at Commack High School , Commack, New York. A

Once the boy has "gotten the bug" he will want to keep training throughout the year. He will want to continue to learn new movements and discipline himself to be a better athlete than his teammate. The days of the seasonal gymnast are over and if a coach wishes to -compete on a high level he will find his boys will want to train during most of the school year. It takes years of education to be a highly skilled gymnast and this cannot be accomplished in three months of the year. Administrators and coaches should be receptive to longer periods of training and in this way will develop a high quality program.

total f a 18.5 boys, representing 15 teams from Suffolk County com­peted in 8 events including the all-around.

Bill Mitchell , a junior at Hunt­ington, won the AA, LH V, 2nd in HB and 2nd in PB. The only other double winner was Neil Loy of Lindenhurst who took the HB and PB events . Commack High's depth was sufficient t o edge out linden­hurst High for the team champion­ship.

Team standings : Commack, Lin ­denhurst , Huntington, Newf ield, Patchogue, Harborf ie lds, Port J ef­ferson, Northport, Westhampton, Walt Whitman, John H. Glenn. AA: Bill Mitchell , Sandy A llen, Neil Loy. FX: Bob Mayberrv, Joe Ceni s, Dave Radziesk i. SH: Clyde Gibson, Jerry Toledo, All . HB : Loy, Mitch­ell" Buss Nicolazzi. LH: Mitchell, Charlie Kozel, Bob Dugan. PB : Loy Mitchell , Hank Quanbeck. R: Br ian McCutcheon, Ron Gordon , Bob Wiebe lt. Tu: Cenis, Radzieski , Brian Whitney.

'WINNING ROUTINES: Neil Loy High Bar: Rev erse grip cast t o giant circle, stoop through heel circle forward to dislocate t o regular grip kip to two regular grip giants, cross over pirouette to reverse grip giant, straddle on, stradd le off to giant circle, strad­dle vault dismount.

Tumbling: Joe Ceni s; ( 1) RO, FF, Whip Back, FF, Back layout. (2) Fr. Handspr, Fr. Sam ie, 'Nalkout,

RO, FF, Layout. (3) RO, FF, Back Fulltwist, FF, FF, Back Layout.

Side Horse: Clyde Gibson; In­verted Stockli mountside lift travel to end-kehre or Crown in to high break into fwd Scissors-Rev. Doub les into Rev. Scissors , side lift down, loop with half twist dis­mount. (Swan)

Long Horse Vault: Bill Mitchell: Handspring from Neck.

Still Rings: Brian McCutcheon; Straight Body pull t o inverted hang, Back uprise Cross-Hold, Backroll to "L" hold, Hollowback Handstand-Hold, Lower through planche to Olympic cross-hold, Reverse kip to immediate straddle cut backward dismount.

Floor Exercises : Robert Mayberry; Front handspring-Front sam ie-Prone fall , to pinwheel-Stand-run-RO, FF, Back layout to Front Scale-Hand­stand-hold-forward roll, FF, high straddle leap-FF-walkout t o Re­verse pirauette-handstand-hald-s ide drop to front splits bent arm press to handstand-hold-forward roll to stand-high scissors kick-RO, FF, Back Somle tuck.

Parallel Bars: Neil Loy; Dive to glide kip to dislocate, front uprise immediate moore to il L" hold Straight arms Straight legs press t o hand-stand-hold-drap cast to back uprise Straddle cut and catch-Straight body roll t o back uprise handstand - hold - layaway, front uprise immediate front somie pike ' dismount.

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Mickey Uram 1967 Pennsylvania State H.S. All-Around Champion


GYMNASTIC CHAMPIONSHIP Temple University, April 8, 1967

by Carl Patterson Top high school gymnasts from

Pennsy lvania, Maryland, New Jer­sey, Delaware, and Massachusetts representing more than 35 high schools competed in this annual meet which is sponsored by the Temple University Gymnastic Team alumni.

The all-around title was won by Dan Warbutton of Belle Vernon Pennsylvania, who captured both the horizontal bar and parallel bar titles and a second in floor exercise en route to his victory. Rick McCurdy, t op all-around gym­nast from Highlands, New Jersey placed second, also taking two first place medals-on long horse and rings. Richard Martin from Newton Massachusetts, took first on floor exercise and fin ished third in the all-around.

Placing as did their all-around men, the teams finished with Belle Vernon first, Henry Hudson of Highlands, New Jersey in the run­ner-up position, and Newton High third.

Tteam standings: Belle Vernon, Po. (BV), Henry Hu~son , High­lands, N.J. (HH), Newton, Mass. (N), Mt. lebanon, Pittsburgh, Po. (Ml), Butler, Po. (B), Southern Freehold , Freehold, N.J. (SF), Penn­ndge, PerkaSie, Po. (P), Lincoln Philo., Po. , Neshaminy, langhorne: Po. (N),. Freehold, N.J . (F), Bart­ram, Philo., Po. (Bar), Abington, Po., Wheaton, Md., Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, Po. (PH), Needham, Mass., Pennsbury, Yardley, Po. West Mifflin South, Pittsburgh, Po. AA: Dan Warbutton (BV), Rick McCurdy (HH), Robert Martin (NH) . FX: Martin, Warbutton, McCurdy. SH: Jack Gracig (B), Warrer. Mar­shall (Bar), Norman Vexler (SF). HB: Warbuttan, Martin, Garth Garges (P). LH: McCurdy, Pete Sorg (Ml), Dan Runfola (NH). PB : Warbutton, Vexler, Robert Koenig

(F). R: McCurdy, Victor Holm (B), Warbutton, Glenn Troutman (PH).


Pennsylvania State University AA: M a a re (Little Flower),

Broadley (lansdaowne), McGarry (Kensington). FX: Broadley, Mc­Garry, Moore. SHV : Moore, Ciepl y (Monessen), Bishop (Shenango). B: McGarry, Moore, Broadley. UPB : Moore, Cieply, Tkocik (Beaver Falls).


CHAMPIONSHIPS - BOYS Pennsylvania State University

Butler gymnasts cast a big shad­ow over the field at the 1967 Pennsylv ania High School Cham­pionships held March 25 at the Pennsylvania State University, cap­turing the team trophy and eight medals.

led by senior Mickey Uram and junior Joe Gracik, the Tornados captured their third title in four years. Uram won the all-around and parallel bars while taking sec­ond in floor exercise and the lang horse. Gracik outclassed all other competitors to take side horse.

Schools from the western part of the state dominated the meet. Aside from Garth Garges of Penn­Ridge, there was little challenge offered by the East. Belle Vernon's Warbutton finished runner-up to Uram's 50.35 with a 47.9 011-around total while Rochester's Dave Repp was third with 46.15, and Garges fourth with 44.95.

Team standings: Butler, Belle Vernon. AA: Mickey Uram (B), Dan Warbutton (BV), D a v e Repp (Rochester) . FX: Meek (Mt. leban­on), Uram, Warbutton. SH: Gracik (B), Rock (B), Warbutton. HB: Uram, Tavenner (Penn Hills), Gar­ges (PennRidge). LH : Haugh (Kis­ki), Uram, Warbutton. PB: Uram, Warbutton, Repp. R: Troutman

(PH) . Holom (B), Goss (Chief logan).



Buffalo, New York by Frank p, Chiffey

Eight sectional championships were held throughout the state prior to the State Championships at Buffalo State University on March 11, 1967. Each sect ion was represented at the finals by the first and second place winners and the first and second p lace finishers in all all -a round category. Since rope climb, tumbling and trampo­line did not determine the sect ional winners, these results were not in­cluded in this report.

Section standings: Section 8, Section 3, Section 9. AA: Marshall Avener (8), William Mitchell (11), Casey Sanders (5), Walter Cam­pagna (8). FX: Sanders, Robert Mayberry (11), Joe Cenis (11) . SH: Tony De Stefano (3), Clyde Gibson (11), Ken Saffien (8). HB : Mar­shall, Campagna, Joe leskoske (3). LH: Rick Macheda (3), Mike lo­gonia (8) and Milton Collins (1), John Banuski (3). PB : Mitchell, Rod Davis (3), Wyane Wishier (1). R: Eugene Carney (8), louis la Terra (3), laskoske.


Team: lincoln (1st), Central (2nd) .

AA: ·John Vavra (Lincoln), War­ren Marshall (Bartram), Ray Dick­erson (lin). Tu: George Cowan (S. Philo) , Eric Hammond (W. Philo), Melvin Hill (W. Philo) . SH: Mar­shall, lemont, Hayes (Olney), Peter Sounder (Central). HB : Vavra, Dickerson, Hammond. PB: tie be­tween Matt Maxwell 'W. Philo) and Vavra, Dickerson. R: Brian Eisenberg (Wash), tie between John Beteroff (Northeast) and Vin­cent Faust (W. Ph i lo) .




by Chick Cicio, Meet Director, North Miami High School

Haileah was defending team champion and, with the fine work of Steve Belleme who t ook firsts in the all-around, long horse, and floor exercise and Russell Bush who took firsts in the rings and p-bars , repeated their champion­ship style . The .competition re­quired two evenings-a preliminary session and the finals, both at­tended by fine crowds.

The other first places went to Jay Gastman of Coral Park on the side horse and t o John Proctor of North Miami on high bar.

The Gold Coast has dropped tumbling and trampoline and is pushing the six olympic events.

Team standings: Hialeah (H), North Miami (NM), Coral Park (CP), Norland (N), South West (SW), Miami Springs (MS), Carol City (CC), Coral Gables (CG), Mi­ami High (MH), Killian (K). AA: Steve Belleme (H), Steve Byers (CP), Pat Harris (N). FX: Belleme, Bob Bosse (NM), M ike DiGiacomo (H). SH: Jay Gartman (CP), Ruben Ruis (CP), tie between Don Hoe­chari (NM) and Frank leGrand (SW). HB: John Proctor (NM), Belleme, Mike White (SW). LH: Belleme, White, Bosse. PB : tie be­tween Russell Bush (H) and Byers, Harris. R: Bush, Byers, Frank Thompson,


By Bob Wason University of Louisville

The first sanctioned Kentucky High School Gymnastic Champion­ships were held April 1, 1967 at the University of louisvi lle. Though competitive gymnastics in the state is still in its infancy, the sport has aroused enough interest in the past few seasons to prov ide the meet with a surprisingl y large turnout of spectators.

Two separat e meets were con­ducted simultaneously, with eleven boys' team and one and ten girls' teams in the other.

The Boys Team Title was earned by Thomas Jefferson H . S. of l ouisv ille with a margin of 100 points over second place Iroquois, also from louisvi lle. led by the outstanding work of Albert Boy­kins who won the All-Around title, the Thomas Jefferson boys cap­tured every first place in the sev­en events. The Iroquois boys were led by Mike Gregory who took fourth in the All-Around event.

The Girls Team Tlitle was also won by louisvil le's Thomas Jeffer­son High School. They were led by Gloria Clark and Donna Meredith, who finished first and second, respectively, in the All-Around event.

Team Standings: Boys - Thomas Jefferson (TJ), Iroquois (I), lex­ington lafayette (ll), Dav iess County (DC), lexington Tates Creek (l TC), Central (C), Male High (MH) . AA: Albert Boykins (TJ), Mike Mot­ley (TJ), Gary Borders (TJ) . FX: Boykins, Motley, Bob Sanford (ll). SH: Boykins, Borders, tie between Motley and David Bingham (I). Tr : Motley, Sanford, Nard Johnson (l TC). HB: Boykins, Motley, Chris Miller (I). LH : Boykins, Motley, Joe linfoat (I). PB: Boykins, Jim Clan­t on (DC) , Motley. R: Boykins, Bor­ders, Steve Wides (l TC) . Tu: Boy ­kins , Motley, Sanford.

Team' standings: Girls - Thomas Jefferson (TJ), Iroquois (I), Tates Creek (TC), Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP), lafayettes (l), tie between Seneca and lexington Byron Sta­tion. AA: Gloria Clark (TJ), Donna Meredith (TJ), linda Kincaid ( I) . FX: ' Debbie Newton (TC) , Clark, Kathy Carlton (l). B: Clark, Donna Hazel (PRP), Gay Burgin (PRP).

·SHV: Clark, Meredith, Kincaid. UPB : Gay Fleener (TJ), Meredith, tie between Clark and Betty Elam (I) . Tr: Peggy Wilson (TC), Janet Jones (I), Fay Williams (PRP). Tu: Clark, Hariett Nelson (I), Meredith .


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by John W. Hinds, Jr. Columbus Senior High School

After 7 years of State Invita­tional Championsh ips in gymnastics, the first State Gymnastic Champi­onships sponsored by the IHSAA were held . at Warren Central H.S. in Indianapolis. Three sectional meets had been held in prepar­ation for the state championships to qualify the top 5 men in each event and the top three teams in the state. Twenty-three of the 31 schools with active competition participated in the stote champion­ships, representing approx imately 700 gymnasts. .

Concord, last . year's Inv itational winner led the field until the la st two events when Columbus over­came a 29 point deficit to win 106 to 89. A fine Madison Heights team came close to upsetting Con­cord for 2nd place as they tallied 85 points.

In addition to the battle for the team championship, 0 duel devel­oped between last year's all-around winner Tom Dunn of North Central and Brent Simmons of Columbus. Although Simmons beat Dunn in 3

Side Horse: Dunn-Moore on, circles, moore , circles, direct trom­let, circlest tromlet down, circles, double in , circles, cut, reverse cir­cles, regular scissors (2), cut, re­verse scissor l cut, circles, tromlet down, circle, loops (2), pop-off dis­mount.

Trampoline: Myers - Baroni-out fliffus, double back, double back, rudolph, back, back full, back, 3,4 back, double cody.

Horizontal Bar: Simmons-Cast, 3,4 giant, stoop, di s locate, Eagle, pop to front giant, 3,4 giant, stalter, 3,4 giant, reach under to vault , straight arm kip, 2 back giants, blind change, 2 front giants, hecht dismount.

Parallel Bars: Simmons - Peach to support, ilL" lever, straight arm straddle press to handstand , back toss, stutz, cast I double leg cut I layaway front uprise, swing pirou­ette, layout back off with Y2 twist.

Rings: Earle - Inverted hang, elevator to handstand , regular giant to handstand , Straight body back roll , cross, roll t back leverj dislocate, straight body ro ll , olympic cross, double d islocates, high strad­dle leg cut off.

Tumbling : Powell- RO, FF, dou­ble full. RO, FF, Back, back, back, back, back. Front, front, roll, RO, FF, back layout. RO, FF, Back full, back.

Columbus High School-Indiana State Champions

Lee Wayman


by Ronald L. Walden, Evanston, III. This year's Illinois State High

School Gymnastics Meet was held at Prospect High School . in Mt . Prospect, Illinois on March 10 and 11. In addition to a capacity crowd of over 3,000, the meet was televised live in its entirety to the Ch icago area..

Sixty-four teams entered at the district level : Forty teams quali­fied boys to go to the State Finals and 24 teams scored in the final s. For the third time in the last five years Evanston's team came out on top. They scored 51 V2 points while the host school, Prospect was second with 36 V2 points.

Ed Howard of New Trier East won the all-around with 30.05 points, followed closely by Murray Plotkin of Niles North with 29.0S.

Results Team standings: Evanston (E),

Prospect (P), Maine East (ME), Niles West (NW), Niles East (NE) , New Trier East (NT) , WaUkegan (W), Niles North (NN), Proviso East (PE), Glenbard East (GE), Barring­ton, Wheeling, York (Y)( Conant, Proviso West, Oak Park OP). AA : Howard (NT), Plotkin (NN), Ma-

Russell Giles

zur (ME). Tr: Slatten (NE), Silver­man (E), Wedor (E) . SH : Lidecker (GE) , Allen (W), Scully (ME). HB: Howard, Plotkin, Giles (E) . PB: Wayman (E), Mazur, Long (P). R: Rochell (NW), Mazur, Dayton (Y). Tu: Siotten, Henderson (W) , Mal­oney (OP) .



Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin by Bob Verblock, Marshall H.S.

For the first time in the S-year history of the State Meet, Gran­ville High School foile<;l to capture first place. Perhaps it was the loss of Coach Bob Bowen, but Granv ille, now Brown Deer, was only able to muster third place in a rapidly improving field of high schools teams. The final team standings were Milwaukee John Marshall, Green Bay Preble , and Brown Deer.

Much of the credit for the inter­est in and development of high school gymnastics is due to the newly-formed coaches association. Most of the coaches in the state are young and their interest is high. Gymnastics is due for tremen­dous growth in Wisconsin.

of the 5 all-around events, he was unable to retain his lead through the rings. Dunn performed a fine ring routine and thus won the title.

Coach Robert Verbick and his Wisconsin State Champions from Milwaukee, John Marshall H.S.

The first State Gymnastic Cham­pionship was vi ewed by approx i­matel y a thousand spectators.

Team standings: Columbus Sr. H.S., Concord Community H.S., Madison Heights H. S. North Cen­tral , Wabash, Crown Poi nt, Elkart, Warren Central , Elwood, Hammond Clark . AA: Tom Dunn (NC), Brent Simmons (Col), Chuck Earle . FX : Jerry Hostetler (CC ), Bruce Cana­day (MH), Simmons. SH : Dunn, Bill Bratton (CP), Rick Flohr (Col). Tr: Mike Myers (CC), Rick Martzall (MH), Eric Connell (MH) . He: Sim­mons, Dunn, Mike Rich (MH), PB : Simmons, Dunn, Bob Eckhort (CC) . R: Chuck Earle (Col), Dunn, Dave Seal (Col). Tu: Gary Powell (CC), Hostetler, Mark Sackett (E).

Winning routines: Floor Exercises: Hostet ler : RO,

FF, back full , Swedish fall, pin­wheels into planche, lower to stomach, rise straight body to handstand, step down with V2 turn to RO, FF, back into splits, Straight arm press, V2 turn pirouette , step down, run dive roll, straddle leap­front, forward straddle leg roll , straight arm press to handstand, roll out to straddle chest lean, Val­dez seat thru , Valdez walkout with V2 turn , RO, FF , back layout.


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Ken Snow


February 18, 1967 Lawrence High School

Team standings: Lawrence (L), Wichita South (WS), Wichita East (WE), Medicine Lodge (ML), Wich­ita North (WN), Olathe (0), Atchi­son (A), Wichita West (WW), Wich­ita Southeast (WSe), Topeka H igh (T). AA: Ken Snow (L) John Brouillette (WS), Steve Mitchell (L) . FX: Snow, Stan Clyne (WS), Russ Byram (0) . SH : Brouillette , Tony Martin (L), Richard Schubert (L). HB: Stan Percival (ML), Ken Smith (WE), Gerald Carley (WS). LH: Mitchell, Jo Live ly (WE), Mike Withrow (WW). PB: Mitchell, Brouillette, Mick McGuire (WE). R: Kirk Gardner (A), Jerry Bede (WE), Ralph Bickford (WSe) . Tu : Stan Clyne (WS), Snow, Jim Daf­fron (WW).


GYMNASTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS Gallup, New Mexico by Darlene Schmidt

Pres.-N. Mex. Gymnastic Assoc. Approximately 400 boys and

9 iris, representing 14 schools, com­peted in the two-day state meet. The Santa Fe boys team led by lettermen Leo Rios and Mike Dur­an and coached by Clarence A llen again won the boys division dis­play ing greater depth over all events than last year. Lovington repeated as runner-up and Roswe ll as third place finisher. The gir ls competition was won by the team from Carlsbad, led by Laquita Hargrove who earned second place in the all-around competition in addition t o her v ictories in the floor exercise and uneven bars events. Rob Paffrath

Team standings: Boys-Santa Fe, Lovington, Roswell. AA: Mark Hop­kins (L), Mike Duran (SF), Leo Rios (SF). FX: K. Camp (R), H . Walte-s (Farmington), B. Coker (R). SH: Hopkins, Duran, F. Gardenas (SF) . HB : D. Hadley (SF), J. Duran (SF), Hopkins. LH : R. Carson (Gallup), Rios M. Torrez (R). PB : Duran, Hopkins, Hadley. R: Rios, tie be· tween S. Hohimer (Eunice) and Duran. Tr : Hopkins, R. Link (R), J. Harlow (L). Tu : Coker, Camp, R. Duarte (Carlsbad).

Team Standings: Girls - Car ls­bad, Roswell, Farmington. AA: D. Pope (R), Laquita Hargrove (C), Susan Stoabs (F). FX : Hargrove, R. Denhof (C), Pope. SHV: E. Davis (R), C. Hernandez (Goddard), L. Page (West Mesa). B: A. Roark (G), Stoabs, Hargrove. UPB: Tie between Hargrave and A . Condry (Gallup). Tr : Tie between L. Camp (L) and C. Brueland (C lovis), S. Sowell (R) . Tu : Sowell, Hargrove, Denhof.

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Marv Hildebrand


GYMNASTIC MEET by Rex Davis, Coach

Washington State University Tremendous improvement by oth­

er high school teams was nat sufficient to prevent Highl ine High of Seatt le from dominating the competition for the second straight year . Led by Marv Hildebrand, who won the all-around title for the second straight year, Coach Bob Sarvor's gymnasts tallied 172.5 points, easily topping second place Renton (154.75) and third place Issaquah (154.10). In addition to all-around, H ildebrand earned first

places an long horse, high bar, parallel bars, and rings. Jerry Kraft of Issaquah won tumbling and floor exercise whi le teammate Dennis WhitcC'mb won trampoline. Bruce Denton of Highline was first on the side horse.

Team standings : Highline (H), Renton (R), Issaquah ( I), Kenne­wick (K), Bothell (B), Kent, Cas­cade (C) . AA: Marv Hildebrand, (H), Jerry Kraft ( I), Dean Hale (H). LH: Hildebrand, tie between Wes Busch (R) and Bob Loen (H). HB : Hildebrand, Leon, Hale. FX: Kraft, Whitcomb (I), Steve Justiss (H). PB: Hildebrand, Kraft, tie be­tween Loen and Hale. SH: Bruce Denton (H), John Schufr ider (H), Hildebrand. R: Hildebrand, Kraft, Larry Christenson (I). Tr: Dennis W hitcomb (I), Nat e Ham ilton (Chehalis), Jeff Bar e (K) . Tu: Kraft, H i ldebrand, Whitcomb.


BOYS by Harry Johnson, Coach

South Eugene High School Tremendous team depth moved

South Eugene High School to its fifth consecutive Oregon H i g h Schoo l Gymnastics Championship held March 10 at the University of Oregon. The championship meet proved a two-team contest with South Eugene edging David Doug­las High School of Portland, 125 to 101 .5. As in past years, the Eugene school's strong show ing in the all-around events was the de cisive factor in the meet. South Eugene's All-around team of 'Ron Moninger, Bruce Hoyt, and Eric Nickerson finished 1-2-5. Moninger, the defending champ ion, was su­perb with firsts in all-around and horizontal bar and seconds in floor exercise and parallel bars. Team-· mate Bruce Hoyt finished a close second to Moninger and had a first place tie in long horse and seconds in floor exercise and horizonta l bar. South Eugene's Rob Paffrath was outstanding winning the par­allel bars. David Douglas gymnasts equalled South Eugene's total of first place winners with George Shoemaker in floor exe rcise , Den­nis Lloyd in side horse, Mike Walker in rings, and Gary Brain who tied with Hoyt in the long horse.

AA: Ron Moninger (South Eu­gene), Bruce Hoyt (SE), Gary Brain (David Douglas). FX: George Shoe­maker (DD), tie between Moninger and Hoyt. SH: Dennis Lloyd (DD) . Martin Huston (DD), Joe Percival (SE). HB: Moninger, Hoyt, Mike Walker (DD). LH : Tie between Brain and Hoyt, Darrel White (DD) . PB: Rob Paffrath (SE), Mon­inger, Hoyt. R: Walker, Dave Hal­seth (Cottage Grove), and tie between Doug Church (McN) and Don A v ance (DD).

Gary Brain

Mary Beth Hamphill


GIRLS by Harry Johnson

South Eugene High School Fine all-around performances by

De Etta Jamison and Jayne Hamil­ton lifted Portland's David Douglas High School t6 its first girls state gymnastic championship. The two David Douglas girls finished 1-2 in all-around and scored all of their team's 72 points. South Eu­gene was second with 41, foll 0wed by Marshfield, Albany, and South Sa lem. Miss Jamison dominated the meet with firsts in all-around, floor exercise, and side horse vaulting, third in beam, and sixth in uneven bars. Te.ammate Jayne Hamilton placed second in beam and vaulting, third in uneven bars . and sixth in floor exercise in addi­tion to her second place in all­around. South Eugene's Mary Beth Hemphill was the winner in bal­ance beam while Penny Perin of North Eugene won the uneven bars.

AA: DeEtta Jamison (D a v i d Douglas), Jayne Hamilton (DD), tie between Mary Beth Hamphill (South Eugene) and Lori McDaniel (Marshfield). FX: Jamison, Mc­Daniel , Janis Kato (Albany). B: Hemphill, Hamilton, Jamison. UPB : Penny Perin (North Eugene), Caro l Brodsky (SE), and Hamilton. SHV : Jamison, Hamilton, tie between Barbara Hanen (M) and Bonnie Watts (South Salem).


Yreka High School, March 4, 1967 by Ed Loudon

Yreka High Schoo l, coached by Ed Loudon, won the open meet for the . second straight yea r, totaling 156.8 points and capturing 8 of 9 first places. Ralph Grossen of Y reka won all-around in addition to firsts on floor exercise, long horse, parallels, and tumbling .

The NCAA scoring system was used in this meet. In northern Cali­fornia the high schools sti ll offer nine events to give more boys a chance t o participate in gym­nastics .

Team standings: Y reka , Del Norte, Pleasant Valley. FX: Gros­sen, Carl Beath (PV), Jim Sch ile (DN) . SH: Eri c James (Y), Don Clemanns (DN), Jan Jenott (Y). Tr: John Ridgeway (DN), Grossen, Dennis Louy (DN) . HB: Pat Coon­rod (Y), John Tufts (Y), Nick Rail (DN) . LH: Grossen, Ridgeway, Rog­er Lorenzini (Y) . PB : Grossen, Rail, Lorenzi ni. R: Tufts, Dan Struble (Y), T om Freeman (Y). Tu: Gros- ' sen, Ridgeway, Carl Beath (PV). Rope: Tufts 5.3 sec ., Coonrod 5.9 sec., Chris Havens 6.2 sec.


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Report by Bob Peavy Three divisional meets are held

prior to the Northern California Invitational which was hosted this year by Hillsdale High School of Son Mateo. In order to qualify in a Division meet I a gymnast must have been one of the top f;ve qualifiers in his league. In order t 6 qualify for the Northern Cali­fornia Invitational, a gymnast must have been one of the top five qualifiers in his Division . The East Boy Championships were hosted by Ygnacio Volley and Ted Bogios. The West Boy Championships were hosted by Son Mateo and Art An­drews. The Independent League Championships w ere hosted by Homestead High and Jock Medina. These three divisional meets were held one week before the N .C.1. EAST BAY QUALIFIERS:

Teams: Ygnacio Volley (YV), College Pork (CP), Fremont (F), Skyline (S), Mt. Diablo, Oakland (0), Castlemont, Pleasant H i I I , Clayton Volley, Pacifico. AA: Bob Spencer (YV) , Tim Lutz (YV), Gill Gimbel (CP) . FX: Lutz, Spencer, Don Bankston (S). SH: Rich Stick­ney (MD), Todd Chisum (YV), Den­nis Malone (S) . Tr: Mike Segale (CV), Rudy Jones (0), Rich Spurr (YV) . HB: Spencer, Bill Barnwell (CP), Gimbel. LH: John Chavez (F), Bob Kelley (CP), Ron Bacicalupo (PH). PB: Ed Sparacino (CP) , Spen­cer, Chavez. R: Mike Dav idson (YV), Gimbel, Rich Clinnick (S). Tu: Spencer, Lutz, Barnwell. WEST BAY QUALIFIERS :

Team: Son Mateo (SM), Mills (M), Carl mont (C), Hillsdale (H), Aragon (A), Polo Alto (PA), Son Carlos (SC), Sequoia (S). AA: Mike Cooper (M) Tom Doyle (C), Steve Fletcher (H), FX: Cooper, Fletcher, Doyle. SH: Lorry Frenzel (H), Ma­sayuki Nakihiro (SM) , Mike Steele (S). Tr: Jim Turpin (SM), Don Thomson (H), Tim Early (SM). HB: Doyle, Joe Sweeney (SM), Cooper. LH: Doyle, Fletcher , Turpin. PB: Doyle, Cooper, Pete Shigemoto (A) . R: Shigemoto, Cooper, Tom Gord­ner (M) . Tu: Coo per, Doy le, Fletcher. INDEPENDENT LEAGUE QUALIFIERS :

Teams: Encino (E), De Anza (DA), Berkeley (B), Homestead (H), Mission Son Jose (MSJ), Awalt (A). FX: Kent Umbarger (DA), Howard Hardie (B), Dono Alexander (E). SH: Alexander, Duan'e Kellogg (H), Gory Vanderhoef (E) . Tr: Umbarger (DA), Andre DeRidder (B), Lee Stanish (H) . HB: Alexander, Chriss Harrold (E), Clark Johnson (DA) . LH: Umbarger, Tim McWhirk (E), Robbie McClaren (DA) . PB: Hardie, Alexander, Vanderhoef. R: Vander­hoef, Doug Johnson (MSJ), Alex­ander. TU : Umbarger, Hardie, Jim Butts (H) .




Hillsda e High School Son Mateo, California

Report by Bob Peavy, Boy Area Gymnastics Coaches Association

President The Northern California Invita­

tional Gymnastic Championships, held at Hillsdale High School , Son Mateo, provided some of the finest compet ition in the history of the event. For the second consecutive year Encino of Sacramento won the the team title. Encino totaled 106.5 team points and dominated the meet by scoring heavily in every event but tumbling. The nearest rivals were De Anza of Richmond


with 69 and Ygnacio Volley of Con­cord at 55 points. A record 20 schools qual ified athletes for the meet this year.

The evening prior to the Cham­pionsh ips the All-around meet was held at Mt. Diablo under the direc­tion of Darrel Leckliter. Fifteen top qualifiers from three divisions (see report elsewhere) competed for in­dividual and team honors. Encino 's Gary Vanderhoef and Dono Alex­ander copped first and second places respectively and sent their team well ahead in the standings with 20 points. Vanderhoef's upset victory over his teammate was one of the big surprises of the meet. With a 9.2 on rings and on 8.45 in vaulting, Vanderhoef edged Alexander by a slim 0.3!

The Championship meet at Hills­dale sow other outstanding indi­vidual performances. Mt. Diablo's Rich Stickney's bock moore t rom­let, side travels, and kehres in and out were a pleasure to watch . Van­derhoef's "Butterfly" mount (Pull to cross on rings) opened the eyes of even the most knowledgeable gymnastics fans. Injured prior to the championship meet, Joe Sween­ey, of Son Mateo, come bock strong to win his specialty with his "best ever" high bar routine.

Notional Y . M . C. A. Trampoline Champion, Kent Umbarger of De Anza, swept h is specialty and easi ly won the vaulting and tumbling events. Kent also placed second in free exercise and fourth in the all-around, establishing himself as the "most valuable athlete" in the meet. Mike Cooper, a senior from Mills, edged Umbarger in free exer­cise by 0 .1 despite Umbarger's double twister and "mile high" arabian dive. With a very well composed routine on parallel bars. Cooper managed to tie Howard Hardie of Berkeley with a score o f 8 .05. Cooper 's roll to eagles on high bar and double bock in ground tumbling drew applause during the competition .

This year's Northern Califor:1;a Invitational established one w record for efficiency. It took just two . hours and fi v e minutes to judge, overage and tabulate 120 rout·ine (15 competitors in each of 8 events) . Final score sheets were distributed only moments after the final routine of the evening. All events were run individually with each competitor receiving the judge's undiv ided attention.

Officials were supplied by the Northern California Gymnastics Of­ficials Association. They were: Rick Field, Jerry Wright, Hal Frey, John Gilmore, Howard M oorman, Ted Corter, Jock Smith, and Clair Jen­nett.

Team Standings: Encino (E), De Anza (DA), Ygnacio Volley (YV), Berkeley (B), Hillsdale (H), Mills (M), Carl mont (C), Son Mateo (SM), College Par k (CP), Homestead (Home), Mt. Diablo (MD), Skyline, Fremont, Mission San Jose, Aragon, Clayton Volley. AA : Gory Vander­hoef (E), Dono Alexander (E), How­ard Hardie (B). FX: Mike Cooper (M), Kent Umbarger (DA), tie be­tween Steve Fletcher (H) and Hardie. SH: Rich Stickney (i AD), Todd Chisum (YV), Vanderhoef. HB: Joe Sweeney (SM) , Alexander, Tom Doy le (C) . LH: Umbarger, Tim McWhink (E), Bob Kelley (CP) . PB: Hardie and Cooper tie, Vanderhoef and Ed Sparac ino (CP) tie. R: Van­derhoef ... M ike Davidson (YV) , Alex­onder. I r: Umbarger, Andre DeRid­der (B), Don Thomson (H). Tu: Umbarger, Jimmy Butts (Home), ·Cooper .

WINNING ROUTINES Long Horse: Ken t Umbarger

(DA); Yamashita (straight body ascent) .

Horizontal Bar: Joe Sweeney (SM); Reverse grip kip, stiff arm stiff body to reverse giant, stoll change to rear vault, kip, hop change to reverse grip giants, pirou­ette to regular grip giants, blind change to reverse grip giants, bar­ani off dismount.

Floor Exercise: Mike Cooper (M) ; Round off, flip flop, full twist ing bock somersault, swedish fall, turn to splits, straight arm straight leg press to handstand, pirouette, flip flop, flip flop , arabian dive, straight leg roll up, simple scissors, front handspring, front somersault, front

head spring, swedish fall , stand and I V2 turn, round off, flip flop piked bock.

Parallel Bars: Mike Cooper (M) : Cast support, s win g pirouette, stutz, drop peach, "L" seat, stiff arm-stiff leg press to handstand, back somersault, stutz, layaway, front uprise, front somersault off. (piked)

Howard Hardie (B): From cross stand between bars, peach basket to ilL" support, straight arm­straight leg straddle press, bock somersault over bar, stutz, under bar· cost to upper arms, bock up­rise; straddle catch , layaway, front uprise, front somersault off (piked).

Trampoline: Kent Umbarger (DA) : Full in bock out fl iffis, double bock, double twister, bock, rudolph, bock, full twister, double twister, bock, 13,4 bock, double body.

Rings: Gory Vanderhoef (E): From hong, straight arm pull to cross (butterfly) , ro ll bock, dislo­cate, shoot to hand stand, bock giant swing, lower to bock lever position pull to cross, slow bock roll to "L", hollow bock press to handstand, lower down, dislocate , piked fl yaway.

Side Horse: Rich Stickney (MD): Jump into two up hill circles, up hill tromlet, immediate tromlet down, two circles, loop with % turn , immediate hop turn, two cir­cles, kehre in, two circles, moore, two circles, bock moore tromlet, 2 circles, three . loops-lost one with V2 twist dismount.

Tumbling: Kent Umbarber (DA): Tinsica front, RO, ff , bock with half, step-out, RO, ff , full twister . RO, ff, bock, ff, bock, ff, double twister.


fr<>m Milikan who tied with team­mate Gene Catalgo f or first place in tumbling . Another outstanding gymnast was Gary. Garrett. (Son Gabriel) who Just missed plaCing 111 FX and is only a sophomore. A potential all -around winner was seen in Eddie Hanseth from BP who placed in FX. Indicat ing that he w ill be shooting for the Free Ex award nex t year was Haislip of Lakewood . Abe;on of Muir was al so outstanding in the vault and tumbling . Pasadena proved its rep­utation for outstanding high bar by placing 1 and 3 in that ~vent .

CIF Commiss ioner, Mr. Kenneth Fagans awarded the team trophies.

Team Standings: EI Rancho, (ER) 37% Baldwin Park (BP) 24, Pasa­dena ' (P) 17, Lakewood (L) 13, Mili­kan (Mi) 9%, Muir (Mu) 6, Wilson (W) 4%, Jordon (J) 4, Corona Del Mar 3%, Westminster V2, Monte­bello %. High Point: Bob Turner (ER) 18%. FX: Turner, Martin (P), Haislip (L) . SH: Perez (ER), Siebum (ER), Uyeda (J). HB: Tie between Turner (ER) and Barnett (P). LH: Linco ln (BP), Abe;on (Mu), Syra­copoulas (L) . PB : Ries (BP), Turner, Albitz (LO. R: Stovoll (BP), Turner, Hedges (ER) . Tu: Tie between Cat­algo (Mi) and Gerlach (MI), Martin (P) . Rope: Teel (BP) 3.3, Gonzales 3.5, tie between Muzila (L) and Jenning (W). Highlights of winning routines:

Rope : Ted Teel (Sr, BP, coach : J. Draghi) 8 strides, 3.3 sec.

Tumbling : Gene Catalgo (Sr) and Steve Gerlach (Soph) (both from Milikan, coach: Fred Bellmar). Both perform full thru to full ; Catalgo does 3 sets. Catalgo's front tr ip consisted of alternate front pikes and the third run concluded with

1967 C.I.F. FINALS tinsica-tignas to high arabian front. By John Draghi Long Horse: Craig Linco ln (Sr,

Baldwin Pork Unifier' BP coach: J. Draghi ). Used a hand-Sch601 District spr'ing and a very high fl ying front

Bef ore on overflow crowd of en- over which he stuck. Scored in the thusiastic fans, Tom Eads of EI 9's. Rancho High School successfully High Bar: Bob Turner (Sr, ER, hosted the C.I.F. Firials in all as- coach: Tom Eads) and .. R. Barnett pects. His fine team, led by Bob (Sr, P, coach: Gene Peterson) . Bob's Turner and Charlie Hedges knocked rout ine included a high controlled Baldwin Pork off its six year reign vault and a strong german giant, and gave EI Rancho its first CIF finishing with a barani . Barnett Championship . In winning the displayed a hop into and out of championship, EI Rancho gathered eagles to high full twisting dis-38 points to runner-up BaldWin mount. Park's 24. Floor Exercise : Turner. Very high

Bob Turner of ER won the high tumbling, routine highlighted by a po int honors by taking firsts on one-arm handstand and planche. floor ex, and high bar and seconds Side Horse: Lorry Perez (Jr, ER, on rings and parallel bars, and a coach: Tom Eads) . Showing tre-fifth in tumbling to earn 18% mendous contro l and concentration, point s for the EI Rancho couse. Perez won with a routine which

Runner-up Baldwin Pork won 4 included difficult one-pommel work, individual championships with Ted effortless trave ls, hops, and loops. Teel climbing 3.3 on rope, Craig Parallel Bars : X av ier Ries (Jr. BP, Lincoln winning long horse, Xavier coach : Draghi) . Ries' routine was Ries winning parallel bars, and Don smooth and free-swinging and in-Stovall winning rings, thus continu- cluded bock to stutz, peach lay-ing BP 's dominance of the rings in away, high straddle cut t o L, and CIF for 7 consecutive years. Run- a bock catch bock for a dismount. ner-up posilion was closely con- Rings : Don Stovall (Jr , BP, coach: tested among Lakewood, Pasadena, Draghi). Don hit his controlled and Baldwin Pork until Stovall won shoot to handstand, high reverse the rings. giant handstand, held his cross,

Youngest chomp of the evening and finished with a full twist dis-was Steve Gerlach a sophomor,e mount.

Southern Calif. rnia CF :h mpio.,s!,jp Team f>~m EI Rancho H.S.

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By Dick Criley The 1967 L .A. City Champion­

ships Were hosted by Cal State LA June 9 . A crowd of about 2500 viewed the meet which was at­tended by more than half-a-dozen out-of-town college coaches, includ­ing two from the East coast.

A close battle (27-26) for the team championship saw Reseda emerge the victor and South Gate the runner-up. Defending champi­ons, Venice High, failed to place in any event.

South Gate's Tim Puzztai. a jun­ior, won both HB and PB and took a second on SH to earn the in­dividual high point total award. Phil Eliades of Reseda, defending HB champion could only manage a third on that event, but a tie for first on LH and a tie f or second on PB assured him the runner-up position.

On the whole , the routines turned in showed the practice of the ir performers who were judged every bit as critically as college com­petitors by top col lege judges. Turning to indiv idual events, a few comments may be offered:

Long Horse: A fibreglass board wa" u;ed. Since the must popular vault was the pike handspring, a tremendous spring was gained from the board, but, as a resul t, the vault was often over-whipped. Floor Exercise: Excellent orig inal ­ity was shown by Bautista and Pivnick-including a swedish fall to back walkover (done by pivoting

on the supporting ' Ieg and rotating about the long axis of the body) and an arabian-half out by the former and a back walkover off the knees and a move resembling a back cockroach by the latter. Other interesting moves included a pike forward dive walkout (Sulc), arabian to handstand-bic through­Ito (Caling) , and jackknife to chest. Full twisting backs were used as dismounts by a couple competitors. Side Horse: A goodly number of completions marked this event . Bronner's work was outstanding ex­cept for low scissors. Also noted: Doug McGirr who displayed a wa lk­around as well as a Russian .

Horizontal Bar: Puzzta i's double germans, a double hip circle to flange out by Glass, and five dou­bles, one of them in layout posi­tion (Farcello) were moves o f note for high school competition. Paral­lel Bars: A couple front over-bars with varying de9rees of success, a fine one orm ' gut" lever I Chuck Ball's planche, and Leonard Cal­ing's stitz hand and back over were deserv ing of mention. Still Rings : Mostly strength moves were displayed with l ittle good swinging work. Thus we note Hale's maltese and other strength moves, Chirco's scale-up, and the double flyaway dismount used by Wilson .. Tum­bling: As usual, it was who could stay on the mat rather than what was be ing thrown which counted . Farcello threw a double back and worked out into a couple flip flops and a full.

Team Standings: Res e d a (R), South Gate (SG), Garfield (G), Fair-

fax (F), Fremont (Fr), Los ·Angeles (LA), Grant (Gr), Wilson (W), N orth Hollywood (NH), Dorsey (D), Cleve­land (C), Van Nuys (VN), Granada Hills (GH), Birmingham (B), Pali­sades (P) . High Point Man: Tim Puzztai (SG), Phil Eliades (R), Rich Su lc (F) . FX : Robert Bautista (W), Dave Pivnick (F) , K. Cole (LA) . SH : Ken Bronner (D), Puzztai, Doug McGirr (T) . HB: Puzztai, Leonard Ca ling (G). Phil Eliades (R) . PB: Puzztai, triodes and Cole . R: George Engbrecht (NH), Raleigh Wilson (R) and W. Hale (Fr) . LH: Eliades and David Munoz (G) , Sulc. Tu: Sulc, Hank Monzello (Gr), Pat Mahoney (C). Rope : Tie among Eugene Bailey (SG), Mitch Brown (T), J. H i ll (Fr), 3.6 sec. WINNING ROUTINES

Floor Exercise: Bautista, Hand­spring front, handspring; swed ish fall, to back walkover (Bautista) ; roundoff, back handspring, full; turn, straight body fall , splits; stiff press, handstand pirouette; chest rock up; two back handsprings, arabian; head nip to seat, va ldez; chest rock up; roundoff, back handspring, arabian front, hand­spring; side straddle stand; round­off back handspring, back som ie.

Side Horse : Bronner . Jump to doubles on end, stockli in, . two front scissors, russian, stock l i out, direct tromlet in, balie out, ba i lie in, tromlet down to end, russ ian on end, alympic off.

High Bar: Puzztai . Back kip, double german giants, turn out I straight body kip , hop flange, one­half twist, immediate back stalder, hop reach under, vault, kip, two

giants, pike arch flyaway. Parallel Bars: Puzztai. Under bar

lay back, front rise handstand, back aver bar handstand, stitz handstand, stitz giant glide, lay back front r ise, handstand, stitz lay back, front rise, off.

Long Horse: EI iades and Munoz. Pike handspring.

Still Rings: Engbrecht. Flange handstand, r ing giant, front lever, cross, flange L, hollowback hand­stand, lower down to olympic , snap down uprise, dislocate, ring giant, straddle.

Tumbling : Su le. RO, ff, full , ff, ff, full. Front som ie step out, front handspring, front · step out, front handspring, front somie. Front somie step out, RO, ft, arabian front walkout, RO, ff, full.


April 15, 1967 East Los Angeles State College

Submitted by Bonnie Brasher FX: Terry Scellato (Taft), tie be­

tween Hattie Simmons (Granada Hills) and Jeannine Bize (No. Hol­lywood). B: Debie Hall (Verd" 90), Carol Treveno (Ven ice). Sandy Ka­nutson (Venice) . SHY: Sandy Horibe (Ven), La Verne Berryhill (Roose­velt), Diana Dillard (Ven) . UPB : Bonnie Brasher (Ven), Chros Ferros (Ven), Vickie Nakayama (Roose­velt). Tu: Marty Steelman (Univer­sity), Mary Chapman (Taft), Seel ­lato.

Venice High School took the Team Title.


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=11=117 " ~\1JW Pictured here are photos from the July edition of SCHWEIZER TURNEN

(Swiss Gymnastics) sent to us by our Swiss Editor Kurt Baechler. This Special edition of the ST magazine featured the Swiss Turnfest held in Bern during the month of Ju'ne , It contained over 60 pages with 8 of them in full color plus a 40 page supplement just listing the results of the many' competitions held during the Turnfest. On these pages we are able to show you but a few photos from the individual competition and the synchronized team apparatus work, Other photos in the July ST showed thousands of gymnasts doing mass cal isthenics, youth com­petitions, girls competition and modern gymnastic demonstrations and general Turnfest scenes, A thrilling edition to behold, our sincerest con­gratulations to ' the photographers, editors and the publishers

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SAN JOSE, CALIF ORNIA 95114 This is the seventh in a series 0/ random topicS! dealing with Research in gymnastics. In this series, no attempt is made to cate­gorize articles. Another series 0/ cinemato­graphical analysis 0/ gymnastics moves is being planned lor sometime next winter. Send all articles, comments, ques~ions and suggestion to the above address. Landers, Daniel M., "A Comparison of Two

Gymna s ti c Judg in g M e tho ds, " Urbana :


M.S. Thesis, University of Illinois, 1965. Pp. 102. Available on mic­J Jcard, University 0 f )regon, Eugene, Ore­


In 1962 George V. Bauer, gymnastic coach a t the University of Wi~consin , initi­ated a new variation of the F.I.G. System. He called this new variation "The Big Ten Judging Rules for Men". This variation (Bauer Varia tion) was used in the Midwest area in the 1%4 and 1965 gymnastic sea· sons. The Bauer Variation's major deviation from the F.I.G. System was that one judge was responsible for one one judging area

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(either difficulty, execution or composition) rather than all three areas. Purpose

The general purpose of this study was to test the null hypothesis that the F.I.G. judging method and the Bauer Variation would not differ significantly (p .05 ) in the items tested. Specifically, this study sought to determine (1) the relationship of judging group scores to one another as well as to their respective absolute scores, and (2) judging group and individual judges' variances from their respective ab­solute scores. Method

In order to compare these two judging methods three judging groups (each com­posed of four judges) representing the F.I.G. System of judging and three judging groups representing the Bauer Variation were used. The F.I.G. judges were obtained from the Northern California Gymnastics Officials Association and the Bauer Vari­ation judges used in this' study were ap­proved Bauer Variation judges chosen to judge the 1965 Big Ten Gymnastic Champi­onships.

From approximately fifty filmed routines, 24 were selected for the test film (four rou­tines for each of the six olympic 'gymnastic events). Three skill levels (beginning, in­termediate and advanced) were used so that the two judging methods could be tested in scoring a wide range of gymnastic skill. The film contained 23 different routines. The 24th routine was a duplicate of the

intermediate horizontal bar routine and was u'sed as a reliability check on the judges scores. Several precautions were taken to camouflage the duplicated routine so that the judges would have to re-calculate their scores. The administration of the test film was standardized.

In order to compare the validity of the judging group and individual scores, it was necessary to obtain an objective means of comparison (absolute scores) . Since these two judging methods differed somewhat in their interpretations of the F.I.G. rules, it would have been difficult to arrive at a single absolute score. Consequently, two absolute scores were given-one for each judging method for each of the 23 routines. In the process of determining absolute rou­tine scores, two independent ratings were made in each of the judging areas for each judging method. These absolute scores were determined with the aid of a movie editor and the criterion for each judging method. The judging areas were analyzed several times by each person determining the ab­solute score and all but one of the 6 obj ec­tivity coefficients were greater than .940. In the few cases where score discrepancies .existed (no greater than .3) between analyzers, an average was taken so that one absolute score could be obtained.

Product-moment correlations were used to determine the degree of relationship on various measures and analysis of variance together with the Duncan Multiple Range



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Test was used to test for significant devi· ations from the absolute scores.

Results and Conclusions Although the absolute scores of each

judging method has a high relationship (.978) to each others, it was generally ob· served that in some of the judging areas the absolute scores differed considerably. The Bauer Variation absolute difficulty scores (20 out of 24 routines). However, the majority (16) of the F.I.G. absolute exe· cution scores were above the Bauer Vari· ation absolute scores. Since composition remained primarily the same for both judg· ing methods, the scores for the areas of difficulty and execution had the general effect of equalizing one another for the total scores-thus the better relationship of the total scores.

It was found that the F.I.G. absolute scores were generally slightly lower (15 out of 24) than the Bauer Variation abso· lute scores. However, it was also found that the F.I.G. gave slightly higher scores in five out of seven of the routines which had received absolute scores in the "eights'. Since these routines in the "eights" had all of the required difficulty parts, the diffi· culty score was the same for both judging methods. Therefore, the equalizing factor of lower difficulty scores was not effective, and the F.I.G. judges continued to give higher execution scores than the Bauer Variation judges, thus giving slightly higher total scores for the routines in the "eights" than the Bauer Variation method.

The following conclusions were drawn from the analysis of the data: 1. The null hypothesis was substantiated

since neither of the judging methods dif· fered significantly from one another.

2. Although the absolute scores were closely related to one another, in routines scored in the "eights" there was a tendency for the F.I.G. absolute scores to be slightly higher than the Bauer Variation absolute scores.

3. Although the reliability coefficients of both judging methods were significant (p .. 05), the reliability coefficient of the Bauer Variation judges (.853) was con· siderably better than that of the F .I.G. judges (.610).

4. The t h r e e Bauer Variation judging groups, when considered together, devi· ated less from their absolute scores, but demonstrated greater variability between their judging groups' scores and routines, than did the F.I.G. judging groups' scores and routines.

5. All of the judging groups in both judging methods had high validity with their abo solute scores and routines (r .906).

6. In nearly every case better relationships to the absolute scores .and rahkings were obtained with the F.I.G. gross scores (average of all four scores) than with the F.I.G. net scores (average of the two middle scores), except that greater vari· ability existed between the F.I.G. gross judging groups than the F.I.G. net judg· ing groups.

*7. There were considerable differences be· tween these two judging methods in their ointerpretations of the F .I.G. rules (Nis. son version) . ·Note: The differing rule interpretations

between methods was so ex tensive that it could not be presented here. A chapter of the thesis was devoted to a discussion of these differences in rule interpretations for the areas of difficulty, composition and execution and the difficulty and composi· tion differences for each event. These differ· ences in rule interpretations were used to account for many of the above statistical findings.


By Lloyd Lingemann, Jr. One evening during a workout, upon

being told that I was executing standing back somersaults properly- with the turn at shoulder height or better; I began to wonder how it was possible since I couldn't raise my center of gravity that high in a jump from a stand.

The answer was obvious: the center of gravity, around which one rotates in the air, changes in a tuck position. If the tuck is assumed while the trunk is nearly verti· cal the center of gravity will be raised a

A PLANCHE A DAY KEEPS . . . ? by Andrew Kadar, UCLA Gymnast

Though it contains no Vitamin C, a planche is food for you. One a day should prevent muscular atrophy when you skimp on work·outs. When you don't skimp on work·outs, your planche will increase the difficulty and impressiveness of your floor exercise, parallel bars and rings routines. Strength in the planche position also facili· tates learning a variety of other moves. If you have a stronge planche, you can per· form slow motion or stop·action moores and layout loops on side horse. (Stopping in a layout loop and holding a planche over the side horse should definitely be of 'C' diffi· culty. ) At any rate, if you want to hold a planche on the beach, in an airplane, above a manhole, atop Mount Whitney or just at a Friday night dance, heed the following words of advice.

Rule #1: Never practice a planche for more than two or three minutes twice a day.

Rule #2 : Mechanics. Start out in a straight arm frog stand. Keeping your knees

foot or more. This can be seen in the ac· companying illustration.

It is also evident that if the body is in· clined so far backward on the take off that the tuck is assumed with the trunk hori· zontal, or nearly so, the travel backward will be increased as the center of gravity changes.

Observation and analysis of changes in the center of gravity make it possible for a gymnast to similarly determine the de· sired positions and timing on other move· ments requiring a tuck or pike.

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bent, begin straightening at the waist. Straighten your waist as far as possible and hold. Each day, you should straighten your waist more and more until you are holding a planchett (a planche with bent knees). Once you can hold a solid planchett, only a minimal amount of energy will be needed to straighten your knees and legs. (Remember if you can hold a thirty·four second planchett you can hold a thirty second planche.)

Rule #3: Persevere. Do not expect a planche right away. Practice very short periods but keep it up- EVERY DAY!

Hint #1: Absolutely do not straighten your legs until you have a planchett. Re· sist the tendency to kick your legs out into a straight position as you straighten at the waist.

Hint #2: It is much easier to hold a planche on a soft surface than on a hard one. Practice sometimes on soft mats or at a beach.

FINAL Hint: If you wish to whistle or sing in your planche, choose an appropri· ate tune. Lyrical songs are generally the best.


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LET'S TEACH ROUTINES by Dr. Bill Vincent

Gymnastics Coach San F Valley State College

Note: This is the second in a series of arti· cles designed to help teachers in the secondary schools organize their gymnastics curriculum to include simple routines rather than unrelated skills.

For the secondary school physical educ·a· tion teacher, the side horse is probably the least understood piece of apparatus in the gym. Most teacher training institutions in· clude side horse vaulting in their gym· nastics programs, but few teach support positions and moves. Vaulting is most bene­ficial and should be included in the sec­ondary program; however, because most teachers are fairly competent in this area, and weak in the support type moves, this article will concentrate on the latter.

Maintaining one's body in a support position, on the horse requires considerable upper body strength and most secondary school students, especially in junior high, are relatively weak in this area. Gymnastics in general, and beginning side horse in par· ticular, is one of the few physical education activities that emphasizes upper body devel· opment. For this reason alone, support moves on the side horse are valuable ex· periences to the student.

Instruction on the side horse should begin with the three basic support positions, front (the front of the body is against the horse), rear (the rear of the body is against the horse,) and straddle, (the body is supported directly over the horse with one leg on either side). In addition to the nomenclature on positions, students should understand the terms used to describe movement on the horse. The term "cut", as in "single leg cut", refers to a movement of one or both legs from one side of the horse to the other. This requires a lifting of one hand and a lean onto the other hand so that the legs may pass under the lifted hand. The


cut may be executed in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. Notice that a single leg cut from a front support posi· tion results in a straddle, or scissor support position. The second movement term with which they should be familiar is the word "circle". Circles refer to a movement of one or both legs from one side of the horse to the other and return in one continuous motion. This requires the alternate lifting of one hand and then the other with the resultant lean on the support hand so that the leg or legs may make their circle. Like the cut, this move may be performer either clockwise or counterclockwise.

Finally, the student should understand that the horse is divided into three parts, the neck, the saddle, and the croup. As· suming that a person always mounts from the horse's left side, the neck is always on the performer's left, the croup on his right, and the saddle in the middle. During the process of a routine, these parts remain in the same position; however, a second performer may mount from the other side of the horse, and for him the neck is at the other end. In other words, the neck is always designated as being on the per­former's ldt as he mounts.

With these terms in mind, the student should learn the following skills: A. Alternate leg cuts: From a front support

in the saddle, cut the left leg CW (clock­wise) under the left hand, then the right leg CCW (counterclockwise) under the right hand. The performer is now in a rear support position. Next, cut the left left CCW under the left hand and the right leg CW under the right hand to return to the front support position. The legs should alternate in their action, and the total movement should be continuous and similar to the tick-tack action of a clock pendulum. Remember that when one hand lifts up to allow a leg cut, the weight must be shifted to the other hand to counter balance the body. Thus, alternate leg cuts require alternate but opposite weight shifts from arm to arm.

These alternate cuts may be performed in the saddle, on the neck, or on the croup.

B. Single leg circle: From a front support position, the performer circles the left leg CW first under the left hand to a scissor position, and immediately under the right hand to return to the front support position. Like the alternate leg cuts, the movement should be continu­ous, but there is no tick·-tock action be· cause the other leg remains static. This skill may be performed in anyone of four ways, the left leg CW and CCW, or the right leg CW or CCW. It may also be performed on the neck, saddle, or croup. Once again, the weight must shift alternately to the support hand.

C. Double leg cut: This skill is performed like the leg circle except both legs are moved simultaneously, and only half way around. From a front support position, lean on the right hand, and cut both legs under the left hand to a rear sup· port. This is more difficult than the single leg cut because the additional weight of both legs requires more lean on the support hand. Of course, it may be perfcrrmed in either direction, and may also be used as a dismount with the performer landing in a side stand rear· ways. The student may want to "feint" around the right pommel or swing both legs back and forth to gain sufficient momentum to cut the legs over the pommel. Note that if the legs are con· tinued around and under the right hand in the same direction, the skill becomes a double leg circle.

Once again continuing with our philo· sophy that gymnastics should not consist of isolated moves, let us take a look at a simple routine that may be constructed using only the three skills mentioned above.

1. From a side stand frontways at the neck, place the left hand on the neck, and the right hand on the left pommel.

2. Jump to front support, and circle right leg CW under left hand and right hand

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(return to front support). 3. Cut left leg under left hand CWo 4. Swing r ight leg over saddle CCW, but

do not release right hand from pommel (performer is now in a straddle posi­tion on the left pommel).

5. Cut left leg CCW under left hand and move left hand from neck to left pom· mel (both hands are now on left pom· mel with right hand in under grip and left hand in over grip , and the body is in a cross position on horse).

6. Cut right leg CW over right pommel and move right hand to pommel (per· former is now in a front support in the saddle) .

7. Cut left leg CW under left hand. 8. Swing right leg CCW over croup, but

do not r elease right grip on pommel (performer is now straddling right

pommel). 9. Cut left leg CCW under left hand and

move left hand to right pommel (both hands are now on the right pommel with the right hand in an under grip and left hand in an over grip; the body is in a cross position on the horse).

10. Cut r ight leg CW over croup and move right hand to croup (performer is now in a front support on the croup ) .

11. Cut both legs CW under left hand while leaning hard on the right hand and push off to a side stand rearways at the croup (performer may elect to execute a 14 turn CW and push off to a cross stand right at the croup).

This routine sounds most difficult when reading it, but upon consideration of the skill s, one recognizes that it is only a com· bination of the simple moves described earlier in this article. Probably one of the most difficult tasks is remembering what move to make next. To compensate for this problem, it is suggested that a description

of the routine be reproduced for the class so that squad leaders can assist their squads by reading the moves to the performer as he goes through the various skills. Notice that moves #3 through 10 are variations on the alternate leg cuts and result in the performer traveling from the neck to the croup. Such a combination of moves is usually called "alternate leg cut travel".

This routine, like the one that appeared in June·July MG is suggested for the sec­ondary school student. As it stands, it is rather simple, but could be made more sim· pIe by eliminating the double leg cut as the dismount and the single leg circle as the mount. This would leave only the alter­nate leg cut travel. It could be made more difficult by inserting front scissors between moves # 6 and 7. T eachers are encouraged to modify it to fit the needs of their particular situation. Watch this column for future articles on other events.


Note: The exact location of the rings in relation to the pos ition of the body could nat a lways be drawn w ith com­plete accuracy because of limited space.


1-4. Obtain controlled swing in support pOSItIOn. Swing forward, lean backward with shoulders and" flex hips as body rotates backward. Straddle legs around wrists and ...

5-7. raise head and shoulders upward as quickly as possible in order to continue rotation. Release rings when body is parallel with floor, if swing permits. Extend arms sideward and join legs before landing.


1-4. Obtain controlled swing in support posi­tion. As legs swing forward , lean back­ward with shoulders (head held for­ward-). Flex hips and straddle legs as body quickly falls below the rings in a circular pattern.

5-7. Raise head and chest forcefully as legs contact lower arms. Continue to hold rings until upward motion of chest is almost at the peak of the lift. Quickly release both rings; turn head and shoulders, forcefully, in the direction of the twist; join legs and land facing in opposite direction.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Benny Bishop reo ceived his B.A . in ED. from Arizona State University in 1965 where he was also a member of the Varsity Gymnastic team for four years. He is now Gymnastic Coach at Prescott High School in Prescott, Arizona.

The rearward somersault on the parallel bars is of "B" difficulty and when done correctly is a very essential part of a good routine. To have an exceptional routine on the parallel bars, most gymnasts feel !hat the rearward somersault must be included in order to receive a higher score. Once the gymnast has developed enough strength in the shoulders and arms and has a secure handstand along with a free swing in sup· port position he is ready to learn the rearward somersault.

Starting from a handstand position with a slight pike, allow the body to drop down· ward under its own momentum, ·(IIIustra· tion "I") keeping ' the hips straight and not allowing the legs to whip forward. As the body starts its downward swing move the shoulders forward slightly to compensate for the down and backward pull on the body. (Illustration "2") When you reach the bottom of your swing the bars will begin to compress down and there will be a lot of force on the shoulders at this point. (Illustration "3") At this point the arms must be kept straight.

As you start the swing up pike a little more at the hips, keeping the arms straight, and watch the toes until they are at shoulder height. As this position the head is thrown back and the body is in an arched position. Now start pushing the shoulders forward even harder to compensate for the backward pull. Hold on to the bars as long as you can and wait for your momentum to pull your hands free from the bars. As soon as the hands release, swing them around im· mediately after the regrasp is made (llIus· tration "4") . Immediately after the regrasp is made (Illustration "5") straighten both arms and lean slightly forward. (Illustration "6" at the shoulders to control the force of the down swing.

Some common faults 'are; 1. Le,ming back with the shoulders prior

to release of the hands. 2. Bending the arms just before releas·

ing. 3. Letting go of the bar& too soon, re·

sulting in a low flight. 4. Not keeping the arms ' straight after

the regrasp. (Illustration "6")

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By Jess Robinson We're sorry to have missed so many

issues of the Modern Gymnast without pre­senting a trampolining article. We hope to correct our procrastination by soliciting brief, but well-written, articles from tram­polinists and trampoline coaches. Our lead­off man is Steve Lerner, a trampolinist for UCLA and well-known to those of you who have followed our trampoline records.

Send your articles and illustrations to Jess Robinson, 247 We~t Sixth St., San Pedro, California 90731.

FLIFFISSES Bv Steve Lerner

Basically there are two types of fliffisses: (hose in which the twist is performed on the first flip and those that have the twist in the second flip. On the ones twisting out of the second flip, discussion will be lim­ited to multiples of fulls going backward and to %, 1%, 2%, etc., going forward. The extra % twist in either case (e.g. back­back with lh or back-back with 1% going backwards or front-front with full and front­front with double going forward) is mechan­ically the same stunt and of little practical value for trampoline routines.

TWISTING OUT Because the bar any out is generally the

first fliffis learned, twisting out moves will be treated first. Twisting out has an ad­vantage in that the problems of straight take-off and the right bounce are made easier when the first flip is not complicated by any twisting action.

The prerequisites for the barany fliffis are a solid double front and barany ball­out. The reason for the double is apparent but perhaps not so for the barany ballout.

The main problem in twisting out going forward is that of starting the twist prema­turely. By learning to twist out of a baIl­out one can approximate the same sensation that will be encountered in twisting out of the first flip of a double somers1\ult. The reason is that one is forced to hestitate be­cause of the extra 1,{ somersault in the beginning of the baIlout before the twist can be properly initiated. Once the twisting ballout has been mastered the fliffis counter­part should cause little difficulty.

For example, to perform a barany out; one starts a double front and watches the mat come around on the second flip. The performer then "thinks bar any baIlout", breaks out of the tuck, and throws the bar­any. The same situation exists whether the trick be a barany out, rudolph out or ran­dolph out. Again, one sees the mat, "thinks ballout" and cuts for the particular twist.

Because many performers do their multi­ple backward somersaults "blind". That is, they do not spot the mat as it goes by the second time. Their kick-out for the twist is primarily one of muscle memory. Spotting the bed visually in this case is not neces­sary, however, and the following discussion is relevant.

For twisting out going backwards the problem is similar to that of twisting .out forward, but this time the lead-up stunt IS a twisting cody. For a back-back with full (or hack-back with double, etc.), one starts a double bl:lck, spots the mat between the somersaults, "thinks cody", and wraps up the twist. For those who do · not rely on spotting the mat between the, the same techl\ique is used but the tImIng for the kick-out is determined solely by "feel".

At this point, a word about spotting the bed is pertinent. When doing double for­ward flips the eyes pick up the bed later than on backward doubles; i.e., when one is rotating forward the eyes see the bed at the beginning of the second flip, but when one is going backward, the eyes see the bed at the end of the first flip. This time lag, however trivial it may seem to be, is sufficient to confus'e the performer and to cause him to start to twist too early on the backward fliffis.

TWISTING IN Twisting into double~ both forward and

backward makes relevant a dicussion of all half twist additions, e.g., back with %, full ," 1 %, etc., barany, front with full, rudolph, etc., because the first somersault may be rombined with an "out twister" to give in and out combinations (e.g., back with 112-barany) .

When the stunt leads to a forward head­under at the start of the second of the sec­ond somersault, the trick becomes relatively simple. In ducking under forward the per­former need only get to the back of his neck to make the trick safely, whereas on a backward head-under, care must be taken to make sure that the performer has enough time to get his entire body under.

Contrary to the case of twisting out, there are no lead-up stunts that adequately simulate this type of fliffis. The easiest flif­fis of this sort is the back with 112-% front. This trick will get the performer used to initiating some twist and then doing a head­under. There is little chance of not fin­ishing the twist and thus ducking too soon. For a barany in fliffis, the same procedure applies: rotate a semi-fast barany, see the mat and then pull the back flip. On tricks where there is more than a % twist the performer must force himself to wait until the twist is completed before ducking (al­though t his problem usually does not become critical until the amount of twist in the first somersault reaches a Fh or double twist).

IN AND OUTS Little can be said here except that no

new sensations of flipping or twisting will be encountered. However, the performer must be more alert since both somersaults have some twist in them. It is a good idea to have more than "just enough" height and spin when learning the trick so that one can completely separate the two somer­saults rather than have the first flip and twist terminate at the precise moment when the second flip and twist start. This will reduce the tendency for the performer to duck or twist prematurely on the second flip. As proficiency is gained, the time lag between the flips is shortened so that the flip and twist of the first part lead into the second.

CONCLUSION For those who have an excess of ambition

the above rules may be applied to triple somersaults as well. The advantage (?) therein is that the performer has an extra somersault to play with, thus giving his a greater selection of stunts.

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by Roy Davis (Note: This is the fi/th in a series of arti· cles recommending changes in the "FIG Illustrations" . The views represented are solely those of the author who has a dim but stubborn faith in public criticism and discussion-critically important features sel· dom observed except in private conferences and esoteric conventions on the A merican gymnastics scene.J

"LONG HORSE LONG SHOT" The following recommendations may seem

a bit radical, but controversy is always stimulating. My suggestions are based on my opinion about the inequality of long horse when compared to the other gymnas· tics events. Vaulting requires less time, less risk, less effort, and less honest·to·goodness skill than the other events. It is entertain· ing, and I thoroughly like to watch good vaulters, but I believe it has exaggerated importance in the all around event.

"VAULTING: COMBINATION?" For one thing, and it's r ather surprising

that nobody has noticed this, long horse has no combination potential whatsoever. A giant cartwheel cannot by any device pre· sently available flow smoothly from or into any other vault or acceptable maneuver. The vaulter has no requirements to meet except to get over the horse in . some acceptable manner. On that basis alone, the vaulter should not be awarded points for movements he is not required to perform. The value of the Combination element should be deducted from ' all vaults leaving the maximum score at 8.4 points.

"VAULTING : DIFFICULTY ... " The FIG altered some vault ratings three

years ago, but didn ' t alter enough, especi· ally in . the lower value vaults. My sugges· tions in this area are subject to discussion , but I am attempting to equate skill develop· ment with score. A 6.0 on side horse should be roughly equivalent to a 6.0 on parallel bars which should be roughly equivalent to ·a 6.0 on long horse as well.

It is presently commonplace for a begin· ning gymnast to score 3.5 or 4.0 on parallel bars after several months' effor t. In the same meet he may score 5.0 to 6.0 on long

.. horse. While I admit to individual differ· ences in learning and greatly respect the different skills required for each event, I believe that because long horse progress is unequal in effort, it is therefore unequal in score. The scoring system should equate the two. That is why I suggest some changes in difficulty along with the 1.6 combination deduction.

"VAULTING: EXECUTION AND ... " For the most part, the execution deduc·

tions on long horse are realistic. However, one of the last and most elegant skills dividing a good vaulter from an excellent vaulter, is the post·flight arch or body ex· tension- an especially difficult execution item on all forward somersaulting vaults. That single skill is the paramount feature of elegance in vaulting. Since it is such a big divider in practice, it should also be a big divider in score.


The FIG should expand the deduction to 1.0 instead of the present maximum of 0.5 for lack of extension after the " push off".

"A SHOT IN THE ARM" At present, most judges will readily admit

that judging vaulting is an educated guess. It is my hope to remove most of the guess· work with more realistic vault ratings and penalties. The judge should be able to "compute" the vaulter's score from execu· tion errors instead of presently estimating on the basis of experience only. I truly feel that these changes will be a step in the right direction.


(Note: All vaults should be reduced by 1.6 as outlined in the Combination para· graph above. Reductions greater than that amount also involve recommended difficulty adjustments. The arithmetic is beneath the present FIG score as listed in the lIlustra· tions.)

THE LONG HORSE VAULT Form and Technical Execution of Vaults

I. Vaults with hands placed on the neck

fA11!tt 1. Jump, body stretched above horizontal,

straddl ing legs sideward, t o stand rearways : 7.50 pts.

- 1.6 Comb. -.5 DiU.

2. JumQ, body stretch above hori zonta l, and pass legs, bent and joined, between arms, straighten body before descending , to stand rearwa ys: 8.00 pt •.

-1.6 Comb. -.5 DiU.

3. Jump to cross handstand , supported on right arm 1/4 turn right, plac ing left hand on neck, and turn side ward , in free flight to left side stand or contrariwi se:

9.00 - 1.6 - .0

pt •. Comb. DiU.

4 . Jump, body stretched above the horizontal , then bend the body in order to pass the stretched and joined legs above the neck, extend the body before descending , to stand rcarways: 9.50 pts.

-1.6 Comb. - .5 DiU.

5 . Jump, body stretched above the horizontal , and cross the legs with Y2 turn, to a stand:

9.80 pt • . - 1.6 Comb. -.0 DiU.


6. Jump with % turn left or right during flight to sideways handstand, hands being placed successi vel y or simultaneous ly, front hand on neck, and turn sideward in free flight to stand sideways: 9.80 pt •.

- 1.6 Comb. - .3 Diff.


f~~~~Il 7. Jump, body stretched above the horizontal,

then bend the body in order to pass the stretched and joined legs above the neck, with V2 turn to left or right and e xtend the body before descend ing to a stand frontways: 10.00 pt •.

- 1.6 Comb. -.2 DiU.

£;W~~~ 8. Jump to a momentary handstand and turn

forward in free fl ight to stand rearways (Handspring): 10:00 pt •.

-1.6 Comb. - .0 DiU.

9. Jump, body stretched above the horizontal, legs joined and stretched, and "swan II spring to stand rearways: 10,00 pts.


- 1.6 Comb. - .2 DiU.

Jump body stretched above the horizontal, legs joined and stretched and "swan" spring forward with V2 turn to stand frontways:

10.00 pts. - 1;6 COr."lb. - .0 DiU.


II . Vaults with hands placed on the croup.

11. Jump, body stretched, legs stretched and straddled sideways to stand rearways:

7 .50 pts. - 1.6 Comb. - .5 Diff.


ff)ftffl~ 12. Jump, legs joined and bent, stretch body

and legs before descending to stand rear· ways: 8 :00 pts.

-1.6 Comb. - .5 Diff.


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13. Jump, crossing the legs with Y2 turn to stand frontways, legs joined: 9.00 ph.

-1.6 Comb. -.0 Diff.

14. Jump, legs bent at start then stretched for­ward during the flight, straighten the body before the descent to stand rearways:

9.00 pt •. - 1.6 Comb. -.S Diff.

15. Jump, body bent, legs stretched, straighten the body before the descent to stand rear-ways: 10.00 pt •.

-1.6 Comb. - .S Diff.

16. Jump to momentary handstand and turn forward in free flight to stand rearways (Handspring): 10.00 pt •.

~r11' =~ j'7.' 17. Jump to momentary inverted support, body

bent, legs stretched, and turn forward in free flight, and stretch the body before descending, to stand rearways (Yamashita):

10.00 pt •. -1.6 Comb. - .0 Diff.

18. Jump, body stretched, legs stretched and joined to stand rearways ("Swan" jump):

10.00 pt •. -1.6 Comb.

19. Jump, joined stand turn):

-.0 Diff.

body stretcned, legs stretched and with Y2 turn to left or right, to front ways ("Swan" jump with V2

10.00 pt •. -1.6 Comb. -.0 Diff.


(Next article: "Formidable but Conquer· able: Side Horse")


by Bobby Lane Head Trainer, Arlington State College, Texas

Reprinted with permission from the Texas Coach

. The field of liquid nutrition for use in athletics is comparitively new. As a result, the use of liquid nutrition has yet to gain its proper place in the planning of our athletic programs. In examining this field of nutrition, I think it wise thal we start with how and why these meals in a can came into being.

As is the case in most commercial prod­ucts, some wise producer saw a need for some type of liquid nutrition. At first there were the low calorie, vitamin-rich products which could best be used in weight reduc­tion programs. These products allowed peo­ple to have something which was filling, low in calories, and yet highly nutritious. It was found also that these products were easily digested and quickly left the stomach. With these facts in mind , the producers came up with a product which could be, and was, readily adaptible for use in the field of athletics.

At the present time, there are several commercial products on the market which are quite suitable for use by athletes, par­ticularly in the area of the pre-contest meal. These products differ only in calorie con­tent from those which were developed for the purpose of weight reduction.

Now, let us look at some of the dis­advantages of the conventional pre-contest meal and weigh them against the advan­tages of a liquid-type nutrition.

Normally we think of a conventional pre­contest meal as consisting of dry roast beef, mashed potatoes , string beans, jello or fruit , dry toast, and hot tea. This meal has to be eaten in a restaurant. This means carrying our youngsters to the local eatery, having them on their feet and out in the public; thus taking away time that could well be used in mental preparation for the upcoming contest. With the use of liquid nutrition, we eliminate this inconvenience. We simply ice down our meal and have it with us whether on the road or at home. All we need in order to serve our meal is a can opener. By using a liquid nutrition we have been able to follow a normal rou­tine, have kept our youngsters off their feet and have kept them away from a well­meaning but interrupting public.

How does the conventional meal com­pare with liquid nutrition in balancing the diet , calorie content and digestability? Here again, we find it no contest in favor of liquid nutrition.

The conventional meal that we men­tioned earlier is not completely balanced in regard to our nutritional tables. There are several shortcomings, especially in the pro­vision of fats and thus the fat -soluble vita­mins. This type of meal will provide be­tween 450 and 500 calories of energy for body use when it is digested. The digestive process for a meal of this type will require approximately eight to twelve hours. This in tum means that we will have an in­creased blood flow to the digestive tract for this period of time and of course a decreased blood supply to the rest of the body. Also, with the conventional meal, we run the danger of nausea due to the extra time that it takes to digest the solid food.

In the case of liquid nutrition, we find most of the objectionable features of the solid meal removed. By using a type of liquid diet , we are able to give our athletes a well balanced diet of 400-420 calories which provides more than 33 % of the day's nutritional needs. It is also a meal which is easily digested. Where the solid meal takes eight to twelve hours to digest, we find that the liquid meal is digested and moved out of the digestive tract in about half the time. This means that we have a greater blood supply for the muscles during a con­test. It also results in fewer cases of nausea, due to the fact that the stomach is rela­tively empty.

An additional feature of liquid nutrition is its use in a weight control program. In cases of desired weight loss, a liquid diet may be substituted for regular meals. This gives a rigidly controlled calorie intake in a form which will insure a well balanced wholesome diet.

In cases where weight gain is desired, we simply add the liquid diet to our regular meals and thereby increase the daily calorie intake by approximately 1300 calories per day. This should be more than enough to insure a gain in weight.

After looking at the advantages and dis­advantages of both the solid and liquid meal, it is quite difficult to understand how there could be any doubts as to which type ' meal · is best suited for the athletes of to­day. It would seem that liquid nutrition is the answer to many coaches' and trainers' pra yers. It is hoped that tradition and. fear of change will not deter you from glVlng liquid nutrition an opportunity to serve you and your athletes.

In addition to all the above mentioned advantages, liquid diets offer one more bonus to the economy-minded coach. Where the conventional pre-contest meal will cost anywhere from $2 to $3 per person, most liquid diets may be purchased for as little as $.31 per serving. This effects a substantial saving. Over a period of a year, through all sports, this could free a good sum of money for the purchase of additional supplies or equipment.


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Thought you might be Interes ted in hear­ing from someone in Viet-Nam. Despite the fac t of the suitation here, t h ere a r e a few of us w h o do manage to work-out during off duty h ours. About s ix months ago we constructed a frame for rings and high bar, (which was made according to Olympic specifications) and have been working o ut a lmost every night since. Here are the names of a few gymnasts who deserve mentioning:Bob Dostal, Don Wat­son and Sgt. Jimmy Neal.

I'd like to take this opportunity to say that the March '67 issue of the MG was top -notch, keep 'em coming.

Dear Sirs,

Gymnastically, Sp/4 Vincent Pozzuoli Viet-Nam


I h ave r ecently subscribed t o The Modern Gymnast in January. Since t h en I have on ly received the March issue. But I am writing to t ell you thi s doesn't bother me. With a magazine as fine a nd excellent in quality as The Modern Gymnast, I can hardly argue the point. The real point is that I am behind you 100 %, and am aware of the grave problem that you have had. I know you are trying a s best you can and as fast as you can, but sti11 maintain­ing a high level of quality. I sti11 consider The Modern Gymnast, the finest gymnastic publication in the world.

Hope you will be back to normal soon, and to be . read ing your next issue soon.

Sincerely, Rodney L . Martensen Evanston, Illinois

Ed. Thanks for your letter of faith in the MG. You are not alone as many other readers have felt the same way • • . Many times we have debated the point of going to newspaper stock, . fewer pages and typewritten copy to cut expenses to keep the MG rolling . But we felt this would be a step in the wrong direction. If gym­nastics in the USA cannot support a quality publication there is even less chance it could or would support a glori­fied newsletter ... .. P.S. the MG future looks brighter.


I just finished reading your latest edi ­tion of the "Modern Gymnas t". To say, that I read your running acount of the NCAA' s interesting but disappointing, is putting it mi ld ly . I can't nderstand w h y you continu a lly underrate the Eastern gym nast as opposed to the Mid -western or Western gym 11ast.

I a lways believed that winning the .C.A.A. All-around Championship was

the highest award a colleg iate gymnast ... "" .. 1 ... 1 ... ..." ........... "V>T"\ 1 ~c-..... l\.T " .. ~.h o .... o ;,.., , r Al l,.. <';IT"ti", l o

did you m a ke mention of the fact tha t Steve Cohen repeated th is mos t difficult accomplishment.

Despite the fact that h e h as beaten a \1 the Mid-West a nd Western's finest gym ­n asts , little mention was made of t h e fact . A\1 you h a ve ever written, is his question­able routines, or marks which you did not think he deserved. I guess it was a big disapPointment to you, that the Sakamotos or the Freudensteins or the Thors could not win, because if they had won, pictures would have been splashed a\1 over the M.G. As long as the U.S. puts s u ch a great amount of stock in the sp ecialist, the U.S. will always be an a lso ran.

Despi te the fact that Steve Coh en h a d the guts to stand up to the AAU, and ch amp ion the NCAA's, the F.I.G. is still not appreciated by you people, who mum­ble about t h e AAU, but do nothing els e .

Why don't you give credit , w h ere c r edi t is due. Don' t h old i t against him, becau se he is an Easte}-n gymnast. N ext yea r maybe one of your favorites from the West will w in.

Rega rdl ess of what you print or say, we in the East, think Steve Coh en is the #1 gymnast in the United States, and it is 0 crying s h ame, that h e isn ' t given the c r edi t due him. Maybe in one of your future ed i tions, you w ill take your h ead out of the California sa nd, a nd look East­ward.

Sincerely yours, A Burned Up and Disappointed Reader

Assoc. Ed : I will , first of all, admit that you have one very valid point in th_t the fact that Steve captured the NCAA All Around crown f o r the 2nd year in a row possibly did not receive the amount of commendation it deserved, especially in view of the competit ion he has f aced those two years, and which gets ' tougher each year. My only defense for th i s is th at he got more credit than he would h ave if I had not written the story because no one else w.ould have probably. In addition to this, a nd by way of stressin\l the all around, I did include , In my write up, a sentence a bout the all arou nd progress at the end of each event, in on effort to set it apart and give it more i mportance and to let the reader know where the title w as won or lost.

You speak of my crit·jcism of Steve's routines and my belittling Eastern gym ­nasts, I offer the following: I believe none escape the wrath of my pen: Ed Gu nny of MSU was not praised too h ighly fOr his high bar routines; Sakamoto w as not eulog ized for his FX rout i ne; Freuden ­stein's routines in the finals were reported frankly and questions was raised of M ay­er's winning vaults. At t he same t ime the vaulting of Paul Vexler of Penn State was praised highly at 3 different times, and special mention was made of Auchter ­Ion ie ' s Side Horse and vaUlting work.

My write-ups a re generally geared tb point out the unusual and different s i tu. ­ations this, consequently, often makes It necessa r y to refer to specialists as they seem to br i ng about more innovations th an do all around men . (Quite logica lly so, I think, si nce most all around m en are too busy to fool around with a lot of f a ncy m oves). One exception h ere possibly was my reference to Cohen 's planche on one bar on the PB's .

Also in your letter you speak of region a l favoritism . I r eally need go no further than to ask you who finished' f i rst , sec­ond , and thi r d i n the NCAA team race! Seldom do sports writers , of any k i nd , p ay homage to gymnasts, horses, or base­ball teams that fin i sh out of the money. I will, however, go further.

In the final night of competition the number of gymnasts from the mid -eas t (big ten area) and gymnasts from the west far outnumber those from the east.

All Around: 2 East, 4 West, 3 ME, 1 MW . Side Horse: 1 East, 3 ME, 4 MW, 1 W . Floor Exercise: 2 E, 4 W, 1 ME , 1 MW. Trampoline: 0 E , 5 ME, 3 MW, 0 W . High Bar : 2 E, 4 ME, 1 MW, 4 W . Long H: 4 East (3 specialists), 3 ME, MW, 2 W . Parallel Bars : 2 E , 4 ME, 1 MW, 2 W . Still Rings : 1 E , 3 ME, 3 MW, 1 W . As for spreading pictures all over the

m agazine may I offer the following : Cohen w o n one event and there were 6 different pictures of him In that issue of the M.G. J acobs won two events and there w ere 5 pictures of him. Robison won one event and ha d 3 pictures. Grigsby won one event and had 2 pictures. Mayer only had a 4-shot sequence plus the victory stand . The only exceptions were F reuden stei n a nd Sa kamoto with 5 of Sid and 6 of Makot o plus a 4-shot sequence, this doesn ' t seem to be dispropo r tionate in favor of the specialists.

As for your comments about the AA U­NCAA problem I feel the less said here the better, when the Gove rnor of Pa. ,.,.."I,{ "",..,+ I"I.a.+ +ho IJ. A 11 +n I"Ainc+~+A ~r""nn

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Weiss f or the Pam Am trials wh at can I do or say to improve the situation that has not already been said.

In closing may I say this is not the first letter of this natur·e that Mr. Sundby has received (incidentally most magazines will not publish unsigned letters) dealing with more coverage of eastern gymnasts. Mr. Sundby, in turn, repeats over and over that all it takes is for someone to quit complaining and do something about it. Most of the materials printed in the M.G. are submitted by certain individuals be· cause no one else w i ll bother doing it. I feel further that you , in you r letter, suffer somewhat from the same disease you accuse me of-myopia.

The points I have tried t o m a ke thus far compare little to this final point , that if there is something you feel should be in the M.G send it in. It will more than I ikely be printed.

May I suggest further th at you re . read the ac count of the 1964 NCAA meet i n the April MG of 1964, page 14, about eastern gymnasts in the floor exerci se event.

Sincerely Jerry Wright



W ill iam (Bill) Vermeulen born May 21st, 1911 in Hal'r!am, Holland , passed away on July 4th, 1967.

B ill did not take up gymnastics until h e was twen ty years old and then not for competition, but to improve his health. In spite ,o f the "too old", "too late" ribbing from the rest of the gang he worked hard to master the h a ndstand and went on to w in nlan y a\vards as a menlber of the Ne\v Jersey Turners. Gymnastics was B ill's life, h e k ept hi s competitive spirit and until just a fe\v years ago was still competing and tRking part in exhibitions with the Los Angeles Turners. A high point of B ill 's life was his trip t o see and photograph the gymnasts at the Tokyo Olympics.

Bill was a fighter and even in spite of t h e pain o f terminal cancer for the past few years he kept working until the day h e passed away. His courage and deter­mination to keep going, his love for gym­nastics a nd his motto of "Never give up w h at ever the Odds" should be an inspira­tion to all.

Sincerely, Fern Mayard Los Angeles, Calif.

Ed. Bill 's smiling face will be missed by the gang at Santa Monica Beach.

D ear Mr. Sundby, A friend of mine, and a former gymnast,

is now stationed off Vietnam and would very much like to r eceive your publication and so h as ask ed me to inquire Into any difficulties which might arise thnough his purchasing of a s ubscription. Could you please write me and tell me if it Is possi­ble for him to purchase a subscription, and if so, what would b e the best, easiest and fastest manner to have It sent to him ? . ..

While writting I must compliment yOU on putting out an excellent magazine. Since I first b ecam e involved in gymn astics four y ears ago I have tried to read as many of you r issues as possible s ince I h ave often found them quite h elpful in learning new moves and simply keeping up on events in gymnastics. Please ke~p up the good work .

Thank you , Bob Fast Atchison, Kansas

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I believe a step backward has been made by changing the format of the NCAA Gymnastic Championships. By having the 4 top teams competing in the finals in­stead of the 8 top gymnasts on each event, we are losing much of the excellence and prestige of t h e NCAA Championsh ips. Having 4 teams competing in the finals means that 16 gymnasts w ill be perform­ing on each event. This w ill mean an ex­tremely long meet if the event are run individually. If the events are run s imul­taneously it will be distracting to both the competitor and audience to view the finals.

Granted there will be a li ttle more pres­tige to the . team winner but much less to the event w inners who w ill be lost in the s huffl e of the preliminary competition.

I think the format we have u sed for the last 2 years is th e best poss ible type. The team championship a nd a ll around are decided in the preliminaries, and the best 8 gymnasts on each event advance to the finals. This m akes the NCAA finals just as spectacular as they are in the Olympics and World Gymnastic Championships. This t ype finish is most appealing to an audi ­ence a nd for TV coverage.

I do not think the people who formulated t his new format really t h ought about what they were doing. I believe that this format was presented to the NCAA Gymnastic R ules Committee without the vast m a jor­ity of the coaches knowing a nything a bout it. I never h eard mention of this type change until I read that it was approved in the minutes sent out by the NCAA Gymnastic Rules Committee.

Every coach I have talked to has been totally satisfied with the format of the NCAA Championships of t h e last 2 years. So Why Change It!!!

Art Shurlock Gymnastics Coach UCLA

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