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Help answer this – YMCA or USAG programs?

We have our 6-year old daughter in a local YMCA program and are generally happy with it. We have been considering moving her to a USAG gym with a very good reputation. I have two questions: 1) is it really worth it to be able to compete in USAG gyms? and 2) Do you think that her opportunities within gymnastics will be much greater in a good USAG club as opposed to local YMCA?

By | November 29th, 2010|Categories: American Gymnast Company News, Ask American Gymnast, Blogs|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

More Medals for USA Means More Prizes for You

Team USA has been racking up the medals at this year's World Championships and they're not done yet! The Event Finals are going on today (Saturday) and Sunday, and with 1 more day of competition to go, Team USA still has 5 more medal opportunities. For every medal Team USA wins, American Gymnast randomly selects one of our Facebook Fans to receive a prize. You could be next!

Men add 6 more medal opportunities for Team USA

The USA Men's Team put on a stellar performance in Prelims, and are now sitting in 3rd place as they head into Team Finals. The guys added 6 more medal opportunities for Team USA, for a total of 15 all together. And, that means 15 chances for you to win if you're an AG Facebook Fan!

Nine Chances to Medal, Nine Chances to Win

Women's Prelims is finished and Team USA is off to a great start! So far, there are nine medal chances for USA, and that means nine chances for you to win a Discount Certificate from American Gymnast. Here are the medal opportunities for the USA women's team ...

Which of these 12 gymnasts will make the World Team

Twelve young women have been selected to attend the first world team selection camp to be held September 13-18 at the women’s national team training center in Huntsville, Texas. For some of the girls, the U.S. National Championships last weekend in Hartford, Connecticut gave their chances for the six-member squad a boost in the right direction; for others, it left them begging for a second chance. Here’s a look at all twelve, in rank order based on how I view their chances for Rotterdam.

Putting the Proposed Points System to the Test

The 2008 U.S. Men's Olympic Team will go down as one of the most memorable ever...almost on a par with the team that won gold in 1984. After losing BOTH of the Hamms, putting out the weakest pommel horse team of the entire Olympic Games, and using several gymnasts who were unpredictable at best, the USA came away with a bronze medal that stunned the world. Not to take ANYTHING away from that phenomenal team, but let's use my proposed selection points system to see how it would work using real competition results. One fascinating question...Would national champion David Sender's Olympic fate have been different?

By | April 27th, 2010|Categories: Andy's Angle, Blogs|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Proposed Selection Points System

The selection of world and Olympic teams (and even the national teams) have gradually become more and more subjective over the last ten years to coincide with the evolving nature of international competition formats and rules, which highly favor event specialists and require a very strategic team dynamic. Could this proposed points system be a way for our selection procedures to return to the completely objective, score-based process we all miss? Check it out!