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World Report FOURTH WORLD TRAMPOLINE MEET London, England, via Ireland and Wales Report By: Newt Loken, Gymnastics Coach University of Michigan Personnel on the trip included: Judy Wills , Nancy Smith, Vicki Bolinger, Dave Jacobs, Wayne Miller~ Jim Yongue, Mrs. Ruth Hennessy (Chaperone), Jeff Hennessy and Newt Loken (coaches).

The fourteen day trip (June 4-19, 1967) was indeed a most memorable experience for all in the group . The weather was excellent, the reception and hospitality warm, the sightseeing exhilarating, and the competition tops! Twelve teams participated in the 4th World Trampoline Meet at the Crystal Palace Sports Arena. Attendance was great since all of the tickets had been sold two months prior to the meet. Ted Blake, the enterpreneur of productions of this sort~ did his usual superb job of producing a tremendous affair. The official trumpetors were very audibly present, the march - in of competitors was most impressive, the efficient atmosphere of the meet was excellent, and, of course, the performances by the top trampolinists of the world made the affair a truly smashing show; climaxed with Dave Jacobs winning the men's title and Judy Wills winning the ladies title for the fourth straight year. Nancy Smith repeated the runner-up position of last year. Ji.nnny Yongue (who had won the 2nd position on the USA team in a bounceoff against Wayne Miller in Wales) had tough luck when he missed on his double twisting cody and dropped to 8th position. In the synchronized competition, the women 1 s team won again for the fourth straight year, whereas the men 1 s team dropped to 4th place due to an unsynchronized stunt at the 7th movement spot. West Germany won the event, with Switzerland in 2nd place and South Africa in 3rd place.



opeans are prepared with many English words which makes communication reasonably easy. But when it comes to the trampoline skills, there is a universal language. A fliff is by Kurt Baechler 1 s Swiss boys is also a fliffis by the Russians, Norwegians or the British. Likewise, a double back is the same movement in South Africa, West Germany, Holland, Denmark and/ or Canada. Not withstanding that there might be some differences in techniques, there still exists a common vernacular for all as the trampolinists performed the motor language of the trampoline. Since this was the 4th World Meet, the total level of competition had improved considerably since the first meet in 1963, which I had the pleasure of attending and watching Danny Millman and Gary Erwin finish one - two (this meet also in London under the direction of Ted Blake). Indications are that several more nations may join the

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PRO GYMNASTICS is just around the corner with the 1st National Professional Championships to be held the later part of October in Cedar Rapids, Iowa under the sponsorship of the Nissen Corporation. (Details on rules and eligibility can be obtained by writing to Mr. George Nissen, President: The Nissen Corporation; 930 27th Avenue S. W.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa.)

VOL. 2, NO. 8 AUGUST 1967

THE U.S. GYMNAST MAGAZINE Iowa City, Iowa 52240 P.O. Box 53

This event will not be open to high school students. College students will be permitted to compete only after they have used up their four years of collegiate eligibility.

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I for one feel that such an event will be a great boost to our sport. It could be the one way to remove that everpresent lable of "minor sport". Already there is talk of professional gymnastic s meets on the international level-dual meets with other countries such as Japan and Russia as well as the possibility of dual meets within this country. I can see that within the year we could have T.V. coverage with the East vs West championships. There is no limit to the possibilities.

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Do we have enough gymnasts to support such an event?? I think more than enough. To name a few of the top potentials: Art Shurlock, Coach at UCLA and former national champion and Olympian; Rusty Mitchell, coach at New Mexico and a former Olympian; Glenn Gailis, Iowa Med. School, former national champ; Bill Buck Illinois High School Teacher - a former national champion. Even your Editor will have a go at the first one if he can get out of the easy chair and back in shape.

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The second part of the first beat is the most important part of the whole trick. This is done by the gymnast's quick stretching out of his body in order for his lower body to catch up with his arms. this stretch must not be accompanied or replaced by an arch of any kind. This might be contrary to most opinions, but it can be done best by simply stretching the body as straight and as extended as possible. Maybe if one thinks about pushing the bar away the trick can be done even better. This extended position must now be held for a very long time (possibly even longer than what feels natural.) The body should be straight until 15 degrees before the lower vertical. Warning: the gymnast might feel like he is holding his -body straight, but actually when he is first learning the trick he will probably be breaking his straight body position with a pike too soon.

High School Gymnastics BILL ROETZHEIM-Provisio East High School Maywood, Illinois

This month I am offering the best sequence I have ever received of the " hecht" on the horizontal bar. Al though from a photographic techincal view point they may lack sharpness and composition their abil. ' 1 ty to analyze this trick leaves little to be desired. The pictures are of Richard Swetman who graduated in 1966 from Proviso East and possessed one of the best hechts ~n Illinois high school competition. He is now at Penn State.

(Author's Note: Here, rather than in the first half of the beat, we see the arms forward about 30 degrees. Notice picture 4. Although Dick feels his body is without arch as he stretches please note back arch in pictures 4, 5, & 6. The re as on he feels this lack of arch is that his head is down which would normally contribute to the straight back position. It is his tremendous momentum that causes the hyperextension of the back while the head is forward.)

I thought it would be interesting to have Dick write a description of this stunt without first seeing the pictures and having me comment and relate his text to the sequential pictures. I was curious to determine how much the variance would be between what the performer thinks is happening and in reality what is actually taking place . ( .llemember, this is the way Dick "feels" the trick.)

4. Second Beat: The second beat is started by a slight pike of the gymnast's body. (See picture 7.) This part of the trick will vary much from gymnast to gymnast. Some will pike harder than others. But in any case, the first beat ends with this pike. This second beat comes very naturally if the first beat was executed proberly. The pike should be held only for a fraction of a second. (See pictures 7, 8, and 9.) The second part of the second beat now can be done. (See picture 10.) The gymnast must now explode in to an arch. This is probably the most vigorous part of the stunt. The heels should be driven upward and just as they get to the peak of the upward swing the arms would push the bar straight down. (Pictures 11, 12, and 13.) At the same time the chest and head should be lifted upward. (Author's note: There really seems to be a third part to the second beat unmentioned by Dick. Pictures 11 and 12 show a semi-

1. Giants: The giants before the first beat should be fairly fast, though not out of control. Arms should be straight throughout the whole stunt.

2. First Beat: tures 1, 2, and 3.

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The first part of the trick is initiated by pull of the arms and shoulders over the bar at a 30 degree angle from the vertical.. (Auth or~ s note: In reality the beat begins on the opposite side of the bar. Al though as Dick pointed out, the shoulders lead but the most dominant characteristic is low leg position and slight piking action.) 3, First beat: tures 4, 5, and 6.)

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remarkable sequence. You have seen Dan, his brother, in my instructional pictures many times, but this was Dick 1 s debut. His analysis was also c omplete a nd professionally carried out. I will try and get him back to demonstrate his "back-toss-hand" and his Stutz - hand both of which are un equalled by any other performer.

HIGH SCHOOL REPORT (con't) piked position as the performer 's body begins a rapid upward rise. Another important thing he failed to mention is that the release must be extremely late. See picture 12. If there is one major thing to remember in performing this skill, I would have to say it is the late release.)

Next month I will begin on the back uprise-hand on the rings and also report on some other prep me e t s.

I would like to thank Dick for his patience while I plotted and filmed this


National Festival



Report By R. A. Jirus

400 Turners, men and women, from 15 years to 80 years, competed in the 42nd Nationa l Turner Festival in physical activities including gymnastics , track and field volleyball, swimming, tennis and mass exercises. Another 200 competitors in various cultural activities, singing, instrument solos, crafts, photography and painting also took part in the overall Turner concept of competition. Teams came from Denver in the West, New York City in the East, Sheybogan in the North and Louisville in the South. The physical competition was won by Northwest Chicago Turners. 2nd place was Concordia Turners of St Louis, Mo, and third team was Milwaukee Turners. The¡ following is the list of individual winners.


























One step and hurdle step to a two foot take off - pike dive roll, tuck stand up step forward with ¡~ turn to cartwheel and step out with \ turn to Swedish fall - bring leg down, Arch support snap legs up to squat stand, tuck press to head balance (hold) roll forward to stand. gymnastics more enjoyable and more of a challenge to the student when presented in this manner as opposed to the old method of Stunts & Tumbling (which in reality is not gymnastics) but this method will lead to better gymnastics for those with the ability and desire to go further in the field of competitive gymnastics.

The above basic routine in floor exercise is designed so that it may be performed on strip mats or the regular area (40 1 X 40 1 ) . This routine is an excerpt from a text on beginning gymnastics to be released by U.S. Gymnast Publications in late September. The idea of the text, in which several routines of a beginning nature are presented on each apparatus, is that not only is -9-

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!

1967 United States

Pan-American Team Trials 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.

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 back handspring off the top of the bar to land on his feet on the floor.

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 Roethlisberger, Mark Cohn, Robert Emery, Arno Lascari, Jim Amerine and Bob Lynn.

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 a n 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 S's. There were only a handful of repeats on the side horse compulsory whereas almost every one repeated on the high bar - quite an unusual situation.

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 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.

At the risk of having no one else mention it I would like to point out 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. Congradulations to you Ted for such an outstanding achievment.

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 dif ficul t. Neither, however, was the case as the judging was very strict with scores over 9. 0 as scarce as free samples from a bank.

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

A good indication of the judging can be found in the floor exercise event where there were only 4 scores over 9 .O out of 34 routines. In addition to the above other interesting situations came up that bear repea~­ ing. 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)



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LONG HORSE All vaults must be executed with a momentary support of one or two hands.


The scoring of the vault begins when the board or the horse are touched; it ends when the gymnast is in a normal standing position. The competitor is permitted a maximum of 2 passes without stepping on the board or touching the horse. In a case of this type and in all other cases, the gymnast will be allowed a third and last trial and that one alone will count. The judging of Long Horse Vaulting is di~ vided into 4 factors (parts) as follows:

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Total crowds of 18,000 people saw U. S. gymnast Linda Metheny of the University of Illinois win four Pan-Am gold medals during a dazzling all around performance in the women's gymnastics competition at Winnipeg Arena. Linda performed spectacularly on the side horse (9.40), balance beam (9.60), and floor exercise (9.50) for the highest scores in those events and first place in each. Miss Metheny was deprived of making a clean sweep of the gymnastics events by Susan McDonnell of Toronto who won a gold medal for Canada by her brilliance on the uneven bars. Susan's performance won Canada its first Pan-American gymnastics gold medal since Ernestine Russel-Carter turned one out at Chicago in 1959. Susan captured the event by adding a 9. 50 optional .score to a 9 .141 average from the previous days optional and compulsory routines. Zulima Bregado, a young Cuban gymnast, came up with a fine performance on the balance beam for a 9 .466 score and a third place bronze medal. The six graceful young ladies from ¡ the United States comprised the finest women 1 s gymnastics team this country has ever sent into international competition. The U.S. team walked away with the team championship trailed by Canada in second place with a score of 172. 7. Cuba won the bronze medal with a total of 171.26. In addition to winning the team title the U.S. girls swept the top three places in the all around with Linda Metheny 1st, Joyce Tanac 2nd, and Marie Walther 3rd. Linda Metheny was in a class by herself, but the rest of the team took turns beating each other for the medals in the -13-


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U.S.A.'s Top 25 This, our 3rd listing for men and the 2nd for women, is in the ranked order of ability as rated by our magazine staff. This is a regular feature of the U.S. Gymnast.

7. Kathy Gleason 8. Karen Lively 9. JoAnne Hashimoto 10.Karen Galloway 11.Mary Toth 12.Sue Rogers 13.Kathy Carroll 14.Sally Espe 15.Mary Ann Woolner

The few changes that are shown in this month 1 s listings are a result of the Pan American games.






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1. Makoto Sakamoto 2. Fred Rothlisberger 3. Mark Cohn 4. Dave Thor 5 . Richard Loyd 6. Kanati Allen 7. Arno Lascari 8. Bob Emery 9. Bob Dickson 10.Rick Tucker 11.Sid Freudenstein 12.Neil Schmitt 13.Jim Amerine 14.Fred Dennis 15 .Bob Lynn 16 .Jim Culhane 17.Paul Mayer 18.Abie Grossfeld 19.Richard Swetman 20.Richard Grigsby 21.Joe Fedorchek 22.Gary Diamond 23. Rich Scorza 24.Greg Weiss 25 .Joe Li tow

WOMEN - LIST 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Linda Metheny Joyce Tanac Marie Walther Donna Schaenzer Carolyn Hacker Debbie Bailey

Yoshi Hayasaki, the Univ. of Washington student who won the. Natio?al AAU gymnastics championship earlier this year, was seriously injured.



Mil. Turners Philadelphia Mich. State N.W. La. U.C.L.A. Wisconsin Penn State Iowa So. Illinois California Iowa New York So. Illinois LA Turners So. Conn. So. Illinois So. Conn. Penn State San Fer. Val. Mich. State California Iowa Unattached Penn State


Buf. Turners Cent. Coll. So. Illinois Vadas G. C. So. Illinois So. Illinois Oklahoma Owego, N.Y. Cent. Coll.

Hayasaki suffered a torn Achilles tendon when he was performing what U .W. Coach Eric Hughes called 11 an easy stunt" d~ing a gymnastic camp workout at Camp Waskowi tz in North Bend. He was taken to the hospital where surgery was performed. Hughes said Hayasaki, voted as the University's Athlete of the Year for 1966-67, will be as good as new but it will be about six months before he can return to serious training. Yoshi was serving as a counselor at the gymnastics camp sponsored each year by the Highline School District. He was doing a roundoff before doing a high back somersault. When he did this the Achilles tendon snapped. Hayasaki won't be allowed to walk on the injured leg, which will be encased in a cast, for at least one month. It looks like he 1 11 be ready for next season," Hughes said, "but it 1 s more a matter of how sharp he will be after such a long layoff." 11

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Failure of handguards be considered out of the control of the gymnast, and that he be allowed a second trial at the disgression of the head judge.


Eliminated the requirement for announcing the vault to the officials.


Eliminated the chalking requirement for long horse vaulting.


The rules committee should insure the equipment companies a fair representation at the NCAA championships.


A rubber runner is required for the long horse event with a non-slip surface on the beat board.

10. Format of NCAA Meet a.

The conference champion from six conferences or leagues, and two regions (Dist. 1-5 and Dist 6-8) be allowed to qualify one team, three individuals per event and three all around men to the championship meet.


Four teams advance to the Saturday finals and that champions in the events be decided by the Friday preliminaries.


The current FIG compulsories be used for the all around men in qualifying meets and the Championships in 1968.


If a trampoline performer touches anything save the bed he must be stopped and may continue within 30 seconds with a 1.0 deduction.


Moved that long horse vaulting be the same in the finals of a tournament as it is in the preliminaries.


Floor Exercise, Side Horse, Rings, Trampoline, Long Horse, Parallel Bars, High Bar shall be the order of events.

A new format for gymnastics championships provides a three-day meet with eight teams - six conference champions and the winners of eastern and western regional meets. The national gymnastics me~t will be at Colorado State Univ. April 4-6, 1968. For the first time a college di vision gymnastics meet will be held at Springfield, Mass., College March 28-30. Meet director' will be Mr. Frank Walcott, Springfield gymnastics coach.


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A performer may take two jumps over the long horse, but if he elects to take the second jump the score on the second vault must count. The gymnasts second vault, if elected, must be different from the first vault. In deference to the big man in gymnastics the proposal was made to allow more flexibility in the apparatus adjustment limitations.

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guide to future purchases of floor exercise pads.

17. The College Div. Championships shall be open to all teams or individuals.

13. The four major approved equipment companies (Nissen, American, Gym Master, and Porter) be allowed to decide along with the meet director upon the equipment to be used in NCAA championships subject to approval of the rules committee.

18. The top four teams from the Friday preliminary compete in the Saturday final all at the same time.

14. The 1969 University Division N.C.A..A. Championships are awarded to the University of Washington. 15. A preliminary bid for the 1970 University Div. NCAA Championships was received from Temple University and will be discussed in 1968. 16 â&#x20AC;˘ The top three individuals in each event and the top three all around men from the college division be allowed to attend the University Di vision Championships.

WOMEN JS GYMNASTICS A SUMMARY OF NOTES ON WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS JUDGING By: Alena Tenterova of Czechoslovakia (This material was submitted by Jackie Uphues, Vice-Pres. for Women of the USGF.) PART 2 - CONTiNUED FROM JULY ISSUE FLOOR EXERCISE i-

19. Any man that works all six all around events should be considered as an allaround man in regard to qualifying for NCAA Championships. 20. For the Fri. preliminaries care should be taken in format to rotate teams and individuals and that there also be an internal rotation among groups.

amplitude find their application in floor exercises. Nowadays the demands on both the acrobatic and the dancing section are much greater than in the past. The composition must be accompanied by music. It has its beginning, gradation, climax and end. It is a very demanding discipline for in spite of difficult acrobatic element, the gymnast's performance must be elegant, graceful, light, lively, etc. Floor exercises should be composed together with the composer or adapted to a chosen music. The music should not be too serious since it would hardly match, for instance, acrobatic jumps. Floor exercises must make use of the entire body, must contain artistically performed movements and leaps , with liveliness, with poses, with balances, with changes of pace, and with expression. The duration of the exercise is from a minute to a minute and 30 seconds. The two timers should start their watches the moment the gymnast begins the exercise with a movement of arm or leg. They shall stop the watches the moment the gymnast ends with final position.

Floor exercise is a dancing composition containing acrobatic and other elements of difficulty, which are an integral part of it.

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mer; in short provide the impetus needed for a more perfect artistic execution. The space of 12 by 12 meters available to the gymnast shall be utilized in its entirety and must be properly lined. If the gymnast gets beyond the boundary, with one or both feet or a part of the body, the penalty is each time 0.1 point. At international competitions this offence is observed by two judges. PENALTIES Coach within area, penalty of ........................... 0 . 5 point

Coach speaks to the gymnast •. 0 . 5 point Some other gymnast speaks to the competitor .•......••..•. 0.5 point The exercise not ended after the second signal .....•.•..•.•.. 0.5 point


For each second below the minimum time allowed . • . . . . . . . . . . . . • . 0. 05 point The composition not accompanies by a single musical instrument ... 1.0 point Disharmony between the musi c and the movement ..•••••.•••..•.. 0.5 point


Balancing and falls, repeated movements ...•...•.•••...•.•• 0.5 point The composition must contain 5 elements of difficulty. If i t does not 0 .6 point is deducted for each element missing. According to the new rules the gymnast must not start with the third position; otherwise 0.2 point is deducted. There may be a prelude to introduce the composition. However, it must not be too long. The music ends together with the last move ment of the gymnast. NATALIA KUTSCHINSKAJA, RUSSIA CONTINUED NEXT MONTH

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Caslavska, V., Czech. Drouginina, z.' Russia Kraycirova, M., Czech. Janz , K. , Germany Zuchold, E., Germany Oros zi, M., Hungary Letourneur, E., France Karachka , M., Bulgaria Kutschinskaja, N., Russia Banfai , A. , Hungary




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9 . 833 9.500 9.600 9.533 9. 700 9.333 9.333 9.200 9.600 9.233

9.433 9.500 9.433 9.433 9.166 9.400 9 .100 9.300 7.766 9.400

9.833 9.733 9.566 9 .733 9.666 9.566 9.533 9.233 9.766 9 .433

9.866 9.800 9 .600 9.366 9.366 9.266 9.400 9.400 9.833 8.600

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1. Vera Caslavska

Czech. 2. Karin Janz Germany 3. Maria Kraycirova Czech

1. Vera Caslavska

9.433 9.433

9 .766 9.733




10.000 19.833


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3. Zinaida Drouginina Russia 9.733

4. Zinaida Drouginina Russia 9.500



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5. Margit Oroszi Hungary




5. Maria Kraycirova Czech.




6. Agnes Banfai Hungary




6. Erika Zuchold Germany





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2. Erika Zuch old Germany


3. Karin Janz Germany


4. Maria Kraycirova Czech

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5. N. Kutschinskaja Russia


6. Z. Drouginina Russia


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1. Vera Caslavska


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MEN'S RESULTS F.X 8.9 9.0 8.65 9.2 9.05 9.3 8.4 8.6 8.35 8.4 7.8 8.0


COMP. 1. Richard Lloyd OPT. COMP. 2. Dave Thor OPT. COMP. 3. Fred Roethlisberger OPT. COMP. 4. Mark Cohn OPT. COMP. 5. Robert Emery OPT. COMP. 6. Arno Lascari OPT.

S.H. 9.55 9.55 9.3 9.2 9.0 8.95 9.45 8.9 9.0 8.45 9.05 8.85

L.H. 9.3 9.25 9.25 9.2 9.2 9.3 8.85 9.1 9.4 9.1 9.0 8.9

S .R. 8.5 8.5 9.1 8.45 8.6 9.2 8.75 8.85 8.3 8.35 8.8 8.5

p .B. 8.9 8.45 8.75 8.85 9.3 8.25 8.8 9.3 8.9 9.1 8.6 8.5

H.B. 9.0 9.1 8.7 9.2 9.35 8.15 9.15 8.75 9.0 9.15 8.9 9.35

TOTAL 54.20 108.00 53.75 107.85 54.40 107.65 53 .40 106.90 52.95 104.50 52.15 104.25


1. Linda Metheny

2. Joyce Tanac

3. Carolyn Hacker

4. Donna Schaenzer

5. Debbie Bailey

6. Marie Walther

Round 1 totals






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34.867 34 .600 69.467


34.233 34.833 69.066


33.499 34.067 67.566


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Round 2 totals

Grand Total

9.033 9.333 18.366

8.700 9.433 18.133

9.333 9.400 18.733

9.233 9.567 18.800

36.299 37.733 74.032


9.200 9.367 18.567

9.000 9.400 18.400

9.367 8.600 17.967

9.067 9.333 18.400

36.634 36.700 73.334


8.967 7.933 16.900

8.833 8.900 17.733

9.300 9.133 18.433

8.467 9.100 17.567

35.567 35.066 70.633


8.400 8.933 17.333

7.833 8.933 16.766

8.733 8.500 17.233

34.033 35.366 69.399


8.667 9.100 17.767

8.000 8.300 16.300

8.600 8.000 16.600

8.767 8.800 17.567

34.034 34.200 68.234


8.467 8.500 16.967

8.033 8.633 16.666

8.567 8.233 16.800

8.100 8.533 16.633

33.167 33.899 67.066


9 .067 9.000 18.067




Letters to the Editor

decision when they did. It would have been silly for coaches to have spent the summer recruiting trampolinists, and committing scholarships, for an event that wasn't going to exist.

Dear Coach Bailie:

It has been my intention to write you concerning the tentative decision of the Regarding the NCAA Rules NCAA to discontinue trampCommittee vote to reinstate oline competition; andI for trampoline, I thought in all one would think that this fairness you might be willwould be a serious mistake. ing to pass on to your readThe discontinuation of tumSincerely, ers an explanation of that Ron Barak bling and now trampoline will vote. in the long run likely be the u .s .c. death of gymnastics. As you The vote was counted at -:~ Edi tors Note: The 29 - 16 are aware the idea of tumfour to two in favor of reinvote mentioned by Mr. Barak bling is taught to the childstatement. Since the coaches is a bit misleading for two ren at an early age, and of the Western Region of the reasons. (1) the vote was bouncing on the trampoline NCAA had expressed its mataken by the coaches assoc. was a craxe a few years ago. jority opinion in favor of Not all members of the NACGC This in my own opinion is the dropping trampoline, and are from NCAA schools. (2). two things that attract boys since Gordon Maddux, as WestThis annual meeting has beand girls to gymnastics and ern Region representative of come a bull session which if this is done a way with the NCAA Rules Committee had acts as a sounding board of they will not have any basic promised to vote accordingthe coaches. This is all attraction to gymnastics. I ly, I asked him why he cast well and good but, due to think from an experience at the fourth and deciding vote this fact it carries no ofour college will show how in favor of reinstatement. ficial status and a good numimportant these two events He informed me that his vote ber of the coaches were out are. Last winter as an added did not represent his feeling on the golf course. attraction at Houston Bapthat trampoline should be tist College we had two gymreinstated. Rather, he said A more accurate survey of nasts from the New York Aththe vote stood for his proonly NCAA coaches was taken letic Club and a couple of test of the way in which the NCAA Exe cuti ve committee act- by Dr. Hubert Dunn, Pres. of' beginners do a gymnastics exthe NACGC. The results folhibition at an intermission ed on the matter without low: of our home basketball game. waiting for the Rules CamWhen I learned they would be mi ttee recommendation. Gordoing free exercise and pardie further told me that because the NCAA Rules Commitallel bar routines I was atee was informed that the mazed because I felt that EAST: 63% for elimination NCAA Executive Committee depeople would not understand 37% against it and my suspicions were cision was final, he was of MIDEAST: 15.8% for elim. born out. The reaction of the impression that his vote 84.2% against the crowd was very disrewas meaningless. MIDWEST: 10% for elimination spectful and I was ashamed 90% against of them. Afterwards I told In all probability if the NCAA Executive Committee had WEST: 55.6% for elimination the coach that if the people would have done trampoline waited until August they 44.4% against and/ or tumbling then it would would have been faced with Total FOR ELIMINATION-38.1% have been accepted by the a three to three deadlocked Total AGAINST - 61.9% audience because they would vote - and a 29 to 16 vote of_ th_e _c_o_ache_s_ aÂą_ :the_NCAA.__-_-~------------ have done it before or seen it and could have shown they Championships to drop trampFor a complete copy of the were enjoying it . This is oline. If the NCAA Exe cuti ve survey write to: not to say the audience was Committee knew what it would Dr. Hubert Dunn disrespectful, but rather it have decided in August, then Gymnastics Coach was a situation of not knowit may have been best for Northern Illinois Univ. ing or understanding it so them to have announced their DeKalb, Illinois therefore they made fun of it. CONTINUED PAGE 31

Dear Sam:


PAN AMERICAN GAMES REPORT (con't) four events. Of the 12 event awards only the honors of McDonnell and Bregado dis ... turbed the U.S. dominance. Members of the team are Linda Metheny, (20) Tuscola, Illinois; Marie Walther (22) Lakewood, Ohio, Joyce Tanac (16) Seattle Washington; Donna Schaenzer (22),So. Ill. Univ; Debbie Bailey (17), Oklahoma City; and Carolyn Hacker (18), So. Connecticut Gym Club. Coach of the women 1 s team is former Olympian Muriel Grossfeld . .

won a second place silver medal on the high bar. Richard Loyd captured a gold medal in tying Rothlesberger for first place on the parallel bars. Rich also took second place in side horse and floor exercise. The Cuban duo of Hector Ramirez in the floor exercise and Jorge Rodriguez in vaulting won Cuba its first gold medals of the Pan-Am games and Octavio Suarez produced a silver medal for Cuba in vaulting. Rogelio Mendoza of Mexico and Roger Dion of Canada along with Rothlesberger ended in a three way tie for third place in vaulting.


While Fred Rothlesberger was emerging as the No. 1 hero of the American cause, the supporting cast of Dave Thor, Bob Emery, Mark Cohn, Richard Loyd and Arno Lascari also had champion written all over them.

Fred Rothlesberger won two of the six men'.s individual gymnastics events in captm:1ng the all around title and leading the United States to the gymnastics team championship. The U. S. team won the title with a score of 274.30. Cuba, showing marked improvement since 1963, captured the silver medal with a score of 269.30 while Mexico edged in ahead of Canada for the third place bronze medal.

Coach Fred Martinez has every reason to be proud of this fine United States ¡team.

Armando Valles, the brilliant Mexican gymnast, edged Mark Cohn of the U.S. for the silver medal in the all around competition. Dave Thor, also of the U.S. team was 4th. Rothlesberger turned in sensational performances on the parallel bars (9.60) and horizontal bar (9.45). Fred's effort on the horizontal bar was followed by a 9 .55 from Richard Loyd, a 9 .50 from Arno Lascari and a 9.40 from Mark Cohn. Cohn, Thor and Loyd spearheaded another magnificent performance by the U.S. men on the side horse, with Temple University's Cohn registering a 9 .60. for the gold medal. Mexico 1 s Armando Valles maintained his early lead in the still rings and clicked for a masterful 9 .55 in the finals to take the gold medal from Rothlesberger and teammate Mark Cohn. (Rothlesberger and Cohn tied for second place). Valles also



thoughts on these two major facets of the sport, and thereby show the need for and, hopefully, stimulate interest in systematic investigations of these areas.


Edi tors Note - Pat Bird, now coaching at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Ralph Piper has j us t recently received his Ph. D. in Physical Education. Mr. Bird, a fo rmer outs tanding member of the Illinois gymnastics team, is joining our rapidly growing staff of fine writers . Under Pat 1 s direction this column on research will be a regular fe ature .

Technique Considering the limited number of studies that have been undertaken in an effort to isolate principles relating to technique, we have not yet scratched the surface of inquiry into the seemingly inexhaustable variety of gymnastics stunts that can, or have yet to be, performed. Most improvements in technique that have come mainly through trial and error, intuitive thinking, or the study of gymnastics films â&#x20AC;˘ The latter has been perhaps the most productive. Original studies based upon sound principles of body mechanics have been few and far between and consequently have contributed little to the great progress in performance made in the last decade.

The purpos e of this section of THE U. S. GYMNAST MAGAZINE is to report: 1.

Research Studies - formal papers and theses pertinent to the sport of gymnastics;


Innovations - new and different methods or inventions which have had apparent success and offer possibilities for advancing the sport;




Photography is one of the best methods of studying technique and exploring principles of motion relating to sports in general and gymnastics in particular. Through photography one can record, enlarge, reduce, speed up, or slow down the action of movements. This, of course, results in a more realistic picture than can be obtained through unaided observation. And now with the economical availability of portable video recorders, we have instant access to pictorial information.

Ideas - theories or concepts which may be of help or interest to the coach, teacher, and student of gymnastics.

If you have a ny information related to thes e three categories that you would like to share with others in the sport, please send it directly to me (Cooke Ha ll, Univ. of Minnesota, Mpls., Minn . 55455.

Obviously a certain amount of inf orma tion can be obtained through the use of video tapes and film, but two basic elements of photography act as limiting factors which can cause inaccurate interpretation of movement thus making tapes and films generally unacceptable for developing sound principles of performance. First, spacial relations are increasingly distorted as the camera moves from a position directly centered with and perpendicular to the major plane of movement. For example, in filming a back snmersault _ on the__paralleL bars, to obtain true angular relationships, the stunt must be photographed from a direct side view with the camera approximately level with the performers waist. Any horizontal or vertical movement from this point results in angular distortion. Furthermore, for precise comparable measurements,

SOME THOUGHTS ON RESEARCH IN GYMNASTICS In the last decade the sport of gymnastics has mushroomed in both the quality of performance and number of gymnasts. According to the latest NCAA BUlletin, there are presently in high schools alone 1317 gymnastics teams with 28 1 678 competing gymnasts. However, investigation into the numerous aspects of this complex sport has not shown similar gains â&#x20AC;˘ There are many avenuew of research that have yet to be adequately explored, two of which are of :immediate importance. They are research relating to: (1) performance technique, and (2)training procedures. I would like to take this opportunity to present some -23-


RESEARCH (con 1 t) the camera must be at a fixed distance from the performer and a measurement scale should be included in the photographic field. Second, time relationships must be taken into consideration or it is impossible to ac curately determine such factors as the amount of acceleration or the period of maximum "drive". Speed selectors on most cameras only approximate the number of frames per second, and this is not adequate for exact measurement. Only through the use of special equipment or a timing device in the photographic field can this problem be overcome. Unless these factors and others relating to measurement are taken into consideration, video tapes or film only give rough approximations. The casual use of cameras and video recorders therefore is not sufficient to develop principles of performance based upon body mechanics. To obtain reliable information, one must use considerable care in gathering the data and must also have the knowledge and skill to interpret the results. Only through systematical cinematographical research can reliable principles of technique be established, interpreted for practical use, and logically explained in terms of the mechanics of movement. Such research will greatly decrease the guess work that now hampers techincal improvement.

of developing and training gymnasts? There has been a wealth of information published concerning various aspects of training, but few studies have focused in on the particular problems of gymnastics. For example, it is known that gymnastics activities increase muscular strength and neuromuscular coordination, but great strength and coordination do not imply great endurance. Whereas, prolonged, rhythmic activities such as running have been shown to enhance endurance. As endurance improves there is an increase in the supply of oxygen to the working muscles, a greater amount of blood is made abailable for heat dissipation, and pulmonary ventilation improves permitting adequate oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange for lower expenditure of the respiratory pump. Would a running program incorporated into the daily training schedule of a gymnast enhance his performance efficiency?



It has also been established that after a given program of training has been followed for a period of time, no further improvement takes place and a steady level of training is reached. At this point if the duration of the daily training is extended, and the work rate remains constant, no additional improvement is achieved. However, if the work rate is increased, the individual further improves his efficiency until a new training plateau is reached. This process can be repeated several times. Perhaps principles or guidelines could be determined that would assist in organizing training schedules for optimum increases in the intensity and duration of daily work out sessions.

Training The most nebulous area of understanding in gymnastics is the problem of training as related specifically to the sport. What principles or facts should govern the conditioning of gymnasts? Research touching on this broad question is almost totally absent from the literature. On what then do we base our procedures? It appears that, as with innovations in technique, the trialerror process and intuitive thinking, supplemented in some instances by a general knowledge of exercise physiology, are the mainstays of our procedures. In addition, perhaps we try to emulate the procedures followed by the winning team, the outstanding performer, or, if we have some way of knowing, we may follow the patterns laid down by the Japanese, Russians, or other internationally esteemed teams. But do we have all the facts: Are "they" correct in their procedures? Or more basically, is there a more efficient and productive way

Although general principles relating to training can be applied to the sport of gymnastics, systematic studies must be undertaken to determine more precisely the best methods for training and developing gymnasts. To validate scientifically, and to incorporate into a practical situation, workable training procedure for any level of gymnastics is a big order to fill, but through the process of attacking relatively small problems, guidelines can be established and eventually improved upon. Summary Scientific knowledge about technique


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and training is needed and if obtained and made readily available to the gymnastics public further improvement in performance will be grea tly accelerated. There are many people involved with the sport who have the technical knowledge necessary to make ex cellent contributions to these areas of concern . They can perform a fine service for the sport .. For those majoring in phys ical education, cinematographical and phys iological studies offer fine possibilities for very respectable research that will further both the individual 1 s professional background and the sport of gymnastics. Much work needs to be done.



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1. Waldin - Passaic, Penn. 2. Hansak - N.W. Chicago 3. Witzel - Concordia

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SR. WOMEN 40-49 1. Rissler - N.W. Davenport 2. Koppel - Louisville 3. Schlinkmann - Milwaukee

SR. WOMEN 50-59 1. Landry - N.W. Chicago 2. Baird - No. St Louis 3. Schrumm - No. St Louis

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Essex Junction Harwood Union S. Burlington


GIRLS: 1. S. Burlington

2. Burlington 3. Essex Junction

1. Essex Junction 2. S. Burlington 3. Harwood Union

Event Winners


Side Horse


1. Sharrow (B) 2. Gobin (EJ) 3 . Chase (HU)

1. Irish (EJ)

1. Chamberlan (EJ) 2. Constant (HU) 3. McNeil (HU) CONTINUED PAGE 29

2. Learned J. (EJ) 3. Parker (HU) -26 -

3. Mainone - Riverside High School

High School Gymnastics

Side Horse 1. Koenig - Freehold Regional High Sch. 2. McCurdy - Hudson Regional High Sch. 3. Vexler - So. Freehold Regional Hi. Sc.

: ARL PATTERSON, Temple University


Parallel Bars

Freehold Regional High School defeated Henry Hudson Regional High School in a play off meet to win the 1966-67 New Jersey State High School Championships. The individual championships were held at Trenton State College. The quality of work done by the qualifiers was positive indication of the phenominal growth and development of the sport in this State during the past five years. Rick McCurdy turned in an outstanding performance to annex the all around title. This boy shows excellent potential and has no weak event. John Bird, his coach, has done an excellent job developing this young gymnast. Ernie Furblur did not have a real all around man on his team at Freehold but Bob Koenig is very strong in three events and a great performer on the side horse.

1. McCurdy - Hudson Regional High Sch. 2. Vexler- So. Freehold Regional Hi. Sch. 3. Koenig - Freehold Regional High Sch. Horizontal Bar 1. McCurdy - Hudson Regional Hi. Sch. 2. Carrero - Riverside High School 3. Goj - Freehold High School

1. McCurdy - Hudson Regional Hi. Sch. 2. Vexler - So. Freehold Reg. High Sch. 3. Fiorentino - Freehold Regional Hi. Sch Long Horse 1. McCurdy - Hudson Regional High Sch. 2. Koenig - Freehold Regional High. Sch. 3. Geibel - North Valley High Sch. All- Around: 1. McCurdy - Hudson Regional High Sch. 2. Vexler - South Freehold High Sch. 3. Steede - Hudson Regional High School Jack Willard, junior, from Wheaton High School won the All-Around, Parallel Bars and Side Horse in the Montgomery County, Maryland individual championships at Einstein High School on Saturday, January 28, 1967. Bob Thompson also from Wheaton won the Horizontal Bar and Still Rings events.


SUMMARIES: Floor Exercise 1. Walker - Wheaton High School 2. Bolgiano - Wheaton High School 3. Worsley - Northwood High School

SUMMARIES: Tumbling 1. Silvert - Freehold Regional Hi. Sch 2. Goetke - Freehold Regional Hi. Sch.


Side Horse

Side Horse

1. Willard - Wheaton High School

2. Carson - Einstein High School 3 . Hemsley - Northwood High School

1 . Bernard - Yorktown High School 2. Crooks - Wakefield High School 3. Aukman - Kellam High School


Floor Exercise

1. Thompson - Wheaton High School 2. Willard - Wheaton High School 3. Peake - Einstein High School

1. Tilton - Yorktown High School 2. Bradshaw - George Wythe High School 3. Taffe - Wakefield High School

Long Horse

Horizontal Bar

1. Davis - Einstein Hig'h School

2. Peake - Einstein High School 3 . Wagner - Wheaton High School

1. Weisner - Yorktown High School 2. Shackleford - Kellam High School 3. Barkey - Kellam High School

Parallel Bars

Parallel Bars

1. Willard - Wheaton High School

2. Musy - Northwood High School 3. Bolgiano - Wheaton High School

1 . Weisner - Yorktown High School 2. Garry - Yorktown H1gh School 3. Lutz - Wakefield High School

Horizontal Bar

Rings 1. Weisner - Yorktown High School 2. Murray - Yorktown High School 3 . Bohannon - Kellam High School

1. Thompson - Wheaton High School

2. Willard - Wheaton High School 3 . Davis - Einstein High School

Long Horse


1. Gorry - Yorktown High School 2. Phillips - South Hampton High School 3. Van Cleeb - Washington & Lee Hi. Sch.

1. Phelps - Wheaton High School

2 . Mason - Springbrook High School 3 . Peake - Einstein High School

NOTE : (1) If you have the results of any of the following championship meets please send them to me so that I can include them in a later article.

'.!Embling 1. Bolgiano - Wheaton High School 2 . Howard - Northwood High School 3 . Leonard - Einstein High School

1. Any New England meet outside of Mass .

2. New York City, Long Island, New York State 3. Delaware 4. Penn State Invitational

Stu Weisner of Yorktown High School takes three events and the all- around in the Virginia State Championships at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginai. Stu is excellent on the Still Rings as he leads Bernie Michels team to the state championships.

Send the Results to: A. Carl Patterson Coach of Gymnastics Temple University 1705 North Broad Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

SUMMARIES : Trampoline 1. Taffe - Wakefield High School 2. Burney - Wakefield 3 . 0 1 Neil - Washington High School

(2) I would like to cover Eastern Summer Gymnastic Clinics and Camps â&#x20AC;˘ Please send me a resume of your clinic. - 28-


Parallel Bars

Floor Exercise

1. Gile (HU) 2. Chase (HU) 3. Mulgraw (EJ)

1. Jacobs (EJ) 2. Heath (N) 3. Therrault (HU)

1. Gile (HU) 2. LearnedB . (EJ) 3. Learned J. (EJ)

Girls: Vaulting

Balance Beam


1. Dunkley, D. (S) 2. Dunkley, R. (S) 3. Blanchett (EJ)

1. Dunkley, D. (S) 2. Reynolds (M) 3. Allen (B)

1. Dunkley, D. (S) 2. Dunkley~ R. (S) 3. Smith (EJ)


Floor Exercise



1. Kababian (S) 2. Dunkley, R. (S) 3. Dunkley, D. (S)

1. Dunkley, D. (S) 2. Dunkley, R. (S) 3. McGill (B)

Dunkley, D. (S) 2. Dunkley, R. (S) 3. Harrington (B)

were good, but not at the high level of performance of their counterpart -the tumblers. However the Russian coach commented

World Report CONTINUED International Trampoline Association prior to next year's 5th World Trampoline Meet to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa: under the most able leadership of Ron Froehlich and Tommy Steyn.



were good, but not at the high level of performance of their counterpart - the tumblers. However, the Russian coach commented to the effect that, give them a couple of years, and they plan on being high on the international ladder of trampolining.

An interesting side light of our trip was the presence of the Russian team, with whom we had the pleasure of touring for four days. They did not participate in the World Meet, but had an official meet with Great Britian in the trampoline and tumbling events at the huge Afan Lido Arena in Port Talbot, Wales. It was enlightening to all of us to note (as George Nissen mentioned that very night) that this was the first time that a Russian has performed outside of his country in trampoline competition - thus a new precedent had been establishedo Some fine bouncing was presented, with one uf the Russians placing 2nd, and excellent tumbling was performed by both the Great Bri tian and Russian teams. It shoulEl be mentioned here-tha-t the Russian tumblers did a most outstanding job with all sorts of combinations, ending many times with high and beautifully executed double backs, double sides, and of course double twisting (even triple twisting) back somersaults. Plaudits to the outstanding Russian tumblers! The Russian trampolinistR

While we were with the Russians, a few exhibitions were staged high in the beautiful rolling green hills of Wales; at Cardiff, Caerleon, Port Talbot, etc. The Great Bri tian team did their customary fine job on the trampoline under the tutelage of Al Duggan, followed by the outstanding Russian tumblers¡, and capped off with the fantastic bouncing of the Am~rican team. Such an accumulation of talent in one show is indeed a rarity and thus a tremendous thrill to witness. I had the pleasure of "M.C .ing" , along with Jeff Hennessy, and needless to say, the audience was made aware of this great array of talent. Our personal expression of appreciation must go to Syd Aaron, Principle Lecturer, Cardiff School of Education, _C ardiff, Wales, for his excellent handling of all the many details during our four day tour of Wales. Many, many others were involved in CONTINUED PAGE 30 -29-

WORLD REPORT (con't) our trip and the meet arrangements, and to name a few would include of course the always great guy, George Nissen, along with Pat Winkle, Steve Stevens, Rob Walicer, John Buck, Dave Rankin, Bert Scales, Dave Sharpe, Dennis Horne, Dave Smith and many others. It was a great pleasure tp renew friendships with the many fine European coaches and representatives, such as Dr. Heinz Braecklein, Kurt Baechler, Werner Lohr, J. B. Rosenboom, Klaas Boot, Erich Kinzel, Bernard Mann, Tommy Steyn, Grunde Vegard and Ron Froehlich. It was a special pleasure to renew friendships with the very personable interpreter of the Russian team Yuriy Sabirov, and through him meet Mikhail Smirnov, Vladimir Pavlovskiy, Konstantin Danilov and the entire Russian team. Certainly a word of appreciation and recognition should be expressed to Jeff Hennessy, Coach at Southwestern Louisiana University, Lafayette, Louisiana, and member of the Technical Committee of the International Trampoline Association, for all of his fine work on the many, many details involved in this 14 day trip. He and his wife, Ruth, were responsible for raising a large share of the necessary money for the trip. Frank Wells and Tony Riccardi were also able to raise a large amount through a well staged exhibition in May. In closing, emphasis must be put on two tremendous performers, Judy Wills and Dave Jacobs. These two great representatives of the USA stood heads and shoulders above the other competitors in the performance of their world winning routines! Excellent execution by each indicated many ardous hours of dedicated practice on all parts of their routine, plus many full performances of their entire routine (satisfying to see this principle adhered to by our young people). To Judy Wills and Dave Jacobs •••• Cheers to the Champs! Tres Bien!! RESULTS: LADIES INDIVIDUAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Judy Wills - U.S .A. Nancy Smith - U.S.A. Charlene Paletz - S. A. Ute Czech - Germany

44. 7 41.3 40.5 38.7 -30-

5th 6th 7th 8th 9th

Susan Vine - G. B. Wendy Coulton - G. B. Agathe Jarosch - Germany Linda Dinkleman - S.A. Ria Belt - Holland

38.6 38.1 37.45 24.30 17.2

MEN 1 S INDIVIDUAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th

Dave Jacobs - U.S.A. D. Curtis - G. B. M. Williams - G.B. K. Treiter - Germany H. Riehle - Germany R. Abbott - S. A. I. McNaughton - S. A. Jim Yongue - U.S.A. H. Van Dierman - Holland K ." Hohener - Switzerland

46.7 44.1 43.7 42.95 42.85 41.75 41.1 39.95 36 .8 25.65

LADIES SYNCHRONISED 1st U. S. A. Judy Wills/Nancy Smith


2nd Germany Ute Czech/Agathe Jarosch


3rd Great Britain Sue Vine/Wendy Coulton


·4th South Africa 12.55 Charlene Paletz/Linda Dinkelman MEN'S SYNCHRONISED 1st Germany Treiter/Riehle


2nd Switzerland Hohener/Maurer


3rd South Africa McNaughton/Abbott


4th U. S. A. Jacobs/Yongue


5th Holland Dierman/Asselt


LETTERS TO EDITOR (con't) I hope the N. C .A .A. will re consider their decision because it is now at the point of killing the fundamentals of gymnastics.

Hope that this letter ca n be useful in the ca se for and against the continuation of trampoline competition. Yours Truly, Charles P. Sullivan Houston, Texas Dear Sam: Just some notes concerning the elimination of the trampoline and some statistics pertaining to injuries. Eliminating the trampoline from NCAA competition would definitely be a mistake for this is the only event in gymnastics the United States has shown international success If we eliminate this event from college competition we will quickly lose this prestige. Rebound tumbling is rapidly gaining popularity throughout the world as shown by the team participation at the recent World Championships. I venture to say in the near future this event may well be included as a special event in the Olympic Games. Should we drop this event and give the others a chance to catch up and surpass us? I feel many individuals are acting upon what injuries might occur on the tramp ininstead of look-ing at-statistics pertaining to injuries on this event. According to a - Master's Project which I completed during the summer of 1966 entitled "A Study of Injuries in the Sport of Gymnastics in Selected Schools

and College s and Proposed Standards for Safety" , rebound tumbling finished far below most of the other gymna stic eve nts in the number of injuries and the amount of days lost per event. RESULTS OF SURVEY Number of Injuries High Bar P. Bars Rings Tumbling Free X Rebound Tumb Side Horse Long Horse

117 injuries II 78 78 " 44

40 36 22 18

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COMMING EVENTS TRAMPOLINE MEET Date - November 25, 1967 Place - Springfield, Ill. Events Trampoline Only Individual and Synchronised Two age groups for boys Two age groups for girls AAU Sanctioned Meet For More Information Write: Jerald Clark 15 Galland Drive Springfield, Ill.



Average Days lost per event Rings H. Bar F. X. Tumbling Long Horse P. Bars Rebound Tum. Side Horse

37.3 35.5 33.7 27.1 26.5 26.4 26.0 18.5

days days days days days days days days

Why let unsuccessful trampoline coaches or recruiters prevent our trampoline men from being the tops in the world. Many coaches are only looking at their personal gain with its elimination for the recent NCAA meet would have been very close between three or four schools if the tramp scores had been excluded. Trampolining also does not hurt our all around programs; in fact, it is a good drawing card to get more people interested in gymnastics. Sincerely, Fred Orlof sky Gymnastics Coach Western Michigan University


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Profile for USA Gymnastics

The U.S. Gymnast Magazine - August 1967  

The U.S. Gymnast Magazine - August 1967