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THE MODERN GYMNAST MAGAZINE

CG Official Publication of the United States Gymnastic Federation

CONTENTS VOLUME VII

JANUARY

NUMBER 12

NOTES FROM THE EDITOR ..... ....... ...... Glenn Sundby 4 GUEST EDITORIAL ... ... ..... ... ... ... ..... . Don Tonry 6 CHALK TALK ..... ............ ..... .. .. .. .. ........ ........ .. . 7 VIEWPOINTS ....... ... .... .. .... .. ...... .... Dick Criley 8 CANADIAN REPORT ....... .... ... .. .... .. .. John Nooney 9 ANYONE FOR ALL-AROUND .. .. .... .... .. .. Gerold George, Don Tonry, Dan Millman and Borislav Vajin .. .. 10 THE BASEL GYMNAESTRADA .... ...... .. . A. B. Frederick 15 JUDGING BY JERRy ... ....... ... .. ...... .. Jon Culbertson 18 MG REGIONAL REPORTS .. ... .... ..... ... ... .. ... ... .... ..... 20 LETTERS ......... .... ..... ... .. .. ... ... ... ........ .. ... .... ... . 28 MG CALENDAR .. ....... .. ......... ... .... ..... .. ... .... ..... .. 30

Robert Schmidt 1898-1969 Although a bit belated we would like to note the passing of a friend in gymnastics, Robert Schmidt. Whenever we met at international events, he always had something encouraging to say about the MG and your struggling editor. Robert was a contributing editor for the Olympische Turnkunst, and we quoted from that publication's remarks in their most recent edition: " On June 1st, 1969, the world of gymna stics lost one of its greatest experts, Robert Schmidt (w. Germany). There were only few who equaled this diploma mathematician and physicist in his command of the mechanical principles underlying gymnastics. It was gymnastics to which he devoted all his spare time. His power of remembering the routines of former champions was amazing! Nobody in the world had a greater knowledge of the early history of men's Olympic gymnastics. The editor of Olympic Turnkunst has suffered a grievous loss through the death of this contributor who also took a lively interest in all matters concerning O. T. generally and made valuable suggestions. His friend , Karl Koenen , writes on page 31 about what Robert Schmidt meant to German gymna st s. Koenen stresses that his friend was a man of sober habits who neither drank nor smoked. Three days before he died of a brain stroke he was still coaching his club 's gymnasts. Aged 71 he was able to do the free planche and the onearm handstand on the floor, thus proving his fitness . But death will always be the ultimate victor, and we must reconcile ourselves to its seeming arbitrariness. To do this in Robert Schmidt's case is difficult and painful. "

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PUBLISHER-EDITOR GLENN SUNDBY

ASSOCIATE EDITORS-TECHNICAL DICK CRILEY, FEATURE KEN SAKODA, LAYOUT

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C___gu_e_st_e_d_ito_r_ia_l:_) Don Tonry, member of three USA World Game Teams, two Pan Am teams, 1960 Olympic team, 1962 AAU-AA Chomp, Gymnastic Coach at Yale University

Selection of National Team Coaches and Judges I recently read an article written by Jerry Wright (Sept. 1969-M.G.) where he criticizes the U.S. system of choosing coaches for international teams. Having been a victim of this system for almost ten years as a competitor, I am in complete agreement with him. There are numerous examples in the past history of our sport whereby coaches and judges were selected for international posts on the basis of a guess or by an appointment by a small group or single individual. I believe it is a fact that many of our top officials (A.A.U . and USGF) do not want to insi st upon requiring a severe testing program and thereby establishing a national coaches/judges list , because this could remove their names from further free participation in international games. I s it true that a coach 's record is enough to show us that he is capable of coaching an international team ? Does the fact that a man has already judged or coached in international contests make him a good prospect for the same post again? Does a former Olympian automatically make the grade as a great coach? I feel that the answer is no to all of these questions . I have competed with national champions a nd Olympians that did not know the compulsory exercises and could not explain how they executed many of their skills - " throw and go men. " I have worked under nationally prominent coaches that could not criticize a skill other than to say " go harder," " lift it higher" a nd " let's see you make it thi s time. " Needless to say , these conditions demoralized many a team - a gymnast is quick to find out the ability of his coach. There is no doubt that , in times of strife, coaches and judges must be chosen on a haphazard basis: college dual meet record , membership on national teams , all around good guy , etc. However, we are now in an era of relative stability (F. I.G. judges courses , long term training camps , etc.). We test our gymnast because we would not dare send a poor team abroad - but we continue to select our coaches and judges by vote , where favors and friends are often the determining factor. This is not a new message - everyone is aware of it. The AAU did not rectify this situation (this was one of the U.S.G.F .'s biggest gripes) perhaps the U.S.G.F.-A.A.U. will do the job - (hopefully these groups are not patting each other on the back the way the A.A. U. was accused of patting itself on the back). How difficult is it going to be to design an extremely difficult test (one that ranks people according to the results) for judges and coaches? How many judges and coaches would submit themselves to such a test? Would this be a fair method to use for evaluation? I believe that it would be better than any method that we have used in the past. The coaches' test would have to take into consideration all phases of technical knowledge (including the judges ' test) and spotting ability . The first phase of the exam could be a written test that takes classification of skills on all events, exercises for pre- and post-training, judges' examination , current compulsory exercises , etc. into consideratiori. The second part might be geared toward the actual pelformance of the coach with reference to spotting and orally analyzing routines and sequences. Finally , an oral exam designed to be somewhat all-encompassing but with emphasis on coaching procedure and conduct during training and international contests . The test would be given annually and must be retaken every three years in order to prove one 's desire and ability to coach on an international level. The judges ' test would be similar to the F.I.G. judges' test but far more detailed and (hopefully) more accurate. All of the scores would be publish ed so all gymnasts , judges and coaches would have a clear understanding of the national ranking-just as we do with the gymnasts. Perhaps I am being too critical of the current systems of selection for coaches and judges - however, I cannot help but see how well the gymnasts have to perform in order to " make it "; while our officials are chosen without having any sound method for evaluating their technical abilities.


SUMMER CLINIC AT MICHIGAN Report by George Szypula, C linic Director About 300 people of all ages congregated at Michigan State Univ. for the 12th an nu al N ational Summer Gymnastic Clinic. There were rave notices about the clinic, th e staff, fellow participants, the facilities and the food ... everything see med just right. In the fine competition conducted by Ru sty Mitchell a nd Fred Orlofsky for boys a nd by Jackie U phues and Betty Meyer for the girls the following gymnasts excelled in their age groups. NOVI CE GIRLS: Amy Isett , Bobbi Ann Hunt a nd Laurie Story. JUNIOR GIRLS: Diana Sepke, Merry Jo Hill and Kathy Stewa rt. SENIOR GIRLS: Rae Anne Miller, Adele Gleaves and Cherry Gleaves. JUNIOR BOYS: Carl Szypula, Tom Lampone and Timmy Foster. SENIOR BOYS : Rick Ru sse ll , Dennis Seidel a nd Kelly Ha rmon. The program was directed by Paul Fina, board chairman, in the absence of Jack Carr (official program director). Paul and J ack, along with Bill Meade, secretary-treasurer, and George Szypula, clinic director, make up the clinic board. Dick Richter and Dick Shilling directed the "Nite of Stars" show, a well-received , talented demonstration of gy mnastics and dance skill. Rounding out the fi ne staff were Ernie Carter, Cap Caudell, Bill Ballester, Tom Walthouse, C huck Thompson, Shaun Armour, D ave Arnold, Ron Aure, Linda Beyer, Jim Curzi, Bob Di xon, C . M. Dubois, Stormy Eaton , Carl and Louise Engstrom, Joe Fedorchik, Adele Gleaves , Barb Goode, Don Ki ger, N ancy Koetke, Carol Liedtke, C harl ie Morse, Mary Nie, Jan Richter, Kate Rafferty, AI Sanders , Barb Stark, Betty Stewart, Karen Stewart, June Szypula, Jim Walton a nd Steve Whitlock. The clinic will be held at Michigan State again in 1970 from Aug. 9-14.

Eastern Gymnastic Clinic Winter Session For its third consecutive a nd successful year, Eastern Gymnastic Clinic, Winte r Session played host to enthusiastic gymnasts from the East Coast. Four hundred clinic participa nt s gathered at Abington High School, Abington , Pa., for two concentrated days , N ov. 28-2 9, 1969. C linic directors Muriel Grossfeld , Bill Coco, Bob Stout a nd Milan Trnka recruited a fine staff of over 50 expert instructors. Through their coordinated efforts and the clinic policy of limited enrollment, the instructional program afforded each gymnast an opportunity to participate in classes of numbers small enough to insure benefit from clinic attendance. Each active gym nast took classes in hi s or her Olympic gy mnastic events, plus tumbling, trampoline, dance and routine composition. Coaches and officials shared views in the C linic Coaches' Seminar a nd gathered much useful information during lectures on the past Olympic Games a nd Care of Athletic Injuries. The viewing of films of recent international and national competitions was also offered.

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Springfield College Gymnastic team

The clinic was brought to a close by the a nnual Clinic Exhibition. Routines in all events were presented to a standing-room-onl y audieQce by suc h gymnastic greats as "Fred Turoff, Gary Anderson, Sara Brumgardt , J anet Cantwell and Patti McGarry , to name a few. The highlight of the evening, however, was an excellent comic routine by staff member Jack Pancott , former Olympic gymnast from Great Britain. By the close of the day , Nov. 29 , the entire "E.G .C. " family - staff and participants alike - headed for home weary but satisfied from a job well done a nd wit h minds filled with knowledge and enthusiasm ready to be applied in the co ming gy mnastic seaso n.

CHIEFS SUBDUE LIONS IN THEIR DEN Springfield Co ll ege pulled off the upset of thi s and many seaso ns as it ni pped Penn Slate, 158.20- 158 . 15, in gymnast ics competition. The loss was Penn State's first at home in 13 years, dating back to 195 7 when the Nittan y Lions bowed to Army. Springfield Coll ege accomp li shed the remarkable feat before 7500 screami ng spectators at a meet that was televised throughout Pennsylvania. The C hi efs won the meet wit hout benefit of a firs t place. The lions' Tom Dunn won three events and Tom C lark captured two first places with Captai n Dick Swetman scoring High in all events.

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Co ntributing valuable point s to the Springfield Total were All-Around pe lform er Jeff Wiles who took secon d pl ace in the final eve nt , th e horizont al bar, to ice the deci sion , Ca ptai n D ave Ellis , Pa ul Briggs , Ro n Brown , Joe Ce ni s , Ed D atti , Tony Manzella, Kerry Newell, Doug Nielsen , Ray Pe ll et ier, Mike Provencher, Kirk Ridgeway, C huck S hi eb ler, and Andy Wahtera. - Springfield Republican , Ja nu ary I I, 1970

THE ROENRAD GOES SCIENTIFIC The Gymwheel shown in the picture is a de vice in ve nted by J a me s McCormick and is currently being use d to te st " position se nse " at the Human Performance La borato ry at Wi sc. State University (Superior)

very impressed with the awards John used for the mee t. The indi vidua l winners took home trophi es depicting th e ir eve nt and the team troph y won by White Bear Lake Illustrated all the eve nt s. We are sure th ese attractive trophi es are proud possess ions for the winners.

WORLD GYMNASTIC RATINGS Dr. Gohler, editor of the Olympic Turnkunst gymnastic magazine, keeps a sco re index file on all of the top gy mnasts of the world. From this file he makes up an annual rating system of points and placements as he sees it from all of the statistics he recei ves and compiles throughout the year. Li sted below are Dr. Gohler's tabulations and placements for 1969:

The participants included about 15 teac hers registered fcr credit , anoth er half dozen from pri vate schoo ls , a number of cit y parks and recreati o n spec iali sts a nd students from the U nive rsit y of H awa ii a nd C hurch Co llege. Junior hi gh schoo l yo ungsters from a number of sc hool s parti cipated in the age-group workshop. T he purpose of th e c lini c was to introdu ce teachers to the fund ame nt a l skills o n eac h apparatus. The wo men's program was headed by Earlene Durrant of C hurch Co ll ege, assis ted by

1969 WORLD RANKING FOR MEN Individual High Score I . Kenmotsu - Japan ... . . ... 114.35 2. M. Kubica - Poland ... ..... 114.00 3. Bogus - U.S.S. R. ....... 113.90 4. S. Kato - Japan ..... 11 3.65 ..... 11 3.65 Nakayama - Japan 6. Klimenko - U.S.S.R. . .... 113.45 7. Maleiew - U.S.S. R. . .... 11 3.40 8. Diamidow - U.S.S. R. . .... 113.32 ... .. 11 3.30 9. Guiffroy - France 10. Kosamatsu - Japan ....... 11 3.05 II Cerar - Yugoslavia ....... 113.00 12. Ohara - Japan ....... 11 2.95 13. lisitzki - U.S.S.R. . ........ 11 2.65 14. Tsukohara - Japan ............ . .. . . .. ..... 1 12.50 . .11 2.40 I 5. Okamura - Japan ........... . .. I 6. Honma - Japan ................ .. . .11 2.30 I 7. W. Kubica - Poland .11 2.20 18. T. Kato - Japan.... .. .. ll 2.05 19. Karassew - U.S.S.R. ...... ........... .. .. 111.85 20. Koeste - D.D.R..... ... ............................ 111.85 24. Mossinger - Deutschland ..... ................... III .1 5 Sakamoto - U.S.A. with 110.40, was among 22 other world gy mnasts that scored in the II O.OO-point bracket.

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INTERESTING TROPHIES Some time back we rece ived from coach John Zuerlein a report of the fir st Stout State In vitationa l (Me nomonie , Wi sconsin ) where eleven Hi gh School tea ms from Minnesota and Wiscon si n met in Interstate competition. Although the meet results did not ma ke it into the MG (lack of ,pace at the time) we were

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Sakamoto, U.S.A., and other top gymnasts follow from this point on. Team Placement: I. Japan; 2. Russia ; 3. Poland; 4. W. German Turner Bund; 5. North Korea; 6. U.S.A. and E. Germany; 8. Switzerland; 9. Czechoslovakia; 10. Yugoslavia; II . France; 12. Hungary; 13. Finland; 14. Rumania; 15. Sweden; I 6. Norway, Bulgaria and Spain. (Due to an oversig ht Italy was not included in Dr. Gohler's report to the MG. We expect we will have an odiusted report later but not in time for thi s edition.)

VIEWpoints Ry iJick Criley

Hawaii Gymnastics Association Clinic No v. 28-29, 1969 by Dick C ril ey , Cli nic Directo r The H awaii G ymn as tics As sociation ambitiou sly held its first clinic with the cosponso t:s hip of the H awa ii Departme nt of Education. C redit was offered to high school teachers who participated in th e two-day sess ion held during the Thanksgiving vacation.

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Mrs. Julie C rutchfield of Punahou a nd Miss Kathy Quinn of K a me ha me h a , girls from C hurch Co llege , a nd Dick C rile y. Bill Buck headed up the men 's program, and he was assisted by Rick Fonceca of Punahou , D ean H ay ward of Ka me hameha a nd the University of Hawa ii gymnastic team. The half-d ay tra mpoline progra m was headed up by Mr. Larry Anderson with the assistance of J ac k Bonha m, University of H awaii gy mn astics coach , and Rick Fonceca. University gy mn asts and st udent s of Mr. Anderson pelformed skill s and ass isted teach ers in lea rning th eir correct progress ion a nd execution. The Ce ntral YMCA of Honolulu gave still another boost to gy mn as tic s by pro viding the gy mnas ium space , equipment and coo peration. Th e University of H awaii a lso pro vided equipme nt , as did lol a ni School and Punahou . Possible Positions Available A coupl e not es from H awaii may interest readers in the rest of th e co untry. Because of dock st rik es , the Nove mber MGs didn 't reach us until mid-J anua ry. And yo u thought your se rvice was bad! A lso, I would lik e to ec ho th e notice appearing in th e D ece mber MG about us ing the MG as a mea ns of locating openings where teac hers a nd coitches of gy mn ast ics are needed. (Actua ll y, it read that notice s of such openings should be se nt to the MG for publication in the C lass ifieds , but I' ll sub ve rt th at ju st slightl y). I ca n not li st sc hool s of Hawa ii which are looking for coaches, male and female, as I have no auth oriza tion , but I can not e th at gymnasts with a potential for teac hing other subj ects in school s could a lso deve lop so me mi ghty fin e gy mn as ts a mong our loca l yo ungs ters. The H awaii Gy mn as tics Association is doing its bes t to stimul ate a n even greater accept ance of th e s port in our schools. Without trying to deluge MG Box 777 wi th teac hing applications and ma king _ no promises, we would like to hear from both men and women interested in th e poss iblit y of teaching in our State. Be sure to include yo ur address and an indi cation of other areas of expertise.


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Report on the Pre-World Games Trip to Jugoslavia By W. Weiler - National Coach

pl aced a ca ll thro ugh to Ca nada ri ght away , whi c h fina ll y go t through th e next morning. Mr. Cal Gi ra rd had th e sa me view as I had to withdraw o ur entry. As Mr. Gande r was to leave earl y nex t morning, he a rranged a mee ting be twee n U.S.A. a nd Canada. The poss ibi lit y of a three-country meet in Swit ze rl a nd be twee n U.S.A. a nd Canada, also Switze rl a nd , was di scussed , and we we re given 90% ass ura nce of thi s meet, whi c h was to be orga ni zed in one of the major cities. A lthough U.S .A . and Ca nada trave led by cha rtered bus to Z uri ch , a co mpetiti o n co uld not be orga ni zed. I we nt to th e e. P. office in dow ntow n Z uri ch th e nex t day to c harige the fli ght as we no longer had a reaso n to stay onl y to lea rn th at th e tickets were not e ndorsab le to a nother co mpa ny, and e. p.'s fli ght s co uld not ge t us ho me any ea rli er. We we re so mewhat di sa ppointed at thi s ti cket arrange ment , a nd any manager in the f1.lture mu st make sure th at tic kets be open to all compa nies in case of such a n in ci de nt. After I had the tea m stra ighte ned away and on th eir jo urney ho me o n Saturday mo rning I left by train to Lahr, Wes t Ge rmany. Th e following Tu es day I was abl e to ge t a sea t on a mi lita ry aircraft bac k to T re nton , O nt. We all we re a littl e di sa ppoi nt ed ove r thi s trip, but th e gy mn as ts rea li zed th e .necess it y of the boycott. It is unfo rtunate, hav ing spent so much mo ney for what turn ed out to be th e mos t uns uccessful tri p in the hi story of Canadi an gy mn asti cs . As I writ e thi s repo rt I am still unaware w hethe r th e co mpetitio n took pl ace at all. I could not fi nd a single piece of news abo ut the co mpeti tion in any of th e E uro pean newspa pe rs at the tim e.

nas ti cs , ours wo uld still be a minor s port. T hi s see ms a greate r, not lesser, reaso n for joining fo rces. S up po rt th e e. I.G .e.A., suppo rt yo ur prov inc ia l assoc ia tio n and make th e e.G. F. a powe r in Canadi a n sport.

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" Wes te rn " no w has a G y mnas ti cs sq uad. Me n's coach is Bob Vigars. Wome n's coac h Eli zabeth Lindsay (both c/o De pa rtment of Athle ti cs). Anyo ne int e res ted in arranging meet fi xtures with the new tea ms should c ontac t Bob a nd Eli za beth . :::

S teve Mi truk is now a stude nt at McMas ter U ni ve rsit y and e nh ance s the ir squ ad , a nd Barry Brooker is do ing gradu ate work at th e U nive rsit y of O tt awa. If yo u do not a lread y have one, writ e Bo ri s Baj in (D epa rt me nt of Athle tics, Yo rk U ni ve rsity, 4700 Kee le St. , Downsv iew 463, O nt a ri o) fo r a co py of hi s and Tom Z ivic 's exce ll ent "Manua l fo r Coach es of Wo men's Gy mn as ti cs. " T his manu a l is not intended to stand on it s ow n a nd is, of course, mos t effecti ve as a suppl e ment to th e York se min ars whi ch th e autho rs co ndu ct. Regardl ess , it is a mll s l fo r a ll coac hes.

We left Mo nt real at 8 :30 p. m. on Oc t. 13 a nd a rri ved in A mste rd a m th e nex t morning. J . Diac hun , A. S ima rd , S . J ense n and myse lf met S'. H a rtl ey in A mste rda m. Th e fli ght to Lju blJ a na was delayed until approx im ate ly 3 th at aft e rnoo n. We arri ved in Ljublj ana abo ut 5 p. m. Vi sas a nd mo ney changing, as we ll as pu rchas"This Is Gy mnas ti cs" co ntinu es to se ll we ll ing of bus ti ckets to Lj ublj ana , whi c h was abo ut in Ce ntral and Eas tern Ca nada bu t has no t ye t 25 mil es fro m th e s ma ll a irpo rt, too k abo ut Y.i ca ught o n in th e West. Obta in my book direc t of a n ho ur. We arri ved at 7 :00 p.m. in th e hotel fro m the publi shers: Stipes Pu bli s hing Co., th at was rese rved fo r parti cipating athl etes. 10-1 2 C hester St. , C ha mpa ign, Ill. Everyo ne was tired and hungry, so afte r suppe r th ey tu rned in ea rl y. Eastern Canada Christmas Cl inic I was call ed to what turn ed out to be a very A noth er exce ll e nt meet a nd clini c was o rimpo rt an t e me rge ncy meeti ng w he re I was ganized by Geza Martin y. This yea r a tota l 232 urged to act as offic ial trans lato r fro m Ge rman peo pl e atte nd ed : coac hes , ma le a nd fe male, 50 : to E ngli sh by Mr. I vancev ic. T he meet ing was ma le gy mnas ts, 36: fem a le , 146. A ll reg io ns cha ired by Mr. Gande r a nd was call ed to di sCanadian Intercollegiate we re re prese nt ed: Prince Ed wa rd Island , N ew cuss Sou th Afri can parti cipati on in th e preGymnastic Coaches Association Brunsw ic k, N ewfoundl a nd , Nova Scoti a a nd , World Ga mes. Re po rt by J AC K C HARTE RI S, C IGC A-Pres. of co urse, th e Ph ys . Ed . stude nt s att e ndin g St. T he So uth Afr ican de legat ion had obt a in ed A co mmi ttee of nine was rece ntly fo rmed as F ra nc is Xav ie l'. a visa in Pa ris , F rance, fro m the Jugos lav ia n Ca nada's represe nta tio n on F . I. S. U. and to T he guest lecture rs we re Mrs. N ada Pe troE mbassy. S hortl y befo re leav ing fro m F ra nko rga ni ze Ca nada's parti cipati on in the Wo rld vic (competed under the na me of Werne r) in furt, West Ge rma ny, on th e fin al leg of the ir Student Games. T hi s co mmitt ee co mpri ses Yugos lav ia now teaching at o ne of Mo ntrea l' s journ ey to Lj ublj ana , they were de ni ed enthree me m be rs from C. I. A.U. , th ree fro m leading hig h sc hool. N ada is a we lco me a dd itra nce to th e co un try by the J ugos lav ia n gove. U .s.S. a nd three re prese nt ing natio nal sports tion to Ca nadi an gy mn asti cs. Pri o r to co m ing ernmen t. gove rning bodies. O urs was one of the three he re s he was very active in A ust ra li a. O ur ve ry It see med th at the Ju gos lav ia n Gym nas ti cs s port s chosen to initiate thi s sc he me. ha rd-wo rking A lbe rt Di ppo ng, nati onal tec hni Fede rat ion did everyt hing poss ible to obtain ca l c hai rman , was in c ha rge of th e me n's d ivipe rmiss ion fo r th e South Afri ca n de legati o n to A ll Ontario uni ve rs iti es are e ligible to join sion , plu s ma ny loca l coach es. ent er Jugos lavia but without success . A ll efth e Ontari o Gy mn as ti c Fede ratio n. Th ese in T hi s C hristmas c linic ha s now grow n to th e fo rts by Mr. Ga nder w ith th e Jugos lav ia n govsti tution s will have th e status of associate mem- ex te nt th at a summe r school-t ype se min ar mu st ernme nt by tele phon e and nume ro us te legra ms bers and w ill be recogni zed voting me mbers of evo lve. Pe rso nal congratul ati o ns mu st be ex also fa il ed . Mr. Gander read a pa rag raph fro m th e federation with e ntitl e ment to all the pri vi- te nd ed to Geza, w ho has slow ly a nd sure ly built th e F IG rul es to the de legation s present , w hi ch leges enjoyed by affili ated a mateur gy mnasts. thi s uni ve rs it y gy mnas tic program up to on e of in so many word s had th e fo ll ow ing mea ning: th e fin es t in Ca nada. It see ms good se nse fo r O nt ari o uni ve rs iti es Every F IG me mber nation in good standing to join the O.G . F. and to part ic ipa te in th e If the spo rt is to grow, o ur uni ve rsit ies mu st has th e right and th e pri vil ege to pa rti c ipate in grow th of gy mnas ti cs togethe r rat he r th an in- make th e ir fac ilities ava ila bl e a nd th eir s taff. any F IG meet. Sou th Africa was voted into th e F I G last summer at th e world co ngress in Basel, depende ntl y. If eve ry gy mn as t in Ca nada co- Ma ny a re do ing just th at now, but I a m so rry Switzerland . Mr. Gande r made the announce- . o perated with a ll the oth ers in promot ing gy m- to say th ese uni ve rsi ti es a re in th e mino rit y. ment that he would leave Lj ubljana in the morning as he di d not recogni ze the competi tio n to be a fa ir o ne. H e left th e dec ision as to wheth er or not to assis t in th is mee t to eac h natio n as we ll as to th e ind iv idua ls prese nt from th e F IG techni ca l co mmittee. Mos t tec hni ca l me mbers fo ll owe d Mr. Gander's exa mpl e and withdrew fro m the co mpet itio n. Mr. Gande r stated that no aft e r effects will res ult to any na tion if th ey did parti cipate . Mr. Ivancev ic , whom we in Ca nada all know, was caught in th e middl e of all thi s co nfu sio n as vice presi de nt of th e techni ca l co mm ittee of the F IG a nd will be pl ay ing a big pa rt in th e orga ni zati on of th e pre-World Games in Jugoslav ia . U.S.A. had the ir pri vate mee ti ng and so di d th e officia ls of th e J apanese tea m. U.S .A. had seve n top officials and J apa n abo ut the sa me num be r. U.S.A. withdrew fro m the co mpeti ti on immed iately. It was more di ffic ult to dec id e fo r me , as I was th e onl y officia l re prese nting our Ca nadi an gy mn as ts. U nd er th e circumstances it see med prett y clea r to me to withdraw th e entry. I Canadian Christma s Clinic, Mike Nickolson, Univ. of New Brun swick

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ANYONE I!I EI FOR miSS ALL AROUND I!jJ

GERALD S. GEO RG E. Coo rdin ator We of th e MG staff are co nstantly seeking ways and means of prOl'iding both educational and interesting materials for our subscribers. In an attempt to fu rth er in crease th e scope and breadth of th e "A nyone For A II-A round" series, we would like to extend an im'itation to any and all gymnasts, coaches, j udges, and enthusiasts to submit articles pertaining to all-around instruction. Perhaps yo u h{JI'e a particular skill that you fe el particularly qualified to illustrate, dis cuss, and/or explain . Let's share your talents with th e rea din g public and th ereby help to fos ter a stronger "System of American G ymnastics." Submit yo ur illustrations and articles to Gerald S. G eorge, A thletic Department, Louisian a State Un;" ersity, Baton R ouge, Louisiana 70803 .

I!I FLOOR EXERCISE By DAN J. MILLMAN Gymn as tic Coac h. Stanford

Picking up direc tly from last month 's column , let's go o ver th e basic sequence of front tumbling, the front h and sprin g, front sa ito. Of the two kinds of front handsp ring, the " fl oater" a nd the "s peedster," we choose the latte r for a preparation to the saito. As in the roundoff, a good, coordinated hurdl e jump is necessary. As th e last leg touches the ground , bending, in preparati on for a great push, the arm s are brought down forcefull y towards the ground. Please note th at the arms don 't work independently of th e bod y. The a rm s are he ld in a strai ght line wth the body , a nd the entire upper body is th rown down fo rcefull y. For a good illu stration of th e front handspring, see the No ve mber-Dece mber '68 issue of the Modern Gymnast , page 43. Wh at the illustration doe sn't show is the rounded back (pulled in chest) and rel axed s houlders as the hand s touch the gro und. Then , at a certain point , the s hould ers are explosive ly extended , and the chest is "o pe ned " at th e same time for a full extension. Thi s extension ta kes place at about the same time as the lower leg is rapidl y joining the upper one after the lower leg's powerful kick from the ground. If the chest and shoulder ex te ns ion tak es place just befo re or at the vertical , the handspring will be a high, graceful " flo ater," w hich is fin e, when done by itself. But when preparing for a front saito , the pu sh s hould take place later after th e legs have passed th e vertica l. Another difference is , on th e " floater" the toes s hould rel ax , or sta ll, aft er the initi al kicking motion. On the "s peedster," the toe s should race o ne another to the ground. Thi s foot speed is vital to a good front hand s pring. We want to rotate as quickl y as poss ible to our fee t. For an excellent illustration of th e ha nd spring to front sequence, check "Tumbling Topics" by Dick Cril ey, page 19 of the April '69 M.G. Note th at as th e feet la nd on th e ground , the body is bent backwards like a bow , ready to s pring. The arm s a re stretched straight , tra iling behind , with the e lbow s behind the ears. Ka nati Allen correctly shows how th e head should remain s lightly bac k. 10

U pon landing, the body unbows rapidl y, th e arms reac hing tall through a ve rti ca l positi on and into a tu ck, as th e hip s and hee ls dri ve upward to the ceiling. It is importa nt to note th at the gy mna st should fee l th at hi s hee ls neve r touch th e ground when s pringing into the front saito. Actu all y the hee ls may touch th e gro und , but try not to le t them ... thin k of stay ing on th e balls of the feet. O nce in a ti ght tuck , all th at re mains is a litt le awa reness a nd a dynam ic kickout. A word on front so mersault s: whether coming to a landing o ut of a ha nd sp ring on the long horse , the fl oor o r la nding a front sait o fro m the high ba r, on fl oo r exe rc ise, para ll e l bars, one fact should be kept in mind. Th e idea th at fro nt s are ha rder to land beca use th ey are "blind" is a comp lete mi sco nce ption! If we assu me the only thing we can spot is th e ground , th e n the la ndings a re blind. Ye t we can s pot anything we choose as long as we ge t used to it. Wh e n landing a front , become accusto med to spotting the spot whe re th e wa ll meets th e cei ling. You 'll have better bod y lin e , a nd your la nd ings will be mo re cons iste nt.

Common errors in the front handsp ring, front saito sequence: I nco rrect or in effec ti ve hurdle jump (poorl y timed). Arms drop to gro und , breaking straight body lin e. H eel kick quit s before reaching th e ground . In correct a mount of knee bend , beginning of hand spring. Thi s a mount mu st be " felt " through repetiti on. Arms bend when touching ground . (This breaks body lin e and lowers the ce nte r of grav it y.) Bringing head forward ... thi s should not happen until the bod y is into the front sait o. General timing difficulties of kick and push. On landin g th e handspring: Prematurely bringing head forw a rd a n arms down, losing bow-s pring action. La nding flatfooted and trying to jump the front , in stead of spring. O verlea n forward (re sulting from abo ve mi stakes) . ~

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One fin a l comment on front hand spring, front sait o: G e nerall y, it is bes t to come out of the saito simila r to th e end of th e hand spring in preparation for a noth er handspring or saito. The "blind " landing is the most difficult hurdle to ove rco me in learning the correct hands pring, saito combination. Like a bac k kip-german on th e high bar, it is th e prelimina ry tri c k (back kip or the hand spring) th at determin es the effectiv e ness of the second movement in the series. The swan di\'e roll: is being covered as a basic move me nt because it involves importa nt muscles in the back whic h should be coordinated for any forward rotating extended mo vement. The mu sc le s of th e lower back , glute us maximu s (or buttocks) a nd back of the thi ghs are used in pulling th e body to a stretched or slightly a rched position . Two good exercises for the se mu scles are as fo llows: I. " Airplane" arches on the ground ; lying on stomac h, lift head a nd arms (i n line with bod y) high off the ground , and wi th legs straight and together, lift legs off gro und as high as poss ibl e. 2. Lay crossways on pa rallel ba rs, one bar over heels, and one bar under thighs. H a nging down, head poinfing towa rd s ground , ha nd s stretched over head (towards ground in line with upper body). Lift upper bod y above para ll e l to ground , arching back a nd repeat , first tw istin g to left , then twi sting to ri ght. Once the muscles a re strong e nough , practice th e swa n di ve ro ll s preferabl y into thick mats. Even though in rea lity , the hips will 路always lead , if o nl y fo r a fraction of a seco nd , it is best to imagin e th e back of th e legs a nd feet lead , lifting immedi atel y off th e gro und. This move ment takes di scipline and repetition. Once

the swan di ve moveme nt is ma ste red, it will he lp the ha nd sp rin g over the long horse and a numbe r of other re lated mo ve ment s. The a rm action in the swan di ve ro ll is significant. On ta keoff, the stra ight arm s sho uld have lifted so the y are stretching and lifting in a st raight line with the body. Directl y after takeoff, the a rm s should spread sideward , for a good line , a nd to shorte n the rad ius to help th e body rotate. The swa n di ve should be st ra ight rath er than arch ed. Common fau lts: Lazy leg lift , caus ing th e following faults. Throwing arm s down to he lp rot ati on (b ut thi s keeps di ve low). Throwing hip s up instead of legs and feet pulling rest of body around . The full piroette: Thi s is simpl y a lea p, fu ll twist, to a landing. It is significa nt in th ai it is the bas is fo r a ll twi sting sa ltos. There are a number of ways to initiate a twist , but thi s would require a the sis to desc ribe. I n summary , let's ju st say that th e bod y ge nera ll y " ge ts the hang" of th e different ways to twist without hav ing to think abo ut th em at length. Wh at will be discussed in the piroette motion is, how to use the tw ist most efficientl y once we get it. We have all seen ice skaters begin a spin, with the a rm s (and perhaps a leg) stretched away from the central ax is of the body. As the a rms come in , shorte ning our radiu s, the body spins fas ter. I n pe rfo rming a piroette , the arms should begin wide, a nd as the twi s t motion is begun, should gradua ll y pull in to th e bod y. Thus , as the twist begins , we try to twist with stra ight a rms , th en pull them in. The body tw ists most efficie ntl y when it is straight , stiff, a nd s kinny. Keep th at in mind. Common errors on the piroette (and any tw ist): Pull ing arms directly in befo re a stretched twist has begun . Spreading legs, piking or a rching bod y (it mu st be straight). Ineffective head motion. A ge nera l rul e of twi sting is, where the head goes, yo u' ll go. If you are havi ng troubl e twi sting, (first check yo ur somersault rotation to ma ke sure it is more than sufficient), then make sure you are loo king in the direc tion you wa nt to twist until th e twi st is completed . To make sure th e bod y is straight and stiff and sk inn y while tw isting, make sure you tight en your stomach mu sc les , your buttock s, and keep the legs pressed together and locked . To do a ll thi s at th e sa me time in the a ir is difficu lt . Practice it!

THE TRANSITION MOVEMENTS

As mentioned in pas t art icl es, there a re a great va riety of transition move ment s, but the y a re prima ril y intended to set the gy mnast up for a change of direction , and to s moothly send him on hi s way. We can fulfill some of our st rength , ba lance, kipping a nd lea ping mo vement s in transition s , as well as show grace a nd dramatic express ion. We can a lso lose most of our points here , so be carefu l a nd be cold! The kip up to the feet : The kip action is a vitally importa nt one in gy mnastics; the ability to open from a tight pike pa rti a ll y or completely, with speed, is use d in ma ny mo ve ment s. It requires flexibi lit y to reach the correct piked posi tion , and quick stre ngth for th e opening. In learning a kip correct ly, the student shou ld be a ble to do a good bac k bridge, with shoulders ex te nded. I f th e shoulders are stiff, the y wi ll a lmost in variably pull off the ground too soon, whe n they s hould still be pushing. In order to be abl e to do an exce lle nt kip to the feet , we s hould first learn a - Kip to the handstand : From the piked position , with hands on either s ide of the head , spring open from the pike, shoot ing the feet towa rd s the ce iling. H ave so meone pu ll th e feet upwa rd s until you get used to the direction. Open to a stra ight ha ndsta nd , not an arched position , and try not to throw the head bac k, kee p it fa irl y closely between the a rm s. You s hould try a nd open so rapidl y, th e ha nds ac tuall y leave the ground mome ntaril y as you reach the ha nd stand positi on.


Once the kip to handstand is learned , the progression is as follows : Kip ha nd sta nd , arch over to back bridge , push with arms to a stand . (Kee ping the head back). Next , kip immediately to a high back bridge and immediatel y push to a sta nd (reme mbering, head a nd arms back). Next , work on performing the entire motion in one rapid movement ; Kip through the back bridge right to the feet, pushing with the arms extended backward for as long as poss ible. I n following the above progression , which may at first seem the long way a round , the stude nt wi ll learn a correct, ex tended kip, instead of the kip to squat we see often , in addition to ensuring good shoulde r fle xibility. In pelforming a head s pring, we are actually do ing a rapid head kip. Even in a straight body forward handspring with legs together on takeoff, we have thi s slight pike- s na popen movement. The back extension roll to a hand sta nd is generally pelformed too quickl y. It should feel like a slow pike roll to a pike on the floor , to a ra pid back kit to handsta nd. Remember, roll slowly and kip quickly. On the kip with 1/2 twist a nd back roll with a half twist , make sure you are reaching the ex te nded handstand position before twisting. Learn these step by step , mak ing sure each step is solid before proceeding to the next one. In a ll transition movements , lunges , etc. , here are a few generalizations to keep in mind: Practice in front of a mirror so yo u begin to feel and check exactly where each a rm , leg, hand a nd foot are - make sure all body lines look clea n and in place. Befo re working any mo ve ment , picture it done pelfectly. to the ultimate, then work towa rds th at ultimate. Don 't be satisfied with almost there ' Don 't merely take pride in your ability to do , but take pride in your ability to stril'e for the ultimate. In co nclusion , we should not see eve ry indi vidu al tumbling mo vement as a trick in itself, because there a re some mechanical generalI zation s we can make. Once we understand the generali zations, in terms of what our goal is (e.g., height , trave l, rotation) , we can fi gure out the mechanics of any si ngle mo veme nt. In performing the Arabian di ve roll, for exa mpl e, we begin the roundoff, f1ic-f1ac the same as for the layout. Then , knowing we want only a half saito, we can stop more rotation by blocking and sending our body higher. Remembering the hip and leg lift and straight body , we look over the shoulder, pelforming a halfpiroette, and fini sh as in a swa n dive roll , hips tight. ... It is hoped , that once the student of gymnastics gains a mental understanding of at least what the ends are , he can figure out for himself the means , and through determined ph ys ical effort , transcend hi s mental understanding by distilling it into physical ability.

Before proceeding into the area of skill progress ion, I would lik e to di scuss two other factors which I cons ide r to be of importance : Flexibility - Whil e trying to correct poor position on hundreds oLcircles over the years , I have noticed th at lateral fle xibilit y in the hip a rea (waist) is often very poor in ma ny indivi dual s. I reali ze that one can be quite stiff in this area and still exec ute excellent circles: however, the begi nn er needs every advantage possible as he slashes hi s way around the horse. Lack of a reasonable degree of flexibility will have to be compensated by extra lean or pike, a nd will cause some modification in the circle pattern. Practicing the circle itself (if you can get th at far) will increase lateral fle xibility , but it would be an adv antage to have th at flexibility in the first place. Practice side-stretching from a standing position and side-rais ing from a side support position.

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Strength The side horse pertormer has develo ped a high degree of strength in specific areas of the body through repetition of the performance of circles. The beginner should develop those same mu scle groups through other exercises because he cannot yet perform the circles. Exercises: L From a rear support , raise hips rear-upward , ten times. 2. From a front support , raise hips rear upward , ten times. 3. Parallel bar dips. 4. Straight leg raises on the hi gh bar.

Suggested Single Leg Skills : I. Swinging left and right in front support (raise legs as high as possible to each s ide) . 2. Left over a nd back - right leg over a nd back. 3. Left over, right over, left back , right back. 4. Rear support: develop a sw ing and pass both legs under hand to front support. 5. Front support : develop a sw ing and pass both legs forward under hand to rear su pport. 6. Stride support: pass left leg forward under left hand and pass joined legs rearwa rd under right hand to front support. 7. Stride support: pass right leg rearward under right hand and pass joined legs forward under left hand to rear support. 8. From stride feint position : cast forward leg rea rwa rd and attempt to execute one or more double leg circles. There are other lead-up skills that are often taught, such as single leg circles a nd scissors: however, this pattern usually varies from coach to coach. The beginner must be very pa tient with himself and e xpect to spend seve ral weeks to several months practicing the double leg circle before he can execute circles in a se rie s.

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By DON TONRY Gymnastics Coach , Yale Univers it y There hav e been many articles written on side horse circles, but I have received a specific request from one of our Modern Gymnast readers - so here is another one that will hopefull y shed some additional light on the subj ec t. The circle, as most coaches and gymnasts know , is the basic element in all work on the side horse. Pa radoxically , the best method , in my opinion, of learning this skill quickly is to atta in a fair a mount of proficiency in the area of single leg skills. I ca nnot specifically outline those skills th at one must learn before he is absolutely ready for a double leg circle, but I shall outlin e several good possibilities for your cons ideration.

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Side Horse Literature and Visual Aids:

Th e Pommel Horse . by George Kun zle. International Gymnastics Materials, 527 Fullerton , Addisor, III. Approx. $5.5 0. The Side Hors e. by Don Tonry . Gymnastic Aides , Northbridge, Mass. $3.00. Beginning a nd I ntermediate Side Horse C ha rt s, by Don Tonry (2 charts , 17" x 22 " ). Gymnastic Aides , Northbridge, Mass. $3.00.

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the time the arms are in position for the press to (swing) handsta nd. Spotting: This is a skill that ca n be spotted very effectively. The spotter (standing on the floor) By DON TONRY should place one hand on the performer's Gymnas ti cs C oach. Ya le U niversit y thighs during the last phase of the descent. As the performer arches his back at the bottom on the swing, the spotter thrusts the performer upward with a sweeping motion. The performer should attempt to catch himself This article is intended to provide the gymnast in position for a straight body press to a handand coach with a brief outline of the basic prostand. The spotter, if he is standing on a cedure that is commonly used to teach the back raised surface, ma y also spot the support rise to handstand. phase of this skil l. Prerequisites: General: I. Back rise to support As soon as the support position is reached , 2. Stable handstand the performer must learn to quickl y push hi s 3. Hollow back press to ha nd stand lower body over his head toward a handstand. Procedure: The strai ght arm backrise to handstand is I. Attempt to perform a series of back ri ses performed in the same manner but requires to a horizontal position with the palms of exceptional rotation (heels over head) couthe ha nds turned outward as in the midpled with elevation of the shoulders (arm pull point of a hollow back press to handstand. throughout the rise). 2. The back rise should be performed by The high sw ing that is required for the straight pulling with the arms and placing the rings arm back rise wi ll often pl ace the performer behind the head , extending the hips (sl ighthalfway between an in verted cross position est pike) during the first phase of the deand a plange upon arriving above the rings. scent , increasing the pike slightly during the fin a l phase of de scent and arching the Common errors: back (driving the heel s backward ) as the I. Not following through with leg drive durbody passes the bottom of the swing. ing the rise . 2. Not placing the rings next to the hips in 3. A s the legs, hip s and chest rise in the rear, the a rms are brought to the side of the body. po sition for a straight bod y press to handThe performer mu,st keep consta nt pressure stand. 3. Not bearing down on the rings as the arms (bear down) on the rings as the arms move out to the side . move sideward during the rise . 4. The exact placement of th e rings in rela4. Not having a stretched shoulder po sition at tion to the body depends upon the degree the bottom of the swing a nd/or arching the of elevation that the torso has achieved by back before the bottom of the swing.

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LEARNING THE BACK RISE TO HANDSTAND ON THE RINGS

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By BORI S L AV BAJI N Re search Assistant , Dept. of Ph ys ical Ed., York University , Toronto , Canada Formerly Professo r, N ational School of Ph ys ica l Education , Yugosla via and . Yugo slav ian Wome n's Coac h 1968 Ol ympic s

Yugoslavian and Canadian Gymnasts in Performing the Yamashita Vault Co mp/eled as parI of a research program in gy m nastics under the direction of Dr. Bryce Tay lor , D irector of Physical Education and Athletics. York U ni" ersity , T oronto, Canada, and partially support ed by (l Na tional Fitn ess R esearch Grallt , Department of National H ealth and Welfare, Olla"'a. Canada.

Film anal ys is of a tri-mee t in vo lving U.S. , Yugos lav ia n and Ca nadi an gy mnas ts on Aug. 16 . 1969 . in Toronto. Canada , showe d th at the A mericans utili zed a diffe rent techniqu e in ex ecuting the ya mashit a va ult th an did the Yugos la via ns a nd Ca nadi ans. In this mee t 12 va ulters competed w ith seve n perfo rming a ya mas hita from th e fa r e nd. Th e best s ix va ults were selected for analys is with those of Thor, Ti ckenoff a nd Tucker from th e U.S. being compared with tho se of Vratic and Ki se l from Yugos lav ia and LaRose from Ca nada. Th e first bas ic diffe re nce was th at the preflight of th e American gymnasts was hi ghe r as indica ted by a mea n bod y po sition on ha nd touch of 52.3째 above th e hori zo nt a l. The Yugos lav ia n and Ca nadi a n gy mn as ts at the sa me time had a lower bod y posi ti on with a mea n of 43.7째 (Figure 7). This hi gher bod y position on ha nd to uch for the American vaulters re sulted in a la te r hand re lease as illustrated by a mean bod y pos ition of 99.3 째 w hil e the mean body positio n ofthc other gy mnas ts was 92.2째. Thi s late hand re lease re sul ted in a late pik e, a nd therefore the gy mn as ts were not a bl e to attain the bod y pos ition norma ll y characteristic of a we ll -executed ya mas hit a vault. S in ce th e pik e was pe rformed at a late r point in the flight th ere was not suffici e nt time to exec ute a good landing. I n the opinion of th e a uthor an examp le of correc t tec hnique in after flight ca n be found in the vaults of Vratic (F igure 4 , picture 10) and La Rose (F igure 6, pi cture 9) . Although th e American s scored we ll. with a s mall impro ve me nt in tec hnique the ' scores could be impro ved. Figures I to 6 a re fi lm tracings of the va ult s studi ed. Th e bod y po sition a t reuth e r boa rd contact , takeoff, hand touch , hand re lease. maximum pike in fli ght and the moment of l a nd ~ ing are illustra ted in Figure 7. T ab le I s ummari zes th e exact bod y positions for th e sa me refere nc e points as we ll as the scores awarded to each vault by the judges.

E3 Parallel Bars GERALD s. GEORGE Gymnastic Coach Louisiana State University

RE: From an H and stand Pos iti o n - CA ST to an In ve rted U nd erarm Support Pos ition. Illustration A ass ume s a n ex tend ed ha nd sta nd pos ition with all bod y segment s in a direct stra ight-line re la tions hip. Th e fordo wnwa rd push aga in st th e bars depicted in Illustration B ser ves to offset the grav it a tion a l lin e towards the intend ed directi on of move ment. As th e body begins it s pendulum desce nt , Illustration s C -D - E, obse rve the proportion 12


Figure 2 _ P . Tickenoff - U.S.A.

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ate forwa rd lean across the ve rtical line. This lean serves to contro l the initial aspect of the descent. It is not until the leg-trunk unit as sumes a near hori zontal position th at the above mentioned s light forward lean is reversed to a degree that insure s a controlled yet aggressi" e desce nt. The pre viou s illustration s, in addition to Illustration s F - G - H , de pict the bas ic technique s utili zed in the " early drop " cast action . The kinesthetic sensation , thus far, is mos t s imila r to tha t of the Free Backward Hip C ircle on the Horizontal Bar. Upon tra nsce nding Illustra tion H , note the slight hip angle decrement. This " foot-le ad " action , in addition to the steadfas t for-downward pus h against th e bars , affords the gymnast th e opportunity to best employ all potential s pec ifically to the cast itse lf. The hip angle decrement wi ll continue in direct proportion to the

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pendu lum descent and will termIn ate as a totally decreased hip angle at the exact bottom of the swing. Observe that the arm-trunk angle remains relati ve ly fi xed as depicted in Ill ustra tions H -/-J - K - L. The abo ve actions served to pos ition the body well away from the point of support (hand s), a condition necessary for a mech anically so und " basket " action. As the body approaches Illustrat ion L , th e gymnast will se nse a " bottoming effect" in th at the bars will bow downward s lightly and then recoil vigorous ly as the bod y unit rises up the pe ndulum sw ing. It is at thi s time that a most vigorous and continuous shoulder angle increment occurs. The action is most similar to "a throwing the bars away fro m a nd behind onese lf ' as ha rd as poss ible. Refe r to Illustrat ions M-N. Note also th at there is 110 aclllal "oltl/1tary release of the hand grasp. The hands shou ld

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be torn fre e from the ba rs by virtue of the aforementioned vigo rou s " throwing" action . At Ill ustration N , the body is air-borne and ri sing. Observe that in itial re-co ntact with th e bars occurs. first with the undera rm s a nd then with the hands. This regras ping action, Illustration s N - 0 - P , mu st be instantaneou s in order to stabili ze the total body unit in a position slight ly above the ba rs. Illustra tion P rel ate s the final aspect of the Cas t. The hip angle remains totally decreased and the trunk re~ ion is he ld we ll above the ba rs. This momentary posi tion is s ust ained by mea ns of a forceful downward pu sh of th e hand s and a rm s against the bar. (Note that th e elbow regions are point ing in a s li ghtly downward direction). I ndeed a moment of truth is rea lized in th at the gymnast is idea ll y positioned for any of the sequenti a ll y related ski ll s.

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Gymnastic Classics Volume II - Parallel Bars Section C - Casts Number 1 - From a Handstand PositianCAST - to on Inverted Underarm Support Position

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GERALD S. GEORGE Gymnastic Coach Louisiana State University

RE: Free Backward Hip Circle - ONE HALF TURN (PIROETTE) BACKWARD - to an Undergrip Handstand Position. Illustrations A-B-C of this sk ill sequence a re identical to the respecti ve illustrations depicted in the Free Backward Hip Circle to a Handstand Position (MG, Oct. , 1969). Hence the mechanics and techniques relati ve to each skill are thus far one and the same. In Illustration D, the shoulder angle continues to decrease wh il e the upper aspect of the body begins to return and move backward across the upper vertical. This action is followed up with a slight decrease in the hip angle , common ly referred to as "foot lead. " At this time the gymnast is ideally positioned to set his visua l and sensua l cues of relocation so as to direct the body to the intend ed position , i.e. , a direct straight- line relationship of al l body segments positioned slightly to the left of the upper vertical line and the longitudinal we ight of the body leaning slightly to the side of the anticipated Y2 turn. All oncoming actions are dependent upon the quality of this "directive set." As the body continues to descent through Illustrations E - F , the hip angle continues to decrease s lightly. This slightly decreased hip angle and almost fully decreased shoulder angle serve as potential forces for the oncoming upward circular sw ing. Observe that the body is positioned well away from the bar so as to insure sufficient " basket" action necessary in actualizing the aforementioned potential forces. Such a consideration will enhance an effortless , fluid , and mechanically sound ascent. During Illustrations G -H , the gymnast wi ll sense the " bottoming effect" of the bar. The bar will bow downward s li ghtly , and then as the body begins to rise up the circular swing, the bar will pull itself straight. The gymnast responds to this " bottoming effect " by means of a simu ltaneous and proportionate increment of the shou lder and hip angles. It is best to concei ve of these angle increments as the " throwing the bar away from and behind oneself without, as yet , releasing one's hand14

grasp." Except for the free arm depicted in the actual Y2 turn , the arms remain completely extended throughout the entire skill. (Actually the free arm should remain straight .. . sorry , it's an illustrative error.) As a result of the previously mentioned " directive set ," the ankle regions alone follow a path identical to the upper vertical line.

Illustrations H-I-J-K reveal the shoulder and hip angles increasing in a relationship with the upward circular swing such that the gymnast is rising slightly to the left of the upper vertica l line with the longitudinal weight of the body leaning slight ly to the side of the anticipated Y2 turn. It is only after the gymnast attains a direct straight-line relationship position of all body segments and completes the backward piroette that the entire upper vertica l is transcended . The traditional and necessary slip-grip action of the wrists occurs during Illustration K in order to provide support for the oncoming body weight. Slightly before the increasing shou lder and hip angles prescribe a direct straight- line relationship with each other, the actual Y2 Turn (Piroette) Backward is initiated. It is best concei ved of as "an extension of the aforementioned shoulder and hip angles into the Y2 turn. " Such action is often referred to as "cork screw" twisting. Throughout the entire Y2 Turn , Illustrations L-M , a vigorous for-upward push against the bar with the attached arm will help to avoid th e tendenc y of turning too late. I n order to remain congruent with my concept of full anatomical range , the piroette must be initiated , executed , and completed slightly before the gymnast transcends the upper vertica l line. An important point is that the Y2 Turn must be executed as a single action. The entire motion must be instantaneous and coordinated with respect to total body unity. Upon regrasping to a double undergrip , Illustration N, the gymnast is in an ideal position of any of the sequentially related skills. Gymnastic Classics Volume 1 - Horizontal Bar Section C - Backward Hip Circles Number 4 - Free Backward Hip Circle ONE HALF TURN (PIROETTE) BACKWARD - to an Undergrip Handstand Position

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THE BASEL GYMNAESTRADA. •• Too Much Not Enough By A. B. Frederick

A. Bruce Frederick poses for a photo with a group af Scattish handbalancers at the Gymnaestrada. Barn, (Frederick), Hale, Benny and Sey.

A gy mnaestrada is a complete gym nastic experience. For the small group of Americans who were savoring their first trip to the festival late las t Sum.mer in Basel, Switzerland, it will remain for them a gymnastic highlight for years to come. As one unknown sage put it, " I've seen too much , yet not enough. " The Swiss were ready in every respect for the festival. The Gymnaestrada was an organizational masterpiece. It was also a special time for Americans who have something to do with gymnastics. For as our Moonmen prepared to take a hi storic first step for man, the F.I.G. Congress approved a hi storic step for American gymnastics as well. This body had in Basel given approval to a Gymnastic Co mmi ssion for the United States thus uniting, on paper at least, a community that had been split for so me years. We were commended by Europeans on both counts. The color of the 5th Gymnaestrada has already been reported by thi s writer.! Much more could be written. Ideas for gymnastic programs abounded every day in the H alls of the Muste rmesse and other ideas were di scussed by concern ed groups of people from a variety of countries taking literal note of the real purpose of such an occasion ... to elevate gy mnastics to new heights. One of th ese ideas, Jugoslav ian Ladders is exposed in detail in thi s issue. Like the Lingiads which preceded the modern " way of gymnastics'" teachers, coac hes and gy mn astics gathered in Basel to display their own , unique work and to learn about the work of others . What follows below is a brief ex posure of the masculine sid e of the Gymnaest rada. Basel Gymnaestrada As in the four previous occasions of Gy mnaes trada festivitie s, female s outnumbered

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the males In a ratio ap proximately two-to-one. Most of the prese ntat ions were gro up efforts with occasional gymnastic work done by a si ngle gymnast. The emphasis was on class or group gymnastics, however. Certai n performances were de signated as teaching-learning demon stration s and were very well done. We saw work from each of the fo ll owing gymnastic categories: I. Pattern a nd stream tumbling including doubles , triples and other balancing di splays. 2. Combined a pparatu s. 3. Synchronized apparatu s work. 4. Mass calisthenics. 5. Unusual apparat us (Iron ba rs , logs, lad" ders ) 6. Combined work of men and women or boys and girls. A clown act performed by a group of prominent Czech gymnasts of a decade or more ago was a special highli ght. It will be remembered by many who saw it as one of the best comedy routines for para llel bars ever done. Synchronized work on both side horses and parallel bars was performed by Swiss gy mnasts at the opening ceremonies at St. J acob's Stadium. Simple movements were perfectly combined with music. Having seen this for the first time, it is understandable why suc h work is so popular in Europe. I have used the term " combined apparatus"

ISee Mademoiselle Gymnast Sept.·Oct., 1969. Most of this issue is devoted to the 5th Gymnaest rada. ' Depending on how you pronounce it "Gymnaestrada" may have two meanings each of which is suitable. (l) Gym Strodo - The street or way of gymnastics .. . gymnastic way. (2) Gym Aestrada - a lifting up of gymnostics. The modern father of the Gymnaestrada, Enric Sommer, gives credence to both interpretations.

to represent those challenging gymnastic situ ation s created by the teacher (or lea rners) in which two or more different kinds of apparatus a re combined. The gymnastic "play" ensueing is creative, challenging and is used occasionally for lead-up work. Traversi ng combinations of apparatus provides a change of pace in the gymnastic program and has much to recommend it. Young German boys were seen vaulting a ra mp composed of several thick la nding mats combined with mini-tramps. (C10) N at ional Swiss Trainer, Jack Gunthard, showed a more complicated grouping as he challenged Swiss champions (Rohner, Ettlin , Berchtold a nd Hurzeler) to jump from the mini-tramp to the horizontal bar finishing with a variety of advanced dismounts. With a little imagination, combinations of apparatus can be a very valuable method in training at all levels of s kill. The boys of Kuwait provided a simple, yet well pla nned routine of tumbling and floor exercises. While some were in action we observed others (C-15) in a unique stance ready to spring into action. Stream tumbling (quick passes by a line of boys) was featured in some of the demonstrations. Carnegie College of Great Britain presented a demonstration lesson on the variations of kipping action on the floor leading to ha ndsprings and other movements. (1-7) The Scotch provided a combination of men a nd women for their demonstration. The girls' work has been described in Mademoise{le Gymnast. (See Mille. G. Sept.-Oct. , 1969) I posed with the Scottish hand balancers outside the Mustermesse . Their work included some fine pyra mid balancing (L-23, 24 & 25) a nd as a finale they vaulted over one another often using a circular pattern where all men were movin g at once in a sort of advanced , gymnastic " leap frog." (L-26A) Other combinations of male a nd female talent were provided by Germany , for example. At least one combination was frozen for posterity during the synchronized trampoline work performed (K-30) by the Germans under the leadership of Dr. Heinz Braecklein. Boys and gi rl s also worked together on rhonrads (gymwheels) under the direction of Werner Mais. (1-19) The " Evening of the World 's Best" included perfo rmances by two Americans ... Kathy Rigby and Dave Thor. We can be very proud of both of them for their very fine work at three se parate "World's Best" performa nces. Special distinction was reserved for the great Jugoslavian Champion , Miro Cerar. His performance in Basel was the third time that he was especially selected for a Gymnaestrada performance. No one but Cerar has ever equalled this honor. There are those who emote that the Gymnaestrada has little to offer but such people sadly a nd a ll too often have a limited , competitive narrow ness. For such people, gymnast ics is reserved for the select few . The Gymnaestrada, on the other hand , is for everyone. Thi s Festival , held once every four years , is dedicated to the upgrading of gymnastics in all of its form s. In a world composed of many different kinds of individuals , this periodic look at the world's gymnastic program provides a tremendous impetus for those concerned a bout how gymnastics affects life and culture. As the name Gymnaestrada implies, it is an uplifting experience. Americans have participated in Gymnaestrada work in several different categories. Our continued and expanded participation, even though great distances must be traversed and sacrifices mu st be made , will be one small indicat ion that the total progra m of gymnastics in our part of the world is becoming slowly but surely more important. Those who know gymnast ics also know that the way to medals must first be paved by stepping stones from "the way of gymnastics" ... the Gymnaestrada. 15


THE BASEL GYMNAESTRADA . . .

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Worlds Best March in (Dave Thor waves to cameraman ABF)

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Kuwait boys ready to spring into action (C-l 5)

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JUDGING

by JERRY

1-9: For the sake of consistency this should read A + C since a C evaluation is awarded elsewhere for the straight arm planche alone (see XV-3). The French version says nothing about straight arms , and yet in the illustration it is clearly straight arms (?). This could lead to some ominous speculations - e .g., is a back uprise to a bent arm planche a C combination whi le a straight arm planche alone is a C move?

IV-3: Same error in translation as in 111-6: French says , " Back-kip to support and lower to cross. " However, I. agree with the English version. According to French - low C.

By JERRY WRIGHT

Part III - Rings

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by JON CULBERTSON

ARTICLE I Stemme Backwards 1-2: A back uprise , even if from a handstand , is a very simple move and a very questionable B move , as most would probably agree. Certainly evaluate this one as the lowest B on the rings (value - 2.1! ?).

ARTICLE II Stemme Forward 11-3: Although the illustrations appear to show the swing to a handstand with straight arms , this is not stipu lated in the verbal description from the French version. The meaning of the word " effective " here is not clarified by reading the French (in which the word does not appear). Ed. Note: Illustrations are usually more accurate than the verbal descriptions and probably should be more closely followed.

I V -5: Does not seem consistent with other combinations ending in a straddle " L" support (see V-7 and VII-7). I fail to see why it is a B combination with a back-kip but not with a felge. What do you readers think on. this one?

IV-6: Should read A-C (similar to 1-9) since a planche alone is a C move (see XV-3). This time , however, in contrast to the case in 1-9 straight arms are specified. '

1-4: The "L;' support should be held two seconds , according to the French version of the code of points which then leads me to believe there are two parts here , and therefore this example should read A + A. ARTICLE III Kips 111-2: The " L" support should be held two seconds , according to the French version.

1-5: As in #4 the " L" support should be held two seconds , according to the French version and therefore should read B(?) + A. As mentioned above , this is a very weak B move , however.

1-7: Again the two-second hold has been omitted for the " L" support. Here A + A is designated which clearly argues for my comments above at least for the sake of consistency.

1-8: This comment may be somewhat picayune, but the French has been too literally translated here (as elsewhere) to give the term stretched where straight would be more appropriate.

ARTICLE V Feige backward from swing V-2: Handstand must be held three seconds according to the French version of the code:

111-3: The comments above for 11-3 apply here as well. Ed. Note: Again , it would seem that the illustrations are more reliable and that the intent is to have the stunt performed with straight arms.

V-4: Should read A-A (?) V-6: Shou ld read " Feige upward and lower to cross ," according to the French version. 111-6: . The translation here is seriously in error : i.e. , " kip to support and lower to cross" . .. of course, this would be a simpler C combination than what is indicated by the English version. I agree with the Engli sh version , but this is not what the official French code says.

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V-9: Again should read A-C since a planche is a C by itse lf!

Back-Kips IV-2: Handstand must be held three seconds , according to the French code' ARTICLE V I Feige Forward VI-2 & 3: In the translation from the French version of the code, bent arms have been omitted from the English version. #2 should be considered a low B.

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ARTICLEX Presses X-I & 3: All handstands mu st be held three seconds, according to the French ve rsion.

VI-5 & 6: "S lowly " does not appear in the French version, and the word " lower" should precede the hold positions in both cases. The translation of #5 is a mess! One shou ld just consider the illustrations.

ARTICLEX I Slow Feige Backwards X I-2: Handsta nd must be held 3 sec .. according to the French versio n. XI-4: "L" support held 2 sec., according to the French, and hence shou ld read A-A (?). XI-5: "L" support held 2 sec. , according to French. This B combination is dependent on a slow felge since a felge to a straddle " L" support was previously defined as A-A (see V -7).

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f+~~ ARTICLE VII Feige backward from support VII-3: Should read " Feige backward slowly and press straight body to handstand, 3 sec., according to the French version .

L~t~ VII-4: The 2-sec. hold is omitted in the French but wou ld be a ppropriate if evaluated as A-A.

VII-8: This is not consistent with IV-3 , especia ll y when one considers th at here it is a felge directly to a cross whereas one can lower mto the cross from the back-kip (see IV-3). In add ition, there isn 't that much distinction between a felge and a back-kip. Hence, this should read A-B (preferably a high B).

VII-9: Should read " horizontal body and." . .. ART ICLE V III Inlocates VIII-4: The new code has changed this mo ve from a B to a n A wh ich was certainly expected and overdue. ARTICLE IX Dislocates IX-6 : I have the temerity to suggest that full twists are rel atively easy. Particular attention should be paid to the technique , especially with regard to freedom from the rings, before all owing full C credit.

ARTICLE XIV Horizontal Back Levers XIV-4: Should read A-A (?). XIV-5: Should read " lower slowly through," according to the French vers io n. ARTICLE XV Planches XV-2: Same correc tion as for XIV-5 above: "Lower slowly through. " XV -3: Should read " hori zonta l body and straight. " ARTICLE XVI Cross and In verted C ross XV I-6: The term "and stretched" should be omitted. ART ICLE XVII Dismounts XVII-7: Note that from a handstand this dismount becomes a B move (see VIII-2).

ART ICLE XII Vertical Pull ups X I I-I: Should read "with bent a rms and straight body," according to the French (although in

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XII-2 , 3, 5 & 9: Unfort unate ly none of these clearly states that the arms must be straight whe n lowered to the side, according to the French code, but certainly any significant bending should reduce the value of the move.

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XVIJ-8: Likewise this dismount becomes a C move from a handstand (see V I 11-3).

XVII-14: This stunt remains listed as a B but shou ld be regarded as a low B.

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XIJ-4 & 12 : " L" support mu st be held 2 sec. , according to the French version. A-A for 4. ARTICLEXIII Hori 70 ntal Front Lever XIII-5: I heartily agree with th e demotion of this once C comb in ation to a B, but it shou ld read A-B. XIII-6: Here is probably the grossest's injustice of the new code. When a front scale is defined as a B mo ve and a ll the following moves in the combinations given here are defined as Cs (see XI-6 , XI-3 and XV-3 , respectively), how can one come up with anything less th an

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In summary the ring section of the new code is quite complete and up to date with on lya few inconsistencies. The worst features of thiS section are the omissions and errors in translation from the French version. There seems to be some unnecessary dup lications as with the dismounts, but I could on ly come up wit h a brief list of moves which might replace the redundancies. Unl isted Ring Moves and Suggested Difficulty Slow press to handstand from inverted hang with straight body . C Maltese Cross C Press from inverted cross to hand stand C Stemme forward (fro nt uprise) from handstand C Pull to cross from back lever with straight arms C Feige (or dislocate) to handstand with straight arms C (?) Two straight body in locates with shoulders nea r ring height B Cas t forward (or backward) from support A Ed . Note: Jon , how about XVIII-3)?

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RegiOn One

Region 1 - Connecticut, "Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont.

REGION ONE M.LT. Coach Robert Lilly reports that he is looking forward to a good seaso n. Graduation losses included Mike De vo rkin and John Schaefer, but newcome rs show a good dea l of promise in the person of Nate Rudd and Pa ul Bayer. The team roster also includes Dick Hood , co-ca ptai n in the AA: Ken Gregor, co-captain and AA: Phil Milbe , AA: Tom Hafer, AA: Dave Beck , FX: Don Wan. HB . LH. and Coz Ishimoto. LH. Prospects are for s trong SR and PB , average FX and LH and weak SH and H B. YALE UNIVERSITY Coach Don Tonry indica tes that the Yale gymnastics tea m look s better than ever in s pite of losing two se niors, Bruce Bolnick (10th pl ace in the 1968 NCAA on the SHand in the Ivy League championships first 011 PB and SH in 1969) and Bruce Myers (No. I man for Yale in FX). Although Yale did not recruit a single gymnast, their freshmen squad consists of seve n members, one of which is Bob Rossback (Hinsdale , 111.) , who could be an all-time great on the side horse. Yale will have dual meet problems with s ix inexperienced performers and only one AA man but will ha ve more depth than ever before. Roster includes John Boly , Phil Frost, Jim Grillo, Pete Kenyon , Chris Khoury, John Malick , Da ve Miller, Rich Miller, Tom Mooney, Jim Ryo n, Mike Sherman , Brad Slnith and Steve Young. CORNELL UNIVERSITY Coach Bob Martin figures hi s team will be strong in SR. They lost no one and have added two strong freshmen , Tom Chesnut and Mike Lawitts: two juniors, Lynn Williams and Pete Ullman. " We will be hard to beat regardless of the league ," continues Coach Martin. Long horse tJgure s to be Cornell's second best event with the 1-2-3 punch of Allstadt , James and Wiggins. Weakest event will probabl y be FX after lo sing top man Mike Hammel , but Allstadt, Mark EIIyne and Wally Auser expect to rectify that before the season is o ve r. Cornell wo n the 1968 and 1969 I vy League championship and hopes to repat in 1970. They have scheduled some of the best teams in the East and with ad ded experience and hard work expect to be one of the best teams in the country. Newcomers include Chesnut, Re x James, good on SH and LH: Lawitts , second in N.Y. high school championships on rings: AI Jano s , good on PB : Rich Bower, Pete Suci , Steve Wight and Dave Granatstein. AA: Russ Wiggin , Lynn Williams FX: AA + Auser, Ellyne , Allstadt SH: AA + Swanson, Wi ght , James SR: AA + Lawitts , Chesnut. Ullman LH: AA + Auser, Allstadt,James PB: AA + Wilderoter, Auser, J anos HB: AA + Suci , Ullman , Allstadt SOUTHERN CONN. STATE COLLEGE So. Conn. has shown the strong coaching of Abie G rossfeld the past three years by being one of the. stro nge st teams on th e East Coas t, and prospects are that this year will be no excePtion. With Jim Amerine leading the team

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the ad dition of John Crosby and help from assis ta nt coach Dave Thor should make thi s the team to beat in the NCAA Co ll ege Division Nationals. Graduation losses were Fred Hatfi eld and Antone Cap it ao (AA a nd third in 1969 NCAA co ll ege division on SR) , however, th e new team members will more th a n make up the difference: John Crosby: AA , NAAU champion, second in va ulting a nd third in FX. Robert Lack man on PN and Tony Guarnieri on HB. AA: Amerine and Crosby FX: AA + T a mburri SH: AA + J a mes Yearwood , Shay (strongest eve nt) SR: AA + Ball LH:AA + ?? PB: AA + Shay , Lack man HB: AA + Guarnieri LOWELL TE C HNOLOGI CAL INSTIT UTE Coach Aronson reports that this sho uld be the best yea r in Lowell Tech 's hi story. With no losses through graduation and led by tri-captain s Wayne White, Walter Marcella and D a rrell Gallant , th e prospects are indeed bright. White has two strong events, Gallant wi ll compete in th e AA a nd finished consistently high last yea r on the H B, and Marcella is Tech 's No. I ring man. Th e outstanding so phomore is Mike Holmes , who competes on side horse , has full difficulty and needs only better form to start getting the higher sco re s. Tech use s freshmen , therefore , Frank Alden , Gary Berset, Jack Meagher, Clarence Poi sson will see plent y of action. AA: Nick Cicciu , Darrell Gallant , Wayne White FX: AA + Mark Brooks , Robert Brown , Tom LaCoste. Jack Meagher, D an Mitchell , Richardson SH: AA + Frank A lden , Henry Anderson , Mike Holmes SR: AA + Alden , Gary Berset, Earle Dinsmore , La Cos te , Marcella, Rich ard Weir LH: AA + Dinsmore, Bob Lawton, White PB: AA + Anderson , Richardson , White H B: AA + Marcella, Meagher, Richardson , . Weir, White , William Prince U.S. COAST GUARD ACADEMY Coac h Jeff Cardin a li reports that this is a building yeal: for th e Coast Guard after lo si ng two a ll-around men and their top side horse man. Newcomers Mike Kirby, John Molmrose and Paul Russe ll will comprise the building material. Team will be strong on side horse and weak on rings and in floor exercise. UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS Mass appears to be headed for a stron g seaso n as de pth in every event should make them a threat to any team in the East. Success rests on the shoulders of the AA men , Joe Reed , Norm Vexler and Tony Vacca and the strong tea m effort of the specialists. Co ntenders for indi vidual honors should be Joe Goodwin , FX: Norm Vexler, SH: Joe Reed , R & HB: Tony Vacca , LH & HB ; Steve Cary , LH & PB , and Scott Stover, LH & H B. Graduation lo sses were Dick Del Gallo, Eastern rings champion , and George Seibert. Newcomers are Tony Vacca, AA , and Da ve Gene st, LH and PB. AA: Joe Reed , Norm Vexler, Tony Vacca, Doug Salisbury FX: AA + Goodwin , Kasava na , McCauley , Nelligan , Calabria, Genest SH: AA + Dean, Hastings , Jone s, Riley, Aubrey SR: AA + Jones , Myslicki , Peloguin , Aubrey , Genest , ÂŁearle LH: AA + Cary , Henry , Stover, Ca labri a , Genest , Searle

PB: AA + Goodwin , Ca ry. H enry, Peloguin. Genest, Searle H B: AA + Myslicki , Stover

RegiOn

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Region 2 ~ Delaware, Pennsylvan ia, New York, New Tersev. Maryland.

Region Two Re port By STEVEN CO HEN The artist s of Eastern gymnastics a re looking to paint a brightl y colored 1969- 70 season. A thumbnail sketc h of the teams who answered a questionnaire se nt out by M.G. is presented here to give gy mnastic followers an idea of what is happening this year in the East. COLLEGE DIVISION E. STROUDSBURG STATE CO LLEGE Coach Bruno Kraus It w ill be interesting to watch former international gymnast Bruno Kraus turn hi s efforts to coaching a relati ve ly young crew of gymnasts. The succe ss of state's endeavors will rest squarely on the shoulders of Bill Hladik , Gary Det we iler and Dan Barret , the team 's allaro und men. ITHA CA COLLEGE Coach Gordie Eggleston The white-clad men of Ithaca wi ll be rebounding from a hard-luck 1968-69 seaso n. Coach Eggleston will be going with a completel y new crop of talent that include allaround performers C raig Kolloff, Lee Multari , Norm Sosin an d speciali sts Ru ss Federman (PB , R), Roge r Scott (FX , LH) and Tom Bull ( R).

MONTCLAIR STATE CO LLEGE Coach Terry Orlick The 1968-69 season for Montclair pro ved quite successful with a record of 10 wins and two losse s. This year's team undoubtedly will be handica pped by lo sses of many old faces, but with th e bright new stars of D av id Green (AA) a nd Bill Balogh (AA), Coach Orlick's team will be big threat to all college di vision members. U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY Coac h A. L. Zielinski One of the Mariners' newall-around performers thi s year is named Bob Emery - however, no relation to last year' s Nissen Award winner from Penn State. Mr. Emery, needless to say , has a big pair of shoes to fill. Other top pelformers on Coach Zielinski 's tea m are Kevin Clavin (AA) and Mariners ' Winslow , Busch, Peake and Kristensen. EASTERN INTER COLLEG IATE LEAGUE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY Coach Bill Savering Last yea r's fourth-ranked Middies will be looking for eve n smoother water this year. Depending heavil y on seniors Bob Marchy and captain Steve Klot z (bo th AA) , Coac h Save ring will have hi s work cut out for him. Michael Ash, another all-around performer, will he manning hi s battle station with a talented academy team. PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY Coach Gene Wettstone Always one of the great gy mnastic dynamos of the East , Penn State promises no le ss than an excellent team this yea r. The los ses of Mssrs. Emery , Litow, Kindon , Vexler and Bayuk would be enough to give a ny coach peptic ulcers but not Coach Wettstone. Returning ve ter-


a n Dic k Swetma n to captain seaso ne d Lions Tom C lark , Casey Sanders, Tommy Dunn , Le n Bunes a nd Jimmy Co rri ga n wi ll provide th e one-two punch. Never wit hou t so me rabbit s in hi s ha t. Wettstone will pull out s pa rkling sophs Marshal Avener, Bob Koenig, G le n Williams a nd Bill Mitchell to make a ll contenders cringe. SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY Coach Paul Romeo Stout-hearted Coac h Rom eo has bee n pl agued by the uni ve rsit y di sease called" Athletic Dee mph asis ." Though he is still wo rking hard to keep the leve l of gy mn ast ics at hi gh ca libre, Sy racu se will suffer at th e ha nd s of bureaucratic policymakers. George Statler (R) and T ony DeS tefa nn o (S H ) are the tea m's best indi vidua ls, but it is go ing to be a storm y seaso n for the Orangemen. TE:MPL E UNIVERSITY Coach Bill Coco Coac h Bill Coco has rapidly es tab li shed himself as one of gy mn as ti cs' foremost me nto rs since ta king th e head pos ition for T e mple after the untime ly demi se of former Coach Patterson. The Owls we re a powerhou se of ta lent last seaso n, turning in a nin e-and-one record. No doubt , the tea m will feel the losses of Turoff, Geist and Weiner (red shirting thi s seaso n), but with the exemplary talents of Pete Difurio, Ronni e C lemmer, J an Kit ze n (R) and host of ne w faces , Temple will be a serious contend er for the Eastern C rown. ':T ea ms li sted in alph abeti ca l order.

RegiOn Three

Region 3 - AUloama, Wash . D. C, Flo rida, Georgia. Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ten路 nessee, South Carolina.

REGION THREE C OMPILED BY LYN BRYSON WRITTEN BY JERRY WRIGHT (Teams listed alphabetically) AUBURN UNIVERSITY GYMNASTI CS C LUB Gymnastics is flounderin g thi s year at Auburn. With th e res ignat ion of Coac h Ed Bengston the responsibilit y of running the club has fallen on team captain Warren Bacon. The sc hool has not yet sec ured a new coach for the group . The team members have ex pressed a strong desire to continu e competition even under this handicap. We need support from coaches across the South and the nation who will take the time to write the head of the Ph ys ical Education Dept. at Auburn , Alabama, urging the depa rtment to get a qu alified coac h soun. A reductiun in the budget a lso eliminated financial support for th e club. T ea m members are Warre n Baco n, AA : Tom Barrington , SR ; C harles Stuart , SH ; Larry Smith , FX , PB , LH ; Bruce Ha rri so n, FX , PB. S R, HB ; Tom Martin, Dick C he noweth a nd C ha rles Thompso n. DAVID LIPS COMB CO LL EGE 1968 sixth-pl ace N A I A all-around ma n Dave Fennessey should be a threat for first place on

parallel bars thi s year a nd will be competing to reta in hi s 1968 a ll-America n ranking in th e side ho rse eve nt. Jac k Willard. another all-around ma n, should score very well thi s yea r. H is strong eve nt s are high bar, PB , S H a nd S R. FX: J ack Leonard , Bohringer, Fennessey, Willa rd SH: Willa rd . Ron Ya ncey, Fennessey , Leonard S R: Will a rd , Fennessey , Jerry Guiffre, Jay Mike LH: Fen nessey, Leonard , Will ard , Mike PB: Fennessey , Will ard , Guiffre , Leonard HB: Fennessey , Bohringer, Will ard , Leonard OLD DOMINION COL L EGE (NOIfolk , Va.) Mark Grammer should do well in the all -aro und in th e S IG L meet. Pat Dave nport has the experience a nd now th e style to become the best SH man in the So uth. And Ray Shackelford should do very well on the H B thi s year. AA: Mark Grammer, Kurt Ebersole , Shackelford , Allen Black mon , Ralph Evans FX: AA plu s Jim Reynolds , Ricky Eddl e man , Jim Ambrose S H : AA plus Gene McNiff, John Jones, Don Rees S R: AA plu s Pat Davenport , McNiff, Ha nk Foiles , Ri c ha rd Joy , Bob Ty lor, Ambrose LH: AA plu s Rey nold s PB: AA plus Dave nport , Foiles , Mike Dea n, Craig Landa HB: AA plus Foiles , Tylor, Dea n,Jones, Landa FLORID A STATE UNIVERSITY (T allah assee) " We look for a good ye ar from our best allaround competitor, Don Hervig. Don wo n the SIGL long horse eve nt last year, and we expect him to be quit e strong in that event as we ll as in FX and PB ." U nfortunat ely, other than a few good indi vidu a ls the tea m lacks depth . AA : Don Hervig, Terry Morris , Ed Jonas , Karl Bishop , Bob Whit e, Steve T arver, Doug Lemond , Paul Goren Other team me mbers are Steve Mu sielak , LH , SR , FX: Hri an Metalits , SH , LH ; Steve Kaufman , FX ; Lee Beal, FX , a nd Bill Pete rse n, SH. GEORGETOWN CO LL EGE New coach Frank Powell reports the team is mo st ly beginne rs, but that the y are looking fo rward to building into a respectable team. With a young tea m, of course , a ny line up will be ve ry tentative a nd dependent upon who work s ha路rdes t. Ca ndidates a re : AA: Shannon C hasteen , Bob Kohl F X: AA plu s Benny Blustein , John Co hn , Mike Patterso n, J eff Kaufman S H: AA plus John Co hn , Patterso n S R: AA plu s Steve Collins, Kaufm an, C urti s Wilhoite , Cu rl Morgan LH : AA plus Patt erso n, Tom Stephens PB : AA plus Patte rso n, D ale Gunn H B: AA plu s ~??~ UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA Coach Lee Cu nningha m appears to have a fairl y good tea m shaping up for him. Lee re ports on the follo wing: Holliday: H B: hec ht vault , eagles , hecht with full di smount , etc. Wi se hart: H B: inverted s, hecht vault , double fl y-away. Murphree: SH & FX: Potential SIGL champion both eve nt s - exce ll ent tumbl er. J ano ws ki: SR: C lo se to a straight arm outine with a good line of sk ills. AA : Holliday, Presley , El sner, Murphree FX: AA plus Wi seha rt , C unningha m, Dimling. Hayes , Wa lker SH: AA plus Bradle y, Hayes, McEver SR: AA plus Pete rs, Janowsk i, Boyer LH: AA plus Prosser, Cu nningham PB: AA plus Pete rs , Wisehart, Hayes, Walker H B: AA plus Peters, Wi seha rt LO U IS IANA STATE UNIVERSITY IN NEW ORLEAN S

Coach Lo yd Huva l indicates that thi s squad has some stro ng individual performers especially: Rol and Lopez: Exceptional FX a nd double saltos in vaul ting ; 100.00 pote nti al in AA. Scott Rodosta: National caliber on rings with good swing a nd strength. AA: Lopez, Bob Johns , Jay Biggs, John Barras FX: AA plus Rado sta, Frank Ma ier S H : AA plus Glenn Morri s, Ron Lind , Jim Mano, Ed Pavur SR: AA plus Jerry Ad rain , Radosta , Joe Emmel LH: AA plus Adrain, Lind , Maier PB: AA plus Adrain , Radosta , Lind , Emmel HB: AA plus Adrain , Lind , Emmel UN IVERSITY OF LOUI SV ILLE Big problem here is the lac k of a seasoned second AA performer a nd a ge neral lac k of team depth . Tea m score of 11 5 is anticipated. AA: Ted Morrison , C hris Miller, Ke vin Taylor, J. Kessler FX: AA plus Stan Bracata , Ken Kle ier SH: AA plus Dick Haynes , D an Miller, Kleier SR: AA plus Hay ne s, Kleier , Marc Riggs LH: AA pl us Riggs PB : AA plus Hay ne s, Dan Miller HB: AA plus Riggs MEMPHIS STATE UNIVERSITY Coac h Lyn Bryson report s the entire tea m is greatl y improved with good indi vidual performer s and team depth. Watch for Robert Mayers - excellent on SH - could go fa r. AA: Jeff Miller,Jim Clemons FX: AA plu s Gu y Freeman , Dav id Buel , Dick Geisinger, Don Rutherford , T erry Vaezey S H: AA plu s Dic k Ol szewsk i, Mayers S R: AA plus Geisinger, C huc k Duncan , Jerry Kni ght LH: AA plus Geisinger, Olszewski , Rutherford , Vaezey PB : AA plu s Buel , Geisinger, Mayers H B: AA plus Maye rs, Duncan, Jack Cribbs NORTH CA ROLIN A UNIVERSITY Coach Fred Sanders' report indica tes th at the c rew fro m C ha pel Hill could be tou gh thi s year with the following exa mple s: Fra nk J effreys: Smooth HB with excellent exten sion C ra ig Miller: Poss ible doubl e back in FX Bob J acobso n: Freshman from N.Y. in FX Steve Alexander: A real comer on PB - Stutz, kehre to hanqstand , etc. Fred feels th a t the e limin ati o n of the tra mpoline eve nt was a big mi sta ke. T ea m potentia l is aro und 130- 13 5 points. AA: John Bentl y, J ohn He sse r, C harle s Lantz, C rai g Mill er, Bill Reid , Bob Rosenstein FX: AA plu s Bob J acobson, Ken Ras berry SH: AA plus Bill Calhoon , Joe Grier SR: AA plus Davi d Gerber LH: AA plus Ste ve Alexander, Harry Snyder, Jacobson PB: AA plu s A lexander, Rasbe rry H B: AA plus J ames Fis her , J effreys NORTHEASTERN LO U ISI ANAST ATE (Monroe) Coac h Wayne Bo yles ton feels tha t N.E. will be fairly strong this yea r with so me good indi vidu a l performers. He is looking for meets also. AA : Ray Ca rna han, Albert LeCoff, C huck Minica, Bill Schmidt , Dav id Taggart , Glenn Venator, Ruben Villalobos, Manuel Hinojos Other team members in c lud e Jim Fonte not , FX , SR ; Steve Lund, HB ; Blake Vidrine, SR , SH , and Ronnie Martin , LH. NORTHWESTERN LOUISIANA STATE (Natchitoches) Coach Armando Vega has probab ly one of the stronges t co ll egiate tea ms in the country led

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by national team members John Elias and Paul Tickenoff, two top all-around men. Newcomer Bruce McGartlin from New Orleans will be a surprise to many , especially in FX: NW competes mostly as an AA team and seldom uses specialists. AA : John Elias , Paul Tickenoff, Max Magdaleno , Bruce McGartlin , Bill Luciano , Bob Quintanales. Other team members include Bill Morgan , SR & HB , and Pat Dial , SR , FX & LH . WILLIAM AND MARY Coach Chris Patterson indicates that Tom Buehler may come through on the regional level on the rings and that Bill Sordill has potenti al on SH but might not de velop enough thi s year to pl ace regionally. AA: Chris Condit, John Bryant , Bill Bullard, Dick Eyler, Ed Tomlinson , Bill Sordill FX: AA plus Rich Belton , John C rowe , Ray Hill , Pete Tyree , Mike Berhett , Chris Layne SH: AA plus Tyree , Jeff Wren SR: AA plus Tom Buehler, Crowe, Mike Keurney LH: AA plus Belton , Ray Hill , Keurney , Mike Berhert , Layne PB: AA plus Buehler, Crowe , Keurney HB: AA plus La yne MIAMI DADEJUNIOR COLLEGE Ju st to let everyone know there is a fin e junior college in Florida that is turning out some fine gymnasts we bring you this info about Miami Dade. David Arnold shows excellent promise in the all-around with no weak events. Rodger Letourneau , another all-around man with fine straightarm work on rings. Other all-around men a re Da vid Smith , Vince Woods , Dale Smith , Bob Spencer, Larry Konefsky , Joe Rigol , Joe Trabbaccone, Drew Keyes and Mike DiGiacomo.

RegiOn Four

Region 4 - nlinois, Indiar14, Michigan, OhIO, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa.

Region Four Compiled by Roger Counsil Written by Jerry Wright MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Despite heavy losses Coach Szy pula expects to have his team in the top three in the Big Ten. Gone are Toby Towson, FX , who won practically every title available; Norm Haynie - Big Ten champion on HB ; Craig Kinsey (SR) , third in Big Ten; Dennis Smith (SH) , second in Big Ten ; Ed Witzke and Dan Kinsey. New personnel include Charles Morse , Michigan high sc hool AA champion and sixth in NAAU on PB ; Tom Kuhlman , AI Beaudet , fine AA from New Jersey ; Randy Balhorn , third AA in Illinoi s State High School; Ken Factor, excellent AA from Philadelphia, and Fred Zafran , another fine AA prospect from

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Philadelphia. AA: Joe Fedorchik , Micke y Uram , Randy Balhorn , Tom Kuhlman , AI Beaudet FX : AA + Rich Murahata, Pete Sorg SH: AA + C harles Morse SR: AA + Morse, Mark Anthony , Bob Goldenberg, Balhorn LH: AA + Sorg, Murahata PB: AA + Murahata, Morse, Ken Factor H B: AA + Bea udet , Murahata , Fred Zafra n INDIANA UNIVERSITY First-year coach Jim Bro wn report s that I. U. has a fine frosh team but will need seaso nin g. Team generally short on experience with loss of Ki vland, Witmer, Graff and Wi ser. New personnel: D ave Carter - Ind. state a llaround champion '68 and '69. Bob Gleichman - Illinois hi gh school finalist Gene Coyle - I nd. high sc hool seco nd in AA first on PB. Gary Powell - I ndiana high school FX a nd tumbling champion OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Coach Sweeney indicates th at not havi ng trampoline as an event will hurt hi s team so me what. as that was one of their better e vents. Bringing up a weak side horse tea m will help us four points at least, he states. Sweeney predicts a 152-155 sco re on fair da ys. However, Ohio State might be hard-presse d to retain their fifth place in the Big Ten standings of last yea r. Losses include Mike Se xton , Big Ten trampoline medalist: Steve Howard , AA , and James Simon , SH. Newcomers include Reed Klein , AA , will help in a ll weak events, a nd Gary Gammage , good backup in AA and will help right away in several events. AA: Bruce Trott , Reed Klein , Gary Gammage , Je rry Ballinge r Other team members are Ste ve Younger, Walt Buck , Pete C lute , Mike Kniffin , Steve Meyer, Tom Roush , Joe DeH ave n , Bob Harding. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA Coac h Pat Bird report s that the team has quantity but does not ye t ha ve the qua lity required to s ucceed in this league. Los ses were man y: Mark Howe ll , Da ve Stende, Robin Linder, Larry Peterson , John Henness y and Mill Munsinger. Newcomers are Jeff Rock - Minnesota State a ll around champ - 1969 and Rick Blesi - Minnesot a State all around champ - 1968. AA: Jeff Rock , Rick Blesi, Fred Kueffer, C raig Carlson , Charles Marti FX: AA+ SH: AA+ Rand y Hoffa, Ru ss Fystrom SR: AA+ Pat Preston , LH: AA+ Frank Harris pb: AA+ Steve Benso n, Dave Chapman H B: AA+ Frank Harris , Blair Hanson WISCONSIN STATE UNIVERSITIES W.S.U. AT LaCROSSE WSU at Lacrosse will be looking forward to defending their 1969 conference championship and hope to capture the 1970 title. Lacrosse has won 3 consecutive conference titles under coach Jim Howard. Our weak event , according to Jim , will be still rings , but the remainder of the events are well bala nced. C oach Howard also reports that he expects some outsta nding performances from Steve Berger (1969 NAIA trampoline champion-5th in FX , 4th in LH) and Eric Johnson (1969 NAIA SH champion). Jim indicates that the trampoline event will be a special event in the NAIA Nationals onl y. It will not be used in dual meets and not in the Wiscon sin State Unive rsit y C onference championship meet. Appa rentl y non-resident tuition increases forced the loss of two fine gy mnas ts from Minnesota and thi s will affect the team. AA: Ste ve Schultz, ??? FX: AA + Steve Berger, Mark Calligan SH: AA + Eric Johnson , C hris Shaw SR: AA + Russel Franken, ?'/? LH: AA + Berge r, Dan Woodward

PB: AA + Mike Tolzma n, Ra lph Drecke H B: AA + Druecke, Tolzman Ros ter a lso includes: Keith Bolham , Mark pnughoeft , John Pollack , Walter Price, C harl es Smith , Robert Tolzman , and Don Von Ebers. WSU AT OSHKOSH New coac h Ken Allen rel a tes that having judged in the conference prior to this yea r he feels that he can state tha t the team should maintain their relati ve position. The team lost a few goo d pelformers because of the raise in out-of-state tuition but the se spots should be capably filled by other team members. A lot will depend upon fre shman performers. Losses included: Neal Krupicka- AA: Bill Vollenweider-SH : Jim Altree-PB , HB ; Da ve Ellis- Tramp. , LH: Mike Mei ss ner- FX and H al De ve ra. This is compensated for by six new freshmen that were not recruited but ju st came to a good sc hool with a fine gymnast ics program. AA: Jim Rainer, George Grainger FX: AA + Bob Stoneman , C hri s Grainger SH: AA + Rick Jaku s, Joe Lake SR: AA + John Kouba , Mike Gelles, Larry Suihlik LH: AA + Stoneman , Ch ri s Grainger PB: AA + Frank Loomis, Suihlik , H B: AA + Jim Arthur, Dick Bacon OTHER SCHOOLS WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY Coac h Fred Orlofsk y sounds optimistic in stating th at hi s is a " much improved team. " We stern did not suffer a ny severe gradu ation los ses a nd added some promi s ing freshman and lo sses and added so me promising freshmen and the y are hoping for their first winning season ever, though they have a ve ry tough sc hedule. New pe rsonnel include Larry Jordan - AA from Wacren , Pa. - especially strong on SR & PB and G e ne Brinkerhoff - FX & LH from Jac kso n, Mich. AA: Larry Jordan , Chuck Beatty , Bob Schau FX: AA + Denni s Spencer, Brinkerhoff, Paul Boes , Brinkerhoff SH: AA + Mark Kuj awa , Larry Week s SR: AA + D a le General , John Vignola , Bill Bernadelli , Rick Toohe y, Poe , Bankowsk i LH: AA + Spencer, Brinkerhoff, Toohe y PB: AA + Weeks, Bob Borrow, Jim Alderink H B: AA + Borrow , Alderink STOUT STATE C oach John Zuerl ein indicates that the team will be the best it has ever been in spite of definite weaknesses in long horse and on PB . Our team , states John , is yo ung, but still the most experienced we have ever had. Stout will host the N A I A Nationals and this could effect

"He did the required very nicely, but I didn 't care for that last little effort of his own."


the team's performance. Peter La Loggia, freshman from Illinois , is expected to develop into a good AA man. Ron Day has been lost from the team -a fine AA man , excellent ring man and good leader. AA: Bill Liebich , Craig Sas FX: AA + John Elliott, Steve Joelson SH: AA + AI Doerer, Alan Smith SR: AA + Tim Kruse , Mike Zissman LH: AA + Larry Pfeiffer, Jim Beeck PB : AA + La Loggi a, Harry Look H B: AA + La Loggia, Paul Krauth MANKATO STATE COLLEGE Mankato has three returning lettermen, one transfer student and the remainder freshmen. Coach Bill Holmes feels that the team has a good potential: however, it will take a lot of work to score well. The tea m is working well and is excited about the school hosting the College Division Nationals a nd determined to make a good showing. New men are Tim McCloskey from N.E. Louisiana-excellent high bar and good AA potential : Gary Morten so n - frosh from Minnesota - FX and vaulting. Team losses were: Captain Bob Wuornos , Dave Edens, Mike Zenk and Tom Loppnow. AA: John Focht, Bob Knight , Brent Smith , Tim Marcks FX : AA + Eric Pa ul , Mortenson SH : AA + Jim Rosenou , George Flad SR: AA + Dave Bye, Dennis Meemken LH: AA + Eric Paul , Jim Tarnowski PB : AA + Bye HB:AA+Bye

Losott , Reeves , Paravan and Misek. ST. CLOUD STATE COLLEGE The prospects here are definitely not cloudy! H B is the team's strongest event. SR specialists are good except for the AA men , FX is good and SH for AA is poor but the team potential is around 145 - 150 points . Losses were Dave Olson and Larry Watson (both side horse). Newcomers are Jeff Chinn, excellent ring specialist (placed in state meet). Tom Kahlerplaced 2nd in 3 events in state meet. And Dave Vensas-state champion on SH two years ago. AA: Scott Lewis , Mitch Vogt , Mike Brown, Gordon Schroeller FX: AA + Mike Ryan , Tom Kahler SH: AA + Dave Vensas , Dennis Anderson SR: AA + Mike Nilles, Jeff Chinn LH: AA + Gill Gillespie , Mike Ryan PB: AA + Gillespie H B: AA + Brown MIDEAST GYMNASTICS LEAGUE This new five-school a lliance consisting of Southern Illinois University , Indiana State University , Northern Illinois , Illinois State Univ. and Ball State University should constitute one of the stronger leagues in the country. Southern Illinois University and Indian a State already enjoy national reputations and Illinois State with an impressive array of Frosh ta lent will surprise many in the near future.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY Coach Bill Meade reports that he should be able to field a team. I n fact, the prospects are pretty good as usual in spite of the loss of AA EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY E . Mich. expects to be stronger over- men Pete Hemerling and Stu Smith and ring all th a n last year even though they will have to man Wayne Borkowski . rely on gymnasts with no va rsity experience in Taking up some of the slack will be newcomer FX and SR. Their top trampolinists has turned Tom Lindner, AA (10th in Midwest Open and to diving because of a lack of competition on fourth in Iowa Invitational), and Charles Ropiethe tramp. With a year of experience under quet, Midwest Open and Iowa Inv . ring chamtheir belt Lanny Mills and Tim Reilly a re ex- pion , and Dan Bruring, 1969 Illinois State High pected to be greatly improved in the AA and School ring champion. Team strengths: HB , PB , SH and SR contribute about 60% of the team score. Losses were Sam Muffitt - SR specialist: Team weaknesses: LH & FX Rollie Steele - FX specialist and Chuck Har- Lineup: vey - SH specialist who is down grade points AA: Tom Lindner, Frank Benesh but hopefully will be back second semester. FX: Bill Beebe, Tim Frank, plus AA New personnel include: Jim Curtis-SR ; SH: AA plus Dave Oliphant,"Ron Alden Tom McArt-AA , Dan Wit z -state tumbling SR: AA plus Dave Fruring, Ropiequet and John Arnold champion, Dennis Sawtell- FX & LH , Joe Trimai - State side horse champion - gopd LH : AA plus Alden, Frank Larry Ciolkosz things expected. PB: AA plus Arnold , Jeff Long, Don Locke HB: AA plus Del Smith, Frank, Bert Schmitt, AA: Lanny Mills , Tim Reilly , Tom McArt Mark Davis Roster: Kainz , Ogg, Wasyliniuk , Ciarovino, INDIANASTATE UNIVERSITY Perry , Peters , McDermott , Curtis, Cilk, Witz With the addition of several new faces and the Fronimos , Trima i. loss of only one veteran, co-captain Ed Navarro, the prospects for the coming gymnastics season at Ind . St. are quite bright. Eight indiUNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS vidual gymnasts qualified for the nationals last AT CHICAGO CIRCLE year and all eight will return to the team this Coach Bill Roetzheim reports that the year. "They include All-American Tom Neville, team will be above average this year, but without seniors they will lack the experience neces- a finalist on the side horse; sophomore sensasary for top national ranking. The underclass tion Dave Seal , top 10 in NCAA as Frosh last composition of the team shows promise of year; Dave Gilchrist, also in the top 10 in building into a power by next year. Although NCAA last year on the HB; Bob Bosse and young, enthusiasm appears as though it will D an Wunderlich in vaulting and floor exercise carry the team through a winning season. One standouts Fred Henderson and Ray Jauch. glaring weakness is the team's failure to come Among the new personnel are D ave Huson up with a second all around man and the fact AA whose best event is PB ; John Pellika n that freshmen will be used to fill out the line- from Denver, Col. - AA who placed third in up. Thirteen positions , however, will be filled AAU Junior Olympics last summer; Paul by returning gymnasts. Woercz , second in Ind. St. High School in Losses were significant: Jim Schaefer and FX ; Byron Horine - SR ; Paul D achdjian John Schrammel not only were co-captains but SR, PB ; Bill Zeigler - SR; Bill Goodwin from also tied in the annual vote for the most valu- Miami - AA ; Dick Brennen from Syracuse, able gymnast. N.Y. - AA, a nd Rick Wagner, Centereach , F~urteen new freshmen are going to be N.Y. counted on to add valuable depth and a look AA: Bill Goodwin , Dave Huson , John Pellikan to the future. FX: AA plus Henderso n, Jauch, Quimby, Roster: Vogt, Heaver, Sakurada, Schaeter, Hostetler, Kevorkian , Wunderlich, Woerz Schubert , Vanic , Biddingen, Bohlin, Fish , Foy, SH: AA plus Neville, Lapointe, Glinsky , EhrFritzsche, Efstathigo, Grabinski , Engi , Jensen , hard John so n, Heyma n, Laschoben , Kruse , Kelly , SR: AA plus Roberts , Seal, Rendel , Eller, Ne-

ville LH: AA plus Bosee, Wunderlich , Kevorkian, Woerz, Wagner PB: AA plus Eller, Thomas, Brennan, Wagener H B: AA plus Gilchrist , Tavenner, Wagener. Lendi ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY ISU's gymnastics squad has added depth for the 1969-70 season particularly on the H B and SH. Two freshman all-around men will help strengthen the team and will give additional depth. With only one senior on the squad and 100% eligibility from last year's squad. I SU will have a good chance to defend their conference (II AC) title of 1968-69 and will make a strong bid for a high placing in the NCAA college division nationals. Team losses were Ron Bauer and Mel Wheeler. New Personnel: Greg Gian - AA from Rich centra l Terry H a ines - FX, LH , PB - III. state high school champion on trampoline Frank Acquaviva - H B - H a rvey , Illinois Larry Larson - SH - Illinois Steve Munro, Mike Hughes - AA, Rich a rd Allen - HB,Jim Artwohl - SH.Jim Pepper - SH, Richard Atwater - FX . AA: Bia n, Alan Galatte, Haines, Mike Hughes, Art Weidner FX: AA + Ri ck Atwater, Jay Wil son SH: AA + Artwohl. Doug Atkins, Curt Haines, Larson, Pepper SR: AA + Rich Carlson, Rich Smith , Gerry Whit son LH: AA + Tim Cline PB: AA + Lee Combs , Gary Gathman, Mike Hillineer HB : AA + Acquaviva, Rich Allen BALL ST ATE UN I VERSITY Coach Robert Weiss projects that his team will be in the high 140s this year. Don Hoecherl , new from Mia mi-Dade J.e., is expected to strengthen the SH event. AA: Jim Gaszynski , State G a le FX: AA + Dennis Smith,Jack Kosma SH : AA + Don Hoecherl , Mike Rich SR: AA + Ellis Dames , Rich LH: AA + Dames, Eric Connell PB: AA + Connell , Dennis locco HB: AA + Connell, Rich NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY Coach Hubie Dunn anticipates that his crew will score in the neighborhood of 130-140 points. Graduation losses were Dave Moehale, Les Hoffer and Steve Mitschele. Promising newcomer Robin Tennessen is expected to contribute greatly on HB, FX , LH .

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SR: AA + Mike Wedge LH: AA + Tennesse n PB: AA + Rand y Cormican HB : AA + Joe Garris UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Picked by most as the favorite in thi s league , Coach Newt Loken will be ou t to make that prediction come true. Michigan will ve ry much mi ss the likes of it s eight departed seniors , but they do ha ve some fine young men coming up , and the spo ts sho uld be filled adequatel y. In FX NCAA champion Da ve Jacob s will be mi ssed, but Huntzicker a nd Black will be taking up the s lack. Side horse lost Wagner, but Newt feels that Gluck and Kaziny , plu s Saffier and Gura, will make this a so lid event. Rings: whenever you lose men like Kenney and Froeming, you're hurting, but in Frowick, Sale, Mackie and Rogers they hope to stay around 27 points here. Vaulting: Loss of Rodney (NCAA finalist s) will hurt but tru st others w ill fill in . P. Bars: again losing a great pelformer like Big Ten champion Dick Ri c ha rd s will affect that e vent, but Capt. Ra ppe r (NCAA champion) , along with Mackie , Plotkin a nd the AA men, should help. HB: Michigan fa ns will certainly miss the unique stylists, Mike Sasich a long with Fred Rodne y, since both of them a lways came through but realize that Ed Howard , Ted Marti , Murray Plotkin , Mackie a nd Scully will do a fine job. The AA event will have a stro ng one-two punch with Big T e n all-a round c hampion Rick McCu rd y and seco nd-place man Sid Jen se n. Also in th p ,\A will be Plotkin a nd Mackie. AA: Rick McCurdy , Sid Jen sen , Bill Mackie, Murray Plotkin + frosh Ray Gura-Cle velan d FX: AA + Huntzicke r, Black, Weibel and fro s h Bl ack- Illinoi s: boys from Michigan SH: AA + Gluck , Kaziny , Saffier, Gura SR: AA + Frowick , Rogers LH: AA + Hunt z icker, Rogers , J ackso n from Ca nada P8: AA + Ra pper, Vanek , Marti , Rogers from Canad a HB: AA + Howa rd , Marti , Scully UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Coach Mike Jacobson will be hard-pressed to come up with as stro ng a crew as last year's NCAA championship tea m. The loss of Bob Dick so n - all around , Keith McCanless (two-time NCAA champion on the SH) a nd Don H atch (three-time Big Ten SR champ) will probably show. Freshman Chuck Ci tron (SH) will be a contender thi s year, Rud y Ginez , AA , looks like a contender on the PB s, a nd D an Rep p will be a contender on SR. Coac h Jacobson 'predicts that Iowa will have to beat Michigan , Michigan State and Illinoi s

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for the co nfe rence title and will ha ve to de pe nd o n fre shmen for a lot of help. I njurie s could playa big role , he says, which might indi cate a lack of depth. Rosters : Jerry Bonney, C itron, Phil Farnam , Ri c h Feldkamp, Rudolpho Ginez , Ray Hardin , Wa llace Kann , Brad Larson , Ken Liehr, D ave Luna , Jame s McRlan , Roger Nei st, Mike Prector, Dan Ra pp , Rich Sauer, Rich Scorza, Dave Short , Dean Showalter, Barry Siotten , Dick Taffe a nd Jeff T ay lor.

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stay hea lth y , howe ver, the y could improve on last yea r's record. Strong e vent will be FX, a nd weakest e vent will probab ly be H B. Losses were Ben Blea a nd Eric Singer, both fine performers. Newcomers are Tom Casey, who had shoulder surgery last year but has recovered nicely and will be in FX. Also , fre shmen Mike H a rrison and Rand y Sherman should help the team in vaulting and looking for big things from Jim Lane on the side horse. AA: Pat Edwards , Gary Pomeranz, Ken McCaulay FX: AA + Dennis Berg, Tom Casey SH: AA + Jim Lane SR: AA + Randy Schumacher LH: AA + Mike H a rrison , Rand y Sherman PB: AA + D ave Forman H B: AA + Bruce Lonnecker

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Region 5 - Iowa State Unjv., Kansas, Mis路 Nebraska, North . Dakota, Oklahoma.. South Dakota.

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Big Eight Confe re nce - Region 5 Co mpiled by D ave Wa rdell Written by J e rry Wright IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY Coach Ed Gagnier has almost the same tea m back that finished third in the 1969 NCAA nationals with the one big exception of Ward Meythaler, NCAA co-champ on the rings. New perso nne l include Jim Stephenson , freshman AA from EI Cajon , Calif. , and Siew Buck , FX and LH man from Ames , Io wa. Ed reports tha t hi s greate st asset will be depth beca use of his seven all-around men an d with fi ve conference champions returning it look out " Big Eight. " AA: D ave Butzma n, Payton Da vy, James Gilberto , Dennis Mazur, Brent Simmons, Richard Simmons and James Stephenson FX: AA + Doug Berry , Stew Buck , Robert Ito , Bob Miller, Jeff Robken SH: AA + Ru sse ll Hoffman , Doug Pe ak , Don Graves SR: AA + Barry Dickerson , Kim Orr, Tony Ri zzuto LH: AA + Mason Buck, Stew Buck PB: AA + Rex Gray , Jeff Le vin , Don Gra ves HB: AA + Ken Fontana UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA Coac h Francis Allen re ports th a t he has the best group of fres hmen he has ever seen at the U. of Nebraska and is looking forward to a n up-a nd-coming team. N ew personnel include Hoppy Ba tten , H Band AA ; Mark Albanes e, J ac k Bullington a nd J eff Johnso n. AA: Foster Batten , Steve Elsasser, Alex Gera rd , John Kocourek FX: AA + Jeff Johnson , Tony Manthay , Stu Pauley , Tom Riesing, Tim White SH: AA + La rry Everman , Vic McWilliams, Rick Yates SR: AA + Bullington , Albanese LH: AA + PB: AA + Denni s Moen , Stu Pa uley HB: AA + Ste ve Jones UNIVERSITY OF COLO R A DO Coach Lind y Baer regretfully admits that Co lorado does not ha ve a good deal of depth . I f the y

Region 6 - Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas.

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Region 7 - Arizona. Colorado, Montana. Utah, Wyoming.

Region Seven Report By DON NORTON Dept. of English, Brigham Young U. The best news in the Rocky Mountain area is th e constantl y impro ving qualit y of gymnas tics a t both the collegiate a nd high sc hool le vels. Tea ms a nd indi vidu als from Region Seven are gaining fin e reputation s . U nfortunatel y I have not been able to find a high sc hool represe nt a ti ve from Montana and Arizona. Any vo luntee rs? Bob Fisher from Boulder is a nxiou s to re port Co lorado hig h school news. There is virtuall y no high school gy mnastics in W yomi ng a nd Utah.


U. OF UTAH, Lary Anderson , Coac h This yea r will be a successful year for U. of U . gym nasts. The team, though small in number, boasts four experienced all-a round me n, Sergio Luna, Ken Wright (nice ly recovered from last year's injuries) , Bob Montgomery and Roger Ha ldema n. G uy Seghetti , Dennis Jon es a nd Mike Judd , all with competi tion expe ri ence , will furni sh add ed depth . Brian T aylor has made th e tra ns iti on from trampoline to other eve nt s a nd could mea n ad ded stre ngth on th e P-bars an d long ho rse. The most experienced pe rformer on th e team is Sergio Lun a, who participated fo r Ecuador in the 1967 Pa n- America n Games and in the 1968 Olympics: he also we nt las t yea r to the N CAA nationals. Eac h of the a ll-around men should pose a threat a mong the top spec ia lists in conference co mpet ition. Bes t prospects, by event : F X Wright (Jr), Ha ldeman (Fr) S H Seghetti (Fr) , Jones (Jr) S R Ha ldeman, Luna (Jr) LH Wri ght , Montgomery (FR) PB Luna, Ha lde man HB Luna AA Luna, Ha ldeman , Montgomery, Wright BRIGHAM YOUNG U. Bruce Morgenegg, Coach BYU 's traveling tea m thi s year will consist entire ly of seasoned juniors and se niors. The winloss reco rd thi s year ought to tip decidedl y toward the win s ide. Peak pe rformance s should average in th e mid-I 50s : strongest events wi ll be rings , P-bars and side horse. Each member of the tea m is s howing exce ptiona l strength s. These gymnasts will consistently lead the sco ring: Don Ferre, AA (48 -5 1): 10th in N CAA long horse las t year ; sixth in WAC all around . Darry l Miller, SH: I st in Californi a State Jr. College championsh ips. Bob Baile y, PB: finalist in the sa me championships . Raleigh Wil so n, SR: finalist in the sa me championships. Bryce Ma rtin , FX: seco nd in WA C , 10th inN CAA. The team , by eve nt: Ai\. Ferre,John Hughes FX Ma rtin , Dave Waters SH Gary C ra ndall , Way ne La rson, Da rryl Miller, Richa rd Schafer, Watters SR Dan D av is, Ra nd y Greener, Wil son LH Martin, Wil son PB Bob Ba iley, Greener, Martin , Watters H B John Green , Greener, Martin Area Event s: Coaches and judges from the Salt Lake City a nd Provo (BYU) areas met in SLC on No v. 14 to organize an officials assoc iation. Visiting tea ms should find judging at the U . of Utah and at BYU more a nd more profess ion al in month s and years to come. U. OF C OLORADO, C . L. Baer, Coac h The team does not possess a great deal of de pth , but if they stay hea lth y, they s hould improve upon las t year's fourth-place Big 8 finish. FX is strong, H B weak and the other even ts impro ving. All-around me n will be Gary Pomeranz (S R) and Ken Macaulay (Jr). Excellent pelforma nces in FX should be coming from Tom Casey (Jr) (he is just recovering from should er surgery) a nd Den ni s Berg (Jr). Pat Edward s (S r) is looking very good this year on S H , S R a nd HB. Pome ranz is recove ring from knee surgery but is impro ving rapid ly in most eve nt s.

Jim Lane (So) will he lp greatly on th e S H: Mike Harri so n (F r) a nd Ra nd y Sherman (F r) will stre ngthen va ulting. O th ers on the roster, by eve nt: SR Ra nd y Schumacher (So) PB Dave Fo rma n (So) H B Bruce Lonnecker (So) Ot he r tea m members who may help o n oth er eve nt s a re: Steve Lo pez (Fr) AA C urti s Mallory (F r) FX Denni s Sc hi rm (Fr) S R, PB , LH Harri so n FX ,A A FX , HB , AA Sherma n FO RT LEWIS CO LL EGE C lint Ewald , Coac h Jim Gilbert, who led the 1969 team to seventh place in the N A I A, has returned to gradu ate sc hool. C lint Ewa ld is the new coach . The sq uad is sma ll , and the loss of Nat Boyer will hurt , but the tea m may we ll do better th a n las t yea r. AII-m'ound s Rich C lose a nd Dusk Winkler, both 1969 N A IA All-Americans, wi ll be th e out sta nding pelformers. Ray Lammon will a lso work a ll aro und. Others on th e tea m, by even t, are: FX Tin e Ma rtinez S H Ray Ferguso n, She ll y Glassman , Buck y LaRochelle S R Martinez LH Ferguson PB Martinez H B All-aro und men AIR FORCE ACADEMY Major Ka rl Sc hqen zfe ie r, Coach AF A e njoys thi s year the best tea m strength ever: th e tea m at thi s point looks like a strong contender for th e Wes te rn I ndependent Regiona l championship. Best prospects , by event: FX Ke nnedy, Ritter, So ra na , Ro skey , Lower S H C lauso n, Fretzs S R Tracey , C hase, C unningha m, Prendergast , Rab ins LH Kennedy , Ritt er, Sorana, Lowe PB Eaton, Nardecchia, C unningham H B N ardecchi a, Oakeshott AA A lexander, Hoit , Nickerson AF A will ho st both the Rock y Mt. Open (Dec. 5-6) a nd the Western Independe nt Regiona ls (March 19-2 1) UNIVERSITY OF DENVER Doug DeWitt, Coac h With the loss of six imp orta nt se ni o rs fro m last yea r's team , the bulk of responsibility mu st fall on the freshman. The squ ad is in a building yea r. And the days are past when Den ver could chalk up 34 consecutive du a l meet wins: stronge r co mpet iti on will put great pressure on the tea m. Yet the pioneers as defending champs are a strong contender for the Western Independent championship. Pote nti a ll y the team is even stronger tha n last year, but inexpe ri e nce may take its to ll. Junior Vince Ni co letti has progressed in all event s. Freshman Rod Richards, one of th e top h. s. pelformers in the a rea, will also go all around. The team appears strong in a ll events except still rings. T he team, by eve nt: AA Vince Nicoletti (Jr) , Rod Ri chards (F r) FX Mike Meye r (Fr) , Rick Mos ie r (Fr) S H Fra nk Swanson (Sr), Bruce Metca lfe (Fr), D an Belger (Fr) , ( I st, 2nd a nd 5th , respecti ve ly, in th e 1969 Colo. State H. S. championship), Larry Stone (Fr. from Illin ois) SR Gary Cook (So) , Way ne Pa ney (So)

LH Andy Saunders (F r), Meye r, Mos ie r PB Mo sier, Meyer, Pane y H B Saunders, Swa nson , Paney SPECIAL EVENTS : On Nov. 1-2 Den ve r hosted th e N ation al Gy mnas tic s Co ngress. Ja n. 4-5 an ex hibiti o n Ge rm an tea m competed against se lected a ll -around gy mnasts fro m Co lorado. And the Colo rado Gymnastics Association conducted a s pec ial clinic featuring th e German gy mnas ts. Also this season the Colorado Association will conduct a se t of instructi o na l cl ini cs for high sc hoo l a nd college offic ia ls. Grady Mathews has organ ized these, a nd he will be assisted by top judges in the area. Colorado Hi gh Schools High sc hool workouts do not begin in earnest until J a nu ary: meet s begin in March. So sc hedul es are still be ing worked out. MONTANA Gymnastics is booming in Mont a na now. Appro ximate ly 15 high sc hool s have gy mn as tic s competitively, and the qu a lit y is improv ing rapidly. I nt eres t in the sport is grow ing by lea ps a nd bounds. C linics a re being organized, and top peo ple in th e s port are being brought in to assist. Many in the state a re interested in becoming qu ali fied j udges a nd a re spe nding man y hours of st ud y in preparation. AAU meets will begin as ea rl y as Dece mber. Eastern Montana plans to host an open meet for the high school s a nd co ll eges: a nd the college's team plans to tour the state giv ing exhibition mat c hes to rouse more interest. Sadly , Eastern Montana is the on ly competing tea m in the state and so mu st trave l fa r to meets. High sc hoo l meet s require co mpul sories as well as opt ionals. Billings West a nd Ka li spell high schools are th e best. But other high sc hool tea ms are ga ining in stature. Attendance at th e full sc hedules of hi gh school meets is e ncouraging. Abo ut 1,000 spectators saw the state championships at Eastern Montana Coll ege las t spring. EASTERN MONTANA COLLEGE J ay Shaw, Coach The team has good pote ntia l, if eac h gy mn as t wo rk s to hi s capacity. But the tea m is young a nd inex perienced : thi s is on ly the co ll ege's fo urth yea r in competition. The team hopes to place a mong the top tea ms in N A I A thi s seaso n. Outstanding performers include a ll -aro und me n Tom Perry, C harl es Nicloles and Bob Anderson. Perry pl aced 18th in th e N A I A championships last year. Leo Lapito a lso performs a ll a round . The res t of the tea m, by event: FX Jim Baracker (F r) , Dick E ri ckson (Fr) SH Erickson SR Dave Ha rn ess (Fr), Tom Zoeller (Fr) , Mike Spurgeon (Fr), Ba rac ker (Fr) LH Baracker, Ha rness, Zoelle r PB H arne ss , Zoeller, Erickson , Steve Jen sen (F r) H B Baracker, Ha rne ss , Zoeller, Jen se n, Spurgeon U . OF ARIZONA Glenn Wil son, Coac h The team: F irst ma n listed is best ma n in each event. AA D arrel Auld , Doug Boge r, Steve Brockmeyer, Pat Hattie , Gary Hendrick so n, H emo Walte rs FX Boger, Prudencio Corra les , J ay DeBake SH He ndrickso n, Steve Humphre y, Scott McGirr, Dave Moe ll er, Randy Rey nold s 25


SR Scott Whit aker, Doug Swartz, Ma rk Peacock, Tom Moore, Steve Kaplan, Dave Gin LH Boger, DeBa ke PB Corrales, Steve Kite HB Peacock

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Region 8 - Alaska, C4lifornia. HlUllajj, Nevad4, Idaho, Or~gon. Washington,

REGIONAL REPORT - REGION 8 By JERRY WRIGHT PAC IFIC 8 C ONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON With a healthy Hayas kai back in the gym it look s as though the Huskies have a slight edge in this strong league. This in spite of the fact th at Mauno Nis se nen decided not to come back to school. Losses , in addition to Nissenen, include Ma rk Peterson, las t year's cap. tai n, and Charlie Peters. New personnel include three outstanding fre s hmen from las t year, Ron Hunter, AA: Tomi Ozora, AA , and Chuck Sanders, a SH specialist. The Washington roster also includes Bo Bennett , AA; Sho Fukushima , AA; Bruce Brinton, AA : Bruce Denton, SH ; Kerry Leima n, SR; Jim Szender, PB ; Hide Umeshita, AA- Kirk Edwards, AA ; Gary Fox, AA ; Lars Kol ~ rud (from Norway), AA; Ra lph Reitan, FX-LH ; Terry Barber, SR , and freshmen Kirk Bare, Jim Blackstock , Chuck Draper, Norm Ewald Frank Foreman , Lynn Hall , Gordon Jones ,' Rick Peikoff, Paul Scott , Will Schneider a nd Mickey Wissler. UNIVERSITY OF CA LIFORNIA BERKELEY Actually the Pacific 8 conference title should again prove to be a tossup because anyone of four teams could win. ThiS wnter IS picking California for second place at this time because of the uncertainties surrounding sophomore Minoru Morisak i, a fine young J a pa nese all-around gymnast who , even if el igible, is a ve ry inconsistent performer except on the honzontal bar. Ed. note : Morisaki is eligible! Losses include Gary Diamond , AA, and Jud Hammon, SR . Cal also has some eligibility problems in addition to Morisa ki but should 26

prove strong enough with a fine group of sophomore s that even helped out las t year as freshman.

AA: George Greenfield , Mori sa ki , Brad Moses , Tom Gardener FX: AA plus Mark Hassan, Tom Johnsey or Bob Ra ynor SH: AA plus John Nelson , Doug McGirr. Eric Co urche sne SR: AA plus Eric Courchesne , Hasse n or Bob Smylie LH: AA plus Da n Bowles PB: AA plus Phil Rockwell , John sey HB : AA plus Da n Bowles , John sey a nd Steve Cassidy Floor ex ercise should be very strong, with Greenfield , Moses a nd John sey all ab le to do double twi sts. Side horse will be strong as McGirr and Courchesne do most of the behind-theback work , and Greenfield is ve ry capable. Rings will be so mewhat weak , so met hing unus ua l for a Cal tea m, even with Cou rchesne who made the NCAA finals las t year. Long horse will be st rong, led by N CAA co-champion Dan Bowles. Morsaki could be one of the best in the country on the H B, and Greenfield is now using a full twistin g hecht dismount. Assistant coach a t Cal this year is a fine gy mnast a nd coach by the name of Masayaki Watanabe , who is helping out interim coach Don Nel so n; Coach H al Frey is away working on a Ph.D. UCLA Coac h Art Shurlock reports th at he feel s UCLA should be improved over last year which saw them fi nish 5-6. " We a re pretty we ll balanced on a ll events except for our fourth man on SH and SR ," report s Art. Losses include Wayne Marcus , SH, a nd Jon Lindike , H B. New personnel for UCLA seem to be a bright spot a nd include: Bill Beach : CI F high bar champ a nd ve ry good pros pect. Gary Garritt - AA prospect Rich Swartz and Gary Albitz: both outstanding ring men from Long Beac h City Co ll ege. Steve Rubrecht: fourth in CI F on high bar. Ken Ba iley , Leo Germain and Dave Pi vnick UCLA sophomores. AA: Dusty Ritter, Larry Bassist FX: AA plus Brian Casserly , Gary Garrett , Dave Pi vnick SH: AA plus Rich Muff, Dann y Uyseda , Ken Bailey SR: AA plus Gary Albitz and Rich Swartz LH: AA plus Je rry Gans , Garrett PB: AA plus Germain , Albitz H B: AA plu s Mark Haugen , Steve Rubrecht , Bill Beach UNIVERSITY OF SO. CA LIF. There is no official report from USC , but a ll indications are th at the y could be real tough . Makoto Saka moto is apparently back a nd raring to go. Makoto, along with Randy Martin and Jim Betters should prove to be a strong foundation o n which to build. Ed. Not e: Last-minute conr. ruling - Makoto not eligible! STANFORD Coach Dan Millma n relates that "again it isn ' t possible to predict more than we will have a stronger team than Stanford has ever had before. " Howe ver, when compared to the competition , this still leaves Stanford in a struggle for fifth place. . John Marks , last year's captain, has graduated , but newcomers C hri s Ha rrold , Rich Jerome , Ted Mi ya moto and Murray Keph art are going to be of considerable help. AA: C raig Dickson, Jerome , Harrold , Miyomoto a nd Kephart. FX: AA plus Brian Morgan SH: AA plus Bob Tomlinson, Den ni s Mesick SR: AA plus Steve Rochelle LH : AA plus Bria n Morgan PB: AA plus Bria n Morgan a nd Steve Rochelle HB:AA UN I VERSITY OF OREGON

With a 22- man roster Dick Smith 's Duck s find them se lves with what s hould pro ve to be Oregon's fine st team. With Mickey C ha pla n and Tom Kidd he lping with the coaching, it could be a rea l battle for fifth pl ace in th e confe(ence between Oregon and Stanford, a nd one of the se teams co uld even move into third. Losses include Way ne Noecke r, AA ; Jim Ha mbert , SR , and Dick Fernandez, PB . Several new perso nnel , howe ver, bright en up the gy m: D an Moninger will possibl y ~o 9.0 or better on st ill rings ; Bruce Hunter, fifth In the co nfe re nce two years ago , is back, a nd Kent Fredrickson mi ght be in on the a ll-around. AA : Bruce Hoyt, Dean Hale , Fredrickson FX: AA plus George Shoemaker, Gary Penberth y SH: AA plus Ste ve Cooper, Doug Noecker SR: AA plus Doug C hurc h, Moninger LH: AA plus Dave Olson , Fredrickson PB: AA plus Brad Hunter , Dave Olson H B: AA plus Bob Leach , Larry Brown 26.8 25.3 26.5 26.8 260 26.6 15 8.0 potential PACIFIC COAST ATHLETIC ASSN. This new confere nce consists of Ca l. StateLong Beach , Cal. State-Los Angeles, San Jose State UC-Santa Barba ra and San Diego State. CAL'STATE COLLEGE AT L.A. Ma ny of us still think of thi s as L.A. State , but , howeve r, you think of the na me coac h Gordy Maddus always comes up with a pretty fair team. Marty Caling is the team standout, a lthough Baily is tough on SH: Moreno is strong in FX. AA: Marty Caling FX: Caling, Robin , Hu gg, Moreno SH: Caling, Ba il y, Hugg, Fugimoto, Perez SR: Caling, Sevold, Hu ss LH: Caling, Estrella, Sevold , Moreno PB : Caling, Hugg, Sevold, Anderson H B: Caling, McBride , Sevold CAL STATE CO LLEGE AT L.B . Coac h Ken Bartlett reports that he is optimistic that it will be a good year. " We are strong on mos t eve nts except SH where we have only one seaso ned pe rfo rmer. " The key to success for Long Beach appears to rest on the AA si nce the team has no ge nuine six-event man. Side horse man Tim Mercer has graduated, but newcomer Richard Neuner, C IF side horse champion , should be a bl e to fill that gap. Team roster includes Brian Anderson , Les Armstrong, Gary Erickson , Elden Goldsmith, Dave McCain, Gordon McCollom, Lee Nickerson, Mark Nola n, Fred Robles , Tracy Savage , Nick Scracopoulos and Richard N e une r. SAN JOSESTATE CO LLEGE Coac h Jennett is back after a year's leave a nd picks the Spartans to finish third : thi s writer sees them as high as first in the PCAA conference. The only drawbacks will be o n SR a nd SH. The tea m has lost Ton y Spence r, H B, but picked up four AA men in Jake Steinlauf, Ed Sparacino, Bill Barnwell and Gene Bro~n , plus Mike Cooper, a tra nsfer from the U mverslty of Oklahoma and a great all-around potential. AA: Barnwell , Brow n, Coo per, Sinsel, Sparacino, Steinlauf a nd Sweeney. With Mike Coo per a nd Joe Sweeney at a ll -around , San Jose could be tough. FX: AA plus Doug Hills, Jim Turpin SH: AA plus Hills a nd Rich Havs tad SR: AA plus Jim Turpin , Win ston Ashizawa LH: AA plus Turpin PB: AA plus Paul Ha us laden , Dave Selleck , Turpin HB: AA plus Hills UC AT SANTA BA RBARA Coac h Art Aldritt a ppea rs ve ry optimistic thi s yea r with a large sq uad , including so me good ,


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young talent , and hopes to upset a few of his peers in the PCAA. Team losses from last year were significant , although not depressing with the graduat ion of Gordon Block , probably the finest gymnast ever in the young history of UCSB . Gordon was the 1969 PCAA champion on the SR and tied for first in the NCAA Western Regionals trial s. The new personnel in clude Jim Borg from Virginia, Dave Izzo from L.A. , Brian Kolb , L.A. city SH champion , and Randy Molin a from L.A. AA: Alex Peters , Jeff Leach FX: AA plus Molina, IzZQ, Rosen SH: AA plus Kolb SR: AA plus Bob Harris LH: AA plus Ken Wagner PB: AA plus Leach, Kolb HB : AA plus ??? FAR WESTERN CONFERENCE The entire conference will be weak this year with the possible exception of some ' strong individual performances. The star of the FWC is Jim Fisher of Sacramento State who placed sixth in the NCAA finals in 1969. The conference has dropped trampoline for this year. SACRAMENTO ST ATE Ron Peeks' Hornets appear to be weaker than any of the past four or five Sacramento State teams but will still run away with the conference title for the sixth year in a row. Team losses were Rich Peterson , SH ; George Siller, trampoline, and Dan Schilling, AA. New personnel is in the person of Rod R vugo , a junior college transfer who may go AA. AA: Tim McWhirk , Jim Fisher, Dan Barber, Rod Ryugo FX: AA plus Bruce Goldstone SH: AA plus Pete Ivory SR: AA plus Paul Tufts LH: AA plus Goldstone, Tufts PB: AA plus ?? HB: AA plus Tufts SAN FRANC ISCO STATE With the loss of three all-around men the Gators face a long uphill grind this year as usual. Bruce Lybrand took over his father's business and gave up gymnastics , Phil Horton graduated, and Mike Jimenez decided to just give up competition for good. The only returnee is Bill Garcia, a sophomore who , because of a freak injury to his wrist last year, will only be able to work three events. Additional losses included Dave Brandt-Erickson , who was second in the conference last year on the trampoline. New personnel include Mike Chong, a tra nsfer from College of San Mateo, Jim Griffin from Co ll ege of Marin and Pat Avera from San Francisco C ity College. The only hope the Gators have is to obtain add itional junior col-

lege transfers between semesters, or they will not even be able to enter three men in each event. CALSTATEATHAYWARD Although th e team personnel is unknown as of this writing, Hayward is expected to be in contention for second place. New coach John Ostrella and assistant coach Dave Niemand should be ab le to give a lot of direction if any talent comes to school for them to work with. Matt H uckler is potentially a fine parallel bar pelformer, even of national caliber, if he is sti ll in sc hool and if he works on being more consistent and gets a strength part in hi s routine. UCATDAV IS Coach LaQuard has about the same team as last year and figures to score about 100 points. The team is led by 1968 FWC floor exercise champion Paul Ammendolia, who with a little more work could also be of national caliber. AA: William McKnight, Darwin Takaki, Albert Thompson FX: AA plus Ammendolia, John Geyer, Dave Sanford LH: AA plus Ammendolia, Geyer CALIFORNIA COLLEG IAT E ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION S.F. VALLEY STATE COLLEGE Coach Bill Vincent , coach of the year for the past two years , antic ipates a good year with some reservations. The team , college division national champions for two years in a row , may be very hard-pressed to repeat that title after having lost Richard G rigsby and Steve Radomski. Grigsby won fi ve events in the 1969 nationals , and Radomski placed in several events. The team has also lost Bob Hughes a fine ring specialist and Tom Bell. New personnel , however, is expected to pick up most of the slack , and this includes George Engbrecht , Guy Gunderson, Pat Mahoney , all good AA prospects, plus Bob Bartell , AI Langegger and Dean Furnkawa. The man that shou ld make the difference, however, and the one to watch out for is Juan Sanchez , who is Olympic material. CAL STATE COLLEGE AT FULLERTON Coach Dick Wolfe in his second year reports that he is optimistic with a 16-man squad and th e return of Trigve Kristiansen a fine allaround man. Team losses include Phil Marozic, who transferred to the Air Force Academy for Astronautics; Steve Maglioco , transferred to UC-Irvine for pre-med ; Doug Hains , HB , who took third in the state and seventh in college division nationals , has ' been drafted and Jim Nowell , AA , who grad uated. Team roster includes Whitney Anson, John Bakovic, Glenn Bozigian , Brian Burley , Larry Castle, Rand Christiansen, Scott Crouse, Eddie Gragada, John Hess , Trigve Kristiansen, Jay McDivitt , Jim Mellis , Leon Mims , George Pate, Dean Schwartz, Steve Vosburg. UCAT IRVIN E Coach Larry Banner reports a roster of three men and will probably have trouble fielding a representative team under the circumstances. Bob F ields, alth ough untested , could turn into a good all-around man if he remains injury-free. IN DEPEN DENTS CENTRAL WASHINGTON STATE New coach Dennis Lazzar (rep laces Curt Hahn) feels that the team should do well against some of the Northwest team. Individually , Dennis expects Dick Foxel to place in the top five in the NAIA nationals on the SR. New personnel include Keith Harvy , who placed third in the Washington State High School meet , and Frank Perrone, a 10th-place finisher in the same meet. Roster includes Perrone, Dave Rothermel, Norm Mall, Ken Platt, Roger Smith , Fred Trousdale, Ken Krebs, Jim Brown , Marsh Langan , Robert Arnold , Harvy, Foxal, Ed Barnhurst and Mike Ferre. AA: Barnhursh, Perrone FX: AA plus Krebs, Langan SH : AA plus Rothermel , Langan SR: AA plus Foxal , Trousda le

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