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ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

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A Clinic Report by Dr. Douglas Bartz University of Wyoming

Camps & Clinics CARA VAN OF CAMPS Thi s year Carava n o f Camps o nce again t raveled thro u ghou t t he South wes t regio n of t he co untry providin g hundreds of chi ldren and eve n coac hes w ith q u alit y in st ructi o n fro m to p coac h es and teac hers. Ru sty Mitchell , We nd y C luff, Dave Th o r, Tom H ein eike, Bo b Ch ild ers, Delene Darst, and Ca th y McG ratlin we re j u st a few o f the staff members w ho joi ned th e Carava n w h ich set up ca mp s in Sa nt a Fe, New Mex ico , Roswe ll , NM and Ca nyo n, Texas. On e o f th e hi ghli gh ts o f th e Sa nt a Festo p was th e " Elit e" ca m p, crea ted to p rov id e ve ry adva nced gy mn as ts an o pp o rtunit y to wo rk exclusive ly o n "E lit e" ski ll s. Th e low stu dent-in stru cto r rati o (3 to 1) all owed mo re in d ivid ual att en t io n.

The U ni ve rsity of Wyo mi ng, Eas te rn M o ntana State Co ll ege and th e Ro ck y Mo unt ain Schoo l of Gy mn as ti cs spo nsored three gymn as ti cs c lini cs, a wee k-l o ng ca mp, and t hree ex hibiti o ns du rin g a bri ef two - wee k period in Jun e. Afte r 100 ho urs o f gym nas ti cs and some 1,600 mil es o f trave l cra mm ed int o 14 days, I fo r o ne was r ea d y for a rest. Th e nu cleus o f o ur trave lin g staff ro ll ed into Larami e o n M ay 31 and found o ur fresh mo unt ain air cl ea n and in vigo ratin g. It was n 't until th e cl ini c was unde rway th at th e eff ect o f Laram ie's eleva ti o n was no ted. A t 7,200 fee t th e air is th i n and oxygen debt is easy to ob tai n. Th e Cowb oy State was ho no red to have at Stormy Eaton -- instructor, Caravan 01 Camps. th eir seco nd annu al gy mna sti cs clini c M ark Davis, fo rm er SI U stud ent ; Ne il Schmidt , Th e ca mp also o ffe red a coac hes wo rk sho p ass istant co ach at th e U ni ve rsit y o f Iowa; Su e on A u gu st 18th w ith in stru cti o n and lectu res by Sh aw, Eas tern Mo ntana State Co ll ege wo m en 's the sa me staff th at wo uld handl e t he p rog ram coac h, and seve ral o th er gymn as ts fro m acro ss d u ring t he seven days of ca mp . th e .co u n try. A two-day clini c for boys and a Enro llm en t fo r th e ca mp was m o re th an three- day cli nic fo r girl s drew ove r 130 d o u b le th at o f prev io us yea rs. parti cipant s fro m Wyo min g, Ne br as ka, and Ca mp direc to r was Hal Halvo rso n. Mo nt ana. Th e hi ghli ght o f th e clini c was a pu b li c ex hibiti o n by th e clini c staff and stu den ts. Gy mn as ti cs is still in it s in fa ncy in Wyomi ng. To see national ca liber ro utin es was CAMP GYMNAST an eye -o peni ng expe ri en ce fo r bo th spec tato rs and aspirin g yo un g gy mn as ts. To pin g o ff th e A bea uti fu l se ttin g, an exce ll e nt show to th e d eli ght o f eve ryo n e was M ark 's stud ent-t eacher rati o, and ve ry fin e in stru cto rs co med y rin g ro utin e and hi gh bar d ismo unt s-we re so m e of th e reaso ns for th e success o f thi s " Di d yo u see th at ? H e we nt aro und three yea r 's Ca mp Gymn ast held nea r Lake Bi g Bear tim es' " Perso nall y, I was mos t im p ressed b y th e in So uth ern Cali fo rni a fr o m Jun e 25-Jul y2. ,e nt husias m fo r learn in g shown by stude nt s and Spo nso red by GYMNAST m agaL ine the camp staff-gymn as ts wo r kin g toge th er. wa s un de r th e direc ti o n o f fo rm er UCLA A ll A ft er six d ays in Larami e, bags we re p acke d A m eri ca n A I Lub er and fea tur ed in stru cti o n b y and sleepin g bags ro ll ed for th e trip to Ro dn ey C. Hill , o n e o f th e 1972 wo m en' s M o ntana. In Billin gs we in va d ed th e ho me of Ol ymp ic coac h es. H is w ife D ebbi e also Jay and Sue Sh aw, two enthu sias ti c yo un g att en ded the ca m p and vol u n teered her tim e to coac hes dedi ca ted to th e pro mo ti o n o f he lp w ith mu ch of t he fl oo r exercise and gym nas ti cs at all leve ls. Th e q ua lit y o f ba lance bea m inst ru cti o n. p erfo rmance show n by th e clini c pa rti c ipant s in Billin gs indi ca tes th at loca l gy mn as ts ar e Nex t yea r t he o rga ni ze rs o f Ca m p Gymn ast bein g tau ght b y in stru cto rs w ho kn ow th eir ho pe to move th e ca m p back to Ca talin a Island bas ics and ho w to t eac h th em. w ith ex pand ed fac iliti es and eve n mo re On th e seco nd day at th e clini c seve ral staff in structo rs. • •

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Tom Heineike and Cathy McGratlin, Caravan of Camps. Ph o to by l arry Bilharlz

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FLATHEAD GYMNASTICS CAMPS A p p ro xim ately 150 c hildren fro m 10 stal es were en ro ll ed in th e .third annu al Fl ath ea d Gy mn as ti cs Ca m p h eld fro m A ugus t 19 to 26 nea r Flat hea d Lake in Wes te rn Mon tana. A m o ng th e 30 staf f m emb e rs we re O lympi an Lin da M eth en y, D ick M ul vihill , o ne o f th e 1972 wo men's Ol ympi c t ea m co aches and Sadao Hamad a, h ea d coac h at Stanfo rd Uni ve rsit y.

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Rod Hill, lecturing, at Camp Gymnast, Lake Big Bear, California.

Profile for USA Gymnastics

Gymnast Magazine - August/September 1973  

Gymnast Magazine - August/September 1973