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FIRST F.1.G. INTERCONTINENTAL JUDGING COU RSE COMPETITIVE RHYTHMIC GYMNAST ICS Madrid, Spain February 2 1 25, 1975 On Fe bruary 20 , we arrived in Madrid as representatives of t he USG F Modern Rhythm ic Gymnastics Co mmittee. Up to the point of arr ival in Madri d, ou r trip was un eventf ul. T hereafter , o u r sta y can be summ ed up as be ing very educationa l, very inter es ting, an d certainly a worthwhile ex peri e nce . To be more specific, some moments wer·e pleasant, some surprising, some frustrating, and some unbelievable. We both agree that two representatives from the U.S.A. was important in many ways - from our point of view, from the USGF's point of view and from the competitor's point of view. Arrivals were scheduled for Thursday, February 20. The communication from FIG indicated that accommodations were at the City University . However, th is was not the case and while one of us .restrained the taxi driver outside the Univers ity, the other spent one-half hour seeking information about where we were to stay. We hesitantly made our way to the Hotel Principe Pio, as the information we received was not given w ith assurance. F19rtunately, we then found that the Hotel Principe Pio was indeed our "accommodation. " The hotel was ceh tral ly located and a good selection for ou r purposes. On Thursday, our morning started with a welcome address from the Presid ent of the Spani sh Gymnast ic Federation and greeting s and introd uction of the F IG Competi ti ve Rhythmic Gymnasti cs Comm ittee and participants. FIG Competitive Rhythmic Gym nastics Committee Mme . A. Gotta Italy (Presid ent) Mme . H. Abad Hungary Mme. V. Bataen USS R Mme . I. Tchakarova Bul ga ria Mme. S. Urzynicok East Germany Mme. K. Cerna Czechoslovakia (absent due to serious family ill ness) Mme. I. Foerster West Germany In all, 48 part icipants fr om 21 countries attended. The breakdown was as follows : North and South America Arge nt ina 1 Bra zil 3 / "' Ca nad a 3 U.S.A. 2 9

East Germany Bulgaria East Germa ny Poland USSR Yugoslavia

2 1

3 2 9

West Europe Belgium Eng land France Italy Netherlands Norway Portugal Spa in Sweden Switzerland West Germany

2 1 2 3 3 1 3 8 1 2 1

27 Orient Japan 3 Each Federation was permitted to send a maximum of 3 persons, but the host country, Spain, was given special permission to sponsor more . We were surprised to note that neither Czechoslovakia nor Hungary were represented. One of the reasons, we were told, is that they have a sufficient number of Brevit judges. For the remainde r of the day and the following two days, our program consisted of lectures, participation, and films cov er ing the various CRG di sciplines. The committee d iv ided its teaching responsib il it ies as follows : 1. Indian Clubs Mme . Abad Mme. Gotta 2 . Jump Rope 3 . Genera l Code Mme. Urzynicok of Points Mme. Bataen 4. Ribbon Mme. Tchakarova 5. Hoop Mme. Urzynicok 6. Group Exercises for Mme. Cerna 7 _ Musical AccomAccompaniment - Mme. Gotta 8 . Ba ll Mme . Foerster Each instructor conducted the lessons in her specialty in her own individual way . Mme. Abad very carefully covered the 8 compulsory Indian club elements to be used at the Worl d Champi onships in Madr id, 1975. Her p rogression for each c om pulso ry was exce llent and he r teachi n g hints were, in ou r o pinion, mo re va luable t han any rece ived d uring t his

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Andrea B. Schmid Norma B. Zabka course. We also vi ewed a fi lm p repared by the Hungarian Federation fo r F IG , w h ich showed Indian club element s of su per ior and medium difficulty . This film is bot h an educat ional and artistic presentation . The cost to each federation will be approximately $100 and we certainly will strongly recommend that this film be purchased for use in the U.S.A . For the rope, Mme. Gotta made much use of a demonstrator. Her presentation included no part icipation nor work on progressions. Composition and d ifficulties were stressed. Mme. Urzynicok covered the Code of Points a lmost completely from the book. Very few additonal clarifications or additions were made . Among the few additions to the book were : 1. Each Federation must include the names of Artistic and Competitive Rhythmic Gymnastic judges when submitting lists to FIG. 2 . Acrobatic elements are proh ibi ted . Penalty 1 .0 point. Mme. Bataen had a very good presentation of the ribbon . She a lso showed a f ilm . The film was good, but not as va luable as the film prepared for Indian clubs . Mme. Bataen gave participants an opportunity to judge exercises, but, unfortunately, she d id not feel it was necessary t o ex plain her sco re and method of arriving at this score . Mme. Tchakarova, from the beg inning, informed us that she would not repeat what was alread y in the Code of Points on the hoop. She proceeded to cover the various types of movement possibilities w ith the hoop and demonstration s of superior and medium examples were shown . Among the points that should bear repetition is th at : 1. At no time shou ld the hoop be motion less. It is a m istake to move with an inactive hoop. 2 . When rolling the hoop on the body, it must go the entire intended length in order to rece ive cred it for di ffi cu lt y . 3 . At no time shou ld the gymnast be waiting for the hoop. We also learned that Mme. Tc h akarova, w ho is one of the we ll -k n o wn t ra i ners in Bu lgar ian competit ors, is presently in Spa in under a contract t o work wi t h t he Spanish team

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Profile for USA Gymnastics

USGF News - June 1975  

USGF News - June 1975