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  1. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    It's disappointing to witness such widespread paranoia and petty character attacks when someone simply disagrees with you and some of your hero posters and followers. Very unamerican (or just weak.)
  2. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    What's not right? Kids can practice gymnastics at home. My opinion, which offends people here. Too bad. Get over it.
  3. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    I don't know him. But I tried to understand him, which offended a few popular posters (and some of their followers). On that thread, @dunno took a position about twisting that I thought would be repeated here because @dunno was so adamant that there IS ONLY one correct approach to twisting...
  4. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    You are indeed confusing posters. I simply prefer to preserve my anonymity and focus on truth instead of resumes to avoid nurturing prejudice (and ignorance). I regret disclosing that my husband and I have doctorate degrees. I don't demand special treatment (and I don't give any). Yet I...
  5. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    Thank you for asking. I education off the radar I don't find your accusations fair (or even credible without seriously twisting the sequence of exchanges). I am interested in truth, without much concern for egos. I don't plan to defend myself again. Please try to stay focused on your...
  6. Alyssa S.

    MAG motivating/discipline

    A split infinitive in your repeated post?? I thought you said you were excellent at English? Maybe some humility is appropriate? Meaning: there is probably a lot that you do not understand. And that's okay. We're in this together. :)
  7. Alyssa S.

    MAG motivating/discipline

    Coach asking parents for advice and input? Then, I would have confidence and faith in their ability to work through it. Has anyone discussed holding a conference where the gymnasts themselves identify the issues AND ask the gymnasts themselves to determine the consequences of bad and good...
  8. Alyssa S.

    MAG motivating/discipline

    What don't you understand (if you are being sincere)?
  9. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    Personally, I am in a learning mode. I want to understand. I think, for most athletes, it will make a huge difference to help each one to identify the optimal roundoff, and the optimal twist. I think research with peer-reviewed publication is ripe, if it doesn't exist. And I think the topic...
  10. Alyssa S.

    MAG motivating/discipline

    Coaches and gym owners could benefit greatly by identifying parents that are fully capable of making serious contributions. The fact that parents feel their hands tied is palpable and unfortunate. I believe there is a market for future gyms that LEARN to synergize habitually--not...
  11. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    Thanks! Might your conclusion be different after considering whether the switch (thru a new gym or new coach) to the proper/dominant side (say, at age 6 to 10), could eventually provide better results for the gymnast? Some coaches seem to believe this switch is optimal; while others seem to...
  12. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    There should be no genuine dispute that people (especially younger children) can be taught to use the non dominant side with repetition. After several years and thousands of non-dominant-side cartwheels, a 6 -year old will be BETTER--much better-- with the non dominant side. The prior posts...
  13. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    There could be additional deductions if reversing the split resulted in changes to her direction or other "text" errors (despite being performed flawlessly). :)
  14. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    I wanted to add to my own post. ... If the optimal direction for RO is analogous to throwing a baseball, then Righties should RO with a LEFT hurdle and twist counterclockwise (Left), correct? It seems that such a choice would make a substantial difference, at least for a baseball pitcher.
  15. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    I like this. Compare boxers: without coaching, people put their dominant side in front to punch or kick. With coaching, however, you find more power, usually, with the dominant side in back (leading with the weaker side). Think of throwing a baseball like throwing a hook punch--there is...
  16. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    with all due respect, I don't think you understood what I said. You absolutely can begin teaching a natural leftie to cartwheel right at 3, 4, 5, maybe 6 until they are old enough to protest on their own. A coach lays down the cartwheel mat with the little hands and feet and leads everyone to...
  17. Alyssa S.

    WAG Does USAG compulsory text and exemplar video lead Righties to Right-hurdle RO?

    I appreciate that. Perhaps there are additional opinions/perspectives? A friend of mine is coaching now after elite-level competition; and he shared that he was/is a natural leftie but was taught/forced to go rightie (by a famous eastern european) since he was 3. He said without doubt that it...