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Kimble, Wiskus and Bock Top Field of 18 New P&G Qualifiers

Kimble, Wiskus and Bock Top Field of 18 New P&G Qualifiers

In somewhat of a comeback, Marvin Kimble led all scorers at the 2017 U.S. Championships Qualifier in Colorado Springs. Kimble topped the standings in the 20 Point Program (91 points), and he put up the highest AA score (83.55), posting top-3 event scores on SR (3rd-14.50), VT (2nd-14.75), PB (2nd-14.20) and HB (1st-13.80). After moving back to his home state of Wisconsin earlier [...more]

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Another Look at the Decline in NCAA Sponsorship of Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics

Another Look at the Decline in NCAA Sponsorship of Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics

This time the axis are set up so the actual rate of decline can be easily compared. Up until about 1992, the NCAA sponsorship of both men's and women's teams was declining at almost identical rate - something partly masked by the greater population of women's teams. One of the women's teams cut during this period was at University of Texas (Texas AD Donna Lopiano, famous as a Title lX advocate, [...more]

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The End of the “10”

The End of the “10”

Most of the men’s teams were lost during the era of the 10.0. The naïve interpretation of this picture is that open ended scoring actually halted the decline! The more likely answer is [...more]

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Men’s NCAA Gymnastics — A Love Story in 10 Chapters

Men’s NCAA Gymnastics — A Love Story in 10 Chapters

One night in August 2004, I turned on the TV to watch whatever Olympic stuff happened to be on at the moment (I had no idea in advance what that stuff was going to be). That moment happened to be the one where Paul Hamm fell on his butt in the men’s all-around. The announcers seemed to think he had no chance for a medal. Knowing nothing about the sport of men’s gymnastics, I had no reason to think they were wrong. But they were. Paul Hamm’s last two routines were like [...more]

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Growth of Men’s NCAA Sports Relative to Population Size in 1981

Growth of Men’s NCAA Sports Relative to Population Size in 1981

Yes, you read that right. Growth in the number of men’s NCAA sports teams. Most of them, that is. Some of this was due to teams migrating from the NAIA to the NCAA, but men’s teams have also been added. By far the largest growth has been in the sport of Lacrosse. Is there something the men’s gymnastics community can learn from Lacrosse? I believe there is. The Lacrosse community is concerned with adding teams, but some of their strategies could be applicable to preventing men’s gymnastics teams from [...more]

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Change in Population of Men’s & Women’s NCAA Gymnastics Teams (1981-2016)

Change in Population of Men’s & Women’s NCAA Gymnastics Teams (1981-2016)

"In the end, our society will be defined not only what by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy." John C Sawhill, president, The Nature Conservancy, 1990 - 2000. The graph shown below starts from 1981-82, as the data collected by the NCAA from 1956 until 1981 was not collected in the same manner as the post 1981 data and included recreational programs. The largest number of men’s gymnastics teams recorded by the NCAA between 1956 and 1981 was 124 in 1971-72. There is a discrepancy between this and the 200 plus teams that are said to [...more]

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Oklahoma Makes it 3 Straight; Modi Wins 2nd All-Around Title

Oklahoma Makes it 3 Straight; Modi Wins 2nd All-Around Title

The 2017 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships could not have been scripted any better. As expected, Oklahoma (431.95) won their third straight Team title, and a three-team dogfight for 2nd place was decided in the final rotation. Ohio State (423.70) overcame the adversity of losing a teammate earlier in the week to surge past Illinois (422.10) and Stanford (421.50) with a season-high 71.95 on VT. The Illini and Cardinal finished valiantly on [...more]

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Final 6 is Set; Oklahoma Leads Qualifying Field

Final 6 is Set; Oklahoma Leads Qualifying Field

The Final 6 teams are set for the 2017 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. The qualifying teams are Oklahoma (430.60), Illinois (421.30), Stanford (420.45), Minnesota (420.10), Ohio State (414.65) and Nebraska (413.05). The day's top story came in the first session, won by Stanford. Nebraska earned a trip to the Finals for the first time since 1999. It was a well-earned reward for an inspiring team. After an early [...more]

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NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Live Video/Live Scoring Requires Some Tweaking

NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Live Video/Live Scoring Requires Some Tweaking

NCAA Men's Gymnastics is a fantastic product, but it does have a few shortcomings. Over the years, viewing options have certainly improved and grown in number. Last season, the optimal team-streaming standard was via Ustream, and this year it's Facebook Live. The quality is great and it's user-friendly. The Facebook Live option is mostly good for dual meets, but with some imagination, it can work for a tri-meet or a quad-meet. Oklahoma has a very good traditional cable/satellite live broadcasting deal with Fox Sports, but the offering is [...more]

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Ohio State, Oklahoma and William & Mary Win Conference Titles

Ohio State, Oklahoma and William & Mary Win Conference Titles

Senior National Team member Sean Melton and Jake Martin competed together in the AA for the first time this season, and the result was a bunch of much-need points on the board for Ohio State. Bouncing back from last season's injury plague, Martin has been the Buckeyes' work horse all season long, making him the 6th-ranked all-arounder in the country. He nearly hit for his average (83.30) and finished 2nd to his long-time teammate. Also brushing back nagging injuries, Melton competed in his first AA of the season (85.05), successfully defending [...more]

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