Jack Kelly and Paul Kitchen have confirmed their intention to run at least three Eastern Squad sessions in 2014 but can not yet determine the criteria for selection because of the ongoing uncertainty over the future regional and national structure (which has not been helped by little more than a token response from BG to real issues that have been raised by regions).
As soon as we are clear about the future structure, regional criteria will be published along with age considerations. Members of the 2013 squad may be eligible but the coaches will also be taking into account the degree of commitment to the testing criteria shown during the year.
Jack has advised that the timetable for Squad 14th July will be as follows:
10.15-10.30 – Introduction away from gym
10.35-10.45 – Floor warm up (Controlled)
10.45- 11.00 – Tramp warm up (Controlled)
11.00- 11.30 – Jump drills
11.30- 12.30 – Connection drills
12.30- 13.00 – Lunch
13.00- 13.10 – Floor warm up (Individual choice)
13.10- 13.25 – Tramp warm up (individual choice)
13.25- 14.45 – Individual skill and combination development
14.45- 15.00 – Summary and depart.
Confirmed attendees so far are:
|Lilly Patrick||Hi Tension|
|Sam Hodgkinson||Hi Tension|
|Sam Nightingale||Hi Tension|
If you are eligible for squad (i.e. qualified to, or at, national grade and are under 17 please contact Paul & Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The delay is necessary because the Royal British Legion are holding a parade and dedication service at the war memorial at the end of the road Brentwood School Sports Centre is located on. The service is taking place between 2pm and 3:30pm and so should have been cleared by the revised end time of 4pm.
By default we are expecting this squad to comprise all those aged under 17 and qualified to National C or above. Can all coaches please advise us as soon as possible of those planning to attend in order that we can consider whether there is any scope for wildcards on this occasion.
As always, we are particularly keen to see as many coaches attending as possible (including those without squad performers), since these sessions are aimed as much at developing coaches as they are our young competitors in the region.
Can coaches of all recent squad attendees please remember to submit their April test results as soon as possible (thanks for those already received).
Paul – email@example.com
Thank you to all the clubs who submitted the monthly test results on time.
This is important as we develop squad activity as a meaningful element in our drive to raise standards in the region. Disappointingly two clubs have yet to submit their results. The testing process is a condition of continuing squad involvement, and we trust that this reminder will be sufficient to avoid us removing gymnasts from the squad.
Jack Kelly & Paul Kitchen
Note: the article posted here in February describes the testing requirements.
At the Regional Development Squad on Sunday Jack Kelly introduced a range of drills intended to ensure that Back/Back and Back/Front somersault links are developed cleanly and to best technical ability, as Jack says:
These are the worksheets used at the last Eastern Squad and I hope they will be of continuing benefit to coaches. It was never envisaged that the whole list of drills would be completed during the squad session as there is no point on moving to the next drill before the previous one has been mastered. My advice is that these progressive lists are used during club training with the aim of focussing on one drill at a time and perhaps completing the programme over a period of months. I am only too well aware that there are many other things you have to work on but a ‘little and ofte’n approach to these drills can bring long term benefits to overall performance. Don’t hesitate to contact me if further clarification is needed.
These drills are repeated here.
Below is the confirmed list of attendees at the Regional Squad being held at Brentwood Trampoline Club between 10am – 3pm on Sunday 17th March (the wearing of shamrocks is optional 😎 ).
Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective, owing to available numbers at Fig and Nat C there will be no wildcard spaces available at this squad although, coaches, we do still expect testing results for those who have attended previously.
Please note that Jack & Paul may have to impose further selection criteria either for the remaining Squads in May and June or from the onset of next season.
VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
Clubs without attendees are welcome to send coaches and those on the development pathway towards becoming one. In fact, the more coaches attending the happier Jack & Paul will be!
|Reece Norden||Sprung Loaded|
|Gemma Burgess||Sprung Loaded|
|Luke Dewe||Sprung Loaded|
|Sam Nightingale||Hi Tension|
|Trevyn Holland||Ministry of Air|
At the recent East Region Development Squad Jack Kelly announced the testing programme he wanted in place to track those attending squads whether as wildcards or by qualification. As he says:
The most important part of the Eastern Squad sessions is to guide coaches and gymnasts through the technical priorities which will help them to improve. The actual work on these techniques must be done in the clubs and between squad sessions. In order to monitor progress and provide quality control, three simple test drills are being used. If these were performed at squad sessions it would take up too much time, so we have made it a condition of squad membership that personal coaches test their gymnasts once a month and submit the results to Dave Kingaby on the sheet provided. This process should only take about ten minutes per gymnast per month during club time. The essential qualities measured in these tests are balance, control, height an,d therefore, time of flight. As the squad work develops, other tests will be introduced and you should see this process as a real opportunity for your gymnasts to progress.
An Excel spreadsheet has been produced to enable this tracking to take place and full instructions for its’ use are contained within it. It can be downloaded by clicking on the link below or by contacting Dave by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The three tests to be conducted are:
Any clubs wishing to make use of this internally are welcome to have an unlocked copy of the recording sheet as well by asking Dave.
The programme for the squad on this date will comprise:
Please ensure that all performers arrive with their coach, training diaries and payment of £15 (cheques payable to ECGA).
Following yesterdays grading competition, we have now updated the list of gymnasts eligible for inclusion into the squad based on this years criteria as follows:
|Bex Alexander||Cambridge Aspire *|
|Eitan Robinson||Brentwood *|
|Ethan Nightingale||Hi Tension *|
|Evie Joseph||Cambourne Comets *|
|Georgia Berry||Cambourne Comets|
|Hannah Blake||Cambourne Comets|
|Harry Mallows||Cambridge Cangaroos *|
|James Able||Cambourne Comets|
|Joe Harris||Team Twisters|
|Kendra Sherlock||Team Twisters *|
|Lauren Bembrick Taylor||Team Twisters|
|Matthew Burson||Cambridge Cangaroos|
|Mila Feldman||Cambridge Cangaroos *|
|Monica Dowling||Brentwood *|
|Owen Francis||Team Twisters *|
|Taranne Kendon||Cambridge Cangaroos|
|Tate Tucker||Cambourne Comets|
We are still awaiting decisions at a national level that will impact how we need to make selections for our regional squad. Nevertheless we need to prepare and look forward to the forthcoming season and so we must make some attempt to guess and prepare accordingly. We are assuming that most currently involved in National squad structures will no longer be, and that we will need to cater for those displaced in our thinking.
We also think that we will continue to see more and more gymnasts achieving the current selection criteria which is a good thing other than for purposes of trying to run an effective squad system which requires that numbers be manageable. This must be addressed and simplified, and so at least for the first Squad in February we are asking coaches to submit the names of all U17 gymnasts who are eligible to compete in the Gillingham Gala. Any that qualify at the Brentwood Grading on the 3rd of February will be considered by the Regional Coaches prior to the 10th.
We will also wish to continue with our policy of wild card selections; a non measurable approach which allows us to recognise younger gymnasts who, along with their coaches, show attributes which will hopefully raise the bar for the future of the Region. These are not necessarily permanent places as we would prefer to reach as many as possible who tick the right boxes.
Details of the timetable for the 10th February will be posted here shortly.
Jack & Paul (email@example.com)