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Q1: Why was this site created?
A1: This site was originally created to promote the sport of gymnastics at the collegiate level in the United States and to address the lack of information related to the sport. It has evolved to be the primary online news and information resource for Collegiate Gymnastics in the US.
Q2: How is the information on the "Commits" section obtained and verified?
A2: The information on the list comes from public sources, through our news services, from the Web and from direct submissions to this site. Due to NCAA rules, we are unable to verify the information by contacting either the school or the athlete. The athlete, however, is free to contact us, issue a statement or otherwise publicize a decision. Thus, the source of the information frequently comes from these types of announcements, made through other media outlets, at their club, or directly by the athlete's family. However, because of the nature of these submissions, the information shall remain a "rumor" unless otherwise verified through a confirmed press release or written statement, or is reported directly from another source.
Q3: Who was "ISUFan"?
A3: ISUFan was Mari-Rae Sopper, a regular poster to the OOBNess Collegiate Gymnastics Forum. Mari-Rae lost her life on September 11th, 2001 when her flight was hijacked and redirected in an attack on America. Her family has set up a memorial web site for her. You can go there and read more about her remarkable life. Mari-Rae was a star gymnast in high school and at Iowa State. She was an outstanding coach and choreographer at several colleges and clubs, and was about to start her new job as Head Coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Q4: What are common skills competed by the female athletes?
A4: For an idea of skills competed by various gymnasts, please consult the site archives. However, in general, here are some common skills competed by the top 36 teams:
handspring tuck front, pike front
handspring tuck front 1/2 and pike front 1/2;
Yurchenko layout, layout 1/2 and layout full;
Tsukahara layout 1/2, layout full and tuck full (or Kasamatsu)
Rround-off 1/2 to front tuck or pike
Round-off 1/2 to front tuck and pike with a 1/2 twist;
Typical vaults include a Yurchenko layout full and a handspring front pike. With a change in the rules, we are now starting to see more Yurchenko layout/tuck 1 1/2 twists and even layout double twists.
Circling skills include Stalders, free/clear hip, toe-on handstands
Giant swings front and back, blind changes, Healy turns and elgrip/eagle giants
Single bar release: Jaeger straddle and pike, Gienger, Tkachev, Markelov, Hindorff, Ray, Church
Transition releases: Shaposhnikova, Maloney, Van Leeuwen, Pak, overshoot to handstand, Bharwaj, Ezhova, straddle back to handstand
Dismounts include double tuck/pike/layout flyaway, full-in double flyaways, double front, double front 1/2s, toe-on front 1/2.
A typical moderate difficulty level routine might include a giant full to Gienger to overshoot, and a double layout or double pike flyaway.
Acro: back handspring to back layout; triple element series with bhs, roundoffs, back layouts in combinations; front tucks, side somi, gainer layout, bhs 1/4 dive to handstand.
Mounts include front tuck, back layout.
Various leaps in combinations: 1/2, 3/4 and 1/1 jumps in Tuck, Wolf, Split and Straddle; switch sides; switch split, switch split 1/2, sheep jumps, ring leaps, switch ring
Dismounts include double fulls, front layout full, gainer layout full, double backs.
A typical moderate difficulty level routine would include a bhs-layout series, a side aerial, and a switch split-straddle-straddle jump combo. It might end with a gainer layout full to the side or a front layout full off the end.
Tumbling: Double tuck, pike and layout; full-in double back in tuck and pike; Arabian double front; back layout 5/2 twists; back layout 3/1 twists; Rudi; front double full; double front
A typical moderate difficulty routine would include a double pike, back layout 1 1/2 twists to front layout, and end with a Rudi (front layout 3/2 twist).