The inaugural Junior Olympic Coaching Certification and Training Camp took place at the U. S. Olympic Training Center at the Karolyi’s Ranch on May 26 – 30, 2011. Thirty three coaches and forty-five gymnasts took part in this new educational program offered by USA Gymnastics.

The coaches certifications included both practical and classroom instruction under the direction of USA Gymnastics National Coaching Staff Tammy Biggs and Steve Rybacki.

This new educational opportunity emphasized on skills and progressions to train Junior Olympic athletes Levels 5 – 7. Training included hands on spotting techniques, proper body shaping, lesson plans and lectures on strength, conditioning, flexibility, periodization, sports medicine and psychology.

“The practical hands-on training is an essential key for the success of the beginner compulsory/optional coach," said Rybacki. "This clinic encouraged coaches to demonstrate proficiency on all four events.”

Donna Guenther, attendee and Pennsylvania State Chair, said “The Junior Olympic Coaches Certification was a rewarding, educational experience. Steve and Tammy presented the necessary tools to build a foundation in your program. Every moment in the gym, you were learning. The technique spotting, lesson plans, drills and handouts were priceless!”

The athletes trained twice a day with their coaches but found time for fun and games including creating posters for the Senior National Team members.

USA Gymnastics will be offering the Coaches Certification and Training Camp again in October, 2011.

Photos from the event are below. Scroll down for a list of coaches that attended the camp.



A group of coaches received “Outstanding” and received medals for their performances at the Junior Olympic Coaches Certification Program. Congrats to Sharon Molina, Tina Rusinovich, Gregory Ellis, Alexandra Dickinson, Kristen Dowler and Louise Janecky.

Coaches that attended the camp:
Lee Coltman
Betsy Sprague
Kimberly Christensen
Donna Guenther
Robert Ross
Patty Sylvis
Bradley Epperson
Alex Dickinson
Kristen Dowler
David Jerger
Louise Janecky
Brian Kay
Scott Wright
Ruth Licata
Christine Lafollette
Jacquelyn Strahm
Annette Kaiser
Colleen Ryan
Bradley McLaren
Gregory M Ellis
Courtenay Dickerson
Terek Brown
Sharon Molina
Tina Rusinovich
Ashley Porter
Ciara Smith
Karen Vose
Susan C. Pollack
Justin Watson
Kimberly Cunningham (not pictured)