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I can answer questions regarding all levels of the sport of women's gymnastics, the business of gymnastics, and the marketing of gymnastics programs.

Experience in the area

I am the author of "Gymnastics: A Guide for Parents and Athletes" currently being published by McGraw-Hill. I am also a ghostwriter and co-author of the Gymcert series of books "Levels 1-3 Gymnastics Coaches Certifications Manuals" for recreational gymnasts, and the "Levels 4 - 6 Skills and Drills" books as well as Safety Basics for Gymnastics Instructors. I have written several other books on the sport of gymnastics for Richardson Publishing, the latest of which is titled, "Back Handsprings: The Secret Techniques." Oh, and by the way, I was a competitive gymnast through high school and college (Temple University), gymnastics club owner for 10 years, and women's gymnastics coach for 30 years working with gymnasts at all competitive levels


USA Gymnastics National Writer's union Florida Writer's Association


USA Gymnastics magazine Technique magazine International Gymnast magazine several newspaper articles


Temple University - Health Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Norwich University - Bachelors of Arts in Writing & Literature

Awards and Honors

Several state and national level gymnastics champions in different systems of competition.

Past/Present Clients

Gymnasts, coaches, and club owners nation-wide.

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Recent Answers from Rik Feeney

2016-06-14 expert:

Hi Debbie,    I am not sure this qualifies as a "deviation from gymnastics standards."    If the gymnast seemed confident and competent walking across the beam it is not unusual for a coach to release

2015-11-13 Guidance for my Level 7 daughter:

Dear Sabrina,    I wish I could claim to have insights and or advice about this problem but that would place me in a class of arrogance far above mere mortals.    I can offer a few thoughts, ideas, and

2014-11-16 switch to a new gym or stay?:

Hello Erin,    You wrote,     "...(My daughter) recently quit gymnastics just over a month ago after complaining of feeling severely burned out."    "...summer training on those two events produced NO

2014-11-16 coaching:

Hi Ronita,    You are two separate entities. You are a parent first and a coach second. At some point both you and your daughters will likely move on to other activities, so get the most out of it you

2014-10-30 Can I still do gymnastics after 11 years in retirement?:

Hi Caitlyn,    You wrote, "I was wondering if it's possible to get that back (gymnastics skills)..." and, "my doctor says no super high impact exercise."    Hmm... As a coach I would require you to have


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