We are very disappointed in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s decision to drop boys’ gymnastics as a high school varsity sport. The MIAA spokesman said this action was taken because the National Federation of State High School Associations had indicated that it is no longer writing rules for boys’ gymnastics and the MIAA would need to write its own. USA Gymnastics, the US national governing body for gymnastics, would like the MIAA to reconsider its decision because it can provide the MIAA with competitive rules for its program.
Gymnastics provides a number of benefits to young men and women, including life skills that can benefit them for years to come.
Tim Daggett, a 1984 Olympic gold medalist, got his start on the West Springfield High School team and has gone on to become a gymnastics gym owner and an NBC commentator for the Olympic Games. Peter Kormann, floor exercise bronze medalist at the 1976 Olympic Games, is an alumnus of Braintree High School.
Massachusetts has an involved and committed men’s gymnastics community, and it would be a shame to deny these dedicated high school gymnasts the opportunity to pursue their athletic dreams when there is a simple, available solution.
Vidmar was a gold medalist in the 1984 Olympics.