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Doug Davis is energetic in helping instructors teach happy, safe kids. He’s all about building confidence through systematic progression. And repetition.
These progressions are not only for competitive kids. They are for everyone who wants to learn to tumble.
“Balking” happens frequently in many gyms across the country. A gymnast attempts a skill, and then STOPS in the middle of the attempt. This can be extremely dangerous with some skills. Or, the gymnast will not go for the skill at all, due to fear. …
One example of a common skill series where students may “balk” is a Round-Off to one or two Back-Handsprings. Students should be taken through a series of progressions …
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Keep in mind, these steps are not all linear. Start developing back-handspring skills at the same time as round off skills. …
It is not all about overcoming fear and preventing balking, it is also about setting up all of your students for repeated success. …
Check out the great task card graphics on gymtasticsgymtools.com.
I dropped in on my old friend Darlene Traviss at her new facility, Flip Factory in N.E. Calgary.
Darlene’s that rarity. An entrepreneur in socialist Canada. (Most gyms are parent governed in Canada.)
Her club is staying away from competitive Artistic gymnastics. But they offer just about everything else.
Preschool makes up about 60% of the membership.
Trampoline, Circus, Demo Team (Gymnaestrada), …
When construction is complete, here’s the goal:
5,600 square feet of gym space which houses: 4 full size trampolines, a 40′ tumble track, a 40′ x 40′ sprung floor exercise space, a large foam pit, indoor toboggan hill for preschoolers, 40′ bouldering wall, beams, low tight ropes, slack lines, bars (including a pit bar), lots of climbing ropes, rings and vaulting apparatus.
• Mission Impossible obstacle course
• Reverse Bungee: a giant jolly jumper
• Gladiators: semi-combative challenges
• Parkour on a dedicated circuit, complete with tramp wall
Special Needs kids are welcomed:
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
ADD and ADHD
Autism and Asperger’s
An additional 2000 square foot mezzanine space houses our Tot Drop-In during the daytime. This area is filled with equipment specially designed for 1 – 5 year olds: Mats of all shapes and sizes, slides, climbing apparatus, ball pits and more. Equipment configuration and pieces change weekly. This gym is well padded and encourages movement and exploration. A seating area for parents built into the space makes it a perfect spot to hang out with friends while letting preschoolers burn off energy! The mezzanine space is cleared and available to other groups in the evenings.
A 750 square foot hardwood dance studio is used for our fitness classes and is also available to other groups.
Two spacious birthday party rooms are available for eats and treats after activities in the gym are finished up.
CONGRATULATIONS Darlene. I’m completely impressed.
Learn more about the gym at flip-factory.com
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That’s the goal for the best programs in the world.
… I’ve only achieved it once, program wide.
Here’s some good advice on how to reach that high number:
• Keep Students Using Their Time Productively
• Minimize Waiting
• Make Sure They Learn and Are Successful
• Vary the Classes for Interest and Excitement
• The Eight Second Rule
• Use Supervised Side Activities
Gymnastics Zone – Methods of Reducing Gymnastics Class Dropout
We want NO LINE-UPS with our Rec kids. Especially with boys who will invariably end up wrestling.
In my program I have a ‘no wrestling’ rule. The boys (especially) are not allowed to touch any of the other kids in the group, unless it’s required of the game or activity.
Here’s a piece of equipment that can be used by everyone in the gym. No more fighting over panel mats. :)
I was impressed by the videos of a variety of stations you can set up with it.
No more bottle necks setting up Circuits. Simply add an Original Block.
Cost $60. And check the other equipment on The Original Block home page.