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  • Rick Mc 1:47 am on April 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    authentic and believable praise 


    Coach Carrie Spender Lennox finds herself in … the parent viewing gallery:

    From the balcony, parents don’t always hear a coach’s words, or recognize the exact benefit of drills that highlight our kids flopping around the floor.  What is always clear is the expressions of enthusiasm and joy on coaches and kids faces when giving praise for a job well done.

    gymnast-and-coachParents know the power of praise and how challenging it is to be consistent, and purposeful with praising kids.  Here’s some great reminders from Dale Carnegie, an American writer and lecturer …

    • Make eye contact with the person you are praising
    • Use their name
    • Make sure you sound like you really mean it. When you sound enthusiastic you will always be far more convincing
    • Let them have the praise as soon as possible – why wait to give positive feedback. If it is important to you then you will make it a priority
    • Show that you know what makes the person tick when you decide where and how you give the praise – some people prefer praise in private others will be delighted by more public praise such as in a team meeting
    • Praise and positive feedback is not just about motivation – it is also encourages repeat behavior. If you want someone to do the same good work again – or develop it further then make sure you let them know:
    • Let them know why you valued their concentration and hard work; ‘I know that you had to put of extra time and effort into this progression and the extra effort really showed in the final result.
    • Nagging does not work
    • Try to give each athlete a word of appreciation, its not hard to find something you appreciate about people you care about.

    read more on the Tumbl Trak email newsletter –

    A Few Choice Words…



  • Rick Mc 12:43 am on April 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    World Autism Day 

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 is World Autism Day. One of only four official health-specific United Nations Days, this annual day focuses on bringing the world’s attention to autism.

    One in 88 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And the number of children with autism continues to grow. Between 2007 and 2012 there was a 78 percent increase in reported diagnoses. …

    Traditional therapy options include behaviour and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies and medications.

    Another option is gymnastics. Yes, gymnastics!

    forward roll

    Gymnastics BC PLAY

  • Rick Mc 2:19 am on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Rell’s Handstand Game 

    Carrie Spender Lennox:

    In my house, my kids know the rule that we don’t throw balls in the house. But, handstands, cartwheels and bar routines are A-OK!!!!

    My couches have been pushed aside in order to make room for the Brianna Beam and Junior Kip Bar – and, since we live in the rainy Pacific Northwest, these products are a savior for keeping my kids active!

    My girls, Rell and Quinn, are recreational gymnasts at Twisters Gymnastics in Port Hadlock, WA. Having some equipment at home allows them to play with such creativity, outside the structure of a class. During this past holiday break, I heard the familiar, “Mommy, watch this!!” and found Rell upside-down against her Handstand Homework Mat playing a tossing game with her stuffed animals and my pots and pans. …

    Don’t Throw Balls in the House ;-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on February 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    there is no App for PLAY 

    LIKE this photo on Facebook.


  • Rick Mc 3:07 am on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    “physical literacy” 

    Active for Life – Richard Monette:

    10 ways raising a physically literate child is like raising a reader

    1. Make reading/physical literacy a family value

    2. Let them read what they enjoy/do the physical activities they enjoy

    3. Be sure they are reading/playing at an appropriate level

    4. Don’t use reading/physical activity as a punishment.

    5. Give books/equipment as a gift

    6. Let your kids see you read/be active for fun

    7. Don’t over-correct, don’t over-practice

    8. Point out words/physical activity everywhere

    9. Set aside time for kids to read/be active on their own

    10. Fun, fun, and more fun

    10 ways raising a physically literate child is like raising a reader

    physical literacy

    While I hate the pompous term “physical literacy”, there is some good advice in that article.

    via B.C. Gymnastics

  • Rick Mc 8:59 am on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Benefits of Gymnastics 

    Physical Benefits
    Social Benefits
    Cognitive Benefits
    Character Benefits

    What Are the Benefits of Gymnastic Classes for Kids?

    Arizona Sunrays

    Arizona Sunrays

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on December 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Use gymnastics to build the best snowman 

    That’s the title of a new BC Play Gymnastics post:

    Studies show that during the winter months, physical activity levels drop considerably. According to Stephen Parker from Health Guidance, “exercise patterns are highly seasonal. Activity in the winter and autumn months falls to half of the summer high”. (1) Why? probably because it is cold, wet and snowy outside and the motivation to get out and be active drops.

    But …

    Gymnastics provides the core skills of agility, balance and coordination needed to feel confident on the mountains, participating in your favourite snow sport, or even just getting outside and going for a long winter walk. Plus strength and balance help make the best snowman!

    read more – Use gymnastics to build the best snowman


  • Rick Mc 6:55 pm on December 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Let me PLAY 

    via Facebook – Men in Childcare’s Page


  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on November 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    why parents take kids to Gymnastics 

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on September 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    drop off your kid at the Gym 

    Arizona Sunrays:

    Enjoy and evening out while we watch the kids!!! Kids Night Out this Saturday, Sept. 7th from 6 to 10 pm—includes dinner! Only $25, $20 for siblings!


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