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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 3:03 am on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Kip Skills, Drills And Progressions 

    Check out the great task card graphics on gymtasticsgymtools.com.


  • Rick Mc 10:36 pm on September 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    USA Congress Handstand Presentation 

    For the first time ever, Tumbl Trak staff member, Carrie Lennox, and ambassador, Michelle Kocan worked collaboratively to present a lecture at National Congress.

    The lecture discussed the fundamentals of shaping a great handstand in recreational – pre team athletes. Information was geared toward fun and creative ways to positively encourage coaches to instill good habits in athletes early on.

    Feedback from the lecture was positive, including one comment, “I didn’t know there was so much to learn about HANDSTANDS!”

    You can see their slide show online here.

    perfect handstand

    Please Contact Carrie (carrie@tumbltrak.com) with any questions or observations you may have!

    That’s from the Tumbl Trak Sept 2013 email newsletter

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Tumbl Trak asks we “teach good habits” 

    Tumbl Trak:

    Our last Choose Your Habits coaching clinic was hosted by Arizona Sunrays. Ambassador Rick McCharles and (former Arizona Wildcat star) Sunrays Competitive Team Director Nikki Beyschau co-taught.


    26 coaches from 6 clubs attended. The diverse group included instructors in Trampoline & Tumbling, dance, Rhythmic, Cheer, CrossFit and Mobile Gymnastics. We were thrilled to find that preschool guru Jeannie McCarthy is now at Sunrays. :-)

    Themes of the day included:

    • positive coaching
    • alternatives to spotting
    • safer, faster, easier, FUN learning
    • teaching good shapes … and avoiding mis-shapes
    • motor & physical fitness
    • life skills (e.g. discipline, respect, listening)
    • positive coaching

    Click PLAY or watch Nikki teaching Floor & Bar on YouTube.

    Tumbl Talk – Teaching good habits in Phoenix

  • Rick Mc 8:57 pm on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymtastic Gymtools at U.S. Congress 

    Darlene the Bean:

    If you’re going to the USA Gymnastics Congress in Hartford this week, I will be speaking about the importance of understanding growth and development when teaching a pre-school gymnastics program.

    A fun, simple and educational workshop providing practical and easy to use tools for teaching and designing a “super” child centred gymnastics program. The focus of this session will be on defining and describing the characteristics of the whole child physically, socially, emotionally and mentally at each age and stage.


  • Rick Mc 12:00 pm on July 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    BIG FUN Gymnastics Therapy 

    Coach Terry Parish recommended a 4-day training course he recently completed in Special Needs Gymnastics.

    BIG FUN is the ultimate playground for special needs individuals of all ages. We offer families throughout southern California occupational therapy services, gymnastics, swimming, after-school enrichment programs, social skills, camps, art classes, parent and me, activities for autistic children, social skills training for autism, and more….

    Fun and Effective Activities for Autistic Children

    Look for a BIG FUN facility near you. 10 locations to choose from! …

    details – Big Fun Gymnastics

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    LOVE IT.

    Special needs is a large under-served market.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on May 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Gymnastics in China 

    English language gymnastics club outside Shanghai.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Much of our Recreational philosophy is NEW in China.

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

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

    register for FREE Tumbl Trak clinics 

    FINALLY. A series of workshops dedicated to the coaches of kids NOT competing.

    25 yearsTumbl Trak’s 1-day clinics celebrating their 25th Anniversary are now registering. Focus will be on best practice for precompetitive and advanced recreation girls coaches.

    Click through for details on the one closest to you.

    May 2013

    Thursday, May 23 Tumbl Trak Headquarters – Mount Pleasant, MI
    Click here to register now!

    June 2013
    Fri, June 21 YMCA National Gymnastics Training Center – Huguenot, NY
    Click here to register now!

    Saturday, June 22 M & M Gymnastics – New Berlin, WI
    Click here to register now!

    Thursday, June 27 Leading Edge Gymnastics – Everett, WA
    Click here to register now!

    July 2013
    Saturday, July 13 Twistars Gymnastics – Dewitt, MI
    Click here to register now!

    Sat., July 20 High Performance Training Camp – Coeur D’Alene, ID
    Click here to register now!

    John Smith at HPTC Idaho 2012

    John Smith at HPTC Idaho 2012

    Saturday, July 27 Atlanta Gymnastics Center – Atlanta, GA
    Click here to register now!

    Sunday, July 28 Arizona Sunrays – Phoenix, AZ
    Click here to register now!

    As a Tumbl Trak Ambassador, I’ll be clinician at the three in bold.

    There will be FUN. More reps, less stress.

    (via Tumbl Talk)

  • Rick Mc 1:23 pm on May 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Qualities of a Great Gymnastics Teacher 

    Here’s the summary of excellent article by full-time gymnastics coach (and former juvenile delinquent worker) krsharp05:

    you have to love kids.

    Energy, Vitality, Zeal, Zest

    Eye Contact

    Work with ALL the children

    Get involved, be attentive, be a constant part of the action

    Maintain a high level of energy

    Work on a variety of events and stations – mix it up


    Supervise and control your class – don’t allow them to run amok

    Communicate effectively and use positive reinforcement

    Have Fun

    bear walk

    read more … 10 Best Qualities of a Great Gymnastics Teacher

  • Rick Mc 1:54 pm on October 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Canadian Pre-CIT program 

    At the recent Alberta Gymnastics Congress I got my first chance to see this document. It’s a coach training program for ages 13-14.

    Gymnastics Canada has updated their (old) Development Leader (Dev’L) program, rebranding it the “Pre-CIT program”.

    In the first year of the Pre-CIT program, candidates will complete 5 hours of tutorials, covering 10 topic areas, and assist in the gym for 10 hours.

    In the second year, candidates will complete an additional 10 hours of tasks related to coaching, officiating and administration. Over the course of the two years, it is also expected that the Pre- CIT will remain an active gymnastic participant, completing a minimum of 15 hours of “gymming” time.

    13 year old Pre-CITs MUST complete the program over two full training years. 14 and 15 year old Pre-CITs have the option of completing the program in one or two training years.

    At age-15, they can enter into the adult National Coaching Certification Program.

    Resources from many clubs across the country were compiled, edited and produced by Cathy Haines with assistance from Elisabeth Bureaud.

    This program is voluntary.

    Nice work.

    But it’s only available to Gymnastics Canada clubs, so far as I know.

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