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  • Rick Mc 3:04 am on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    beginner tumbling progressions 

    Click PLAY or watch them on Facebook.

    That’s Euro Stars Gymnastics in Plymouth Township, MI. Justin Laury’s club.

    If you’d like to see more, LIKE the Gymnastic Progressions Facebook page.

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on September 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Alberta Recreational Coaching Workshops 

    Gymnastics Alberta runs annual development workshops for the coaches of non-competing gymnasts.

    Dynamyx Gymnastics Club, Edmonton – Oct. 4, 2015

    Stampede City Gymnastics Club, Calgary – Nov. 22, 2015

    Math in Motion – Facilitator Uschi Donaleshen

    Efficiency and Fundamentals – Facilitator Mikayla Salmond

    NCCP Games: Knowledge is Power! – Facilitator Robyn Fox

    Rebound Therapy – Facilitator Tanya Vanden Boer

    Spacial Dynamics – Facilitator Leila Rogovina

    details – 2015-16 Recreational Workshops

    Do you have anything like that in your region?

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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on August 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Sweden – ‘Gymnastic for fun’ seminar 

    The ‘Gymnastics for fun’ Seminar will be held from October 9 till 11 2015 in Lillsved (SWE)

    Let’s meet the international instructors:

    Keith Russell (CAN)

    Keith Russell

    Embla Holmgren and Nivin Shaker (SWE)

    Christoph Renfer (SUI)

    Meet the instructors of the ‘Gymnastic for fun’ Seminar

  • Rick Mc 1:29 pm on August 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    KidFit Games and Activites 

    Tumbl Trak is sponsoring a series of videos appropriate for all children, not just gymnasts. It will be fast and easy to find new games.

    Here are a few video stills.

    3444 Caterpillar

    6207 Partner Turns

    6260 Big Kids pick up Little Kids

    Carrie Spender Lennox from Tumbl Trak leads the kids. :-)

    5930 Zoo Keeper

    Availability should be announced SOON.

    I’ll post it here.

  • Rick Mc 10:21 am on May 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    cartwheel, round-off and flyback progressions 

    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

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


    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. …

    read more – How Progressions Build Confidence and Reduce Fear

  • Rick Mc 9:07 am on April 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Coaching Clinic Washington State 

    SteveNew Twisters Gymnastics Location, Port Hadlock, WA on the Olympic Peninsula. $40

    Saturday, May 10th, 2014

    Join us for our summer series of Coaches Clinics geared toward Recreational to Pre Team level coaches looking to create a foundation of good habits in themselves and their athletes.

    Clinicians will include: Doug Davis, Randy Parrish, Steve Roney and Kelle Riley!


  • 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

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