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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    A new kind of kindergarten design encourages kids to be their silly selves 

    I had to click through to a post with that title. :-)

    There’s no doubt we need change our current “children’s prison” model. In Japan there’s a brave, new model.

    Architect Takaharu Tezuka explains in a TEDx Kyoto talk how one school created a kindergarten that doesn’t fight against kids’ natural impulses. It counts on them. …

    The roof is a giant ring of a playground. Why? Kids love to run in circles. …

    A new kind of kindergarten design encourages kids to be their silly selves


    Click PLAY or watch a TED Talk on YouTube. Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    ban tobogganing – it’s too DANGEROUS 

    Reposted by Rick McCharles from GymnasticsCoaching.com

    My home town Calgary is not quite as stupid as, for example, Hamilton. :-)

    But we’re pretty stupid. Socialist nations like Canada have governments with enough spare time to invent city bylaws like: “those who slide outside the city’s 18 approved hills could face a $100 fine”.

    Calgary’s media has made much ado about the city’s tobogganing rules in recent weeks — to the point where Mayor Naheed Nenshi blamed “bored journalists” trying to stir up controversy.

    Now Rick Mercer has taken it upon himself to poke a bit of fun at (the) bylaw ..

    (For the record, the city does not recall ever giving out a tobogganing fine. Ever.)


    Click PLAY or watch comedian Rick Mercer on YouTube.

    Certainly no Calgarian I know pays any attention to tobogganing restrictions. We slide wherever we want. But with one eye out in case a Toboggan Cop shows up. :-)

    related – Tobogganing Bans Or Restrictions Growing Across North America

    Over protective restrictions on youth activity contribute to child obesity. We want kids tobogganing more, not less.

  • Rick Mc 1:34 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Brooklyn welds playground equipment 

    Another example of insane “nanny state” thinking, disallowing kids to play because there is a chance of cuts and bruising. :-(

    The city is putting the brakes on spinning playground equipment following reports of injuries, a Parks Department spokeswoman said.

    Rotating metal saucers that kids ride at two Park Slope playgrounds were recently welded into place so they can’t move, and the city has made similar modifications or removed a total of seven disks citywide “in the interest of public safety …

    “I think it sucks,” said dad David Friedlander, whose 2-year-old was disappointed to find the the spinning disk at Vanderbilt Playground in Prospect Park suddenly stuck in place in late November. “I think it’s a sad commentary on how litigious and afraid we’ve become of having our children get a few boo-boos.”

    spinning disk

    Parks Dept. Puts a Stop to Spinning Playground Equipment After Injuries

    (via Boing Boing)

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on October 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    IEGA GymX promo 

    Parkour and Action Sports.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 6:14 pm on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Tramp “catcher” 

    A safety issue in many gyms are the mats used at the END of your tumbling trampoline. Here’s a new alternative that costs less than $2000. What would the equivalent mats cost?

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • 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!


  • Rick Mc 11:32 am on February 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics bring a friend week 

    The most effective way to increase membership, in my experience.

    Insurance coverage is the only issue.

    bring a friend

    Mismo Gymnastics on Facebook

  • Rick Mc 2:49 pm on June 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    gymnastics parents night out 

    These programs are super popular with kids and parents.

    … Drop off the kids for a great night of supervised open gym, games, fun and pizza.

    WOGA Gymnastics’s Photos on Facebook

    Consider the insurance / liability risk before offering it at your gym.

  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    who SUPERVISES your gym? 

    Coach Howard has the best write-up I’ve yet seen on this important topic:

    While the ideal solution would be to have at least one staff member who did nothing but general gym supervision, in much the manner that a pool lifeguard functions, most gyms cannot afford or afford to waste a full-time general gym supervisor.

    Gym owners and managers will have to make the decision for themselves if they want to pay for a staff member just to do general supervision, but there should always be at least one senior coach who is assigned general supervision responsibility and all coaches and all staff members, including front desk staff, should be taught to scan the gym regularly for unsafe situations. …

    So true.

    In emergencies, especially, someone needs to be the final authority on when to call the ambulance. What to do in case of the unforeseen plumbing crisis (… that’s happened to me), etc.

    WHO is in charge here?

    Does your facility have a Gym Supervision Plan?

    If not, best email this article to the folks running your club.

    Gymnastics ZoneGeneral Gymnastics Gym Supervision

  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    gymnastics INSURANCE 

    Are you confident that your gym is covered in worst case scenarios?

    What would happen if one of your kids has a catastrophic injury in your gym?

    What about earthquake? … Flood? … Tornado?

    For each region, the requirements of gymnastics insurance are different.

    SOMEBODY in your gym needs to be up-to-speed on what’s needed.

    A great started on this topic was posted by Coach Howard on Gymnastics Zone:

    Gymnastics insurance is a fact of life for any gymnastics club owner. The possibility of a major accident and/or the possibility of lawsuits cannot be ignored. Your first line of defense is an accident/medical and liability insurance package. The following are some considerations in choosing your insurance:

    • Cover Everything You Do
    • Get the Maximum in Protection
    • How Stable is Your Insurance Company?
    • Financing Options
    • Don’t Pay Too Much
    • Cover Your Costs

    read more on those headings – Choosing Gymnastics Insurance

    be CERTAIN your Adult Rec gymnasts are covered

    Here’s a an important point:

    • Number of Students

    Don’t accept any policy requiring individual student name filing requirements. Although we don’t believe any of the insurers are doing this any more, some companies used to want you to supply the name of every student to be insured. Don’t do this, the paperwork is a nightmare.

    This follow-up post is even better – More Info on Gymnastics Liability and Gymnast Insurance

    Thanks Howard.

    In the USA, Howard suggests we check these 3 companies:

    • Sadler Sports
    • Snyder Insurance Services
    • Markel Gymnastics

    Leave a comment if you have any other company to recommend.

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