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  • 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.

  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on January 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    birthday party insurance? 

    Does your gym have it?

    … there are things to consider when inviting visitors into your facility.

    Guests, both children and adults, who aren’t familiar with gymnastics facilities can easily be injured during parties held on your premises.

    And accidents can leave visitors with more than just a bad impression of your operation; they often result in costly lawsuits …

    read more on a 2005 article from USA Technique magazineBirthday Party Alert (PDF)

    • Hannah 5:47 am on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh definitely an important consideration.
      After teaching rec gym 5 days a week for 7 years, it was still a gymnastics birthday party which brought with it the nastiest injury I’d had to deal with in the gym. It wasn’t a particularly dangerous activity – but that doesn’t really matter, kids will manage to hurt themselves on anything!
      We had set up a circuit of jumping activities – mini tramps, squashy shapes, boxes etc. The last jump was down onto a crash mat off a box about 45cm high (yep, that’s all!). The kid seemed to trip over as she jumped and landed awkwardly on the mat dislocating her shoulder and breaking her elbow! Very, very painful stuff for a 7-year old at a birthday party!
      Always a bad situation when there’s an injury, but more so at a birthday party with a hopefully ‘super fun’ atmosphere…
      Anyway, her mother was watching from the sidelines, and while concerned and helping us to arrange an ambulance, she was very level headed about the whole thing (thankfully). She told us that at another birthday the year before her daughter had also managed to break her ankle at a soccer party… Just unlucky!
      Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime.


  • Rick Mc 5:05 am on January 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    teaching safe rope climb 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Rope climb is a wonderful activity.

    But one of the biggest mistakes I see in gyms is coaches putting young kids up high on ropes too soon. … We’ve all heard of or seen children falling.

    Climbing high is not necessary nor efficient for fun and fitness.

    I was compelled to put together a video of how to introduce children to rope climb. Without putting them into a situation where a small mistake could be a big injury.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

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