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  • Rick Mc 7:33 am on March 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Sprinting Fun with Tumbl Trak 

    via Doug Davis – “Run Fast. Jump Hard

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on March 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Special Needs Gymnastics 

    The best Tumbl Trak video yet for physically and mentally challenged kids.

    Tumbl Trak is proud to introduce our latest work in Special Needs Movement. In collaboration with Occupational Therapists, teachers, parents and students we are learning more every day about the incredible benefits Tumbl Trak equipment offers students with special needs.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    ALL our kids are special. Growth and Development chronologies are similar. The only differences is that these specialists have broken down the movement patterns into smaller pieces. In safer environments. Soft and rounded.

  • Rick Mc 12:56 pm on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    South African School Gymnastics programs 

    International Gymnastics Federation:

    Three years ago, the South African Department of Sport and Recreation joined forces with the National Department of Education and nearly a dozen South African Sports Federations to introduce a sports curriculum into South Africa’s schools. …

    “The structured approach to school sport was to redress the effects of 20 years with little or in most case no physical education in our schools,” explains Caron Henry, who manages Gym for All and Schools programmes for the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF). …

    Studying Gymnastics as sport, fitness and fun in South Africa

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    • zema meytey pema 1:07 pm on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Rick

      I am a certified coach and follow your blog. I’m looking for new opportunities in coaching. Also I love traveling. I wanted to ask you if you knew of any openings. I have 18 yrs experience coaching and designing recreational programs for preschool to school aged children. I found your most recent article interesting and also a phenomenal step forward in bringing gymnastics and other sports to schools all over the world. I have a BA in education with a double minor in child psychology and music. I would love to correspond with you if you have the time. Thank you for your time concerning this matter.

      Sincerely Cora Wright

      Sent from my iPhone



  • Rick Mc 8:12 am on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Sports for Preschoolers 

    Which sports?

    The Health Outcomes and Physical activity in Preschoolers (HOPP) Study at McMaster University (Canada) asked parents of 3- to 5-year-olds about sport participation.

    87% of parents reported participation in organized activities in the last month and 90% in the last year. The sports most often reported were: swimming (79%), soccer (48%), gymnastics (40%), dance (30%), ice hockey (21%), and T-ball (9%). …


    SWIM – swimming (79%)
    RUN – soccer (48%)
    GYM – gymnastics (40%)

    Elite Gymnastics and Cheer

    Gymnastics and Trampoline are as important as running and swimming for very young children. We teach Motor and Physical Fitness better than any other sport.

    What can parents do?

    Be a positive sports role model!
    Emphasize the fun of sports!
    Don’t focus on the rules, keeping score or competition in the early years.
    Be sure the sports program and equipment are safe and age-appropriate.
    Be supportive of your child’s coach and teammates.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on February 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    getting kids to be more physically active 

    Scientific American:

    Kids should exercise at least one hour a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in the U.S., less than half of six- to 11-year-olds and only 8 percent of 12- to 19-year-olds meet that target. …

    Over in Denmark, a longitudinal study of how schoolchildren move through urban environments provided an opportunity to find out by outfitting hundreds of students with accelerometers and GPS trackers during their waking hours. …

    The researchers found that children were significantly more active when playing on grassy areas and at sites featuring playground equipment. …

    … in all five areas studied, girls spent more time being sedentary than boys. …

    Playgrounds Are Not All Created Equally

    Gymnastics Adventure, Regina

    Gymnastics Adventure, Regina

    Our Gyms are padded playgrounds, the perfect environment for children’s fitness. :-)

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on February 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    box handstand 

    The last thing you want to do with your beginners is SPOT their handstands.

    Here’s a good drill linked by Swing Big for those who are already excellent balancing against the wall. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Reminder – NEVER videotape any skill with the camera vertical. Move further backwards and video with the camera in the normal position.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Beth Tweddle on children’s fitness 

    Starting out at the age of seven, Beth went on to become an Olympic Bronze Medalist, triple World Champion, six-time European Champion, Commonwealth Champion and seven-times consecutive National Champion, cementing her place as Britain’s greatest ever-female gymnast.

    Although memories of Beth taking the Bronze in the Uneven Bars at London 2012 – the culmination of an incredible career – will not be forgotten anytime soon, sharing a fierce passion for gymnastics with future generations has become her new focus.

    So how can parents encourage their kids to exercise?

    By making it fun for the child and getting involved themselves. If they feel involved and interested, I think they are more likely to encourage their children to keep going with it or try something new. …

    What’s more important for kids starting out in sport, fun or desire?

    I think it has to be fun! Without the fun element they are less likely to continue

    Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle on getting kids active and ‘her’ sport

    Click through to learn more about this fitness watch called the LeapBand.

    Beth LeapBand

    related – National Team member Dan Keatings is visiting U.K. schools to promote fitness, sport and healthy living.

    (via FIG)

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Bringing the Playground Indoors 

    playgroundSome good ideas from Tumbl Talk. :-)

    A winter indoors tends to limit children’s gross motor play, which is SO very crucial to their overall development. Here are some creative and budget-friendly ways to bring the playground indoors this winter season. …

    Bringing the Playground Indoors this Winter Season

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    what is physical literacy? 


    Physical literacy is what kids have when they acquire the essential motor competencies and movement skills to do lots of different sports and physical activities. Kids aren’t just born with it. They develop it over time just like reading and writing. And with competency comes the confidence to move more. …

    To develop physical literacy, our kids need lots of opportunities to play active games and learn movement skills. They need regular unstructured play when they are small, and they need increasingly structured activities as they get older …

    It doesn’t matter whether or not our kids choose to chase an Olympic dream. That’s a decision for them to make. But we should be delighted if they grow comfortable enough in their bodies to stay active, happy, and healthy throughout their lives. …

    The one crucial thing missing from your kid’s education: physical literacy

    physical literacy

    (via @GymnasticsBC)

  • Rick Mc 8:06 am on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    50 benefits of gymnastics 

    Jag Gym:

    1. Gymnastics is the basis for all sports
    2. Gymnastics develops a life long love and ability for fitness
    3. Gymnastics makes kids strong
    4. Gymnastics makes kids flexible
    5. Gymnastics develops coordination.


    Click through to read the rest.

    6260 Big Kids pick up Little Kids

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