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  • 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 3:13 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    University of Saskatchewan gymnastics 

    Cover of the University of Saskatchewan Activities Guide.

    boy on Ring

    How the Body Moves

    (Ages 5- 8 at Physical Activity Complex)

    Children in this camp gain experience in the basic movement patterns of gymnastics. The facilities available at the Physical Activity Complex allow for exposure to specific skills with apparatus. Many skills are taught in a game setting, which makes this camp enjoyable for younger participants.

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

    creating indestructible children 

    In gymnastics there is a saying that “we have no right to put a child up onto any height until we have taught them how to come down and land safely”. This is the first step in creating indestructible children. …

  • Landing on your feet
  • Landing forward on your hands
  • Landing backwards on your hands
  • Landings while twisting
  • By teaching your children how to fall properly now, not only can they PLAY safer this summer, but this lifelong skill may save them from hospital visits later.

    Play GymnasticsSoft landings: Helping keep children safe when falling

    Ruschkin Landings.

  • Rick Mc 12:49 am on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Mountain Mat Jumping 

    Coach Kylie.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 6:55 am on June 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics 5 in 1 Bar System 

    Here’s another new product video from my friends at Tumbl Trak.

    5 Set-ups in 1 Bar System!

    (1) Single bar,
    (2) Double bar,
    (3) Mini Unevens,
    (4) P-bars, or
    (5) Multi-Use Fun/Wall Station, the 5-in-1 Bar System is big in ideas and uses for its small footprint. Each bar is adjustable from 38″ to 59″ and is stable enough for various swinging, hanging and strength skills.

    The 5-in-1 system is action packed as several learners can be engaged at one time. Supportive enough to strap a wall system, (add a Power Launch and floor bar!) for a full circuit work out!

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    In June 2012 package options start at $730.15.


  • Rick Mc 8:41 pm on April 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    preschool gymnasts on Trampoline 

    Here’s a great way to have preschoolers on a tramp, safely. Surround them with a foam doughnut.

    That’s Gymnastics Adventure, Regina.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    land like a “cat” 

    We’re often asking kids to land softly. Absorbing the impact force like a cat.

    The science is fascinating.

    Cats can famously fall from skyscrapers and only suffer the most minor of bruises, including the recent story of a cat surviving a 19-story fall in Boston with only a bruised chest. What’s the secret of this feline survival? …

    io9 – Why cats can survive falls that would kill any other animal

    That post was inspired by an article on BBC – How do cats survive falls from great heights?

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

  • Rick Mc 9:04 pm on March 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Tumbl Trak – Air Trak 

    The Air Trak is an inflated tumbling strip designed for use in gymnastics, cheerleading and general fitness.

    Its advantages include versatility, portability and small storage requirements. Each unit runs from a high output, constant flow blower (included in price) and takes less than 30 seconds to inflate. The Air Trak is available in red and blue (as shown).


  • Rick Mc 3:04 am on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    inflatable gymnastics equipment 

    I visited Lieven Vercruyssen, founder and chief evangelist of Eurogym Belgium and EuroTumble.com.

    … supplier of inflatable gymnastics equipment in Europe. …

    Our equipment is quickly inflated and deflated and because it is also airtight a constant blower is not needed. It is very compact and takes a small space in the storage room. …

    I tagged along with Lieven to Gymclub Apollo in Antwerp where he set up an Air Floor for the coaches and gymnasts to test.

    Lieven is expert in setting up and deflating as quickly as possible.

    The kids got in on the fun.

    more photos

    Apollo is a set-up, take-down gym in a school. With limited storage. An Air Floor is ideal in their situation.

    Click PLAY or watch different kinds of athletes using Air Floors on YouTube.

    Eurotumble is the distributor of TumblTrak in Europe.

  • Rick Mc 4:02 pm on February 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    inflatable gymnastics equipment Europe 

    I strongly recommend Eurotumble.com.

    Eurotumble is dedicated to inflatable gymnastics equipment of all kinds. Air is the future, I’m certain, replacing foam which is made of petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Air is free. :)

    Here’s a sample of what different kinds of kids can do on an Air Floor.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Eurotumble is a division of Eurogym Belgium, though they distribute throughout Europe. And the world.

    Founder and chief evangelist Lieven Vercruyssen was kind enough to host me recently, show me a number of clubs in Belgium … and even bring me along on a club visit where kids at Apollo in Antwerp got to test an Air Floor for themselves.

    more photos

    Eurotumble.com is a distributor for the American company Tumbltrak.

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