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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 3:03 am on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    You don’t HAVE to be a gymnast … 

    Repost from June 2013.

    … to enjoy our Gym. :)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Nice work IEGA.

    related – IEGA Lauren Commercial

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    asking a toddler not to run, jump or climb … 

    Post by Janet Lansbury – Elevating Child Care.


  • Rick Mc 3:00 pm on April 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    To the parents at my daughter’s gymnastics class: Why are you there? 

    Kim Z Dale:

    Why are you there?

    Our kids are three. Three! That means we have graduated from parent and tot gymnastics to drop off gymnastics. Drop off gymnastics class, a.k.a. you are expected to drop off your kid and go until class ends.


    read more …

  • 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 2:19 am on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Rell’s Handstand Game 

    Carrie Spender Lennox:

    In my house, my kids know the rule that we don’t throw balls in the house. But, handstands, cartwheels and bar routines are A-OK!!!!

    My couches have been pushed aside in order to make room for the Brianna Beam and Junior Kip Bar – and, since we live in the rainy Pacific Northwest, these products are a savior for keeping my kids active!

    My girls, Rell and Quinn, are recreational gymnasts at Twisters Gymnastics in Port Hadlock, WA. Having some equipment at home allows them to play with such creativity, outside the structure of a class. During this past holiday break, I heard the familiar, “Mommy, watch this!!” and found Rell upside-down against her Handstand Homework Mat playing a tossing game with her stuffed animals and my pots and pans. …

    Don’t Throw Balls in the House ;-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:16 am on February 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Start Here, Go Anywhere. 

    Gymnastics New South Wales in Australia seems to have embraced the USAG motto. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on February 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Sport Wales – Physical Literacy 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (via Avril Enslow)

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    physically active kids better at science 

    NPR’s health channel, Shots, reports on a long-term UK study that found a connection between good grades and physical activity in 11-year old kids. The study found that the more active kids were, the better they did on standardized English, math, and science tests.

    The ideal target here was 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous exercise. Few kids were getting that much activity though. The average time was 29 minutes a day for boys and 18 minutes for girls. …

    Active Life – Physically active kids are better at science


    related – Health & Science – Physical activity may help kids do better in school, studies say

    B.C. Gymnastics via email

  • Rick Mc 3:07 am on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    “physical literacy” 

    Active for Life – Richard Monette:

    10 ways raising a physically literate child is like raising a reader

    1. Make reading/physical literacy a family value

    2. Let them read what they enjoy/do the physical activities they enjoy

    3. Be sure they are reading/playing at an appropriate level

    4. Don’t use reading/physical activity as a punishment.

    5. Give books/equipment as a gift

    6. Let your kids see you read/be active for fun

    7. Don’t over-correct, don’t over-practice

    8. Point out words/physical activity everywhere

    9. Set aside time for kids to read/be active on their own

    10. Fun, fun, and more fun

    10 ways raising a physically literate child is like raising a reader

    physical literacy

    While I hate the pompous term “physical literacy”, there is some good advice in that article.

    via B.C. Gymnastics

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