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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    introducing backward handspring 

    In an advanced recreation class it’s not possible to spot every child, even though they ALL want to work towards backward handspring.

    In fact, I ask my instructors to NEVER SPOT … with the rare, odd exception. :-)

    Tumbl Trak founder Doug Davis shows some activities kids can do safely and without spotting. A high level of physical preparation is required, of course.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 11:26 pm on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    special needs gymnastics 

    Tumbl Trak has spent a lot of energy researching best equipment for special needs kids. Soft, safe, rounded edges.

    This is one heartwarming edit. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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

    why preschoolers should do Gymnastics 

    Jag Gym:

    What if Johnny never learns a cartwheel? Or how about if Janie never masters holding a handstand? Would there still be any value in putting your preschooler in a gymnastics class?

    Yes, I say.

    Absolutely, yes.

    In addition to it being a lot of fun, here are twenty reasons your preschool aged child should do gymnastics that have nothing to do with learning gymnastics. …

    straddle sit

    20 REASONS YOUR PRESCHOOLER SHOULD DO GYMNASTICS (THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH LEARNING GYMNASTICS)

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    88yr-old gymnast Johanna Quaas 

    JQ

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

     
  • Rick Mc 5:44 pm on September 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    school desk with pedals 

    A good idea to improve the Children’s Prison.

    desk with pedals

     
  • Rick Mc 1:29 pm on August 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    KidFit Games and Activites 

    Tumbl Trak is sponsoring a series of videos appropriate for all children, not just gymnasts. It will be fast and easy to find new games.

    Here are a few video stills.

    3444 Caterpillar

    6207 Partner Turns

    6260 Big Kids pick up Little Kids

    Carrie Spender Lennox from Tumbl Trak leads the kids. :-)

    5930 Zoo Keeper

    Availability should be announced SOON.

    I’ll post it here.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Quick Tip – Jumping 

    Swing Big:

    … one of the drills I do with young gymnasts to develop their punching and coordination. …

    There are lots of ways you can do these drills, this is with a small hula hoop, but I really prefer carpet squares or a chalk box on the floor. The more ways you can get gymnasts punching and jumping early, the better off they’ll be.

    sideways-punches-in-hulahoop

    click through to see the rest – Quick Tip: Developing Punching and Coordination

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

     
  • 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.

    toddler

     
  • Rick Mc 2:50 pm on June 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    more drills build confidence 

    You could SPOT a beginner on backward handspring. :-(

    Far better is to set-up dozens of progressions without spot. Let the child move step-by-step at their own speed. Have success at each. Dozens of successes.

    Let them take ownership of the skill. :-)

    Carrie Lennox:

    In last month’s Tumbl Trak newsletter Doug Davis wrote about how progressions build confidence and reduce fear. Just thinking about an athlete “balking” in a round off-back handspring, or other tumbling series is enough to make me shudder.

    Connecting the Dots” is a way to describe all the steps involved in the physical preparation of an athlete and offering an athlete frequent opportunities to feel confident in every step in the process. In a recent video session filming skill progressions, we worked with a young athlete who has good basic training combined with good genes from her parents. The video session focused on cartwheel, handstand, and back handspring progressions from jumping to limbers to fly-backs to work in the pit, (which she had done in many workouts previously).

    After filming more than 30 different progressions that lead to a back handspring, our session ended in the pit where we saw in her a confidence and will to move on to her very first back handsprings!! Wooo Hoooo!! We cheered and celebrated with hip-hip-hurray’s and it dawned on me…..we had spent the last two hours “connecting the dots” for this athlete. All the preparation she had done in her classes, put together in a sequence, helped to give her to confidence and success.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Canadian kids not exercising enough 

    While 84 per cent of children who are 3 and 4 years old get the recommended 180 minutes of daily physical activity, the picture changes drastically for older age groups.

    Only seven per cent of kids ages 5 to 11 and a mere four per cent of those aged 12 to 17 get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity. …

    Based on nine categories, Canada received a grade of D– in overall physical activity, putting it below Mozambique, New Zealand, Mexico, Kenya, Nigeria and England. …

    Access to physical activity in Canada isn’t the problem: 95 per cent of parents report local availability of parks and outdoor spaces; 94 per cent say public facilities such as arenas and pools are available; and over 90 per cent of students have access to a gym or playing fields at school.


    Why kids over 5 aren’t doing enough physically

    Children-playing-video-games

    (via Lukas Stritt)

     
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