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  • 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%). …

    CBC

    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 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    ban tobogganing – it’s too DANGEROUS 

    Reposted by Rick McCharles from GymnasticsCoaching.com

    My home town Calgary is not quite as stupid as, for example, Hamilton. :-)

    But we’re pretty stupid. Socialist nations like Canada have governments with enough spare time to invent city bylaws like: “those who slide outside the city’s 18 approved hills could face a $100 fine”.

    Calgary’s media has made much ado about the city’s tobogganing rules in recent weeks — to the point where Mayor Naheed Nenshi blamed “bored journalists” trying to stir up controversy.

    Now Rick Mercer has taken it upon himself to poke a bit of fun at (the) bylaw ..

    (For the record, the city does not recall ever giving out a tobogganing fine. Ever.)

    HuffPo

    Click PLAY or watch comedian Rick Mercer on YouTube.

    Certainly no Calgarian I know pays any attention to tobogganing restrictions. We slide wherever we want. But with one eye out in case a Toboggan Cop shows up. :-)

    related – Tobogganing Bans Or Restrictions Growing Across North America

    Over protective restrictions on youth activity contribute to child obesity. We want kids tobogganing more, not less.

     
  • 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 10:33 am on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    “This Girl Can” campaign 

    This Girl Can celebrates the women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get. They’re here to inspire us to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

    #thisgirlcan

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Sport England’s new campaign to encourage girls and women to exercise is a triumph

    (via FIG)

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

    what is physical literacy? 

    JIM GROVE:

    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 3:03 am on November 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Ogie Shaw on fitness 

    Physical Fitness does not have to be complicated. There are psychological aspects to staying motivated for fitness and then a few rules to adopt for success. The speaker presents his ideas on motivation, measuring your fitness level, and exercises to become fit. …

    Ogie has had a passion for fitness, health, business, and music all of his life. His career goal is to establish a model for a fitness lifestyle for Americans that is sufficient to impact physical and mental health. He has given over 5000 speeches on fitness motivation. …

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • 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.

    50 THINGS THAT EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT FROM BY BEING A GYMNAST

    Click through to read the rest.

    6260 Big Kids pick up Little Kids

     
  • 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.

     
    • Colleen 9:25 pm on February 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love this video! I would love to learn more techniques for LESS spotting!

      Like

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