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  • Rick Mc 1:26 pm on January 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    best Gymnastics Report cards 

    I went through my file folder of OLD Recreation Gymnastics progress reports. It wasn’t a pretty sight. :(

    Most are too complex, too time consuming and the unclear to parents. In many cases, report cards are a waste of time.

    The only two I like were home made. For example, here’s a system David Burgess and I used at Taiso Gymnastics during the 1990s. (click on image for larger version)

    Page 1

    Page 2

    Those were photocopied back-to-back twice. Folded. One copy kept in the gymnast’s file, the other sent home to the parent on the second last week of the Recreation session.

    Short. Simple. Not too onerous for the coach. Rather than test every skill at that level of the Canadian Gymnastics Report Card system, we selected only 30 KEY drills. Progress for each marked: Attempted, Learning, or Mastered.

    Coach worked on filling out the DRAFT copy throughout the session, rather than all at once end-of-term.

    Even simpler was a home made system I used at Altadore back in the 1980s.

    One page. Single sided. Only 10 key skills from each level.

    Those were the days when “cut and paste” meant cut with scissors and paste with magic tape. The drills were taken from an earlier version of the Canadian “badge” program.

    Here’s the template I used.

    Rec Report Cards are mainly for the parents. Kids and coaches are far less interested. Best practice is to make time to chat with each parent who comes into the gym, end of class. Update them on at least one point of “progress” for the day. Informal communication is more powerful than formal.

    IEGA has continuous evaluation. They can print an up-to-date report card at any time. That’s cool.

    The GOAL is to keep your reregistration rate as high as possible.

    Leave a comment if you’ve a favourite way to monitor and report progress for once-a-week kids.

    related

    • 2nd Edition of the CANGYM recreation program

    • Gymnastics Zone – Gym Communications Systems

     
    • Dave Norgate 3:40 am on January 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I think that skills testing, strength testing or report cards are great – not just for the parents, but mainly for the gymnasts. It gets the kids working their hardest and we often get breakthroughs and best results on testing day.

      Rick – Thanks for the ideas, I love the pictures in your examples. Are there pictures like this in the CanGym manual? I might have to order myself one. I wonder what the postage to Australia will be… :)

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      • coach Rick 7:37 am on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        The illustrations have been completely redone, since then.

        AND I’ve just heard the CANGYM report cards have been “improved” to a format more like this one. I don’t have a copy of the latest version myself.

        Shipping would be expensive. But you only need to buy one copy and ship once. Everything is photocopy ready and photocopy legal.

        http://recgymnastics.com/2011/04/01/cangym-rec-gymnastics-program/

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  • Rick Mc 5:05 am on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    How to Make Gymnastics Boring 

    That’s Coach Howard. … he’s just KIDDING.

    We know that boredom is one of the main reasons kids quit gymnastics.

    … This should be a wakeup call to your gymnastics class coaches as well as gym coaches and owners everywhere. Gymnastics is a naturally fun sport of nearly infinite variety. If your cannot keep your classes interesting, you are definitely not doing your job. …

    It is, in one sense, very easy to make gymnasts, and kids in general, happy. If they are learning something new, they are happy. So job one for a coach is to make sure gymnasts learn something every class. …

    At every level, there are hundreds of skills you can do. Just putting together two and three skill combinations on beam, floor and trampoline gives you a virtually infinite lesson plan that never has to be the same. And that variety alone makes the class fun. …

    read more – How to Make Gymnastics Boring

    Don’t put TOO MUCH EMPHASIS on REPORT CARDS. That’s the fastest way to bore and frustrate children.

    Less than 20% of class time should be used for ‘progress evaluation’.

     
  • Rick Mc 11:27 am on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    CANGYM Rec Gymnastics program 

    Attention Recreation Program Directors.

    I’m impressed with the 2nd Edition of the CANGYM recreation program developed by Gymnastics Alberta. It’s a significant improvement on the original.

    The CANGYM National Badge Program is Gymnastics Canada’s National Skill Development and Evaluation program for Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

    This program is intended for use with participants of varying abilities aged 6 and older, including beginner level participants through to entry level competitive gymnasts.

    Utilizing the CANGYM badge program allows participants, coaches, and parents to monitor progress in addition to being a motivational tool for athletes. …

    Gymnastics Canada

    It’s a big binder with supporting documentation available on an accompanying disk. There is no on-line support, however.

    CANGYM looks expensive at $110 from Gymnastics Canada. But a club needs purchase only 1 copy. Everything is photocopy ready. In fact, I would say it’s a bargain. I’m not aware of any other badge system as good.

    The CANGYM levels are often used for Report Cards.

    The program is not perfect for every club, but it’s a great “starting point” for building your own program.

    The most controversial part is the CANGYM badge program. Many clubs use it. Savvy coaches break some of the levels into 2 parts, allowing more kids to progress more sessions. Some clubs even produce their own badges rather than use the astonishingly expensive official badges. ($2.53ea).

    Overall, I highly recommend the binder as a resource for every recreation program.

    details on Gymnastics Canada

     
    • Coach S 11:07 am on April 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We use our own ribbons. The cangym badges are nice but too expensive for us.

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