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  • Rick Mc 12:56 pm on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    South African School Gymnastics programs 

    International Gymnastics Federation:

    Three years ago, the South African Department of Sport and Recreation joined forces with the National Department of Education and nearly a dozen South African Sports Federations to introduce a sports curriculum into South Africa’s schools. …

    “The structured approach to school sport was to redress the effects of 20 years with little or in most case no physical education in our schools,” explains Caron Henry, who manages Gym for All and Schools programmes for the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF). …

    Studying Gymnastics as sport, fitness and fun in South Africa

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    • zema meytey pema 1:07 pm on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Rick

      I am a certified coach and follow your blog. I’m looking for new opportunities in coaching. Also I love traveling. I wanted to ask you if you knew of any openings. I have 18 yrs experience coaching and designing recreational programs for preschool to school aged children. I found your most recent article interesting and also a phenomenal step forward in bringing gymnastics and other sports to schools all over the world. I have a BA in education with a double minor in child psychology and music. I would love to correspond with you if you have the time. Thank you for your time concerning this matter.

      Sincerely Cora Wright

      Sent from my iPhone



  • 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 2:00 pm on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Active Schools in Action 

    Nice edit.

    … an Active School incorporates physical activity before, during and after the school day to help kids reach their greatest potential. Schools and school districts have everything to gain — see how kids are the ones who benefit the most from the prioritization of physical activity in their school environment.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    via Tumbl Trak

  • 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 11:05 am on October 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    teen girls who exercise get better grades 

    • Study found link between academic performance and exercise at 11 years old

    • Improvements sustained over the long term leaving a lasting effect

    The findings come from a major study by researchers in Bristol and Scotland published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

    If confirmed, this could have implications for public health and education policy, they said.
    The research involved almost 5,000 children taking part in the Children Of The 90s study, tracking the long-term health of around 14,000 children born in the UK between 1991 and 1992 in the South West of England.

    How exercise can help teenage girls get better grades in science… and the tougher workout the better


    (via Lukas Stritt)

  • Rick Mc 7:35 pm on June 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    school, community, mobile gymnastics 

    EXCELLENT new video from Tumbl Trak. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on May 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Gymnastics in China 

    English language gymnastics club outside Shanghai.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Much of our Recreational philosophy is NEW in China.

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

  • Rick Mc 10:22 pm on March 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Kid Fit Event at Blue Heron Middle School 

    Carrie Spender put together a highlights photo montage of a youth “fitness” event in January. Every child from a Washington State school was invited. All the equipment soft, round and safe.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    That 2-day fitness event was sponsored by:

    Jefferson County Parks and Recreation
    Tumbl Trak
    Twisters Gymnastics
    Port Townsend School District

    I was responsible for climbing wall and pullover bar. It was astonishing how many students could do pullover without spot by walking up the wall.

    • Kara Thorpe 12:24 pm on March 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hey there Rick…
      If Tumbl Trak was intrested in a Canadian PLace to stop… you could aways suggest PA. We are working in conncetion with the local school boards to ensure that gymnastics does not die out in schools.


  • Rick Mc 3:50 pm on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Tumbl Trak at Blue Heron School 

    I joined the Tumbl Trak crew for two days working with the Middle School kids.

    Great fun. :)

    … The program incorporates Tumbl Trak equipment, inflatable gear that is used to support gymnastics, cheerleading and dance.

    There is a local connection, as company CEO Doug Davis is a Port Townsend resident and donated $20,000 worth of equipment for use at the Port Townsend Recreation Center.

    Smaller equipment contributions will be made to several local schools.

    Last week, Tumbl Trak sponsored a two-day training exercise that showed the students how to use the equipment — meant to prime the pump for the continuing program.

    Blue Heron PE teacher Richard Glaubman is excited about the program, which he sees as a path to developing better exercise habits.

    Lifetime fitness is the goal,” Glaubman said. …

    read more – Fun fitness at Port Townsend schools: Not your parents’ PE

    Blue Heron

  • Rick Mc 11:01 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Tumbl Trak – Newsletter 

    Tumbl Trak’s March Newsletter is posted:

    • Doug’s Blog by Doug Davis
    • Getting Kids to Eat Healthier by Jay Orkoswki
    • Positive Coaching 101 by Gymnastics Zone
    • Leonard’s Bias #2: Head Position by Leonard Isaacs
    • US Gymnastics Supplier’s Association Mega Raffle – $75,000 in gift certificates and prizes
    • Tumbl Trak Ambassador Program

    I’m mentioned in a couple of those reports in my new role as an “Ambassador” for the company. I’m in 100% :) along with John Smith, Steve Roney and Randy Parrish, to mention a few.

    … coaches who travel and teach throughout the nation and the world, can help spread the word about Tumbl Trak products as well as promote the idea of a progressional approach to coaching. …

    Check out this Tumbl Trak innovation “climbing wall mat“.

    Brinnon Elementary School, Washington State

    Tumbl Trak’s March Newsletter

    From that link you can subscribe to the Tumbl Trak email newsletter. Free.

    Or subscribe your Rec Staff via this page.

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