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  • Rick Mc 8:03 pm on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    backward hip circle training 

    Here’s a nifty product. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on March 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Special Needs Gymnastics 

    The best Tumbl Trak video yet for physically and mentally challenged kids.

    Tumbl Trak is proud to introduce our latest work in Special Needs Movement. In collaboration with Occupational Therapists, teachers, parents and students we are learning more every day about the incredible benefits Tumbl Trak equipment offers students with special needs.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    ALL our kids are special. Growth and Development chronologies are similar. The only differences is that these specialists have broken down the movement patterns into smaller pieces. In safer environments. Soft and rounded.

     
  • Rick Mc 10:20 am on March 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    more boys doing Gymnastics in Great Britain 

    Beth Tweddle:

    Britain’s most decorated gymnast has seen a surge in her sport’s popularity. It’s just not what one might expect.

    “We always say ‘get more women in sport’ but actually in gymnastics it’s more boys into the sport,” she told MM.

    “There are plenty of boys joining in, and the fact now that they’ve got role models on the international stage like Louis Smith and Max Whitlock, that really helps because parents now also think that gymnastics is for boys as well. …

    details

    beth_tweddle_main

     
  • 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

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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 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    70yr-old gymnast Dieter Reithmeier 

    Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on February 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    dog doing Gymnastics 

    :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

    Thanks Carrie.

     
  • 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.

     
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