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  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    teaching LANDINGS at Gymnastics 

    We teach landing and falling safely FIRST at Gym.

    We teach landing and falling safely BEST at Gym.

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    Of the 6 movement patterns we teach, LANDINGS are the most important.

    Children should practice in a padded playground under supervision long, long before they have a bad fall from a bicycle out in the cold, cruel world.

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  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on December 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics for All 

    The International Gymnastics Federation calls most non-competitive activities Gymnastics for All.

    Not a bad name.

    Click PLAY or watch some performance highlights on YouTube.

    Their two highlight events are both scheduled every 4 years.

    1. World Gymnaestrada
    2. World Gym for Life Challenge

     
  • Rick Mc 5:51 pm on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Play-it-Forward Uganda 

    Play-it-Forward is a non-for-profit organization located in Calgary, Alberta.

    We teach unique and specialized sport and active play programs to children in need. …

    To date we have helped over 1500 children through our efforts and hope to expand this number moving forward. …

    Learn More

    This is how Darlene “The Bean”, founder of Gymtastics GymTools, gives back for all she’s benefited from Gymnastics.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Here’s an interesting fund-raiser:

    This auction will be helping Play-it-Forward raise funds to support our upcoming February 2018 project in Tekera, Uganda. This rural community is riddled with poverty, which many of us cannot even imagine. …

    We will coach how to ‘Play-it-Forward’ as we ensure to inspire, educate and empower the teachers of the school to carry on the mission. Our volunteers will travel from Calgary to Uganda and will bring and supply the school with thousands of dollars of athletic equipment, T-shirts, play booklets and sport kits for each child, nutritious food and teacher education and training.

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    Click through for details.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Keith Russell’s Rec Gymnastics manuals 

    Keith Russell has been the principle author of the Canadian coach education programme since 1978.

    It’s considered one of the best in the world.

    In fact, the FIG Foundations course was also authored by Keith.

    Here’s how coach education works in Canada.

    Everyone takes 4 hours of theory and the 9 hour Gymnastics Foundations course.

    Next you can specialize in Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline or Active Start (preschool).

    After completing some work at your own gym, you are evaluated and — finally — fully certified.

    You can be an instructor with your own group of kids. 

    Unfortunately neither the FIG materials nor the Canadian materials are available for purchase. On the upside, you can buy Keith Russell’s school Gymnastics lesson plans online.

     

     
    • Rosemary 4:40 am on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow Rick, that’s the simplest explanation of the GF program that I have seen! Thanks for that; I believe that the Introduction course is taken before the Theory.

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  • Rick Mc 3:00 am on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Kids should do Gymnastics 

    Adam sends a post on Justifying Fun:

    Benefits Of Gymnastics For Kids

     
  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Self-taught Trampoline is too Dangerous 

    Landon Smith broke his neck at Jump Park Trampoline in January.

    We recommend that EVERYONE train with certified, experienced coaches at a Club. Backyard Tramps and drop-in Trampoline Centres are too dangerous.

    related – Alberta   Injury Prevention Program – Position Statement Private Residence Trampoline Safety

     
  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips for Parents Dropping Kids at GYM 

    From A Preschool Teacher: The Do’s And (Please) Don’ts Of Dropping Off Your Kid

     
  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on November 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics Day Camp at IGC 

    International Gymnastic Camp in Pennsylvania is one of the most famous in the world.

    But they offer programs for non-competitive kids too.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    11 Health Benefits of Gymnastics 

    1. Learning Gymnastics Enhances The Body’s Complex Motor Skill

    2. Doing Gymnastics Regularly Can Dramatically Increase Flexibility

    3. Participation In Gymnastics Can Build Proper Coordination And Balance

    11 Health Benefits of Gymnastics, According to Science (+10 Tips for Beginners)

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  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    backward rolls for little gymnasts 

    Small children have bigger heads than adults relative to their body size.

    Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

     

     
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