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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on November 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Gymnastics – ONLINE registration 

    Does your club have online registration?

    It’s easy to add CAMPS, special events, etc.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    improving re-registration rates 

    90% re-registration is the goal for Recreation Gymnastics programs. I’ve only rarely reached that goal.

    • Here are some tips to get closer:
    • Keep Students Using Their Time Productively
    • Minimize Waiting (NO line-ups)
    • Make Sure They Learn and Are Successful
    • Vary the Classes for Interest and Excitement
    • “Eight Second Rule”
    • Use Supervised Side Activities

    Gymnastics Zone

    Click through for details.


    • Nicole 3:23 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m curious, what is the “8 second rule” you are referring to in this post?


  • Rick Mc 6:48 pm on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics 

    I dropped in during one of the busiest days of the year. Kyle himself was manning the front desk. Taking registrations and fixing tea for parents.

    The 11,000+ square foot facility in Calgary is very well done. Bright and appealing. Lots of parking.


    facility photos

    KSG offers all kinds of gymnastics, but not competitive. It’s for FUN and FITNESS.

    Rope swing

    more photos

    Opened 10 months ago, Kyle has about 950 members a week. Business is great.

    If you want to see a new club well launched, check out Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics.

    That’s a class website. And YES, Kyle does have online registration.

  • Rick Mc 3:17 am on October 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    small classes are GOOD 

    Coach / educator Lukas Stritt:

    Small classes are good for students:


    Taiso Gymnastics, Saskatoon

    Taiso Gymnastics, Saskatoon

    Parents know that small classes are better for their children, especially preschoolers.

    If your class size is smaller than the competition, be sure to ADVERTISE that fact. 🙂

  • Rick Mc 9:05 pm on May 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Coach in New Brunswick 

    Beauséjour Gymnos Gymnastics Club is a not-for-profit organization located in Moncton, New Brunswick – one of Canada’s top rated places to live! The club has a large recreational membership with an average of 700 participants registered in the fall, winter, and spring sessions.

    We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, responsible, and dynamic team member to fulfill the position of Recreational Program Director. This creative person will be helping direct a staff of approximately 30 coaches in a fun filled and progressive environment. Candidates should show experience working with children, be prepared to be a mentor and motivator for our staff and, take initiative to help keep our programs current and creative.

    This position is full time; 35 – 40 hours per week with a weekly set schedule divided amongst 5 days where 1 day will be a weekend and 2-3 days may include afternoon/evening hours. The work week will involve both office hours and gym hours observing and managing the delivery of the recreational program.

    The successful candidate must be willing to commence no later than August 20th, 2012 (earlier is preferable).

    Salary will commensurate with qualifications, skills, and proven experience. We thank all applicants in advance however, only those who are requested for an interview will be contacted.

    Please forward resumes in confidence to
    Tanya McMahon: tanya.mcmahon {a} nbed.nb.ca

    Application deadline is June 29th, 2012.

  • Rick Mc 12:08 am on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    Good reminders for those managing sports programs.

    1. Hire right.
    2. Offer clear goals.
    3. Manage by walking around.
    4. Share your finances.
    5. Do incentives right.
    6. Build trust.
    7. Treat workers like people.


    Island Tag, a classic gymnastics game that helps develop motor skills like balance, agility, coordination and spacial awareness.

    That’s A-Mazing Adventures in Regina.

  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    who SUPERVISES your gym? 

    Coach Howard has the best write-up I’ve yet seen on this important topic:

    While the ideal solution would be to have at least one staff member who did nothing but general gym supervision, in much the manner that a pool lifeguard functions, most gyms cannot afford or afford to waste a full-time general gym supervisor.

    Gym owners and managers will have to make the decision for themselves if they want to pay for a staff member just to do general supervision, but there should always be at least one senior coach who is assigned general supervision responsibility and all coaches and all staff members, including front desk staff, should be taught to scan the gym regularly for unsafe situations. …

    So true.

    In emergencies, especially, someone needs to be the final authority on when to call the ambulance. What to do in case of the unforeseen plumbing crisis (… that’s happened to me), etc.

    WHO is in charge here?

    Does your facility have a Gym Supervision Plan?

    If not, best email this article to the folks running your club.

    Gymnastics ZoneGeneral Gymnastics Gym Supervision

  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    gymnastics INSURANCE 

    Are you confident that your gym is covered in worst case scenarios?

    What would happen if one of your kids has a catastrophic injury in your gym?

    What about earthquake? … Flood? … Tornado?

    For each region, the requirements of gymnastics insurance are different.

    SOMEBODY in your gym needs to be up-to-speed on what’s needed.

    A great started on this topic was posted by Coach Howard on Gymnastics Zone:

    Gymnastics insurance is a fact of life for any gymnastics club owner. The possibility of a major accident and/or the possibility of lawsuits cannot be ignored. Your first line of defense is an accident/medical and liability insurance package. The following are some considerations in choosing your insurance:

    • Cover Everything You Do
    • Get the Maximum in Protection
    • How Stable is Your Insurance Company?
    • Financing Options
    • Don’t Pay Too Much
    • Cover Your Costs

    read more on those headings – Choosing Gymnastics Insurance

    be CERTAIN your Adult Rec gymnasts are covered

    Here’s a an important point:

    • Number of Students

    Don’t accept any policy requiring individual student name filing requirements. Although we don’t believe any of the insurers are doing this any more, some companies used to want you to supply the name of every student to be insured. Don’t do this, the paperwork is a nightmare.

    This follow-up post is even better – More Info on Gymnastics Liability and Gymnast Insurance

    Thanks Howard.

    In the USA, Howard suggests we check these 3 companies:

    • Sadler Sports
    • Snyder Insurance Services
    • Markel Gymnastics

    Leave a comment if you have any other company to recommend.

  • Rick Mc 2:10 pm on March 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Facebook Privacy Settings 

    A BIG new issue at gymnastics clubs is Facebook.

    Young people, young coaches, often learn the hard way not to post inappropriate text, photos and video.

    Here’s an up-to-date summary of Privacy Settings. As you know, Facebook changes them often and deliberately makes them confusing. It’s in their interest that members keep their settings as public, as possible.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    related – 24yr old teacher resigns over Facebook photos

  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on February 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    preschool gymnastics tips 

    Another great instructional from Darlene of Gymtastics GymTools.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    From little things, big things grow

    Educational Teaching Tools • Gymnastics Program Tools • Specialty Program Tools • Visual Aid Tools • Marketing Tools • Management Tools


    I’m confident that Darlene and staff can teach backward rolling safely to preschoolers. But I try to avoid that skill, myself, with “pumpkin heads”.

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