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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on March 14, 2023 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Director 101 – Intro to Rec Directing 

    March 27 to May 15, 2023

    We meet twice a week LIVE on Zoom:

    Lessons every Monday @ 1:30-3:00pm (ET) (no class on Apr 10)
    Tutorials every Friday @ 1:30-2:30pm (ET)

    Each week includes:

    • One lesson and one tutorial each week – both are LIVE on via ZOOM
    • Experiments: Actionable micro-projects to complete on own time during the week
    • Weekly workbooks to accompany lessons & tutorials
    • Bonus resources, tools, templates + lessons

    Overall, we’re estimating the time commitment to be 3-3.5 hours a week (including the experiment). 

    • Week 1 – Leadership & Goal Setting
    • Week 2 – Program Evaluation
    • Week 3 – Short & Long Term Program Program Planning
    • Week 4 – Staff Scheduling Systems
    • Week 5 – Staff Management (Part 1) 
    • Week 6 – Staff Management (Part 2)
    • Week 7 – Communication & Feedback
    • Week 8 – Next Steps & Graduation!

    Details –  $697.00 CAD

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 6, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Retreat, Ontario 2022 

    Orillia, Ontario, Canada May 27-29, 2022.

    Refresh Rec Retreat

    The goal of Refresh is exactly that — leaving this conference feeling refreshed!

    When it’s over, you will be more connected to our community, rejuvenated with new ideas & inspiration to bring back to you gym, and you’ll have an extra twinkle in your eye about the important work we do with (and for!) recreational gymnasts and programs.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    What is Gymnastics for All? 

    Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist heads the international Gymnastics for All committee.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 5:43 pm on August 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Virtual Recreation Gymnastics Workshop 

    International Online Course on Children’s Active Play and Sport Programs

    September 4-6, 2020

    Cost is $99.00 USD.

    Replays of the presentations will be available for up to 3 days after the workshop if you can’t watch them live.


  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on June 27, 2020 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. 

    Here’s the 2008 edition cover of the Canadian coaching manual.


    Unfortunately that text is not available online. The only way to get it is to take the course.

    Similarly, you can’t purchase the FIG Foundations manual online.

    Too bad.

    • 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.


  • Rick Mc 8:04 am on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply  


    March 26-27, 2020.

    It’s FREE.

    Register here.

    Speakers include …

    Ali Stoffels
    Jeff Lulla
    Kyle Shewfelt

    Topics include …

    Conditioning Can Be Fun!
    25 Small Things That Make a Big Difference in Preschool Classes
    Developing a Personal Best Philosophy
    Teach. Praise. Correct.
    Working Through the Challenges to Successfully Support Behaviour in Class

  • Rick Mc 9:56 am on April 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    RecGymPros Retreat 

    A Retreat for Rec coaches is scheduled for May 24-26, 2019 in Orillia, ON.

    Refresh will not be your usual conference. The schedule is set up to encourage hands on learning, relevant conversation & dialogue. …

    … two streams … – one that focuses on front line preschool & rec coaches and one that focuses more on managers & the business side of things. …


    Cost is CAD 275. The early bird discount was extended — code “REFRESH2019” — until this Friday (April 5).

    Arizona Sunrays

  • Rick Mc 9:59 am on March 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    FIG Gymnastics for All – Colloquium 

    The International Gymnastics Federation Gymnastics for All Committee (GfA) held its annual Colloquium in Lisbon, Portugal between 20 and 24 March.

    … 59 participants from 35 national federations …, three days of presentations and discussions – led by nine invited speakers …


  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on August 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Staff Training at Flair Gymnastics 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (via Dave Tilley)

  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on May 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Recruiting Coaches in Australia 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (1 minute)

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