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  • Rick Mc 5:58 pm on April 7, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    Recreational Gymnastics in a Pandemic 

    Not easy.

    Good luck to all teachers, coaches and instructors from RecGymnastics.com.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on October 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation  

    Born out of her own experience, Ms. Hilliard founded the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation (WHGF) in 1996.

    WHGF provides free and low-cost Gymnastics to underserved communities in Harlem, and Detroit with the mission to empower the lives of urban youth by improving their physical and mental health through gymnastics.

    To date, WHGF has made gymnastics accessible to over 20,000 urban youth in NYC. …

    As they approach almost twenty-five years in Harlem and five years in Detroit, the foundation allows all kids from every background to pursue a sport that they love and empowers them to want to succeed. …

    When asked what words of wisdom she has for those interested in the sport, Ms. Hilliard recommended, “Go for it! Gymnastics can do wonders to your physical and mental health, from flexibility and strength to focus and discipline. These are skills kids can utilize in all walks of life.” …

    How One Woman Is Making Gymnastics Accessible To Black Youth

  • Rick Mc 9:19 am on May 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Reopening REC Gymnastics classes after COVID-19 

    To start we should be super cautious in order to reassure parents that their children are SAFE at the Gym.

    For example, see how this organization plans to do it.

    Kem’s Gym and Inciardi School of Dance

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on May 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Building Confident Kids at Flair Gymnastics 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • 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.


    Click through for details.

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

    Rec Gymnastics – bring a friend day 

    I’ve always found the best way to build membership in a Rec program is with this kind of promotion. The only major issue is insurance.

    I always hire extra instructors. You can never be sure how many friends are going to arrive. 🙂

    LIKE this photo on Facebook.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    great idea – “Play-it-Forward” 

    Darlene the Bean giving back to the community. 🙂

  • 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.)


    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.

  • Rick Mc 10:21 am on May 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    cartwheel, round-off and flyback progressions 

    Doug Davis is energetic in helping instructors teach happy, safe kids. He’s all about building confidence through systematic progression. And repetition.

    These progressions are not only for competitive kids. They are for everyone who wants to learn to tumble.


    Balking” happens frequently in many gyms across the country. A gymnast attempts a skill, and then STOPS in the middle of the attempt. This can be extremely dangerous with some skills. Or, the gymnast will not go for the skill at all, due to fear. …

    One example of a common skill series where students may “balk” is a Round-Off to one or two Back-Handsprings. Students should be taken through a series of progressions

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


    Keep in mind, these steps are not all linear. Start developing back-handspring skills at the same time as round off skills. …

    It is not all about overcoming fear and preventing balking, it is also about setting up all of your students for repeated success. …

    read more – How Progressions Build Confidence and Reduce Fear

  • Rick Mc 6:19 am on August 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    All Stars Gymnastics NEW Fitness Wheel 

    All Stars Gymnastics in Windsor, Connecticut gets a Tumbl Trak Fitness Wheel.

    Click PLAY or watch DAY 1 in the Gym on YouTube.

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