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  • 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.

  • Rick Mc 9:09 am on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    on discipline timeouts 

    My standard discipline policy for Recreational gymnasts is an escalating series of penalties:

    1) warning
    2) second warning
    3) 2 minute timeout
    4) 5 minute timeout
    5) meet with parent

    … Some psychologists do believe that if you practice good “positive discipline” techniques, by stating facts rather than demands, using distraction to steer kids away from danger, and working out solutions as a family, you shouldn’t need timeouts, or at least not very often. And timeouts can be ineffective, psychologically damaging, and make behavioral problems worse. …

    Yet …

    … plenty of research suggests that timeouts are safe and useful when parents employ them properly and in the right situations. …

    Slate – Are Timeouts Messing Up Your Kids?

    Only if you’re doing them wrong. (And yes, you probably are.)

    An interesting read.


  • Rick Mc 8:56 am on November 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Play it Forward – Rec Gym 

    Dar wants underprivileged kids to do Gymnastics.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    She’s the Rec guru behind GymtasticsGymTools.

  • 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 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 5:01 am on February 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    gymnastics video/photo privacy 

    When you post photos and videos of gymnasts online, with permission, consider editing your privacy settings to restrict comments.

    Here’s an example of how that’s done on flickr.com.

    It’s even more important if you post gymnastics videos online.

    The biggest problem … idiots making stupid comments.

    related – Connect Safely – Top 10 Safety Tips for Video-Sharing

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

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