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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Teaching Gymnastics by Movement Pattern 

    by Rick McCharles

    At Ontario Congress 2016 I broke down the Movement Patterns approach in greater detail than ever before.

    movement-patterns-1 All Gymnastics skills can be analyzed in terms of 6 movement patterns. LANDINGS we teach first and best.

    Here’s an example.


    The Movement Pattern approach — as opposed to the more traditional Skills approach — is used in Canada and by the International Gymnastics Federation. The inventor of this taxonomy and primary author is Keith Russell.
    movement-patterns-3It’s biomechanical analysis. Each of the Movement Patterns obeys well defined laws of physics. SWINGS, for example, are skills where the body is rotating around an external axis. Good technique is keeping the Centre of Mass far from the axis on the DOWN swing, closer to the axis on the UP swing.

    Once a coach knows the mechanical principles of each of the 6 Movement Patterns, it’s easier to coach specific skills.

    For example, keep your hips (Centre of Mass) as far away from the Bar (Axis) as possible on the down SWING.
    movement-patterns-3cAll Gymnastics finish with a LANDING. The gymnast must bring all forces to zero by attenuating energy over time and surface area.

    Download all the notes from Ontario Congress 2016 – INCORPORATE THE FMP’S INTO YOUR PROGRAMS (Gymnastics Movement Patterns)

    • Heather 1:23 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Rick the link to download the notes does not work. Could you send them out to me? Thanks Heather


      • Rick Mc 2:00 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The link is working for me. Try it once more time. If that fails, I’ll email you a copy.


        • Heather 2:11 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          yes now it is working. I think I was clicking on the wrong thing. I would like to take this time to thank you for all the awesome posts you do. I share them with all our rec coaches. Much appreciated!!!


  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on December 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Singapore Gymnastics Introductory Coaching Course 

    Looks very well organized.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 12:15 pm on July 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics Ontario Congress – Rec Coaching 

    Aug 26-27th.

    I’ll be presenting on the following topics:

    Recreation Games & Activities

    Have more FUN in the Gym

    The Internet for Gymnastics Coaches (valuable for ALL coaches)

    Incorporate the FMP’s into your programs: Gymnastics Movement Patterns

    Here’s one of the Gymnastics GAMES I’ll be leading. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    This is one of 170+ Fitness Games and Activities. See more on my Tumbl Trak Fitness Games playlist.


  • Rick Mc 3:04 am on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    beginner tumbling progressions 

    Click PLAY or watch them on Facebook.

    That’s Euro Stars Gymnastics in Plymouth Township, MI. Justin Laury’s club.

    If you’d like to see more, LIKE the Gymnastic Progressions Facebook page.

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on September 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Alberta Recreational Coaching Workshops 

    Gymnastics Alberta runs annual development workshops for the coaches of non-competing gymnasts.

    Dynamyx Gymnastics Club, Edmonton – Oct. 4, 2015

    Stampede City Gymnastics Club, Calgary – Nov. 22, 2015

    Math in Motion – Facilitator Uschi Donaleshen

    Efficiency and Fundamentals – Facilitator Mikayla Salmond

    NCCP Games: Knowledge is Power! – Facilitator Robyn Fox

    Rebound Therapy – Facilitator Tanya Vanden Boer

    Spacial Dynamics – Facilitator Leila Rogovina

    details – 2015-16 Recreational Workshops

    Do you have anything like that in your region?

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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on August 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Sweden – ‘Gymnastic for fun’ seminar 

    The ‘Gymnastics for fun’ Seminar will be held from October 9 till 11 2015 in Lillsved (SWE)

    Let’s meet the international instructors:

    Keith Russell (CAN)

    Keith Russell

    Embla Holmgren and Nivin Shaker (SWE)

    Christoph Renfer (SUI)

    Meet the instructors of the ‘Gymnastic for fun’ Seminar

  • Rick Mc 1:29 pm on August 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    KidFit Games and Activites 

    Tumbl Trak is sponsoring a series of videos appropriate for all children, not just gymnasts. It will be fast and easy to find new games.

    Here are a few video stills.

    3444 Caterpillar

    6207 Partner Turns

    6260 Big Kids pick up Little Kids

    Carrie Spender Lennox from Tumbl Trak leads the kids. 🙂

    5930 Zoo Keeper

    Availability should be announced SOON.

    I’ll post it here.

  • 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 9:07 am on April 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Coaching Clinic Washington State 

    SteveNew Twisters Gymnastics Location, Port Hadlock, WA on the Olympic Peninsula. $40

    Saturday, May 10th, 2014

    Join us for our summer series of Coaches Clinics geared toward Recreational to Pre Team level coaches looking to create a foundation of good habits in themselves and their athletes.

    Clinicians will include: Doug Davis, Randy Parrish, Steve Roney and Kelle Riley!


  • Rick Mc 1:47 am on April 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    authentic and believable praise 


    Coach Carrie Spender Lennox finds herself in … the parent viewing gallery:

    From the balcony, parents don’t always hear a coach’s words, or recognize the exact benefit of drills that highlight our kids flopping around the floor.  What is always clear is the expressions of enthusiasm and joy on coaches and kids faces when giving praise for a job well done.

    gymnast-and-coachParents know the power of praise and how challenging it is to be consistent, and purposeful with praising kids.  Here’s some great reminders from Dale Carnegie, an American writer and lecturer …

    • Make eye contact with the person you are praising
    • Use their name
    • Make sure you sound like you really mean it. When you sound enthusiastic you will always be far more convincing
    • Let them have the praise as soon as possible – why wait to give positive feedback. If it is important to you then you will make it a priority
    • Show that you know what makes the person tick when you decide where and how you give the praise – some people prefer praise in private others will be delighted by more public praise such as in a team meeting
    • Praise and positive feedback is not just about motivation – it is also encourages repeat behavior. If you want someone to do the same good work again – or develop it further then make sure you let them know:
    • Let them know why you valued their concentration and hard work; ‘I know that you had to put of extra time and effort into this progression and the extra effort really showed in the final result.
    • Nagging does not work
    • Try to give each athlete a word of appreciation, its not hard to find something you appreciate about people you care about.

    read more on the Tumbl Trak email newsletter –

    A Few Choice Words…



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