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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on September 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics Canada’s Active Start Program 

    …  a revitalized CanGym brand identity, a new online interactive platform, updated curriculum, new video content, and more. …

    CanGym is a national, progressive program that balances the physical, mental, and social aspects of sport in a unified way. 

    CanGym is confident. CanGym is joyful. CanGym is grounded. CanGym is empowering.

    CanGym’s Active Start module is one of five modules to be developed in this new online interactive platform. We invite you to stay tuned …

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on June 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    Canadian Gymnastics for All Program 

    CanGym is the name of the recreation curriculum in Canada.

    It’s quite good. Based on the Movement Pattern approach rather than skills.

    Check it out on Vimeo.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Velcro letters, numbers, shapes for the Gym 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 11:40 am on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Excellent online home REC Gymnastics classes 

    See the full YouTube Playlist HERE.

    Click PLAY or watch an INTRODUCTION on YouTube.

    This is from a club called Gymnastics USA in Florida.

    Click PLAY or watch LESSON #1 on YouTube.

    It’s for kids that have less than 6 months experience in Gymnastics

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on October 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Teach young gymnasts skills in BOTH directions 

    As toddlers are still switching hands, it’s best to have them try skills like cartwheel in both directions.

    Being able to do some things with both hands might be a life skill, too.

    Here’s a detailed look at the topic.



    • Right-handed: People who prefer to use their right hand for the majority of tasks are right-handed (aka righties). Common tools like scissors, can openers, even notebooks are often designed for right-handed use. 
    • Left-handed: Though only small, the numbers are growing for those that use their left hand for common tasks. Also called lefties, left-handed people may find certain tasks challenging because the tools needed are designed for the right-handed majority. Today, there are many left-handed options available for the most common tools. 
    • Mixed-handedness: Also called cross-dominance, a few people prefer to use either their right or left hand for one task and the opposite hand for another task. For example, a child who is mix-handed may write with their right hand and throw a ball with their left. 
    • Ambidextrous: Only about 1 percent of the population can use either hand for almost any task. They are known as ambidextrous (aka ambis). 
  • Rick Mc 3:00 am on August 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    best gymnastics lesson plans 

    One of the best resources most gymnastics coaches have never seen:

    • 60 lesson plans
    • for age 5-11
    • easy to follow
    • inexpensive — about $1 a lesson.

    Keith Russell, the driving force behind the excellent Canadian gymnastics coaching materials, is the principle author.

    The graphics are clean & easy to understand. Gene Schembri, the man who developed many fantastic Australian coaching materials, did the illustrations.

    Each of the 60 lesson plans is a 4 page, self-contained pull-out:

    • 1 page of warm-up activities
    • 1 page of teacher directed learning,
    • 1 page of student exploratory learning
    • 1 page of repetition and reinforcement material (from previous lessons)

    Up Down All Around lesson plans were originally written for the school environment. I am one of many coaches who adapts them for use in gymnastics clubs.

    • continuity week-to-week
    • variety of games
    • comprehensive approach

    Parents love them. Coaches have a base plan from which to teach. (Modify as needed, depending on the individuals in your class.)

    These lesson plans are professional, taught in Universities, endorsed by school boards. Written by world experts. What more could we ask?

    So where can you get more information on these lesson plans? Check the official website: Ruschkin.org


    • Lexi Martinez 9:21 am on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      HI I am a coach for 1st Class Gymnastics in Annapolis, MD. I use this site all the time and I just wanted to give you a shoutout. Thanks for all of your support and help!!!!!!


  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on May 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Max Whitlock Gymnastics program U.K. 

    Everyone Active is a Sports and Leisure Management company offering physical activity. They encourage at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, either in one of their centres or via online training, five times per week. Minimum.

    Max Whitlock Gymnastics is a scheme that has been created to give children the opportunity to participate in gymnastics through a fun and unique programme of activity. The scheme has been specially designed by the double Olympic champion alongside his wife and elite coach, Leah Whitlock. …

    • Each term the children will work towards achieving ‘Max’s Mastery awards’, with each one focusing on one of the four key tenets of gymnastics: Power, Strength, Balance and Flexibility.
    • Each of these are divided into Bronze, Silver and Gold awards that your child will work towards throughout that term
    • Fun games for the kids to enjoy alongside the gymnastics
    • Themed ‘Dress to the MAX’ fancy dress days at the end of each term

    Max Whitlock Gymnastics Powered by Everyone Active

  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    On Rec Class Programming 

    A 55 minute class can fly by in flash, so the class should be structured in accordance to time frames.

    Always start the class on time- this is critical!!

    … the clock is being monitored closely, the students should be able to work through the 55 minute curriculum and accomplish the program effectively.

    Class Structure

  • 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 3:02 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  


    Sooner or later all Gymnastics Report Cards will be digital.

    MySkillChart.com offers one option.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    I’ve not used this product. Leave a comment if you have.

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