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  • 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.

  • Rick Mc 3:05 am on July 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Love/Hate Relationship with Gymnastics Theme Weeks 


    How I Solved My Love/Hate Relationship with Theme Weeks


  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on March 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymtastics GymTools – Lesson Planning Task Cards 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Yay For Play Activity Book 

    Sports and Games for Gymnastics clubs.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


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

    What is HIGH FIVE® 

    HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s quality standard for children’s recreation and sport. …

    HIGH FIVE holds true to the five Principles of healthy child development that the research indicates are essential for quality programs:

    A Caring Adult,
    The opportunity to make Friends,
    The opportunity to Play,
    The opportunity to Master Skills and
    The opportunity to Participate.


    Click PLAY or watch an introduction on YouTube.

    Some good messages there. 🙂

    via Frank Sahlein

  • 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.

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