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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Kip Skills, Drills And Progressions 

    Check out the great task card graphics on gymtasticsgymtools.com.


  • Rick Mc 1:54 pm on October 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Canadian Pre-CIT program 

    At the recent Alberta Gymnastics Congress I got my first chance to see this document. It’s a coach training program for ages 13-14.

    Gymnastics Canada has updated their (old) Development Leader (Dev’L) program, rebranding it the “Pre-CIT program”.

    In the first year of the Pre-CIT program, candidates will complete 5 hours of tutorials, covering 10 topic areas, and assist in the gym for 10 hours.

    In the second year, candidates will complete an additional 10 hours of tasks related to coaching, officiating and administration. Over the course of the two years, it is also expected that the Pre- CIT will remain an active gymnastic participant, completing a minimum of 15 hours of “gymming” time.

    13 year old Pre-CITs MUST complete the program over two full training years. 14 and 15 year old Pre-CITs have the option of completing the program in one or two training years.

    At age-15, they can enter into the adult National Coaching Certification Program.

    Resources from many clubs across the country were compiled, edited and produced by Cathy Haines with assistance from Elisabeth Bureaud.

    This program is voluntary.

    Nice work.

    But it’s only available to Gymnastics Canada clubs, so far as I know.

  • Rick Mc 7:17 am on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Patti Komara – InstantGymformation.com 

    Patti Komara is the famed Rec guru from the States. Her products are available worldwide via Tumblebear® Connection.

    She’s made the leap to digital. Best starting point is another web page …

    InstantGymformation.com – Now until October 31-use code WELCOME and receive $15 off your whole order!

  • Rick Mc 2:37 pm on September 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Darlene “the Bean” teaching preschool 

    … founder of GymtasticsGymTools.com, your gymnastics and teaching tool resource website. All of our products are professionally designed and illustrated to help you become a better teacher, coach or grow your gymnastics program.

    I’ve made it so easy too. All our content can be easily downloaded to your computer in minutes. …


    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 9:40 am on May 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymtastics: Fun is #1 

    Gymnastics: Fun for Us is #1
    Preschool Lesson Plans

    Gymtastics GymTools

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


  • Rick Mc 1:26 pm on January 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    best Gymnastics Report cards 

    I went through my file folder of OLD Recreation Gymnastics progress reports. It wasn’t a pretty sight. 😦

    Most are too complex, too time consuming and the unclear to parents. In many cases, report cards are a waste of time.

    The only two I like were home made. For example, here’s a system David Burgess and I used at Taiso Gymnastics during the 1990s. (click on image for larger version)

    Page 1

    Page 2

    Those were photocopied back-to-back twice. Folded. One copy kept in the gymnast’s file, the other sent home to the parent on the second last week of the Recreation session.

    Short. Simple. Not too onerous for the coach. Rather than test every skill at that level of the Canadian Gymnastics Report Card system, we selected only 30 KEY drills. Progress for each marked: Attempted, Learning, or Mastered.

    Coach worked on filling out the DRAFT copy throughout the session, rather than all at once end-of-term.

    Even simpler was a home made system I used at Altadore back in the 1980s.

    One page. Single sided. Only 10 key skills from each level.

    Those were the days when “cut and paste” meant cut with scissors and paste with magic tape. The drills were taken from an earlier version of the Canadian “badge” program.

    Here’s the template I used.

    Rec Report Cards are mainly for the parents. Kids and coaches are far less interested. Best practice is to make time to chat with each parent who comes into the gym, end of class. Update them on at least one point of “progress” for the day. Informal communication is more powerful than formal.

    IEGA has continuous evaluation. They can print an up-to-date report card at any time. That’s cool.

    The GOAL is to keep your reregistration rate as high as possible.

    Leave a comment if you’ve a favourite way to monitor and report progress for once-a-week kids.


    • 2nd Edition of the CANGYM recreation program

    • Gymnastics Zone – Gym Communications Systems

    • Dave Norgate 3:40 am on January 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I think that skills testing, strength testing or report cards are great – not just for the parents, but mainly for the gymnasts. It gets the kids working their hardest and we often get breakthroughs and best results on testing day.

      Rick – Thanks for the ideas, I love the pictures in your examples. Are there pictures like this in the CanGym manual? I might have to order myself one. I wonder what the postage to Australia will be… 🙂


      • coach Rick 7:37 am on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        The illustrations have been completely redone, since then.

        AND I’ve just heard the CANGYM report cards have been “improved” to a format more like this one. I don’t have a copy of the latest version myself.

        Shipping would be expensive. But you only need to buy one copy and ship once. Everything is photocopy ready and photocopy legal.



  • Rick Mc 10:42 pm on January 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    how to make Gymnastics boring 

    By far the most common reason for dropping out of gym. 😦

    … Gymnastics is a naturally fun sport of nearly infinite variety. If your cannot keep your classes interesting, you are definitely not doing your job.

    … job one for a coach is to make sure gymnasts learn something every class. To do that, before every class, you need to know what skills each gymnast can already do and what skills you have a good shot at teaching them that day. To do that, you have to be prepared for each class and have kept track of your gymnasts and what they can do.

    read more on Gymnastics Zone – How to Make Gymnastics Boring

    Christchurch School of Gymnastics

  • GymtasticsGymTools.com 8:10 pm on December 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gymnastics instruction, gymnastics progressions, lesson plans, pre-competitive lesson plans, preschool lesson plans, progression sheets, recreational lesson plans, skill cards   

    Download Gymnastics Lesson Plans to your Desktop in Seconds… 

    Now for the first time ever, hundred’s of gymnastics skill illustrations and step-by-step professionally written and designed pre-school, recreational and pre-competitive lesson plans available to you to download right to your computer in seconds. GymtasticsGymTools.com is a great resource for all gymnastics coaches. Check us out and let us know what you think!

  • Rick Mc 4:46 pm on September 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    In 2011 I don’t have much confidence that… 

    In 2011 I don’t have much confidence that children will be physically educated in P.E. class.

    But they certainly would be with this teacher.

    Warm-up for a group of Grade 1-3 students in a school gym, utilizing some principles typical of gymnastics.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    That’s G.Y.M. Consulting out of Regina, SK, Canada. Saskatchewan is a leader in the field of gymnastics instruction for teachers.

    Brian Lewis is a physical education consultant with Regina Catholic Schools. Check out his sites http://growingyoungmovers.com/ and http://www.blognasium.com/.

    • UK_Coach 2:40 pm on September 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I find school classes with younger children easier than rec classes, but older children schools are harder than both. I try to work around a number of themes in schools; landing, rolling, inversion, moving in different ways, balancing and shapes, and partner/group work. Then we might add benches to all of those activities. So far I haven’t used any other (higher) equitment – with 30 children in a class accidents are likely, and even with back to wall I can’t be checking everywhere at once. You can imagine that if I’m cautious, the regular teachers who aren’t so familiar with gymnastics will be even more so.


  • Rick Mc 10:01 am on September 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    NEW – Gymtastics Gym Tools 

    I’ve been waiting for this. A number of new products for the coach …

    This site just launched.

    Darlene “The Bean” Fedyna:

    At Gymtastics, we know that nothing is more important than developing a child’s self-esteem. That’s why our GymTools program offers a unique and creative coaching philosophy that concentrates on individual growth; emotionally, mentally and physically. We believe that gymnastics can enhance the all-around health of almost everybody on the planet, providing an excellent base for all sports and life in general. (A back flip comes in handy more often than you’d think in life.)

    Gymtastics GymTools is a resource that delivers fun, fitness and fundamentals for parents, teacher and coaches. We provide pre-school, recreational and competitive lesson plans and visual aids developed by qualified and experienced coaches.

    You’ll also find specialty programs like Sports & Games, Summer Camps, the best Birthday Parties on the world wide web and more inspiration than you’ll know what to do with. You’ll be surprised how quickly our website will help you enhance your teaching skills. …


    Check out the gorgeous site. I’ll try to meet with Darlene and write up a review of each of the new products.

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