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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on July 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    drop-in parent and tot Gymnastics 

    I ran this kind of class 4 times a week for a year. LOVED it. Parents LOVED it. Coaches LOVED supervising.

    The only issue is whether or not your insurance covers it. 😦

    Sometimes school age siblings wanted to play too. Handle those situations on a case by case basis.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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  • Rick Mc 3:06 am on March 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics – Introducing Backward Roll 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Children have disproportionately LARGE heads relative to their body. Backward rolling can be awkward for them.

    Here’s the best way to do them safely.

    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 3:06 am on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics contest – CANDLE roll to jump 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    A good lead-up drill to forward safety rolls.

    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 3:06 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Introducing Forward Shoulder Roll 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Before teaching forward safety rolls, be sure kids know how to stand up smoothly, absorbing force over time and body surface area.

    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 3:03 am on March 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Angry Cat Position & Safety Rolls in Gymnastics 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Round and rigid. A very safe shape.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    It leads directly into the Safety Roll sideways.

    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 3:02 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    safer Gymnastics at home 

    It’s nearly impossible to stop kids from doing Gymnastics at home. On the couch. On the bed. …

    Parents should BAN inversions and rotations, if they can. Alternatively, they can set up as safe a Gymnastics play area as possible.

    Hunter in the Gym

    Tumbl Trak posted some tips for parents:

    Keeping athletes safe at home requires a bit of thought and awareness of the skills kids will practice. Here’s some safety measures for families to consider when using home gym equipment:

    Choose an area in the home large enough to allow for space surrounding the equipment to work safely.

    Floors should be clear of objects that could cause injury, including extra furniture nearby. …

    read more …

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Backyard Trampolines NOT recommended 

    Parents should send their children to qualified instructors in safe facilities.

    … American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “strongly discourages” the use of home trampolines.

    Sure, while the majority of injuries are sprained ankles, an annoying but relatively benign injury, almost 30 percent were broken bones or dislocations and about 10 to 17 percent are injuries that involve heads and necks. …

    YOU CAN CALL ME SCROOGE: JUST SAY NO TO THE HOME TRAMPOLINE

    home trampoline

     
  • 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. 🙂

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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on May 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics – learning to climb 

    A child’s “job” is to play. They should be climbing. A lot. But safely.

    Click PLAY or watch a Special Needs video on YouTube. ALL kids are special.

    Related series of videos on Special Needs Gymnastics. Browse the Grow Through Movement playlist.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    A new kind of kindergarten design encourages kids to be their silly selves 

    I had to click through to a post with that title. 🙂

    There’s no doubt we need change our current “children’s prison” model. In Japan there’s a brave, new model.

    Architect Takaharu Tezuka explains in a TEDx Kyoto talk how one school created a kindergarten that doesn’t fight against kids’ natural impulses. It counts on them. …

    The roof is a giant ring of a playground. Why? Kids love to run in circles. …

    A new kind of kindergarten design encourages kids to be their silly selves

    Travel-da7f5ca0e0acba318bb69a479c44ffcc

    Click PLAY or watch a TED Talk on YouTube. Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen

     
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