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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The Little Gym 

    Click PLAY or watch a promotion video on Facebook.

    • KD 12:03 pm on January 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Is the Up, Down, All Around book for sale anywhere? I would love to take a look at it.


      • Rick Mc 6:24 pm on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        It’s not available online at the moment. But you can get a quote by emailing …

        beverley.dickinson (a) me.com


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

    poor kids in rich nations are less fit 

    How Income Inequality Is Slowing America Down

    A new study found that our kids are among the least fit in the world—and our unequal income distribution likely has something to do with it


  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics booming in the U.K. 

    Results summary from the last cycle – 2013-2017

    • Participation within the 11-13 age group has increased from 17,500 to 34,000 participants
    • Bronze / recreational membership has increased by 100,000 participants
    • 160 satellite clubs have been established leading to an increase of 4,000 participants
    • In our Further and Higher Education enrichment programme, implemented in 2013 there has been 9,000 participants taking part in gymnastics activities.
    • 60,000 participants are now engaged level in Level 2 UK school games gymnastics competition
    • 231 gymnastics clubs are now delivering disability gymnastics leading to an increase of 500 disabled participants, our total is now 1500
    • 15,000 people have taken part in gymnastics festivals designed to give more people non-competitive display opportunities
    • Over 200 facility projects have been completed with over £10m invested into gymnastics facilities


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  • Rick Mc 8:31 pm on August 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Building a Rec Boys Gymnastics Program 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Many excellent girls Gymnastics clubs underserve boys in their market. Brothers are sitting in the parents seating area – restless – waiting on sisters. That’s a waste.

    The best boys Gymnastics clubs have as high a ratio as 1 boy for every 3 girls. That kind of ratio is possible.

    Ashwad Springer

    First priority for boys coaches is increasing the base. Increasing the numbers of boys trying Gymnastics and other acrobatic sports.

    Once in the Gym many will find they like the sport. It’s FUN. Keep it FUN.

    have fun

    Boys love Games, Contests and Challenges. Most boys love height and flight. Excitement.

    rope block tower

    Once hooked on the sport, next priority is improvement of Physical (Endurance, Stringy, Power, Flexibility, etc.) and Motor (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Spatial awareness, etc.) fitness.

    Skills are lower priority than for girls the same age.

    Role models are important for boys. It’s important coaches and the eldest and most advanced boys in the club be leaders.

    Clubs who do want to increase the size and quality of the boys Recreation program have two major problems:

    There are far fewer boys coaches available than girls coaches. Some serious effort may be required to recruit and train boys Rec coaches.

    In 2016 Parkour / Ninja classes are very popular with boys. Boys parents are very keen to keep their sons doing Parkour safe.

    Once in the Gym some of those Ninja boys will get interested in the Artistic competitive apparatus.

    I like “bring-a-friend” day, as well. Check the insurance implications of bringing in a friend to your Gym.

    rope swing

    related – Gymnastics Ontario Congress 2016BUILDING A RECREATIONAL BOYS PROGRAM presentation notes PDF

  • Rick Mc 3:04 am on August 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Gymnastics numbers way up in GBR 

    The Olympics certainly help. 🙂

    In just a few weeks, British Gymnastics member clubs will hit a landmark 100,000 increase in recreational gymnasts since 2012. This is in England and Northern Ireland gymnastics clubs alone bringing nationwide membership to its highest yet, a total of 327,000 across the UK.

    Independent industry research shows there are also now 1.1 million people participating in gymnastics across the nation each month. Growth has been driven by a participation strategy that has incorporated facility investment, developed club support and the gymnastics workforce, focused on recreational gymnastics and increased the profile of gymnastics. …



  • 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 July 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Calgary Gymnastics Centre’s NEW Gym 

    The biggest gym in my city opened a second location. 🙂

    Click PLAY or watch OPEN HOUSE pics on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on June 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Top 10 Reasons To Do Gymnastics! 

    See the rest on Waverley Gymnastics Centre website.


    Waverley, in Australia, just confirmed $5.75 million in funding to upgrade their campus.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on June 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics – Start Here, Go Anywhere 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 8:22 pm on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    benefits of preschool Gymnastics 

    An insanely great video posted by Jason J Orkowski of GYmfinity Children’s Activity Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (via Alex Bard)

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