Gymnastics can benefit kids tremendously, especially kids with special needs.
Liam, my 7-year-old with autism, has been working with a gymnastics coach for almost two years, and in that time, he’s made huge gains in motor skills, following directions, expressive language, and confidence. …
When he first started, he was timid, resistant, and uncoordinated; now his confidence shines through in every activity he completes. …
COACH SARAH BANCK:
My overall philosophy on children with special needs is very similar to how I approach coaching children of all abilities. Confidence comes from success, however children cannot make the distinctions between failing at a skill and being a failure. This is why progressions or deescalating a skill is so imperative in teaching. Adjusting and breaking a skill into its most minute parts assures individual success regardless of skill level and is pertinent in developing a positive sense of self and task mastery. …
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Parents have been advised to actively encourage their children to pursue hobbies and interests that require physical exertion.
Children aged eight and under have been targeted in the move.
Finland is known for producing some of the most physically fit children in Europe.
It also produces some of the highest academic results among schoolchildren in the developed world. …
Guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest that children and young teenagers aged between 5 and 17 should perform at least an hour of moderate physical exercise a day. Finland recommends triple that.
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.
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.
Boys love Games, Contests and Challenges. Most boys love height and flight. Excitement.
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:
- hiring competent, experienced men’s coaches
- getting boys into the gym to give it a go
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.
Parents should know that schools are NOT physically educating their children.😦
The latest ParticipACTION Report Card examines kids’ overall physical activity and, for the first time, grades their movement skills. There’s a lot of room for improvement.
Quoted in that article is Mount Royal University movement education instructor Nadine Van Wyk, former Gymnastics coach. She knows fitness.
Cutting Edge Gymnastics in Michigan has greatly expanded their boys programs with parkour training. Motor and Physical fitness is the goal, not necessarily specific skills.
Click the IMAGE to play or watch it on Google+.
That video was produced by Doug Davis at Heart Tech Plus. The goal is to monitor heart rate and other variables while kids “play“.
by site editor Rick McCharles
The ability to balance on the TOP of your head is an important skill. Here’s one series of progressions from beginner to advanced.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
See ALL the Games posted so far (over 100) on the Rick McCharles Tumbl Trak Fitness Games YouTube channel.