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  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on January 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    LANDING on the feet 

    As Keith Russell always says: We teach landings first. We teach landings best.

    Landing and falling safely are LIFE skills.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    teaching LANDINGS at Gymnastics 

    We teach landing and falling safely FIRST at Gym.

    We teach landing and falling safely BEST at Gym.


    Of the 6 movement patterns we teach, LANDINGS are the most important.

    Children should practice in a padded playground under supervision long, long before they have a bad fall from a bicycle out in the cold, cruel world.

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on July 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    finding courage for a “trust fall” 

    Heart this photo on Twitter.

  • Rick Mc 8:15 am on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Canadian Gymnastics Week 

    Themes for the week via Olympian Ellie Black.


  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Teaching Gymnastics by Movement Pattern 

    by Rick McCharles

    At Ontario Congress 2016 I broke down the Movement Patterns approach in greater detail than ever before.

    movement-patterns-1 All Gymnastics skills can be analyzed in terms of 6 movement patterns. LANDINGS we teach first and best.

    Here’s an example.


    The Movement Pattern approach — as opposed to the more traditional Skills approach — is used in Canada and by the International Gymnastics Federation. The inventor of this taxonomy and primary author is Keith Russell.
    movement-patterns-3It’s biomechanical analysis. Each of the Movement Patterns obeys well defined laws of physics. SWINGS, for example, are skills where the body is rotating around an external axis. Good technique is keeping the Centre of Mass far from the axis on the DOWN swing, closer to the axis on the UP swing.

    Once a coach knows the mechanical principles of each of the 6 Movement Patterns, it’s easier to coach specific skills.

    For example, keep your hips (Centre of Mass) as far away from the Bar (Axis) as possible on the down SWING.
    movement-patterns-3cAll Gymnastics finish with a LANDING. The gymnast must bring all forces to zero by attenuating energy over time and surface area.

    Download all the notes from Ontario Congress 2016 – INCORPORATE THE FMP’S INTO YOUR PROGRAMS (Gymnastics Movement Patterns)

    • Heather 1:23 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Rick the link to download the notes does not work. Could you send them out to me? Thanks Heather


      • Rick Mc 2:00 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The link is working for me. Try it once more time. If that fails, I’ll email you a copy.


        • Heather 2:11 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          yes now it is working. I think I was clicking on the wrong thing. I would like to take this time to thank you for all the awesome posts you do. I share them with all our rec coaches. Much appreciated!!!


  • Rick Mc 3:05 am on November 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    teaching safe landings in Gymnastics 

    One of the best things we do at Gymnastics class is teaching how to land and fall safely.

    NOT like this.

    swing flight

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics is a FOUNDATION sport 

    Recreational gymnastics is a foundation sport. It teaches children to run, jump, and fall properly.

    Physical literacy is the ability to know one’s body, to love movement, and to carry that through life.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on July 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Neck Stretch 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Kids should know what to do if ever they fall backwards on the neck. Introduce this stretch gradually.

    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.

  • Rick Mc 6:57 pm on April 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Educational Gymnastics Activities 

    Click PLAY or watch “Timber Tag” on YouTube.

    A good example of a LANDING Game.

    Kelly Thompson at Saint Francis Xavier University:

    I would like to share the many games and activities that I have acquired through my gymnastic mentors, colleagues and friends. I truly hope your kids have fun with these activities …


    Click through and navigate to the MOVEMENT PATTERN of interest. Watch more videos from there.

  • 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.

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