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  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on January 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    vaulting circuit for little hot shots 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (via Rec Gym Pros)

  • 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 3:03 am on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Beam walks 

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  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on September 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    getting HANDS on the Beam 

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  • 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.

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

    GAME – Random Running 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Challenge kids to move randomly through the play area in different ways.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    See ALL the Games posted so far on the Rick McCharles Tumbl Trak Fitness Games YouTube channel.

  • Rick Mc 6:44 pm on April 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Fitness Games & Activities – MOVE 

    Different ways kids can move individually and in small groups. 🙂

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    That’s an INTRODUCTION video. Keep watching. There are dozens of games posted on this playlist.

  • Rick Mc 3:04 am on March 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics Game – Move to the Open Space 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Teach kids how to avoid collisions – weaving, evading – moving to an open space.

    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 5:05 am on January 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    teaching safe rope climb 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Rope climb is a wonderful activity.

    But one of the biggest mistakes I see in gyms is coaches putting young kids up high on ropes too soon. … We’ve all heard of or seen children falling.

    Climbing high is not necessary nor efficient for fun and fitness.

    I was compelled to put together a video of how to introduce children to rope climb. Without putting them into a situation where a small mistake could be a big injury.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

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