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  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on December 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    teaching BRIDGES in Gymnastics 

    Many children can do a back bend before they get to your first Gymnastics class.

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    Some cannot. Some are not strong & flexible enough. Some are still nervous about falling on their backs.

    Never force a group of kids to do Bridges. It can be a BIG disincentive for participation.

    Instead challenge children to do Bridge activities. Start with activities lying over soft equipment in a Bridge position. Encourage them to work towards Bridges balancing on head, hands and feet (Wrestler’s Bridge).

    The final goal is an elevated Bridge. Hands on the floor, feet up on something higher.

    Never spot beginners into the Bridge position. Let them discover how to get into position on their own.

    Certainly some children will never be able to achieve a proper Bridge. That’s OK.

  • Rick Mc 3:00 am on October 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Advanced Game – Handstand with partners 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    • Be sure all of the kids in your group can handle this challenge physically and emotionally.
  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Schools BANNING cartwheels are short-sighted 

    Every child should be taught to do a cartwheel. 

    A child unable to cartwheel is unfit, in my opinion. Not ready for life events that put them into an inverted position.



  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on July 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Handstand facing the wall 

    The best and safest way to teach good position to beginners. The further the hands are from the wall, the easier.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on June 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    teaching beam handstands to Rec and Preschool gymnasts 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on June 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics – Support activities 

    Move your body – video #5

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Beam front support game 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • 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 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Handstand Forward Roll tutorial 

    Intended for adults, these are good progressions for kids too.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • 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!!!


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