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  • 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!!!


  • Rick Mc 3:06 am on July 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Group Balance Activities 

    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.

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