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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 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 3:01 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 November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Self-taught Trampoline is too Dangerous 

    Landon Smith broke his neck at Jump Park Trampoline in January.

    We recommend that EVERYONE train with certified, experienced coaches at a Club. Backyard Tramps and drop-in Trampoline Centres are too dangerous.

    related – Alberta   Injury Prevention Program – Position Statement Private Residence Trampoline Safety

  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    backward rolls for little gymnasts 

    Small children have bigger heads than adults relative to their body size.

    Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.


  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    backward salto without a spotter 

    Click PLAY or watch a fun progression on Facebook.

  • 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 3:01 am on July 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    collecting and returning kids to parents at GYM 

    Every program needs a system.

    Learning the Hard Way – How to Welcome Kids to Camp!

  • 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 April 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    let kids PLAY 

    ‘Lets face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm’


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