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  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Keith Russell’s Rec Gymnastics manuals 

    Keith Russell has been the principle author of the Canadian coach education programme since 1978.

    It’s considered one of the best in the world.

    In fact, the FIG Foundations course was also authored by Keith.

    Here’s how coach education works in Canada.

    Everyone takes 4 hours of theory and the 9 hour Gymnastics Foundations course.

    Next you can specialize in Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline or Active Start (preschool).

    After completing some work at your own gym, you are evaluated and — finally — fully certified.

    You can be an instructor with your own group of kids. 

    Unfortunately neither the FIG materials nor the Canadian materials are available for purchase. On the upside, you can buy Keith Russell’s school Gymnastics lesson plans online.


    • Rosemary 4:40 am on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow Rick, that’s the simplest explanation of the GF program that I have seen! Thanks for that; I believe that the Introduction course is taken before the Theory.


  • 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 October 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics comes to Samoa 

    With support from the International Gymnastics Federation, International expert coach Brooke Kneebush from Gymnastics Australia, last week visited Samoa, conducting “Come & Try” clinics for pre-school and school aged children, and presenting coach and teacher education workshops. …

    Samoa Observer 

  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    No Running! 

    … More and more, school PE is suffering from poor resourcing and inconsistent delivery.

    For example, many schools in Canada are relying on classroom teachers to teach PE whether they are knowledgeable or comfortable doing so, instead of employing specialists who understand physical literacy and the best way to engage children in physical activity.

    No Running is a new documentary that looks at what needs to happen in our schools in order to get physical literacy to be seen as equally important to literacy and numeracy, and interviews the people who are championing the cause.

    New documentary brings home the importance of Phys Ed

    Click PLAY or watch the documentary on YouTube. (40min)

    I tell parents not to count on schools to physically educate their children. An hour spent at Gymnastics is better for motor and physical fitness than any other activity. Far better than an hour in P.E. class.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on August 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Canadian kids are not fit 

    Parents should know that schools are NOT physically educating their children. 😦

    The latest ParticipACTION Report Card examines kids’ overall physical activity and, for the first time, grades their movement skills. There’s a lot of room for improvement.


    Canadian kids are getting a D-minus in physical activity

    Quoted in that article is Mount Royal University movement education instructor Nadine Van Wyk, former Gymnastics coach. She knows fitness.

  • 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 3:03 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Gym Sense Gymnastics – Vancouver 

    Affordable gymnastics for anyone who wanted to learn. …

    Gym Sense Gymnastics started with providing programs in schools by providing the gymnastics component of the physical education program.

    Gym Sense has grown and now provides after school programs and summer camp programs. The after school programs are currently running out of a community centre called Collingwood Neighbourhood House in Vancouver three days a week. …




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

    school recess is valuable 

    Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on December 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Physical Education 1895-1937 

    See more photos on Mashable.

    Girls with hoops, Lavender Hill Girls School, Bermondsey, London, 1906. Girls performing an exercise drill involving the use of hoops in the school hall. Artist: unknown. (Photo by City of London: London Metropolitan Archives/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

    Girls with hoops, Lavender Hill Girls School, Bermondsey, London, 1906. Girls performing an exercise drill involving the use of hoops in the school hall. Artist: unknown. (Photo by City of London: London Metropolitan Archives/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

  • Rick Mc 1:59 pm on November 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Australia – push for Gymnastics in school curriculum 

    Researchers at Victoria University are calling for gymnastics to become an integral part of the physical education curriculum in primary schools following a three-year study on the development of fundamental movement skills. …

    Victoria University study assessed over 800 children to gain an understanding of how fundamental movement skills can be improved.

    Lead researcher James Rudd said the development of confident and competent movers was the most important outcome for physical education and gymnastics helped facilitate that. …

    Researchers call for Gymnastics to be included in school curriculum


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