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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on December 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Gymnastics – bring a friend day 

    I’ve always found the best way to build membership in a Rec program is with this kind of promotion. The only major issue is insurance.

    I always hire extra instructors. You can never be sure how many friends are going to arrive. 🙂

    LIKE this photo on Facebook.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    great idea – “Play-it-Forward” 

    Darlene the Bean giving back to the community. 🙂

  • Rick Mc 3:00 am on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    USA National Gymnastics Day 

    Nat Gym Day


    September 20th, 2014


    • To increase awareness and excitement for the sport of gymnastics

    • To teach the importance of charitable outreach through sport and play

    • To introduce gymnastics to youth who may not otherwise have the means to participate

    more information (PDF)

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on July 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Right To Play USA Gymnastics 

    USA Gymnastics and Right To Play, a global organization that uses sport and play programs to educate and empower children facing adversity, recently joined forces to bring gymnastics and the opportunity to play to children across the United States.

    National Gymnastics Day is a natural vehicle to provide outreach to disadvantaged youth.

    With this year’s National Gymnastics Day less than two months away, USA Gymnastics is offering grants to USA Gymnastics member clubs that are creating special events to celebrate National Gymnastics Day and provide opportunities to children who currently do not have access to gymnastics. …

    … three of the USA’s well-known gymnasts – 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas, 2008 Olympic horizontal bar silver-medalist Jonathan Horton and 2008 Olympic team silver-medalist Alicia Sacramone – will serve as Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors and co-chairs of National Gymnastics Day. …

    Up to 25 $1,000 grants are available to USA Gymnastics Member Clubs.

    Right to Play


    related – Right to Play USA

  • Rick Mc 11:32 am on February 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics bring a friend week 

    The most effective way to increase membership, in my experience.

    Insurance coverage is the only issue.

    bring a friend

    Mismo Gymnastics on Facebook

  • Rick Mc 12:14 am on February 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Mismo – Gymnastics parties 

    Mismo’s First Friday is More than just Gymnastics its FUN!

    Mismo Gymnastics has the best kids party and kids activities in Missoula, Montana!

    First Fridays are full of jumping on trampolines, flying through the air, …

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Founder of Mismo Gymnastics Kelley Durbin (Facebook) was contacted this week by the producers of reality TV show Dance Moms:

    They wanted to interview me to see if we might be selected for their reality show…oh the poor women I just gave a lecture to.

    I told her that when ever they get around to doing a show about a gym or studio that DOES NOT support drama and prefers to work WITH parents for the betterment of our children’s future, THEN they can call me! Otherwise, I could not support anything that encourages self-promotion, child and parent exploitation, and silliness!

    Kelley is recently engaged, by the way. 🙂

  • Rick Mc 1:48 pm on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Class Planning for Rec Gymnastics 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Presented at the annual BC Gymnastics Congress.

    Class Planning for Recreational Gymnastics

    Successful programs have good leadership: Yearly Plan, Session Plan and individual Class Plans. In this workshop we will analyze the Class Plan and goals in great detail, the objective to optimize every precious minute we have with the kids.

    Click PLAY or watch my presentation on YouTube.

    Our goal is to MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN the moment the kids arrive until the moment you deliver them to the parents.

    Gymnastics should be the best 90min of their week.

    Coaches requested information links to the best lesson plans for Rec classes. My personal favourites are for SCHOOLS, but they can be adapted to the club situation:

    Up Down All Around – Ruschkin (Keith Russell)

    Try the link for all posts on this site tagged with the term “lesson plan”.

    Questions? Suggestions? … Leave a comment.

  • Rick Mc 4:03 am on July 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics Fort Building & Pajama Party 

    Good idea from earthquake ravaged Christchurch, New Zealand.

    CSG Holiday Programme Fort Building & Pajama Party, Friday, July 22, 2011 – the fort includes earthquake bracing and an emergency exit 🙂

    (via CSG on Facebook)

  • Rick Mc 2:35 pm on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    holiday Gymnastics camps 

    Spring Break Camp 2011 at Mismo Gymnastics.

    Offering ‘special’ camps for kids of all levels is a terrific way to offer more challenge (longer practices) for your keenest recreation kids.

    And parents really appreciate finding a place for the kids to go when school is out.

  • Rick Mc 5:02 am on February 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    gymnastics road safety theme 

    Kit Poole is a Rec guru from Scallywaggs Gymnastics in Australia.

    From her blog:

    … This week was great fun for all. Our theme was road transportation which included cars, buses, motorcycles and trucks.

    I made roads for the children to follow simply by visiting my local discount store and purchasing black fabric VERY cheaply. Then cut it into 4m lengths by 1m wide. Finally my husband helped the painting process by making templates of rectangles out of cardboard which we laid on top of the middle of the fabric and painted in white to make the lines on the road. …

    I then gave each child a red fireman’s hat, a rubber ring (as the steering wheel) and a fire hose.

    We made the fire hoses from garden hose chopped into roughly 30cm lengths and got some blue feathers and glued them onto the ends to make it look like the water. ..

    details on Kit’s Kindergym Treasures

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