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  • Rick Mc 3:04 am on December 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Merry Gymnastics Christmas 

    via Mismo Gymnastics

    Christmas Gymnastics

  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on December 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Tic Tac Toe relay race 

    Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

  • Rick Mc 3:00 am on December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics for All in Sri Lanka 

    The FIG Gymnastics for All Committee held a “Join the GfA Activities” course in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on November 23-25, 2017, with the participation of 49 enthusiastic Gymnastics coaches from seven national federations from the Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU), namely Afghanistan, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.


  • 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 December 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics for All 

    The International Gymnastics Federation calls most non-competitive activities Gymnastics for All.

    Not a bad name.

    Click PLAY or watch some performance highlights on YouTube.

    Their two highlight events are both scheduled every 4 years.

    1. World Gymnaestrada
    2. World Gym for Life Challenge

  • Rick Mc 5:51 pm on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Play-it-Forward Uganda 

    Play-it-Forward is a non-for-profit organization located in Calgary, Alberta.

    We teach unique and specialized sport and active play programs to children in need. …

    To date we have helped over 1500 children through our efforts and hope to expand this number moving forward. …

    Learn More

    This is how Darlene “The Bean”, founder of Gymtastics GymTools, gives back for all she’s benefited from Gymnastics.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Here’s an interesting fund-raiser:

    This auction will be helping Play-it-Forward raise funds to support our upcoming February 2018 project in Tekera, Uganda. This rural community is riddled with poverty, which many of us cannot even imagine. …

    We will coach how to ‘Play-it-Forward’ as we ensure to inspire, educate and empower the teachers of the school to carry on the mission. Our volunteers will travel from Calgary to Uganda and will bring and supply the school with thousands of dollars of athletic equipment, T-shirts, play booklets and sport kits for each child, nutritious food and teacher education and training.


    Click through for details.

  • 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 3:00 am on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Kids should do Gymnastics 

    Adam sends a post on Justifying Fun:

    Benefits Of Gymnastics For Kids

  • 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

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