#1: Safest, Funest, Fastest, Easiest, least “spottingest” Training
There are MANY ways to teach important gymnastics basics: handstand, kip, cast handstands, handspring vault, round-off, giants, etc. International clinician Rick McCharles will show video of “best practice” for each of those critical skills … and many more!
#2 Games!- Hands On Session
Kids from age-6 to age-96 love GAMES! Tumbl Trak will be launching a new resource in the Summer 2014 — KidFit games & activities ideal for developing motor and physical fitness. This is a “hand-on session so arrive dressed for FUN!
Fun, Fitness, Fundamentals. First priority is Fun. Rick McCharles presents an overview of dozens of activities that can make your gym a happier, more productive training center. A place people WANT to be. This session is geared for all coaches, from preschool all the way up to elite.
I’m scheduled at the same time as Tammy Biggs for one of my sessions. I might be a little lonely during that one.
Research shows elite gymnasts – girls training at least 15 hours a week through childhood and adolescence – have much higher bone strength than other athletes or children who don’t participate in anything, she said. They also tend to maintain a higher bone density after they retire.
However, elite gymnastics isn’t something every child can do, and there’s some suggestion that it’s tied to high injury rates, Erlandson said.
She decided to look at recreational gymnastics, to see if just an hour a week of the activity would have any benefit.
Erlandson followed 160 young gymnasts over four years during her master’s and Ph.D studies. They had higher bone mineral content and higher bone strength than those who did other activities such as swimming, hockey and soccer. …
I attended the 12th African Championships to gain better perspective on the potential of FIG gymnastics disciplines in Africa.
I’ve led coaching clinics in Senegal, Nigeria, Mozambique and South Africa and need a better answer to this question:
Bread, not circuses?
Should international sport truly be a priority for African nations?
Shouldn’t resources be spent on health and education?
South Africa and Egypt have proved they can compete with the rest of the world. The Algerian men are world class, too. What about the other African nations?
I’m not willing to deny any African the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.
If sport is your passion, I’m willing to volunteer to help.
My hope is that sport and arts can bring the nations, religions and tribes of Africa together. Indeed, I cannot report a single incident of racism at this competition. Athletes were judged only on their gymnastics, so far as I can see.
Gymnastics in Africa!
In 1986 a football team that lived on a small island in Thailand called “Koh Panyee“. It’s a floating village in the sea that has not an inch of soil. The kids here loved to watch football but had nowhere to play or practice. But they didn’t let that stop them. …
Inspired by the 1986 FIFA World Cup, children built the pitch from old scraps of wood and fishing rafts. After making it to the Semi-final on an inland tournament, all the village were inspired to take up the sport. They Built a brand new pitch, although the wooden one still remains and is popular among tourists. As of 2011, Panyee FC is one of the most successful youth soccer clubs in Southern Thailand, and the boys who built the pitch back in 1986 are now grown men.
• South African gymnasts “Hold Their Breath” awaiting decisions of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. Are their scores good enough for approval to Commonwealth Games and/or Youth Olympic Games.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 is World Autism Day. One of only four official health-specific United Nations Days, this annual day focuses on bringing the world’s attention to autism.
One in 88 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And the number of children with autism continues to grow. Between 2007 and 2012 there was a 78 percent increase in reported diagnoses. …
Traditional therapy options include behaviour and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies and medications.
You are invited to participate in a research study of participation motivations and online media usage of masters gymnastics participants (Adult gymnasts). The study is being conducted by Andrea N. Eagleman, Ph.D., a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University in New Zealand. …
You will find tons of information about us, our programs, our schedules, our pricing, our Gold Medal Memberships, our partnership with Springfree Trampolines, our superhero mascot Super Cooper and more!
Mark your calendars:
Session 1 begins October 28th and runs for 8 weeks until December 21st. Online registration opens Monday September 9th at 9am.
October Drop In Awesomeness:
We are in the midst of turning our space from a boring warehouse into a giant gymnastics playground. We will be ready to go with plenty of time before our first session. Once the renovation is complete, we will open our doors for an open house/drop in during the later part of October. Stay tuned for details and dates.
With permission of Tumbl Trak, I’m reprinting one of their posts published Aug 27th, 2013.
This report represents what we were trying to accomplish over a series of clinics. Best practice for instructing non-competitive children as young as age-5.
Our last Choose Your Habits coaching clinic was hosted by Arizona Sunrays. Ambassador Rick McCharles and (former Arizona Wildcat star) Sunrays Competitive Team Director Nikki Beyschau co-taught.
26 coaches from 6 clubs attended. The diverse group included instructors in Trampoline & Tumbling, dance, Rhythmic, Cheer, CrossFit and Mobile Gymnastics. We were thrilled to find that preschool guru Jeannie McCarthy is now at Sunrays.
Themes of the day included:
• positive coaching
• alternatives to spotting
• safer, faster, easier, FUN learning
• teaching good shapes … and avoiding mis-shapes
• motor & physical fitness
• life skills (e.g. discipline, respect, listening)
• positive coaching
Sunrays has one of our new Laser Beams. Drop by and see it if you get the chance. It’s going to be the favourite low beam for learning new skills and combinations.