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December 21st, 2008 — Circus, recreation
Everyone talks about this idea.
But few actually have done it.
A good starting point is budgeting for an ACRiX Circus Kit. Available from Gymnastics British Columbia for CAD$950.
The kits include the following:
- 12 Juggling Clubs
- 12 Juggling Rings
- 10 Contact Juggling Balls
- 30 Juggling Balls
- 10 Flowersticks
- 10 Diabolos
- 30 Juggling Scarves
- 1 Embroidered ACRiX Program Duffle Bag
For more information email Louise Demers, Gymnastics for All Coordinator, Gymnastics BC
ldemers AT gymnastics.bc.ca
December 7th, 2008 — dance, martial arts, physical preparation, recreation
Gymnastics for All is a wonderful concept.
However, our demanding sport is MUCH easier for youth.
An FIG event in the Canary Islands offered some interesting workshops for adults:
… targeting gymnasts 50 years and older and coined the â€œGolden Age Gym Festivalâ€. The festival will put to good use the existing infrastructures in Grand Canary, and will be an opportunity to profit from the expertise of local organiser Jose TÃ©lo. A diverse line-up of sporting activities has been grouped into more than 20 workshops. To name a just a few: Aqua Gym Fitness â€“ FunHydro Bio â€“ Fit Ball Wellness â€“ Tai Chi Chuan for beginners and advanced â€“ Latin Aerobics â€“ Line Dance â€“ Chrisrobic â€“ Flamenco Dance â€“ Baile Salsa â€“ Nordic Walking. All courses will be given by highly qualified instructors. …
Traditional Festival Blume
OK. Nordic walking is not an activity that anyone would call “gymnastics”.
But this is an interesting initiative. Expanding the definition of our sport.
I hear very good things about the FIG Sport for All organization , by the way.
December 6th, 2008 — Circus, Gymnastics, product endorsements, recreation
14th World Gymnaestrada 2011 in Lausanne
… The city of Lausanne, nestled in Switzerlandâ€™s southwest corner, is preparing the 14th World Gymnaestrada, set for July 10 – 16, 2011. The event just might break a record for participation with the arrival of more than 20,000 expected gymnasts …
I’ve been to two Gymnaestrada festivals. And would love to get to one again.
I’m marking this on my calendar NOW.
November 16th, 2008 — recreation, Trampoline
Sky High is almost identical to Sky Zone …
â€¢ All Trampoline Floors
â€¢ All Trampoline Walls
â€¢ Drop-ins are Welcome
â€¢ All Ages Welcome
â€¢ Jump for Only $9 per Hour
â€¢ 2nd Hour $6 (M-Th) excluding holidays
AIRobics, Dodgeball, Birthday parties.
Sky High Sports: Santa Clara and Sacramento, California
Thanks Blair Lowe.
November 14th, 2008 — books & manuals, coach education, Gymnastics, recreation
I just taught my first “Gymnastics Foundations Introductory Course”. It’s the introduction for coaches age-
15 16 and older who want to teach “gymnastics sports”.
I was to “mentor” to a new (younger) course conductor. No new course conductor was available, so two of us veterans taught the course ourselves. (With the change this year to the Foundations model, it’s a good time to move out the OLD course conductors like myself â€” and start a new generation of course presenters. “Learning Facilitators” in the new parlance.)
For one thing, the new structure is confusing to OLD TIMERS. Does this flow chart make sense to you:
One problem in Alberta, where I live, is that some of the subsequent courses are not yet available. My coaches may get stuck in limbo, waiting for those to be offered.
I’ve been teaching the OLD Canadian Introductory Gymnastics Coaching course for 30yrs. And love it.
On the other hand, I have to concede that the new manual is a big improvement.
I guess it’s to be expected that any transition has some bumps.
more information on the Foundations Program (PDF file)
Canadians, leave a comment if you have an opinion on Foundations.
November 14th, 2008 — Gymnastics, recreation
When Thanh Smith started taking gymnastics, she could barely do a handstand and couldn’t do a cartwheel
But Smith figured that it wasn’t too late to learn â€” even though she is 67. When she heard about an adult gymnastics class at the Victory Family YMCA in York County, Va., she jumped right in.
“The first day, it was a disaster,” said the Yorktown, Va., woman, who teaches yoga and tai chi at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. “I had the flexibility, but this was much more about speed and momentum. I fell all over, but then I got more confidence. I’ve had to get my brain moving at a faster speed.”
While most gymnastics classes are packed with little kids, the weekly adult class at the York County YMCA â€” one of a growing number of programs nationwide â€” draws a different crowd. In addition to Smith, participants include Sam Parrucci, 61, of Newport News, a former college gymnast who never learned the flips of floor routines, and Kathy Childs, 34, of Yorktown, a mother of three who regrets not taking gymnastics as a girl.
“I just never had the opportunity,” Childs said. “I guess I’m living out a childhood dream.” …
More adults of all ages are taking gymnastics classes
original – flickr – brookenovak
November 8th, 2008 — Gymnastics, recreation
Class always starts with stretching and ends with a trip on the trampoline followed by a big group hug led Coach Jade. While thatâ€™s all well and good, the tots know that Head Coach Trevor Ramsey is the one to impress and they look forward to his high-five of approval. …
Gymnastics is Childâ€™s Play for Tumbling Tots – Bahama’s Weekly
October 31st, 2008 — books & manuals, coach education, Gymnastics, product endorsements, recreation
Attention Recreation Program Directors.
I’m impressed with the 2nd Edition of the CANGYM recreation program developed by Gymnastics Alberta. It’s a significant improvement on the original.
The CANGYM National Badge Program is Gymnastics Canadaâ€™s National Skill Development and Evaluation program for Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Artistic Gymnastics. This program is intended for use with participants of varying abilities aged 6 and older, including beginner level participants through to entry level competitive gymnasts. …
The CANGYM Program binder is bilingual and comes complete with 5 distinct badge description sections outlining the skills in each level, and also includes original Participant Evaluation Forms and Progress Reports, along with Certificates of Participation and Completion that can be given to the participants. In addition, the CANGYM program includes a selection of Sample Coachâ€™s comments and Routines which coaches can utilize near the end of the term. …
It’s a big binder with supporting documentation available on disk. There is no on-line support, however.
CANGYM is expensive at $110 from Gymnastics Canada. But a club needs purchase only 1 copy. Everything is photocopy ready. In fact, I would say it’s a bargain. I’m not aware of any other badge system as good.
The artwork has been completely redone. I like the new look:
The program is not perfect for every club, but it’s a great “starting point” for building your own program.
The most controversial part is the CANGYM badge program. Many clubs use it. Others clubs divide each badge level into two parts. Some clubs even produce their own badges rather than use those supplied with CANGYM ($2.50ea).
Overall, I highly recommend the binder as a resource for every recreation program.
details – Gymnastics Canada
October 17th, 2008 — Gymnastics, recreation
Recently I posted about the DVD available from Gymnastics Games guru Dave Adlard.
This brand new video is specific for birthday party games:
Learn how to run birthday parties at your gym. Itâ€™s a great way to get your gyms name out there and rake in some new students! Get some exciting ideas for games you can play. Come join the fun and get the party started with non-elimination games, fitness games, cooperative games, tag games, parachute games, relay and free play games.
Click on the RECREATION link on the GymSmarts home page to see the details of this and other resources.
October 10th, 2008 — books & manuals, Gymnastics, product endorsements, recreation
HOT OFF THE PRESSES
The new Foundations Recreational Coaching manual – $75 from Gymnastics Canada
It looks fantastic.
And it’s a real successor to the biggest selling gymnastics coaching manual of all-time, the OLD Canadian Introductory Gymnastics NCCP 1 Technical manual.
The same author, Keith Russell, wrote this one.
Gene Schembri (Australia) did layout. The fantastic Georges McKail (Australia) the art.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all recreation gymnastics coaches. It’s the best book available in the English language.
Hat tip to Bev Dickinson from Ruschkin.
October 7th, 2008 — Gymnastics, handstands, humour, recreation
Another very cute gymnastics video from the WordSmith from Nantucket.
This is another mish-mash video. I just couldn’t help from making it because I love the song, after hearing it on a TV ipod commercial.
To see it, click through to Gymnast Crossing
October 3rd, 2008 — Gymnastics, recreation, safety
Beth Gardner is a preschool gymnastics guru. Here’s her take on the back bend:
… bridging in preschoolers. It has been such a controversial issue for a long time, and it is a never ending debate among coaches.
The current industry standard for bridging recommends that children do not start bridging until age 5. The industry standard USED to be based on the concept of â€œdevelopmentally correctâ€ in which the child was allowed to do a bridge if they could place themselves into the bridge position on their own. This, however, is no longer the standard. …
Bridging in Preschoolers – GymSmarts blog
I agree with the general age guideline. However, every gym has kids under age-5 that do back bridges easily and safely.
My own policy for all once a week gymnasts is not to REQUIRE bridges. Offer recreation gymnasts alternative stretches.
I don’t “ban” back bridges, but I also do not “push” back bridges.
In fact, even competitive gymnasts are better off doing bridge with the feet elevated. It results in better technique later on many skills including walkovers. We want gymnasts to use upper back and shoulder flexibility, not the lower back.
Leave a comment if you have a position on this issue.
original bridge photo – Picassa
October 2nd, 2008 — club governance, coach education, Gymnastics, recreation
Doug Davis of TumblTrak published the results of a coaches poll:
Do you have trouble finding teachers/coaches? If so what do you do?
All of the respondents indicated that they have problems finding qualified coaches/teachers. We did receive some interesting ways gym owners go about looking for and cultivating staff; so we thought we would share some of their ideas with you.
Nathan from Ligthouse Gymnastics Academy in Norwalk CA usually trains from within, using older gymnasts to teach.
Brian Smith of GymnastiKids, Inc. in Pasadena CA uses Craigs List and has had luck with that. We did give you three options, A-train from within, B-recruit a parent of a gymnast and train them, or C-advertise locally. Of the three options A seems to be the most common option.
Matt McCann of Club Gym-Action in Gatineau, Quebec has many great ideas on how to find staff. He uses older gymnasts (between the ages of 12-14) from his classes and uses them as assistants in other classes. That way they start to learn how to put a class together. This works great because they can be demonstrators, extra eyes and can help be line watchers or even help take a student to the bathroom. Then when these assistants reach the age of 16 they can be responsible for their own group. This creates a great sense of pride for the “new coach”. Matt insists that the key to success is to do a lot of staff training. He has developed a library of drills for staff, new and old, to access any time. His staff keeps the classes fun and new through the use of a variety of drills. Matt also works with the local colleges and high schools to get additional coaches. He makes sure to work with school schedules and keep the lines of communication open. The staff of Club Gym-Action is expected to keep a good rapport with each other as well as the parents. They are responsible for talking to parents about the class plan; this keeps everyone informed. In order for Matt to keep his coaches current in their education he does fundraising to send his staff to clinics as well as bringing clinics to his gym. …
Encouraging your gymnasts to start training as coaches (and judges) is the way to go.
young coach – Athletes in Motion staff
Check out the all new TumblTrak website.