Norbert’s Ball Corral

Want to keep the little ones out of your foam pit?

Coming SOON from Norberts:

(via Rec Gymnastics)

86yr-old lady gymnast competes

Hey Leyva. Can you do this? :)

Johanna QUAAS – Germany’s oldest (86) top senior gymnast on parallel bars at the 89th JAHNTURNFEST, 2011, August in the Jahn City of Freyburg (Saxony-Anhalt)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Via Rec Gymnastics. Thank Avril Enslow for the link.

visiting 10 gyms in Europe

In January I traveled to London for the Olympic Test Meet, a “dress rehearsal” of the Olympics.

From there I visited 10 gyms, some of my travel expenses covered by the Tumbl Trak Ambassador’s program:

Ireland: Excel, Renmore, Trojan, Janz and Sugarloaf.
Belgium: Melsele, St-Niklaas, Bazel and Gymclub Apollo.
England: Europa Gymnastics Centre

Gymnastics is gymnastics, the clubs in Europe not all that different than in America. Coaches all seek best ways to keep their kids happy, healthy and improving.

Thanks so much to my host in Belgium, Lieven Vercruyssen, the inspirational founder of Eurogym Belgium and EuroTumble.

A short version of my report is now posted via Rec Gymnastics – Tumbl Trak’s March Newsletter. Or you can read a longer version as a PDF.

Europa Gymnastics Centre

Click PLAY or check out Europa on British Gymnastics TV.

Have you ever seen BIGGER inflatables inside a gymnastics facility?

That’s posted on the Europa Gymnastics Centre Facebook.

See more photos of Great Britain’s latest, greatest facility from my visit there in January.

visiting Tumbl Trak

I spent last week with the Tumbl Trak video team, visiting Washington State gyms, brainstorming best use of their products with different kinds of user groups. In different kinds of facilities.

Here we are at rural Brinnon Elementary.

Instruction was provided by Carrie Lennox of Jefferson County Parks & Rec who was there 4 days. Fun and fitness in a safe but challenging environment. A mobile program.

We dropped in (and trained) at the Twisters Adult class in Port Renfrew.

Here’s Carrie’s regular “Kid Fit” Parks & Rec class in Port Townsend, a set-up, take-down facility. She’s worked closely with Tumbl Trak for years.

First day in the program for this lad:

Again, the goal is high activity in a fun, safe environment. Rather than put little kids up high on a rope, why not have them sliding on the floor? Fun … and much safer.

I’ll post details on each of those programs on Rec Gymnastics over the coming week.

John Smith at NASA Gymnastics is genius at coming up with drills for Team. We got plenty of video.

The biggest news at Tumbl Trak is that they have a viral video — nearly 600,000 views. You can’t buy that kind of publicity. :)

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Recreation Report Cards

Here’s one system that worked for us at Taiso.

Short. Simple. Not too onerous for the coach.

Page 1

Page 2

Those were photocopied back-to-back twice. Folded. One copy kept in the gymnast’s file, the other sent home to the parent on the second last week of the Recreation session.

I posted some thoughts over on RecGymnastics. Leave comments there, if you have strong opinions on the topic.

We’re still looking for Rec Experts to guest post on that site. Email me if interested.

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Special Needs gymnastics

Mary Wright on how special needs kids enjoy her program at Olympus, Utah.

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

(via Rec Gymnastics)