Building a Rec Boys Gymnastics Program

by site editor Rick McCharles

Many excellent girls Gymnastics clubs underserve boys in their market. Brothers are sitting in the parents seating area – restless – waiting on sisters. That’s a waste.

The best boys Gymnastics clubs have as high a ratio as 1 boy for every 3 girls. That kind of ratio is possible.

Ashwad Springer

First priority for boys coaches is increasing the base. Increasing the numbers of boys trying Gymnastics and other acrobatic sports.

Once in the Gym many will find they like the sport. It’s FUN. Keep it FUN.

have fun

Boys love Games, Contests and Challenges. Most boys love height and flight. Excitement.

rope block tower

Once hooked on the sport, next priority is improvement of Physical (Endurance, Stringy, Power, Flexibility, etc.) and Motor (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Spatial awareness, etc.) fitness.

Skills are lower priority than for girls the same age.

Role models are important for boys. It’s important coaches and the eldest and most advanced boys in the club be leaders.

Clubs who do want to increase the size and quality of the boys Recreation program have two major problems:

  • hiring competent, experienced men’s coaches
  • getting boys into the gym to give it a go

There are far fewer boys coaches available than girls coaches. Some serious effort may be required to recruit and train boys Rec coaches.

In 2016 Parkour / Ninja classes are very popular with boys. Boys parents are very keen to keep their sons doing Parkour safe.

Once in the Gym some of those Ninja boys will get interested in the Artistic competitive apparatus.

I like “bring-a-friend” day, as well. Check the insurance implications of bringing in a friend to your Gym.

rope swing

related – Gymnastics Ontario Congress 2016BUILDING A RECREATIONAL BOYS PROGRAM presentation notes PDF

(via Rec Gymnastics)

2017 European Championships Romania

Despite a disappointing Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Romanian veterans Cătălina Ponor and Marian Drăgulescu aren’t planning on retiring any time soon. Their immediate goal is next year’s European Championships, taking place April 19-23 in Cluj-Napoca.

The duo told Romanian media they have their sights set on continuing toward the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which would be Ponor’s fourth Olympic appearance and Drăgulescu’s sixth. …


2017 European Championships

Are the figures on the numbers inspired by Nadia and Marius Urzica?


Margarita Mamun’s father died


Margarita “Rita” Mamun is our individual Rhythmic Olympic champion.

On 26 August 2016, Rita’s father Abdullah passed away after battling with cancer for the last few months, he died bed ridden at their home Friday afternoon (Moscow time), just 6 days after she won gold at the Olympic Games.


related – Rhythmic gymnastics: Mamun hails victory for ‘two countries’

Britain had a great Olympics

Many want to know how the Brits are doing it. And it comes down to one thing: money. …

the money the athletes receive themselves (aside from endorsements). Olympic athletes in Great Britain receive about £36,000 to £60,000 a year from UK Sport, the national funding initiative for Olympic athletes. This allows them to focus on training for most of years leading up to the Games.

Comparatively, Canadian Olympic athletes receive a paltry $18,000, and it hasn’t changed since 2004, making it a challenge for competitive athletes.

“It’s just crazy to me that funding hasn’t increased in more than 10 years,” said Josh Riker-Fox, a retired modern pentathlete who competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. …

Rio 2016: Why Britain is dominating the Olympics and what Canada can learn

Thanks Karl.