This Snake Story Will Change the Way You Teach Tuck Jumps

This Snake Story Will Change the Way You Teach Tuck Jumps

Let’s get real for a second: teaching tuck jumps to preschoolers is hard.

They have to have a powerful enough jump to have time to bend their knees up to their chest (without dropping that chest down!), straighten their legs back out to land. Most of their little bodies aren’t built to have big ‘ups’ just yet.

What do we see the most? Tiny little jumps with maybe a bent leg, or if they get their knees up to their chest, they land in a yucky squat/crash that is terrible for their little knees.


The Ignorer Vs. The Narrator: A Gymnast-Coach Superhero Battle

The Ignorer Vs. The Narrator: A Gymnast-Coach Superhero Battle

“Ok crew! Time to line up!

Ok, we’ve got everyone except...Ainsley

Time to stop and line up, Ainsley

AINSLEY!

No, don’t keep jumping into that pit, it’s time to go!

C’mon Ains, line up!

Ok, you’re going to lose your stamps if you don’t line up in 3, 2, 1……

Ok, you’ve lost your stamps…”

Sound familiar?

7 Ways to Help When You’ve Got a RUNNER

7 Ways to Help When You’ve Got a RUNNER

I had my class in a line, flying like birds down the tumble strip on our way to pit time. Beside us were some level 8 girls working their passes into the pit. I saw him out of the corner of my eye. He was excited to get to pit time. Before I knew it, he BOLTED, sprinting and jumping into the pit. 

The PTC Retention Formula

The PTC Retention Formula

I was the preschool director at a gym in an amazing college town, where I enjoyed the bliss of being the only gym in town. A few years into my tenure there, however, we got word that a new tumbling gym was opening up. In our town. Just down the road.  

I got nervous (and a little sweaty) but I knew I had to start thinking about how to get gymnasts to stick with our more seasoned (but not as shiny and new) program.

For the first time ever, I had to think explicitly about retention.

Three Ways to Manage Super High Energy Gymnasts

Three Ways to Manage Super High Energy Gymnasts

Take one look at all the flipping, twisting, balancing, and trampoline in gymnastics and it is no surprise that our sport often attracts kids with HIGH ENERGY. The gym is actually the BEST place for them, after all!