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Parent Tip: You can lead a horse to water...

Posted on 8/14/2017

Contributed by Carrie Spender, Tumbl Trak Education Coordinator


You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink.  Or can you?


Many parents of young athletes understand this proverb as we encourage our active kids to drink enough water to stay hydrated.  Summer heat and long sweaty workouts are a dangerous combination for kids who are not taking in enough fluids to replenish what they lose.  Water is essential for all major body functions, and key to peak athletic performance.


We know it is important to drink fluids before, during and after exercise, but how much should our kids be drinking, really??  The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends drinking four to eight ounces of water every fifteen to twenty minutes of exercise as a good starting point for hydrating athletes.
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Activity Adaptation - Advice from the Experts

Posted on 8/14/2017

Contributed by Bethany Friedrich, Tumbl Trak Special Needs Coordinator


Tammy Fitzpatrick, on the coaching staff at Grand Rapid Gymnastics, recently contacted Tumbl Trak in search of advice on ways to adapt bar drills and activities to accommodate one of her athletes with special needs.  Tammy’s ambition to ensure the success of her young athlete thrilled and inspired us.  Needless to say, we were eager to help!  Adapting gymnastics skills and movements to accommodate children with various needs is an imperative part of offering a successful special needs gymnastics program.   Although activity adaptation is important, developing this skill can seem daunting when just starting out.  DO NOT FEAR!  We are here to share with you advice we gathered from several experts in the field.  Read on to hear tips from gymnastics coaches whose backgrounds vary between adapted physical education, applied behavior analysis, and physical therapy.


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NW Dance and Acro

Posted on 7/14/2017

When you strive for excellence, how do you know when you have achieved it?   


Augga Hawkins spent her own youth pursuing excellence as an accomplished performer in Beijing, China, graduating in the top of her class from the Central University of Nationalities and earning the lead dancer position at the prestigious National Chinese Ballet Company.  After moving to the United States, Augga  has dedicated her adult life to sharing her passion for dance and teaching in her studio, Northwest Dance & Acro in Arlington, Washington.


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Acro Crazed!

Posted on 7/10/2017
Gymnastics and dance are two forms of movement that seem to be joined at the hip.  In the TV series, Dancing with the Stars, Olympic athletes, Nastia, Shawn, Aly, Laurie and most recently, Simone, traded their grips for high heels and finessed their way to the top of the leaderboard, inspiring audiences in fantastic displays of various dance styles. [More]


Stop by at an upcoming Regional Show!

Posted on 6/7/2017

Summer is here which means Tumbl Trak is on the road!  We’ve got a list of conferences and expos we’ll be attending so stop on in and say hi!  Be sure to plan ahead for conferences near you - and shop early!  If you’ve got an item you’ve been wanting, we can bring it to the conference and save you shipping costs.  Call a Tumbl Trak sales associate for details.

 

The Tumbl Trak Education Team will be presenting at many Regional USA Gymnastics conferences and as well, in Anaheim, CA for Nationals.


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Flip Fest!!

Posted on 6/7/2017

Competition season is over, and your kiddo has shared last hugs with classmates and teachers.  Summer is here and if you’ve got gymnastics summer camp on your schedule, I’m willing to bet there is a countdown happening in your house!

 

Honestly, I don’t know what could be more thrilling for a young, thriving, hard-working gymnast then FLIP FEST GYMNASTICS CAMP.  (I suppose the Olympics would be up there.)   But, comparing FLIP FEST to the Olympics is a bit like comparing strawberries to oranges in the way that an orange takes some work before you get to the sweet goodness, but a strawberry….just dive right in to delish!!


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First time at camp? You'll be fine, (and so will she)

Posted on 6/7/2017

Every kindergarten teacher prepares for the first day of school knowing they will need to deal with the emotional stability of those in their care….the parents.  This milestone for parents swells the heart and requires a great deal of deep breathing to keep the tears from spilling over.

 

The dropping off your athlete for the first time at sleepover summer camp is another emotional overload for parents.  Thankfully there are seasoned parents, coaches and educators who have been there, and can offer a great deal of help in preparing.


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On the MOVE with I Can Gymnastics!

Posted on 5/15/2017

Imagine a program that offers a full schedule of cheer, gymnastics, special needs, and ninja classes. Now picture putting all of the equipment you need for those programs into a van and traveling to 4 different locations every week to service kids in low income areas.


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Reach for the stars AND a longer cartwheel!

Posted on 5/15/2017
When connecting tumbling skills to a pass or series, let's say a round-off to back-handspring, there is a relevance to the length of the tumbling pass. In general, the goal is to make your round-off back-handspring as long and stretched out as possible. The Tumbl Tape is a tool that helps athletes see improvements in the length of their tumbling skills. [More]


From the Experts: The Road to the NCAA

Posted on 5/15/2017
USA Olympic Athletes and NCAA athletics go hand in hand. Last summer, of the 555 competing USA Olympians, 417 represented incoming, current and former NCAA Athletes. First college athletics, then on to the Olympics - makes sense, right? Unless the sport is women's gymnastics where the competition path most often take the athletes to the Olympics or World Championship Events before the age of college eligibility.  [More]


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