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Parent Tip: I know its only October....

Posted on 10/12/2017
The Tumbl Trak Marketing Team has been thinking about the upcoming holidays for months now.  We know the challenges many parents feel making gift choices for their kiddos.  How do you know what to look for and where?  With so many options popping up on the internet, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed with the search. [More]

A Leap Above the Rest; By: Mandy Yip, Acrobatic Arts

Posted on 10/12/2017

Since 2002, Tim and Tamara Smola have opened the doors to Central City Dance and Fitness Center. Priding itself on being “A Leap Above the Rest,” it has grown quickly to serving more than 1,250 dance students! One of the greatest additions to the studio was ACRO, which the couple introduced three years ago in 2014.


Breaking Through a Mental Block

Posted on 10/11/2017
There seems to be a lot of discussion going on with Mental Blocks. Some coaches wonder if they are even real or just an imagined phenomenon; how can a kid tumble one day and just forget how to do it the next day. Why do we see Mental Blocks mostly with tumbling? Why won’t they just go for it? They also deliberate if they are real, then who or what is to blame. Is it the coach, the cheerleader, the team, the parent, or is it the training? [More]

Parent Tip: The cost of a kip

Posted on 9/12/2017

A friend left a copy of the September 9, 2017 issue of Time Magazine on my desk with a sticky note that said, “You’re not alone!”.  On the cover, a little league baseball player at bat above the words, “Crazy travel, Crazy Costs, Crazy Stress - How Kids Sports Turned Pro”.   After reading the article, I didn’t feel quite as “crazy”.


Program Highlight: Altijd op uw voeten landen!

Posted on 9/12/2017

The sport of gymnastics is very much like the game of life: there are many paths that come “full circle” but it takes many years to get anywhere- and often it comes with many unexpected twists, turns, and falls. And when we fall, we hope to land on our feet.  

Coach Dirk Ooijkaas from Rotterdam, Netherlands is very familiar with both the game of life and the sport of gymnastics. As a 4x National Champion, World Championship competitor, and Olympic Team qualifier, Dirk was drawn to the state of California by the warm sun and laid back lifestyle. He moved to the United States in 1988.


Carpet Foam: It’s all about the VELCRO.

Posted on 9/12/2017

Riddle:  What piece of equipment stretches from floor to ceiling, can be used by preschoolers and Olympians alike, and is strong enough to hold up the roof?  (Hint:  Some kids like to drive teachers UP IT, also.)

Answer:  A wall.  


Life is full of CHOICES

Posted on 9/12/2017

Life is full of choices.  Some folks deliberate decisions, others are impulsive.  In recent days, the nation has watched as devastating disasters struck many communities with an impact that was unfathomable.  The Emerald City Gymnastics Team did not hesitate in their choice to jump into action and help.  In just 48 hours, their gym community came together and raised $26,000 for Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts.


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.

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.


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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