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A Guide to Choosing The Right Sport For Your Child

Youth sports are a big part of families’ lives today. Although it’s difficult to know exactly how many children in the United States are actively involved in organized sports, it’s estimated that more than 21 million American kids participate in children’s sports on a regular basis. For kids, youth sports represent an opportunity to play a game they love while learning about themselves and their peers. Not only do they get some important exercise and help develop their growing bodies, they also learn valuable concepts such as teamwork, sportsmanship and socialization that will help their emotional and mental development.

Yet none of those benefits can be gained if your child doesn’t stick with his or her sport, which is why it’s crucial to choose the right sport for your child at the beginning. Trying to push a child into a sport that he or she is not ready for can lead to the child abandoning it. Choosing a sport that requires too much of a commitment from a time or financial perspective can mean you may have to pull your child out of it. To avoid these potential problems, refer to the accompanying guide. It can help you choose the right sport for your son or daughter so he or she gets the most out of the experience.

 

Choosing The Right Sport For Your Child – Answering these questions can help ensure that your child gets the maximum benefit from sports participation.

 

Does Your Child Like Any Sports More Than Others?

If your son shows an affinity for basketball, or if your daughter has expressed a desire to take up archery, for example, you at least have a starting point to find a sport your child will enjoy.

What Are Your Child’s Physical Traits?

Your child’s physical traits can help determine whether a sport is right for him or her. For example, taller children may excel at basketball, while children who are stockier may find they do better at football or wrestling.

How Old Is Your Child?

Certain sports are better fits for older children because they require more physical coordination, fine motor skills or teamwork. Sports that require complicated strategy such as football, for example, may not be a good fit for younger children.

What Is Your Child’s Personality?


Some kids respond better to pressure than others. Some kids like to be part of a team while others prefer to participate in solo activities. Make sure the sport you sign your child up for is suited for his or her personality.

Do You Have Time for the Sport?

Because many families have busy schedules, some sports with a higher-commitment level for practices and games might not make much sense for them. Some sports such as baseball and softball also sometimes require traveling to tournaments and road games.

How Much Does the Sport Cost?

Some sports such as tennis or basketball don’t require much in the way of equipment, whereas hockey and football need lots of equipment. Always keep your family’s budget in mind when looking into different youth sports.

Is Your Child Having Fun?

Perhaps most important: Make sure the sport your child chooses is one he or she has fun playing. Otherwise, the time, effort and money your family puts into it may all be for nothing once your child decides he or she no longer wants to participate.

 

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 http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/9469252/hidden-demographics-youth-sports-espn-magazine
https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/preschool/how-to-pick-the-right-sport-for-your-child/
http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=helping-your-child-choose-a-sport-1-4802

Get a Grip on Gymnastic Rips

Rips are a common and painful occurrence in the sport of gymnastics.  From novice to professional, each gymnast will likely experience rips some time during their gymnastics career.

How can you take care of your rips?

Prevention

1. After workouts, wash your hands with soap and water, and rub unscented hand lotion all through your hands. Use a brand recommended by your coaching staff.

2. Don’t let excess callouses build up. Prevent these by rubbing the areas with a pumice stone. What if your callouses are too new to find? Soak your hands in water for about ten minutes and you will be able to notice areas on the palm that retain a whitish color. These will be the affected areas you will want to rub. Use the pumice stone only as necessary. Do not over-do this process or over-use your pumice stone as this can cause more damage to your hands during workouts.

3. Always keep your hands somewhat moist. Don’t let them dry up, especially outside of the gym.

4. Use a combination of tennis wristbands, gym tape and pre wrap to cover areas of your hands that rub on your grips.

Dealing with a Rip

1. You should remove the excess skin and sterilize using a pair of nail clippers or medical scissors. Cover the rip with over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to allow the rip to breathe.

Healing

1. Once new skin has covered the rip, continue using hand lotion as described above. If the rip is allowed to dry up, the skin will crack and you will continue to rip in the same spot.

2. Working out when you have a rip; be sure to tape and protect the rip appropriately before you start practicing. Use ointment to prevent friction from re-opening the wound and cover with pre wrap and gym tape.

3. When you have a rip during competition; before competition keep ice packs on the area of the rip or soak your hands in ice cold water for ten minutes. Be sure that your hands return to normal temperature before you compete.

Home Conditioning Practice to help your Gymnastics Skills

Below is a list of 10 simple Conditioning moves that can help improve your basic gymnastics skills at home!

 

  1. Push-Ups
  2. Crunches
  3. Hollow Rolls
  4. Hollow Rockers
  5. Toe Raises
  6. Hand Stands
  7. Splits
  8. Pancakes
  9. Bridges
  10. Jumping Jacks

 

Strength and Flexibility are key factors that are required for a gymnast’s physical condition in order to perfect basics and improve and develop new gymnastic skills. Conditioning can be easily done in the home. Your Gymnast will be surprised at how such a small amount of conditioning at home can go a long way in the gym. Conditioning may not be the most fun or exciting, but it is a very valuable effort that can make all the difference in your gymnast’s skill, determination and confidence!

Click the link below to find more Conditioning moves and specific workouts to target your core, legs or arms!

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/gymnastics-at-home/?lp=true

Gymnastics Funnies

This month we’ve compiled all of our favorite “Tumbling” videos into one funny post for everyone to see! Formally known as, Gymnastics Fails! These videos include gymnasts taking tumbles, and well.. regular people taking tumbles as well!

Always be extra careful when practicing gymnastics in the gym, at home, or in public! We hope all of these gymnasts made a speedy recovery from their flails and falls! But for now, we’ll enjoy the funnies!

 

 

How to do an Arial

Has your gymnast been struggling with her tumbling skills?

Improve your Side Arial skills in these easy steps!

 

Equipment Needed:

(2) Nimble Sports folding mats

Be sure to practice this skill outdoors where you have adequate room for tumbling and flipping!

 

Step 1:

Start by warming up. You’ll be using your legs a lot during a side arial so make sure your legs especially are good and warm! Make sure you do some jumping exercises on the specific leg that you will be taking off from. Tip: Try doing hamstring stretches to get the best stretch in your leg muscles. Don’t forget to flex those feet!

Step 2:

An arial is simply a Cartwheel with no hands. Before you start practicing your arial, make sure you’ve taken the time to master your cartwheel form perfectly! To introduce the arial into your layout, add a hop before you start your cartwheel.

Step 3:

Now that you’ve completed your “Hop-Cartwheel” it’s time to add a run. This will build more momentum and help you get in the air once we get close to a full arial!

The steps will look something like this: “Run-Run-Hop-Cartwheel” Tip: Since you’ve mastered your cartwheel already, make sure when you’re doing your new steps to get the fastest cartwheel you can without compromising the skill quality!

Step 4:

Takeoff; When you’re in motion for your arial, your legs become your hands! Be sure to keep your legs underneath your body to avoid a bad landing.

For your takeoff, we’re taking it back down to your “Hop-Cartwheel” phase. Except this time, you’re going to bring your body down towards your knee so you can have a strong push-off.

Step 5:

Add your “Run-Run-Hop”. During this motion be sure to swing your arms up to gain momentum on your hop, and pull them into your chest when you push off. This motion will help you get the height you need to accomplish a successful side arial!

To gain good technique, make sure your back is straight and your eyes are looking at the ground during the skill.

 

For a super secret tip on how to master your Side Arial, keep watching Sam and Teagan’s “How To” Video!

Back To School Sale

Looking for the perfect equipment to start your gymnast off the school year and competition season on the right foot? Our 4 foot wide 3 Play Bar and Mat Combo is on sale this month! Take an extra 10% off Purchase price by applying the discount code: B2S-AUG-17

The 3Play Gymnastics Bar is a great piece of versatile home equipment! This bar can be used as a Horizontal Bar, Uneven Bars, and as Parallel Bars and adjusts from 3 to 5 feet in height! You can play and practice in three different ways!

This combo also comes with An 8ft tumbling mat that fits perfectly between the width of any one of our Nimble Sports Gymnastics Bars. The folding mats allow for additional support on your landing whether you’re dismounting the bar or using it on your own to practice your tumbling tricks and passes!

 

 

 

Gymnast of the Month: August

Gymnast of the month is……Sophia Diaz from @diazdolls

You may recognize Sophia from her flipping around on our Nimble Sports Gymnastics Horizontal Bar all over Instagram!

An excerpt from Sophia’s Mom;

“Sophia started gymnastics as a toddler in diapers in a mommy and me program… by the age 5 she started begging to take gymnastics! We tried a few places and she truly enjoyed it so we decided we would permanently enroll her in a place that truly matched her personality! In January of 2017, we enrolled her at her current gym. She did a month of recreational classes before she tested out and was asked to join pre-team. Sophia did pre-team from February until end of June and was asked to join their level 2 team! Sophia has such a drive and determination to learn new things and will continue to work at it until she can do it! I say work but when I see her on her equipment she is having so much fun. She was fortunate enough to receive a Nimble Sports Little Gym Deluxe set for her 5th birthday and has truly loved every piece of it. She is not only motivated to grow herself, but enjoys helping others (especially her younger sister Olivia) and her cousins…”

  

Sophia has always loved to perform floor routines, but is growing to love the beam which is said to be her most difficult event.

Watch for Sophia’s features on our @nimblesports Instagram Page!

 

 

How to have fun as a family with your Gymnast

Here are a few fun ideas we came up with here at Nimble Sports to get your whole family involved in Gymnastics!

  1. Create a maze or fort out of your gymnastics mats and balance beams.
  2. Play “Simon Says” Gymnastics style!
  3. Make obstacle courses out of your home equipment and see who does the best tricks or gets the best time.
  4. Use your tumbling mats to have a cartwheel competition. (anyone who does not want to participate can be a judge!)
  5. Find your favorite gymnastics challenge on Youtube and recreate it!

Below are a few videos of parents and siblings tumbling, jumping and having fun as a family, all while getting some home practice in! Let these challenges inspire you to make your own fun with your gymnasts! (Videos from “My Gym Dad” and “The Cheernastics 2”)

Flip and Tumble into Christmas in July

Are we crazy? Maybe!

We’re offering discounts this July that we’ve never offered before! Receive 10% Off ANY Little Gym or Little Gym Deluxe by using the code “GYM-JUL17” at Checkout!

Want to know more about what’s on sale?

Little Gym Combo (Horizontal Bar, Balance Beam, Braces and Gymnastics Mat)

Flip, tumble and train at home. What does this set include? This combo comes with an Adjustable Nimble Sports Horizontal Bar in the color of your choice (White, Blue, Pink or Violet), an 8ft Balance Beam in the color of your choice (Tan, Blue, Pink or Violet), a set of Nimble Sports Beam Braces of your choice *price may vary (Standard Low 6”, 12”, 18”, 24” or your choice of Adjustable 12”-18” or 14”-24”), and an 8ft x 4ft Tumbling Mat that fits perfectly between the Horizontal Bar legs.

This Horizontal Bar is made to help master basic gymnastic skills. Advanced tricks and Routines are not recommended to be performed on this bar.

The Nimble Sports Balance Beam is perfect for beginner to intermediate level gymnasts, sturdy and reliable, whether you are working on new skills or keeping your mastered skills in tip-top shape.

Nimble Sports Gymnastics Mats are and excellent multipurpose purchase. These mats are great for home use gymnastics, exercise, acrobatics and competitive gymnastics.

Nimble Beam Braces accommodate any of our 6ft, 8ft, or 12ft beams. From floor beam braces to the more advanced gymnasts who want to be higher off the ground, you can choose from 1 of 6 different brace type that fits your Little Gymnasts’ needs!

    • This Package Includes: (1) 3ft – 5ft Adjustable Horizontal Bar *choice of color (1) 8ft Balance Beam *choice of color (1) 8ft x 4ft Gymnastics Tumbling Mat *choice of color (1) Set of Beam Braces *choice of height
  • (shop now by clicking any photo!)

    • Product Details:
      • Ships in 4 boxes: (1) Horizontal Bar, (1) 8ft Balance Beam, (1) Folding Mat, (1) Set of Beam Braces
      • Nimble Sports Warranty: One Year Scratch and Dent Warranty on All Nimble Sports Gymnastics Equipment – If your equipment is damaged upon arrival please call us to schedule an exchange (1-877-628-2326)
      • Gymnastics Tumbling mat
        • 8ft long x 4ft wide
        • Folds into (4) 2ft sections for easy transport and storage
        • Constructed from 18 oz Vinyl coated Nylon Cover and 1-3/8” Cross Link Firm Foam
        • Cover is mildew and puncture resistant, and fire retardant.
        • Velcro strips featured on each end allows for additional mats to be connected.
        • Designed and Made in the USA
      • Adjustable Horizontal Bar
        • Height is adjustable from 3ft to 5ft in increments of 6 inches (36”, 42”, 48”, 54”, 60”)
        • 4ft x 4ft wide base
        • Constructed with steel, supporting a 1-1/2 inch poplar wood dowel
        • Intended for beginner to intermediate gymnasts
        • Base extensions recommended for any gymnast over 70 lbs or gymnasts who perform at a Level 3
        • Designed and Made in the USA
      • Balance Beam Braces
        • Constructed with Heavy Gauge Steel
        • Ends are protected by Rubber Caps to prevent Marks and Scratches
        • Brace measurements should be taken from the Bottom of the Floor to the Top of the Balance Beam for total accurate measurement.
        • How many braces do I need? 6ft and 8ft Balance Beams support a Set of 2 braces, and the 12ft Balance beam supports a Set of 3.
        • Designed and Made in the USA
      • Balance Beam
        • 8ft long x 4” wide x 4” high
        • 3/8 Closed Cell Foam Padding on top for added foot support and comfort
        • Wrapped with Commercial Synthetic Suede
        • Constructed from 3/4” Laminated Wood
        • Designed and Made in the USA

Little Gym Deluxe Combo (Horizontal Bar, Balance Beam, Beam Braces, Gymnastics Tumbling Mat and Landing Mat)

Spoil your Hard Working Gymnast with the Little Gym Deluxe. This All-Inclusive Combo comes in a variety of sizes and colors. The Little Gym Deluxe is great for beginner to intermediate level gymnasts who want to flip, tumble and train at home.

What does this set include? This combo comes with an Adjustable Nimble Sports Horizontal Bar in the color of your choice (White, Blue, Pink or Violet), an 8ft Balance Beam in the color of your choice (Tan, Blue, Pink or Violet), a set of Nimble Sports Beam Braces of your choice *price may vary (Standard Low 6”, 12”, 18”, 24” or your choice of Adjustable 12”-18” or 14”-24”), and an 8ft x 4ft Tumbling Mat that fits perfectly between the Horizontal Bar legs and a 3ft x 6ft Soft Foam Landing Mat.

This Horizontal Bar is made to help master basic gymnastic skills. Advanced tricks and Routines are not recommended to be performed on this bar.

The Nimble Sports Balance Beam is perfect for beginner to intermediate level gymnasts, sturdy and reliable, whether you are working on new skills or keeping your mastered skills in tip-top shape.

Nimble Sports Gymnastics Tumbling Mats are and excellent multipurpose purchase. These mats are great for home use gymnastics, exercise, acrobatics and competitive gymnastics. Our Landing Mats are perfect for gymnasts who like additional support when making tough landings from their balance beam or horizontal bar. These mats fit great underneath our higher sets of Beam Braces.

Nimble Beam Braces accommodate any of our 6ft, 8ft, or 12ft beams. From floor beam braces to the more advanced gymnasts who want to be higher off the ground, you can choose from 1 of 6 different brace type that fits your Little Gymnasts’ needs!

  • This Package Includes: (1) 3ft – 5ft Adjustable Horizontal Bar *choice of color (1) 8ft Balance Beam *choice of color (1) 8ft x 4ft Gymnastics Tumbling Mat *choice of color (1) 6ft x 3ft Landing Mat *choice of color (1) Set of Beam Braces *choice of height

(Shop Now by clicking any photo!)

  • Product Details:
    • Ships in 5 boxes: (1) Horizontal Bar, (1) 8ft Balance Beam, (1) Folding Mat, (1) Landing Mat, (1) Set of Beam Braces
    • Nimble Sports Warranty: One Year Scratch and Dent Warranty on All Nimble Sports Gymnastics Equipment – If your equipment is damaged upon arrival please call us to schedule an exchange (1-877-628-2326)
    • Gymnastics Tumbling mat
      • 8ft long x 4ft wide
      • Folds into (4) 2ft sections for easy transport and storage
      • Constructed from 18 oz Vinyl coated Nylon Cover and 1-3/8” Cross Link Firm Foam
      • Cover is mildew and puncture resistant, and fire retardant.
      • Velcro strips featured on each end allows for additional mats to be connected.
      • Designed and Made in the USA
    • Gymnastics Landing mat
      • 6ft long x 3ft wide
      • Folds into (2) 1-1/2ft sections for easy transport and storage
      • Constructed from 18 oz Vinyl coated Nylon Cover and 4” Thick Soft Foam
      • Cover is mildew and puncture resistant, and fire retardant.
      • Velcro strips featured on each end allows for additional mats to be connected.
      • Designed and Made in the USA
    • Adjustable Horizontal Bar
      • Height is adjustable from 3ft to 5ft in increments of 6 inches (36”, 42”, 48”, 54”, 60”)
      • 4ft x 4ft wide base
      • Constructed with steel, supporting a 1-1/2 inch poplar wood dowel
      • Intended for beginner to intermediate gymnasts
      • Base extensions recommended for any gymnast over 70 lbs or gymnasts who perform at a Level 3
      • Designed and Made in the USA
    • Balance Beam Braces
      • Constructed with Heavy Gauge Steel
      • Ends are protected by Rubber Caps to prevent Marks and Scratches
      • Brace measurements should be taken from the Bottom of the Floor to the Top of the Balance Beam for total accurate measurement.
      • How many braces do I need? 6ft and 8ft Balance Beams support a Set of 2 braces, and the 12ft Balance beam supports a Set of 3.
      • Designed and Made in the USA
    • Balance Beam
      • 8ft long x 4” wide x 4” high
      • 3/8 Closed Cell Foam Padding on top for added foot support and comfort
      • Wrapped with Commercial Synthetic Suede
      • Constructed from 3/4” Laminated Wood
      • Designed and Made in the USA

 

5 Reasons Why you should be like Nimsey when you’re practicing Gymnastics

June is National Adopt A Cat Month! For our first blog post of June we would like to take some time to appreciate our adorable, furry mascot for bringing some joy into the workplace while making home gymnastics equipment for Little Gymnasts around the world.

Here are 5 reasons every gymnast should be a little like Nimsey…

  • Nimsey has been the biggest fan of our Gymnastics Equipment for 3 years! She loves to stretch out and nap on our soft Gymnastics Mats and even tests our Balance Beams by walking across them. Our equipment is Nimsey approved!

  • Like all young gymnasts who know how important it is to stay hydrated during practice and at Gymnastics Meets, Nimsey loves to get her daily intake of water. She drinks it straight from the fridge and cold from the bottle (she even likes to sip from the cap!)

 

  • When Nimsey does cute or funny stunts we reward her with treats! Just as when you’re practicing new skills on your home gymnastics equipment and you finally perfect it, your mom or dad might bake you a sweet treat or take you out for ice-cream!

 

  • Nimsey loves her Nimble Sports family and always greets us excitement! When you walk into the gym to practice does it make you happy to be see your gymnast friends and coaches? We bet it does!

 

  • Nimsey is Nimble! Any and all gymnasts know that you must be nimble and have strong full-body control to be a great gymnast! Nimsey leaps and climbs all through the office as easily as strong gymnasts leap and tumble through the gym.

Lets Re-Cap our 5 Reasons Why you should be like Nimsey when you’re practicing Gymnastics;

  1. Nimsey loves our Nimble Sports Equipment!
  2. She likes to stay hydrated.
  3. Nimsey gets rewarded when she tries something new.
  4. She is always excited to see her friends.
  5. Nimsey is Nimble!