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Feb 2015


First Published: Saturday 07-Feb-2015 4:31 PM, Edited: Sunday 31-May-2015 10:02 AM
Author: Gary Black

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bunnings scooter
RHS Version - $29.90 max weight 80kg
bunnings scooter
Bunnings Version - The small round one is $ 27 max weight $180kg
EDIT: 31/5/2015 - Do not use the pre-made Bunnings ones, the bolts holding the wheels on come undone very quickly. You can make your own instead, how to article coming soon.

Scooter boards are not just for Scooter Hockey and P.M.P. Here's some activities to challenge students from Grade 3 right up to Year 8!

Safety Rules

  • Never let a scooter roll by itself - they can hurt when they roll into people. A part of your body must always be on the scooter.
  • When a scooter is not in use, turn is upside down. This prevents people stepping on them and slipping over.
  • When you are finished with the scooter, pick it up and carry it back to the next person.
  • These activities can get very tiring very quickly. Be careful of asking students to do it for extended periods of time.

Ideally all these activities are performed on a wooden floor. Carpet floors and gymnastics sprung floors significantly increase the difficulty as the wheels of the board sink into the carpet.

Basic Front Support Walk


Front Support Walk

Feet go in the middle of the scooter board, whilst holding a front support shape student uses their hands to 'walk' to the specified finishing point.

Extensions

Using two or three scooter boards side by side, students race to the finishing point. This could also be done as a shuttle relay.

Try to push it backwards, instead of dragging it along.

Front Support Variations

Walk while holding Front Support Variations.

Instead of using a basic front support shape, try doing it in either a Stride Front Support (pictured), Straddled Front Support, or a Tucked Front Support. For the Stride and Straddle, the toes of one foot go in the middle of the board, for the tuck both feet go in the middle. Note: We are balancing on our toes for all the variations.

Extensions

Same as the Basic Front Support Walk above.

Back Support Walk

Back Support Walk.

As above, but try doing it with a back support shape instead. Note: Be careful with wrists with this one. If someone kicks the board the wrong way whilst the student is supporting themselves in this way, they could cause some damage to their wrists.

Extensions

As Above.

Front Support Train

Front Support Train.

Add a carriage to the front support. Another student connects to the scooter board in front. A great whole body workout for both students.

Extensions

For a super strong student, extend the train and try it with two 'carriages' instead of just one.

Push And Pull

Front Support Push and Pull.

Two students share the scooter board, facing opposite directions. They must work together to get from point A to point B.

 

Tuck Pull

Tuck Pull.

A good replacement for rope climb for weaker students, or if you don't have ropes for the students to climb. Securely tie one end of the rope to the wall. The rope runs along the floor to the scooter board. Student sits on the scooter board, picks up the rope and pulls themselves to the wall that the rope is fastened to.

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Gary Black

Advanced Silver Mens Gymnastics Coach, Intermediate Womens Gymnastics Coach, Intermediate Kindergym Coach.

Gary began running gymnastics programs in schools in 2003. Initially as a casual staff member with another company, whilst studing teaching at Deakin University; and quickly becoming one of their managers. Gary went on to own what was the sole Victorian franchise of that company.

Whilst with that company, under Gary's leadership, Victorian customers enjoyed quality, reliability, flexibility, and understanding.

In mid 2014, to be able to better service the changing needs of schools, Gary decided to move away from a restrictive franchised business, and started Gymnastics 4 Hire, determined to keep the high standards that customers had come to enjoy, and to provide a service specifically tailored to the customers needs.