Gymnastics Teaching Tools and Accessories Buyer’s Guide
Beyond the mat, get set with all the best gymnastics teaching tools and accessories, including incline or cheese mats, balance beams and more.
What does that even mean?
Well, sometimes you don’t need a floor mat for your gymnastics practice. Maybe you’re already set on that front, or maybe you’re struggling with a particular move and you just need a little extra help. That’s where teaching tools come in.
Any woman knows, it is all about the accessories! These accessories help young gymnasts master new skills quickly and safely.
They also help coaches give their young athletes more practice time, allowing everyone to improve more quickly. If the coach is going around spotting students one by one on their backbend, only one kiddo can work at a time. However, if that same coach had six wedge mats, a class of seven could all practice at once.
These guys provide a soft, safe way to nail down the basics.
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What should you look for in your teaching tools and accessories?
But in all seriousness, not all teaching tools are created equal and there are plenty of options out there that are manufactured with dangerous chemicals that you would not want your child spending hours per day on.
Think about it, kids like to put everything in their mouths, and these accessories are, likely, no exception. Chances are they will lick it, try to eat it, and roll their face all over it. You want to make sure it’s safe.
All of our accessory mats are 100% non-toxic and safe for your kiddos. Additionally, each tool is specifically designed to safely help young gymnasts achieve a specific skill. And they are filled with soft foam for extra cushion and comfort.
Okay, so, chances are, your little ones are going to spend a lot of time with these accessories, and maybe their friends and classmates will too.
We know that kids are more susceptible to catching germs and sickness. And we also know that, sometimes, with the little ones, lots of drool and more can often make an appearance in their play area. Let me just tell you, you do not anything that absorbs liquid.
Our accessory mats have a foam base with an outer vinyl layer that is super easy to clean, which means dirty little fingers are no big deal – you can easily wipe them down and sanitize them to keep everyone healthy.
The truth is, you may not have any preference whether your accessory mat is solid black or vibrant colors, but kids do. They love fun pops of bright colors.
You want your little one to enjoy their time learning so it’s great to give them something they will be naturally drawn to.
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Types of Teaching Tools and Accessories
As much as we wish there was one tool that could work for every movement, it just ain’t so. Each of these tools is designed to assist in certain gymnastics movements. Take a look and see which one is best for you.
These mats come in 14”, 15”, and 16” high. They are a great tool for learning forward rolls, front walkovers, and more.
If you have a little one in gymnastics, they’re a great add-on to the Folding Mat. They’re great for practicing skills or techniques when you need a little extra support. They also help coaches assist multiple kids at once.
However, if you just have a kid that likes to play and have fun, and even if they don’t need the mat for at-home practice, I can tell you first hand that kids love this mat. They can play, use it as a slide down from their toddler bed, play hide and seek behind it, you name it.
If you’re looking for a beginner’s teaching tool or just a mat for fun and games, the Incline Mat is definitely the way to go.
The dreaded balance beam! No matter how skilled a gymnast you are, everyone gets butterflies in their stomach when they first step on the balance beam. It is probably the scariest and most mentally challenging part of gymnastics.
Our foam Balance Beams are the perfect beginner training tool. Before they get up to the high beam, they can begin practicing on this approachable, low-to-the-ground foam beam. This way, when falls happen (because, when it comes to the balance beam, falls always happen), they’re only 2.5” off the ground.
For extra safety protection, place the foam Balance Beam on your Folding Mat so your little ones can fall safely to a soft surface, encouraging them to push themselves more and gain confidence.
Teaching Tools and Accessories Portability
All of these mats are ultra lightweight, making them perfect for transporting wherever your family goes so the fun never has to end!
These tools require no installation. However, Octagon Mats can be connected together to form longer, more continuous mats.
Highlights of Teaching Tools and Accessories
- Easy to clean, transport and store
- Great for teaching beginning – intermediate moves
- Resistant to punctures and tears
Limitations of Teaching Tools and Accessories
- Kids outgrow them after about age 10
- Not suitable for advanced gymnastics
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