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Posted on: September 10, 2020

The Flips Never Ceased for Plano Aerobats

Aerobats on Zoom screen

COVID-19 impacted in-person instruction for many of Parks & Recreation’s programs last spring, but one program quickly learned to adapt. By going virtual, Plano Aerobats coaches found a creative way to stay engaged with their students.

“I’ve been teaching gymnastics for about 40 years and never had to do anything like this,” Head Coach Carlos Perez said. “There have been challenges and limitations, but I am very happy we still get to work with our students during this time.”

Plano Aerobats is a year-round gymnastics program for girls ages 3-16 and boys ages 4-8.

The gymnastic coaches started online practices in April using videoconferencing platforms to conduct classes in real time. The technology has enabled students to continue practices, receive feedback and stay in shape until in-person practices resume.

The setup requires participants to create a safe at-home practice environment with pillows and mats before the coaches lead the gymnasts through a variety of:

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Coaching sessions on correct body positioning and proper form
  • Tumbling and balance beam sessions

Aerobats on Zoom screen SPLITS“To help keep them motivated, we constantly remind them that very soon we’ll be back to our gym. It’s definitely a new way to do gymnastics!” Coach Carlos added.

Bravo to Parks & Recreation for rolling with the punches and addressing the needs of their patrons. These 30-minutes classes mean the world to future would-be-gold-medalists.

For information on this and other recreation programs, please visit planoparks.org.

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