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April 2018

6 Tips to a better Gymnastics or Cheer Gym logo

By Tom Gabor April 26, 2018

A logo is essentially and extension of your cheer or gymnastics brand! It gives potential customers a feeling that can stay with them throughout the decision process. In any business, a bad logo can be a make-or-break proposition. At its peak, a logo can stand alone without any corresponding text and still be iconic. Think of your favorite sneakers. My guess is if you saw just the swoosh, you’d still know what brand it is. Besides the name of the gym or business, the logo is the most distinguishable trait of any brand.

So you have your gymnastics or cheer team or group and you’re ready for a logo to be created. Awesome! Tastes in how your logo should look will vary with every person, but a good logo will resonate with everyone. Now imagine everywhere in your gym where your logo will be. Is it on the sign out front, the letterhead, wall padding, on the gym mats or uniforms? Chances are your logo will be everywhere and that’s why it’s so important!

Below are some tips to keep in mind when coming up with a concept and design of your cheer or gymnastics logo.

1) K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, Stupid!)

This mantra can be utilized throughout anyone’s life but even more-so in design. A simple, clean logo will get your point across much quicker than a busy cornucopia of gymnast silhouettes, cheerleading pom-poms or sparkles. Note the girl in the logo to the right. She’s balancing on a beam, did you notice that right off the bat?

2) Every shade, all the time

Too many times I’ve seen logos that look great in full color, only to get lost when printed in black and white in an ad or on a busy background. Making sure your logo is designed right the first time and in all variations should be extremely important to you and the designer. Take your logo and place it in its final form on a white background. How about a black background? What about a pattern? Does it still stand out or does it get lost in one of the iterations? Look at the logo to the right again. How would the rainbow gradient look on a busy background?

3) From billboard to business card

The point being is this - if you have super small text or a design element that is extremely busy, chances are that when it’s inevitably shrunk down, readability will be reduced and could negate visibility. Make sure your logo is readable at any size! The logo on the right has super small “since 2016” text. Would that be legible printed on a business card?

4) Color Your World

Along with your gym name and logo, color is the most recognizable part of your brand. From the gym mats to the spring floors to the uniforms or leotards, These are the colors that you could be seeing for years to come. There are sure to be colors that are hot at the moment, but thinking long-term, will those colors date your gym in 5 years? Again back to the gradient. Is this the color scheme you want representing your teams in the future?

5) Go with your gut

Everyone will have an opinion about what your logo should look like. But by following the above basics, you and your designer should be able to come up with a solid design, that everyone should like!

6) Be Fair

Logo design is difficult and it can take countless options and revisions to come to a final logo design. Without getting into specifics, leave designing your logo to the professionals. And as a skilled artist or designer, they should be compensated accordingly. Too many times I have been approached to design a logo with the promise of “exposure” or a “solid portfolio piece”. If I were to ask a gymnastics coach to teach a class for “exposure” or “it’ll look good on your resume!”, I’d get laughed out of the gym! Be kind to your designer and you could start your brand or gym with a logo you can be proud of.

My name is Tom Gabor and I’m the Digital Media Director at Mancino. My background is in graphic design, and I’ve always felt that branding and logo design were the most important aspects to any company’s identity. I’ll be sharing further thoughts on how branding can take your gym or business to the next level in the coming weeks.

Daily Gymnastics Equipment Safety Checklist

By Tom Bair April 26, 2018

Safety is the number one goal in the sport of gymnastics. Gymnastics equipment checks and inspections are important to ensure our gymnasts are safe when preforming their skills. Everyday checks should become a routine for any gym manager or head coach. This will keep all coaches and staff on the same page when understanding certain areas of the gym that could need attention or upkeep. Here is what to look for.


Download the Gymnastics Equipment Safety Checklist here!

Vault

  • Vault Table
    • Check adjustment mechanisms. Make sure they work properly
    • Vault cover has no cuts/ holes
    • Base padding is secured properly


  • Spring Board
    • Material is properly secured
    • Springs are not wearing through the board
    • Rivets are holding board together
  • Runway
    • Runway tape measure is adhered
    • Runway is taped down
    • No sharp objects are stuck to it


Uneven Bars

  • Uneven bars
    • Spin & Snap locks function properly
    • Cables are not frayed
    • Tighteners function properly
    • Anchor points are secure


  • Single Rails
    • Anchor points are secure
    • Spin & Snap locks function properly
    • If interchangeable- pins are all the way in
    • Bar is secure with safety collars if adjustable


Balance Beam

  • High Beams
    • Check adjustment knobs
    • Suede is not peeling off
    • Leg padding is attached properly
    • End caps are attached correctly
  • Low Beams
    • Suede is not peeling off
    • Leg padding is attached properly
    • End caps are attached correctly


Floor

  • Check that carpet or carpet bonded is Velcro together
  • Check for uneven surfaces
  • Walk over most areas and feel for “dead spots”

Keep this in mind when choosing a gymnastics meet site

By Bob Mancino, Jr. April 26, 2018

As gymnastics meet season comes to an end, many of us rejoice, but gymnastics meet directors are on the prowl, looking for host facilities that can accommodate their dates, and their size. If you are one of those meet directors, or considering the thought of hosting a meet, take a read through the information below.


Seating Competition Area = Your Site.
The seating is ultimately determined by the number of spectators expected while the competition area is dictated only by the equipment needs. A modified capital cup meet will require two sets of uneven parallel bars, two balance beams, two vault set ups, a tumble strip, and a spring floor. The total combined footprint of all of this equipment is 6,350 square feet. So a recommended facility would be no less than 10,000 square feet, with at least 100’ in one direction, to allow for full vault set up.



How's it all getting inside?

Is there a garage door? Only a single door (this could be a problem!) Double doors (can the center bar come out)? A loading dock (dock height?) Most vendors will supply their equipment in a 53’ tractor trailer, sufficient space is required to get a truck close to the load-in point. Consider the parking lot situation in this as well.



Flooring matters.

Will the facility require a cover to be put down on the floor? Mancino meets are set up using weights on a pallet system; some other vendors will use water. A small leak in a water jug that goes unnoticed could do permanent damage to a hardwood floor.



It's Electric
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This is important for your scoring, judging, and music. Consider is there enough amperage to support all of what you will be plugging in, and are there outlets in accessible locations.



Lighting up the competition.
Your athletes need have good lighting to safely perform, and your judges need good lighting to see that performance. Also consider natural lighting. This can be a plus but also a negative if a shadow is created or the sun shining through a window makes it difficult to see.



Hot Seat.

Bleachers or chairs. Does the facility supply your tables and chairs? Or will you have to rent?


Who's keeping score?
Will there be a two judge panel or four judges? Even in the early stages of vetting site selection, these are important things to keep in mind.


The best advice we here at Mancino can give; Have a plan going in, preferably a layout drawing of your meet with measurements in advance. This way you know everything will fit the way you want it to, and know who will be there to help make your gymnastics meet run smooth.

If you have any questions about your gymnastics meet, or would like to be quoted on a Mancino Meet, email christine@mancinomats.com

When you need it in your gym...yesterday.

By Bailey Thomas April 10, 2018

Here at Mancino, we aim to get your gymnastics shapes, wall padding, cheerleading mats etc. to you as quickly as possible.

While we can’t keep EVERYTHING in stock, here’s a list of items that are frequently on our shelves and can be shipped to you within a few days of your order!

Fluffy Mats 6' Foam Training Beams
Back Handspring Trainers Spotting Blocks (sizes 0-4)
Tumble Trainers Trapezoids & Babyzoids
Cartwheel Mats Sting Mats
Cartwheelinators 1-3/8" Folding Mats (in select colors)
Fun Tunnels Octagons (in select colors)
Catnastics Mats Inclines (in select colors)
8' Suede Low Beams Beam Throw Mats


Didn’t see the item you were looking to purchase? We occasionally have a few other items on the shelves as well. If you are curious to see whether or not an item is currently in stock, feel free to call Bailey in customer service at 800-338-6287 ext. 200!

Choosing the right Martial Arts Flooring for your Gym

By Christine Tartaglione April 3, 2018

Mancino offers multiple options – both semi-permanent & folding mats – to fit your specific need & working area. Standard sizes are 4x8’ , 5x10’ or 6x12’… custom sizes also available to fit perfectly into your space!

Option # 1:

The Mancino Martial Arts Gym Mat Series 100 is an excellent mat for throws, takedowns and grappling. The firm-top surface maintains "quick" working area while the bottom layer insures maximum rebound and shock absorption. Mat thickness is over 2" inches comprised of two premium foam grades laminated together for optimal performance and protection. The top layer is 1 - 3/8" thick 2 lb. density cross linked polyethylene. The bottom layer is 3/4" of "Aerobic Grade" 2 lb. density EVA added cross linked polyethylene.


Option # 2:


The Mancino Martial Arts Gym Mat Series 200 This deluxe mat is 2" of solid 2 lb. density cross linked polyethylene foam. Perfect for throws, take-downs and "Peace of Mind" training.


Option # 3:

The Mancino Martial Arts Gym Mat Series 400 Mat thickness of 1 3/8" and is filled with 2 lb. density cross linked polyethylene foam. This "Traditional Martial Arts Mat" provides excellent protection at an affordable price.

Some more thoughts:

- All of our folding mats are covered in premium 18 oz vinyl coated nylon in your choice of color

- Industrial grade "hook and loop" fastener on all four sides for easy set-up and portability. Accordion style folding 2' panels.

Option # 4:

The Mancino Series 500 Flooring Create your own semi-permanent martial arts or MMA floor with top quality Mancino components. We provide the cross-linked polyethylene foam, available in roll and sheet form. We custom manufacture a premium 18 oz. vinyl coated nylon cover to your size specifications. All edges are hemmed and have brass grommets for affixing to the frame you prepare. All vinyl seams are heat-sealed providing a one-piece, seamless work area.