How to Organize a Parkour Jam
A parkour jam is a gathering of parkour athletes to train and hang out together. Anyone can organize a jam, it doesn't have to cost any money, and you can do it anywhere, anytime. If you are a beginner or an expert at parkour, and you want to bring some people together, this article will help you organize your jam.
Pick a time.You can create an online poll to allow your friends to indicate when they are free and might come to the jam, or you can just choose a time and date when you are free to train. Since a jam is quite easy to organize, you can create as many as you like, even as often as one each month, and people who can’t make it to this one, might be free the next one.
- An ideal lead time is anywhere from a week to a month. Remember that participants may need some time to decide whether they want to join, to free up their schedule or to arrange their transport.
Pick a place, or more than one.Any jam is all about the location, aka a spot. A good spot usually has some walls at different heights, offering multiple challenges for both beginners and advanced athletes. Often, a jam sees athletes move from one spot to the next over the course of the day. And if there are very many participants, you can spread them out over all the spots at the same time, with everyone moving freely between the spots. If you want to introduce a new spot, consider posting pictures of it on social media, and including it in your itinerary.
Pick a theme, if desired.Most traceurs will be happy to just meet you and train together, so they don’t need additional convincing through a theme. However, themes can be fun! Get creative, think of what other athletes near you are into currently. Examples are: Old School Parkour Jam, Flip Fest Jam, Halloween Jam, …
Create a challenge if you'd like to.If you feel up for it, you can film yourself beforehand performing a run, i.e. a series of moves, at a certain location and challenge people to follow in your footsteps on the day of the jam.
Personally invite people.Before you create an event on social media, try contacting a few people directly. Don’t hesitate to personally invite interesting people who live near you, no matter how famous they may be. Everybody wants to do parkour. Simply send a direct message with the time and place and that you hope they can make it.
Create an event on social media.Once you have a time and place and you know at least a few people will join you, it’s time to create an event on social media to get the word out. As a rule, forty people at one jam is really too much, so consider the size of your local parkour community when you select parameters such as public/private or if guests can bring friends.
Consider adding paid options.Though a simple parkour jam is just you and a few friends going out to train and inviting anyone in your neighbourhood to join, there are lots of ways to make it bigger. You can rent an indoor hall, hire a DJ or even provide a few food trucks. Remember that many of these options usually have some sort of legislation surrounding them, so you may need official permits.
- If you want to organise a big event, start by organising a small jam first, and repeat that every year. If it's popular, you can consider investing to make it a multiple-day event.
- Go to other jams to see how it's done, you'll see, it's easy!
- Don't go onto private property without permission.
- Don't trespass.
- Should the police stop by, just politely explain which sport you're practicing. Invite them to join you, you might be surprised.
- If someone asks you to leave, it's usually best to just comply and move to the next location. The more trouble you create, the more difficult it will be to ever come back to this location.
Video: Utah Freerunning/Parkour Jam | National Parkour Day
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