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Parkour and Freerunning => National Jams => Topic started by: Stevie Leifheit on February 02, 2011, 06:37:28 PM

Title: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: Stevie Leifheit on February 02, 2011, 06:37:28 PM
Here are a few pointers on how to get a jam going.


1: Pass the word around your school and neighborhood that you want to have a jam.

2: Hand out invites and make a facebook event!

3: Post about it in your state board's jam section. If anything changes make sure to edit your post.

4: Make sure you put clear date and time info. Check Skipper's sticky for an easy format. As well as solid locations, and a plan B  location if you run into problems, transportation, parking fees, food, lodging (if its a multi day event) Etc...

5: Let people know they have to fill out a wavier if you're using a gymnastics facility.

6: Expect around half the people you invite to come. So if you want ten people, invite 20. Your first few jams probably won't be to big, but they'll grow as the word spreads!

7: Let people know how to get a hold of you if need be.

Let us know how things turn out!

If I left anything out, let me know.
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: Kauri on February 02, 2011, 06:44:16 PM
Hypothetically, what if we're looking to set up a national Jam, or multi-state one?
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: Andy Keller on February 02, 2011, 06:48:28 PM
Hypothetically, what if we're looking to set up a national Jam, or multi-state one?

That's when you need to utilize the internet! Use Facebook, local parkour community sites, and any other way you can to get the word out. Make sure you announce the event with enough time for people to plan for it!
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: Kauri on February 02, 2011, 07:04:59 PM
That's when you need to utilize the internet! Use Facebook, local parkour community sites, and any other way you can to get the word out. Make sure you announce the event with enough time for people to plan for it!


Good deal. So pretty much the same as the OP, but on a bigger scale? Awesome. Thanks man!
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: FreeStyleFox on February 03, 2011, 04:23:51 AM
That being said once you do all of that for a national jam and using the net have forum posts Facebook event send that information to me at events@americanparkour.com and I will add it to our national calendar or international calendar.

National Jam Calendar - http://www.americanparkour.com/content/view/5193/473/
International Calendar - http://www.americanparkour.com/content/view/5654/484/
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: gravity on February 08, 2011, 01:53:40 AM
why doesnt any one set up a jam in washington
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: Stevie Leifheit on February 08, 2011, 04:36:20 AM
why doesnt any one set up a jam in washington

Somebody should, and it can be you! Everybody complains about how not enough jams happen, well its because we aren't taking the initiative and organizing them ourselves. Just use the guide lines I gave you, and don't forget to post in the Washington Jam (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/board,47.0.html) section!
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: gravity on February 08, 2011, 02:58:27 PM
i would but mainly two things are stopping me 1 im really new to parkour and 2 im only 13 years old and it would be weird meeting a grown man or woman just like you ready to jam
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: Kauri on February 08, 2011, 11:38:16 PM
Would setting up a jam help with expanding the community here in my town? There are a limited number of people here that train, and those of us are looking to get the word out and get more people out here.
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: gravity on February 08, 2011, 11:43:18 PM
i would imagine it would help get the word out if your going to be practicing in the public were people can see you cause the curios ones out will see you and try to figure out what your doing
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: Kauri on February 08, 2011, 11:48:09 PM
I do practice in public (I'm not big on gyms most times), but I think the problem is that I live in a pretty big college town, so school could prevent alot of people from comming out. The fact that we have no solid schedule could be a problem too...
Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: gravity on February 08, 2011, 11:56:45 PM
i dont know how your schedule will affect that but a try and pick a day when you think people will be outside though tha'ts probally pretty obvious another thing you  could do is try to set up a chain email a forward somthing that says something that describes parkour and says that if they want to start or if there just curious then there will be a begginers jam at (insert time) on (insert date) it will be located at (insert location)






Title: Re: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: Cobra777 on October 27, 2014, 01:46:31 PM
Thx. the tips were great. my friends and I were considering hosting a jam in nc so this helped a lot
Title: How to Organize a Jam
Post by: Teencelync on December 21, 2018, 11:04:30 AM
Theres how many towers in the country? A few hundred thousand? 7 million birds a year is a lot of bird strikes on each and every tower, every year.

Now, would I really see every starling? Probably not. But if theres one on my tower every 2-3 weeks, Im pretty sure Id notice once in a while...