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Recreational Gymnastics for Girls and Boys

The goal of the Recreational Gymnastics Program is to provide a fun, safe environment for children ages 6-15 years to learn progressive skills on all gymnastics equipment (Girls: floor, bars, beam, and vault. Boys: floor, rings, high bar, parallel bars, pommel horse and vault). Each class emphasizes balance, strength, spatial awareness, flexibility, and high-energy fun! All athletes will grow at their individual pace with encouragement and positive reinforcement from our teaching staff. More than ever, families are involved in a variety of different sports and activities throughout the year. This program has many class offerings. You pick and choose what works with your family’s schedule; multiple class registrations are welcome. As always, make up classes are available after the first week of the session and if the class is not full.

 

Girls Recreational Gymnastics

Beginner I Girls Gymnastics.  Gymnasts will focus on core strength, arm strength, and the coordination necessary to learn headstands, handstands, cartwheels and forward rolls- the fundamental building blocks of almost all gymnastics skills. They will spend time learning proper swing techniques, front supports and forward roll dismounts on bars. Introduction to walking, turning and scales on beam will improve balance and coordination.  The focus on vault will begin with correct running techniques and spring board approach with proper body form.  Gymnasts will practice safety on all equipment. Proper attire required. Ages 6-15.

Beginner II Girls Gymnastics.  All recreational classes are designed to be a continuation of skills and growth from the previous class. In Beginner II Girls Gymnastics, your athlete will continue to build strength and gain flexibility.  They will begin learning backward rolls, backbends and kick-overs on floor. Students will continue to spend time hanging, swinging, and supporting themselves on the bars in order to build the necessary strength to pull over and cast. Balance and coordination on beam will continue to improve through repetition of walking, jumping, and kicking, leading into turns and leaps. Proper running technique will still be a focus on vault, leading to squat ons.  Teacher approval and Mastery of Beginner I Girls Gymnastics required to participate at this level. Proper attire required. Ages 6-15.

Intermediate Girls Gymnastics.  In Intermediate Girls Gymnastics, your athlete will continue to build strength and gain flexibility. They will begin learning round offs with rebound, backbend kick-overs and front limbers. Having the strength necessary to do a pull-over allows the gymnast to focus on casting and back hip circles on bars.  A renewed emphasis on developing balance and coordination on beam through walking, jumping and turning, allows the student to gain confidence and begin working on levers and handstands. Proper running technique will still be a focus on vault and students will begin learning handstand flat backs. Teacher approval and Mastery of Beginner II Girls Gymnastics required to participate at this level. Proper attire required. Ages 6-15.

Advanced Girls Gymnastics.  Having been taught the fundamentals in the last three levels, your gymnast has gained the strength, agility, balance and coordination to begin working a wide array of tumbling skills in this pre-competitive level. From front limbers, to back walkovers, to standing back handsprings, they will love all the great skills they will be able to work. Their strong glide swings on bars can turn into a kip. They will learn a single leg shoot through and front hip circles, all the while getting stronger and stronger. On beam they will have confidence in their jumps and turns and now begin working handstands and cartwheels. They will continue to work stretch jumps and handsprings on vault and can eventually work up to vaulting over the table. Teacher approval and Mastery of Intermediate Girls Gymnastics required to participate at this level. Proper attire required. Ages 6-15. 

 

Boys Recreational Gymnastics

Beginner Boys Gymnastics.  Gymnasts will focus on core strength, arm strength, and the coordination necessary to learn headstands, handstands, cartwheels and forward and backward rolls- the fundamental building blocks of almost all gymnastics skills.  They will spend time hanging, swinging, and supporting themselves on the rings, high-bar and parallel bars in order to build the necessary strength to do pull-overs, inverted hangs and straddle travels.  They will gain coordination through repetition of swings on the pommel horse and walking circle drills on the mushroom.  The focus on vault will begin with proper running technique, skipping and hurdling drills, leading to squat ons. Proper attire required. Ages 6-15.

Intermediate Boys Gymnastics.  All recreational classes are designed to be a continuation of skills and growth from the previous class.  In Intermediate Boys Gymnastics, your athlete will continue to build strength and gain flexibility.  They will begin learning how to do a cartwheel and handstand forward roll. Having the strength necessary to do a pull-over allows the gymnast to focus on casting and back hip circles on high bar, as well as learning how to do a swinging half turn.  They will continue to work their swings on rings and parallel bars, eventually leading to back dismounts and moy swings.  On pommel horse they will start working leg cuts and straddle swings, and work their way up to doing a full circle on the mushroom.  Proper running technique will continue to be a focus on vault and students will begin learning a squat on to the vault table. Teacher approval and Mastery of Beginner Boys Gymnastics required to participate at this level. Proper attire required. Ages 6-15.

For all Recreational gymnastics programs, please wear leotard (with no skirt) or elastic waist shorts with t-shirt (no zippers, belts, buckles, or jeans shorts).

Questions?  Contact Peggy Hoffman
513 932 1424 ext 136

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