Welcome to the Ocean Community YMCA Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch Gymnastics’ Team. The Gymnastics’ team was formed in the fall of 2012. The girls have competed in several meets in the past several months with more coming up. The team strives on YMCA character and team unity. The team has doubled in size in the past year. This team encourages participants to try their best, and continue practicing to enhance their program experience and overall well-being.
TEAM UPDATE: The Ocean Community YMCA, Westerly-Pawcatuck Gymnastics Team had seven girls from all of Rhode Island compete in Wichita, Kansas at the YMCA Nationals on June 26th. Competition was set-up like a miniature Olympics and featured over 1000 athletes from 18 different states. This is the 77th year that the YMCA National Championship has taken place. Isabella Santos level 5 placed 4th on beam. Congratulations to all of the girls who qualified for Nationals this is a major accomplishment and good luck next year. Nationals will be held at Long Beach, California in 2016.
Left to Right: Elise Greene, Isabella Santos, Jackie Santacroce, Ruth Greene, Caroline Pratt, Marlo Sim & Madison Wing
GENERAL TEAM INFORMATION:
Practice runs from mid-September through mid-March. Team practices, twice a week. Tuesday evening and Saturday Mornings. More practices are added in preparation for meets.
HOW LONG IS THE GYMNASTIC SEASON?
GYMNASTIC TEAM begins in September, with meets starting around the end of October or the beginning of November. Most meets take place during the winter months and the program officially ends at Nationals time (If qualified). There is an optional program that runs during the summer for any members of the team looking to advance their skills.
WHEN ARE THE PRACTICES?
Team participants need to register for the Team Level practices under the “Westerly-Pawcatuck Sports Tab”. Please find the gymnastics level your child is in and choose that program
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PRACTICE IS RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?
The best thing to do is go by your child’s age. If you are still uncertain ask a coach. Coaches can help you decide which practice is right for your child.
WHAT CAN I AS A PARENT DO TO HELP THE TEAM?
The Gymnastics’ team holds fundraisers in order to raise funds for new equipment and meets, as well as team unity. As a parent, one can join the committee and help plan such events.
HOW MANY EVENTS CAN MY CHILD PARTICIPATE IN?
In general, each gymnast can compete in as many meets as possible; the more meets the more chance to qualify for Nationals and Regionals. Each meet has an additional charge to the existing team fee. Meets can be paid for and signed up for at the Welcome Center.
WHERE CAN I GET GYMNASTICS TEAM APPAREAL AND ACCESSORIES?
A local gymnastics or gym wear vendor, COMPETETOR’s CLOSET sells leotards, and warm up suits needed for meets. Team orders them together as these have to be the same style.
You can also purchase a Team Bag, Warm-up Jacket and Warm-up Pants on-line here or at the Welcome Center Desk in our lobby.
Important Team Notes:
- If you have any newsworthy notes, events or comments please contact Josh Posey
- For any gymnast new to the team, we offer an one time no-charge trial practice. Please contact Tanner Evak for more information on this program.
- The Gymnasts’ practice routines and advance their skills at the Westerly-Pawcatuck YMCA located at 95 High Street, Westerly RI. The team also competes in YMCA sanctioned meets all over New England, with hopes to qualify for regionals, and nationals. Google Map
Josh Posey Youth Development and Sports Director