Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch

Gymnastics TEAM

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.

Nationals Picture 10

Left to Right: Elise Greene, Isabella Santos, Jackie Santacroce, Ruth Greene,  Caroline Pratt, Marlo Sim & Madison Wing

Gymnastics Fall 2016 Schedule

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.

Gymnastics Team Bag

Gymnastics Warm-up Jacket

Gymnastics Warm-up Pants

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

Meet Schedule:

Coming soon

Contact:

Josh Posey Youth Development and Sports Director
401.596.2895


Romp, Stomp & Roll

Ages: 18 months – 3 years

This is fun packed gymnastics class is a great way to spend time with your child. With your guidance your child is introduced to a relaxed, but structured environment. The goal of this class is to increase your child’s gross motor skills: running, climbing, jumping, hopping and throwing while having fun doing it!

Wednesdays 9:30-11:15 am 

Thursdays 9:30 – 11:15 am

Members:$61 • Program Participants:$94


Pre-Team Gymnastics

Ages 5-10

Pre-Team is a great class to get your gymnast ready to join our competitive team.  With guidance, from the coaching staff, participants will create their own routines on the uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and vault.  At the end of the season, gymnasts will have the opportunity to perform their routines for their families.

Wednesdays 4:20-5:05PM

Saturdays 10:10-10:55 AM

Members: $61 • Program Participants: :$94


EXCEL Silver Competitive Gymnastics Team

XCEL is an alternative USA Gymnastics Competitive program offering individual flexibility to coaches and gymnasts  The goal of EXCEL is to provide gymnasts of varying abilities and commitment levels the opportunity for a rewarding gymnastics experience. Gymnasts have the opportunity to compete in up to ten meets per year including state, regional, and national competitions.  Gymnasts participate either two or three days a week.  Invitation or Tryout Only.  Y Membership Required.

Monday & Tuesdays 6:45-8:00pm, Saturdays 12-2:00pm

Members Only: $132


BACK HANDSPRING CLINIC

AGES 7-16

Friday 3:15-4:00pm

The back handspring clinic is for the athlete that is ready to learn or improve standing back handsprings. This class will include in depth back handspring drills, mastering timing and confidence and basic tumbling. Participants attending this clinic should be able to demonstrate a handstand, bridge, and bridge kick-over (bridge kick-over from slightly elevated surface is acceptable).

Members $61 • Program Participant $94

 

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