PARENT & ME (18mo-3yrs)
This class was developed so even out tiniest gymnasts would have the opportunity to run, jump, swing, and roll with the added support of a trusted adult. The overall goal of this class is for your little one to become familiar in our room so when the day comes for you to wait outside, they feel safe and confident.
TINY TOTS (3-5yrs)
This class is for children prepared to participate without a parent. We introduce the primary skills of gymnastics with tumbling, jumping, and other motor skills.
This beginner gymnastics class teaches a variety of basic moves. Students should know how to do a forward roll prior to class.
Advancing from basic gymnastics, we introduce more lessons on flexibility, strength, and balance. This program also incorporates and strengthens team spirit and growth of skills.
Gymnasts should be able to do a handstand, cartwheel, bridge straight arm, mount walk on beam alone, pull over on bars with little help, straight jump off spring board landing on feet, and forward roll on vault.
Advanced gymnastics is a class for gymnasts who express a serious interest in the sport. This program will enhance knowledge and skills. Gymnasts should have some prior experience and will be evaluated by the instructors.
Gymnasts should be able to do pushups, squats, hollow hold, round off rebound, bridge kick over, full handstand, handstand walk, handstand forward roll, pull over on bars by themselves, back hip circle and cast of 45 degrees.
NON-COMPETE TEAM (6-16yrs)
Gymnasts will work on a floor routine and other specialized skills through the session to continue their skill progression outside of regular classes.
Gymnasts should be able to do a vertical handstand, straight arm bridges, both cartwheels, roundoff through vertical, kick over w/ small support, walk alone on beam, mount beam independently, cartwheel on low beam, side handstand on high, lever on high (straight legs).
*Please check the program guide for the most up to date class schedule.*
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. This team encourages participants to try their best, and continue practicing to enhance their program experience and overall well-being.
General Team Information:
Practice runs from end of August through mid-June. Team practices, two-three times a week. Monday-Friday evenings. More practices are added in preparation for meets.
HOW LONG IS THE GYMNASTIC SEASON?
GYMNASTIC TEAM begins in August, with meets starting around the end of October. Most meets take place during the winter months and the program officially ends at Nationals time (If qualified). Our programs run during the summer for any members of the team looking to advance their skills. This is highly encouraged by our gymnastics leadership team.
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. Gymnasts must be a member of the Ocean Community YMCA in order to register.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PRACTICE IS RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?
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, meets and banquet as well as team unity. As a parent, one can join the Boosters 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?
Team orders them together as these have to be the same style. Please see head coach for more information.
Important Team Notes:
- For any gymnast new to the team, we offer an one time no-charge trial practice. Please contact Josh Godfrey, Health & Wellness Director, 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