Gymnastics

Web 1Riverbrook Regional Y gymnastics programs emphasize Individual skill development in a safe, fun and supportive environment. While gymnastics is an extremely demanding sport, our coaching staff wants your child to have a rewarding experience and encourages children of all ages and ability to participate in our program.

Note: Gymnasts are required to come to class prepared in leotards, hair tied back securely, no jewelry and ready to work and have fun!

The Riverbrook Regional Y gymnastics program moved to a new Training Center located at 644 Danbury Road on the upper floor of the former Stand Firm Fitness building. The new Gymnastics Training Center offers greatly expanded space which allows for a permanent set-up for Y gymnastics programs and equipment.

Wilton Family YMCA Gymnastics Training Center
644 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
203-529-3636

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TINY TUMBLERS Parent/child ages 12mos – 2.5yrs old
This introduction to the world of gymnastics is a parent participation class where Mom/Dad assists with the implementation of the weekly lesson plan. Our curriculum is uniquely developed to build physical strength, muscle control, balance, coordination, flexibility, confidence and independence while learning basic gymnastics movements/skills. This 45 minute class provides a great parent/child bonding experience while at the same time setting the stage for an active and healthy life style. Our quality staff members will assist the parents in age appropriate equipment which is set up to enhance gross motor skills, teach problem solving, spotting techniques so as to insure safety, gymnastics terminology and more. Don’t worry parents we won’t make you perform any of the skills…. we leave this up to the students!

ROLLERS 2.5-3.5 years old
This fun filled 45 minute class designed especially for beginner 2.5-3.5 year olds. For many of our gymnasts this is their first “gymnastics” class and quite possibly their first class experience without a parent. After our guided free play time, our primary objectives for this group is to follow teacher’s instructions, take turns and play well with others within a gymnastics setting. The students will learn the basic fundamentals of gymnastics but also improve on their loco motor skills (hopping, skipping, jumping, running agility and coordination skills), strength, flexibility and the all-important preschool social skills (sharing, teamwork, listening and following directions, problem solving, courtesy and more). Lesson plans focus on teaching basic tumbling, balance beam and some basic bar skills. Parents are encouraged to come in and drop off (or stay and watch if you’d prefer) At this age we have discovered that the children work better and listen better without the distraction of parents, however the decision is yours.

FLIPPERS 3.5 – 4.5 years old
A little older than the Rollers, these students are starting to know the ropes and are ready to move on to bigger and better things. Although the skill differences are sometimes tough to see, it is the listening and directional skills that provide for a more advanced learning experience. As guided free play will start this class, many of the same gymnastics skills and concepts from previous level classes are used but enhanced, improved upon and perfected. Instructors will be working on the proper mechanics of rolling forward and backward, handstands, beginner cartwheels as well and the basic fundamentals on bars vault and beam. This class is also 45 minute long.

TWISTERS 4 -5.5 years old
This is the first level where the students get full 15 minute rotations on all of the events. Therefore the guided free play is less and gymnasts will warm up with a more advanced line tumbling and stretching. This will be their first exposure to the real vaulting table. Instructors will continue to progress the basic skills: scales and balance on beam as well as lung handstands on beam, monkey walks and hangs on bars, bridge kick overs and cartwheels on floor. This class is the training ground for our future Kindergarten classes.

BIG SHOTS 4-6 years old
Pre-Requisite: Cartwheel, bridge/backbend skill
By invitation only
This is a 1 hour class designed for 4-6 year olds. Students here have some gymnastics experience. The added 15 minutes allows for greater focus on a wider variety of skills. Instructors will focus on advancing the cartwheel variations, round offs, handstands, bridge kick overs as well as advancing the skills on vault, bars and beam.

FRESH Kidz!
Fitness
Recreation
Encouragement
Social
Healthy
This PRESCHOOL DROP-OFF program will have your child exercising, socializing, and sharing followed by circle time and craft, all centered on weekly themes. This class is perfect for the child who attends preschool two days a week but could use one more day of activity or fun with friends! A balance of planned and free choice experiences will fill their day.
Learning through experience!

Open Gym hours at the Gymnastics Center!
Will be back in the fall of 2017!

Pre-Team Gymnastics
This program is for girls who are expressing a serious interest in gymnastics. Gymnasts entering this program should have some prior experience and will be evaluated by the coaching staff. Required skill include handstand, cartwheel, back bend and splits.

Note: Participants must be Full Y members.

Competitive Gymnastics Team

Pre-Requisite: Pre-Team Gymnastics
Join the fun and challenges of being part of a team! All competitive gymnasts will be evaluated by the coaching staff to determine individual level according to USAG compulsory guidelines. The Riverbrook Regional Y Gymnastics Team competes in levels 4 through 10 in both the YMCA and USAG competitions.

Note: Participants must be Full Y members.

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Please call the gymnastics center 203-529-3636 if you have any questions or email dlevander@riverbrookymca.org

Gymnastics Class Policies
1. To prevent children from being distracted, parents and guardians must leave the gym area during class time. (Parents may watch the first and last class of each session)
2. Make-ups for classes missed because of illness, etc., cannot be scheduled due to full enrollment.
3. At least 3 participants are needed for a class to be scheduled.
4. Regular attendance is strongly recommended in order for children to make significant progress.
5. Make-ups because of gym closings or inclement weather will be scheduled during break week and/or other time designated by the Gymnastics Department.
6. Absences – Make-ups or credits will not be given for missed gymnastics classes. If the Y cancels a class a make-up or credit will be given.
7. Students must have a doctor’s note and the approval of the Gymnastics Director or Coordinator in order to make up classes missed due to prolonged illness.

       

Questions?

 

Questions? Please Contact:
Anne Cullinan
Sports Director
203-762-8384 x284
acullinan@riverbrookymca.org

Tom Jagelka
Asst. Gymnastics Director
203-529-3636
tjagelka@riverbrookymca.org

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RIVERBROOK REGIONAL YMCA
Wilton Family YMCA Branch
404 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
Phone: 203-762-8384
Fax: 203-761-9819
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 5am - 10pm
Saturday: 7am - 7pm
Sunday: 8am - 6pm