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PROGRAMS > Youth > Gymnastics

Gymnastics Director: Shannon Farrell
401.847.9200, x112 | shannonf@newportymca.org

The YMCA gymnastics program is patterned after the U.S.A. Gymnastics Federation Junior Olympic Program. We offer beginner through advanced instruction. Our goal is to help each child achieve their highest potential through proper skill progression with safety as our number one concern.

The time that it takes for a child to progress through the levels depends upon age, strength, flexibility, body type and determination. Our fully equipped YMCA gymnasium includes uneven bars, balance beams, vaulting horse, practice pit and 40’ x 40’ spring floor exercise mat, plus an area specifically designed for the “Minis” gymnast with low beams, wedge mats and tot-sized vault.

Gym with Parent Classes - 45 Minutes

Ages 9 Months- 3.5 Years
Since every child develops differently classes are based on child’s gross skills. Our parent child classes are divided into 3 groups:

Ages 9-12 Months: For children who can crawl and stand with assistance,  this class will let your child explore on their own and play on different apparatus to help develop strength, coordination and  balance in a fun and safe environment.

Ages 12-36 Months: For children who have started to walk, this class will include some songs to help remember stretches. We will begin to learn some basic gymnastics as well as free play to let each child explore on their own.

Ages 2.5 to 3.5 Years: For children who have mastered walking and are ready to begin learning basic gymnastics. This class will be more structured to get children ready to move into the preschool classes.


Preschool Gymnastics

Co-ed Mini’s - 45 minutes
Ages 3-5 years
Gymnastics instruction will be on our preschool apparatus. Children will accomplish basic gymnastics skills, learn body positions and develop the listening and cooperation skills necessary for moving up in the gymnastics program.

Co-ed Intermediate Mini’s - 45 Minutes
Ages 3-5
For those who have who have taken at least one session of Mini’s and can perform basic motor skills required for gymnastics. Gymnastics instruction will be on our preschool apparatus.

Co-ed Advanced Mini’s - 45 Minutes
Ages 3-5
For those who have taken at least one session of Intermediate mini’s and mastered basic gymnastics skills and positions. We will continue to use the preschool apparatus as well as introduce the competitive apparatus in order to prepare for the next level.


Youth Gymnastics

Boys Hot Shots - 1 Hour
Ages 4-7
An introduction to the six men’s events for boys who have completed at least one session of advanced Mini’s or have previous gymnastics experience. They will build on their gymnastics terminology, as well as progressions for basic skills, flexibility and conditioning needed to move to the next level.

Girls Hot Shots - 1 Hour
Ages 4-7                                                                    
An introduction of the four women’s competitive events for girls who have completed at least one session of advanced Mini’s or have previous gymnastics experience. They will build on their gymnastics terminology, as well as progressions for basic skills, flexibility and conditioning needed to move to the next level.

Girls Advanced Hot Shots (invitation only) - 1 Hour
Ages 4-7
For those gymnasts who have mastered basic skills on the four women’s competitive events. Must complete 1 session of hot shots. Skills progressions will be taught on vault, bars, beam and floor, as well as skill sequences to prepare for level 1 team.

Boys Beginner - 1 Hour
Ages 7-12
An introduction to the six men’s events for boys who are either new to gymnastics or have limited experience. They will learn gymnastics terminology, as well as basic skills, flexibility and conditioning needed to progress to the next level. No experience required.

Boys Intermediate - 1 Hour
Ages 7-12
For gymnasts who have mastered the beginner level skills on the six men’s events.
Must complete 1 session of boys beginner or boys hot shots.

Boys Pre Team - 1 Hour
Ages 7-12
For those gymnasts who have mastered the intermediate level on the six men’s events. Boys will continue to learn skill progressions, as well as begin working sequences of skills needed for boys level 3 routines. Conditioning and flexibility progressions will also be emphasized.

Girls Beginner - 1 Hour                                                                                   
Ages 7-12
For those children who are new to gymnastics and wish to learn the foundation of the sport. This class will focus on building self-confidence, strength, flexibility and balance. No experience required

Girls Intermediate - 1 Hour                                                           
Ages 7-12
For those gymnasts who have mastered the foundations in the beginner class on the four women’s events. They will continue to learn skill progressions as well as conditioning and flexibility. One session of Girl’s Beginner, or previous gymnastics experience required.

Girls Advanced - 1 Hour
Ages 7-12
For those gymnasts who have mastered the Intermediate level skills on the four women’s events. They will continue to learn skill progression, as well as sequences in order to prepare them for the next level. One session of Girls Intermediate, or previous gymnastics experience required.

Girls Pre Team - 1.5 Hours                                                                              
Ages 7-12                                                                              
For those gymnasts who have mastered the advanced level skills and sequences on the four women’s events. They will continue to learn skill progressions as well as work sequences needed to move to level 2 or 3 team. One Session of Girls advanced, or previous gymnastics experience required.


Tumbling Classes

These classes focus on tumbling, rather then the 4 Olympic events. Great for cheerleaders, martial arts, snowboarding, gymnasts looking for a little extra tumbling time, or those who just wish to master the basics of tumbling.

Beginner Tumbling - 1 Hour
Ages 6-12
We will start with basic tumbling skills. Participants will work on motor skills; rolls, handstands, cartwheel and round-offs. Drill and progressions for back handsprings will be introduced. No experience required  

Intermediate Tumbling - 1 Hour
Ages 6-12
Basic motor skills will be reviewed and a greater emphasis will be placed on handsprings. Rolls, handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, bridge hold, and back handspring with spot are required.

Advanced Tumbling - 1 Hour
Ages 6-12
Basic motor skills will be reviewed and a greater emphasis will be placed on running tumbling and flipping. Rolls, handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, bridge hold, and back handspring are required.


Open Workout

These are times scheduled for individuals wishing to work on their own on tumbling, dance, gymnastics, cheer, or even just strength and conditioning. This is not a structured class. There will be gymnastics instructors available to help or answer any questions. Open workout punch cards are available at the registration desk if you wish to pay for multiple visits at once.  Sign in and pay at the front desk. Be sure to get a card to give to the instructor.

Adult Open Workout - 1.5 Hours
Ages 18+
Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm
Members: $8  Non-Members $10

Teen Open Workout - 1.5 Hours
Ages 13+
Thursday 7:30-9:00pm
Members: $8 Non-members:$10

Team Open Workout - 1.5 Hours
Ages 6-18
Contact Shannon Farrell for days and times.
*Must be a member of a Gymnastics team
Fee: $8

Private Lessons - Ages 5+
Members: $40/ hour
Non-Members: $50/hour
Can be scheduled in 30, 60 or 90 minute increments.
Contact Shannon Farrell for more information


Gymnastics Team

Recreational Team
Ages 4-18
Times vary between 2 to 6 hours per week based on level. This is for those gymnasts who have reached the team skill level, but do not wish to participate in competitions.  This will be based on USAG Boys levels 3-5 and Girls levels 1-3 as well as Xcel bronze and Silver.

YMCA Gymnastics Team
Ages 4-18
The Newport County Y team is a branch of USA gymnastics. Y team gymnasts will compete in YMCA competitions and follow the USAG code of points and routines for Boys levels 3-9 and girls levels 1-9, as well as Xcel Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Depending on your gymnast’s competitive level workout times will range from 3 to 12 hours per week. Y team members are eligible to qualify for YMCA States, Regionals and Nationals. You will be required to compete in at least 2 competitions to participate in these practices. We do travel throughout New England, however this is not required. There are three home meets each season.

USAG Team
Ages 6- 18
The Newport County YMCA’s USAG team requires complete commitment and dedication for both training and competitions. USAG team is Boys levels 4-9 and girls levels 3-9 as well as Xcel Gold, Platinum and Diamond. This is a year round commitment. You will be required to participate in the Four USAG meets we attend throughout the season. You may also participate in YMCA meets. In order to qualify for YMCA states, regionals and Nationals you must participate in at least 2 YMCA sponsored competitions. Gymnasts can also qualify to USAG states and Regionals at this level.  Practice times vary from 6 to 15 hours per week.