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Girls Gymnastics

Children may always choose to stay in gymnastic classes for instruction. Once they have attained Level 1 skills, they can be considered for our USA Gymnastics Xcel Team that competes locally. We have a place for all children whether it is in our class program or competitive based on their skills level, age to skill level, flexibility, strength, behavior, and dedication to sport.  Learn more about the Team Central/ Olympia competitive team structure.

Level 1:

Beginning with Level 1, more emphasis is placed on the form and technique of the skills performed. Skills at this level include backward pike rolls, bridge, kick-overs, and round-offs on floor. Gymnasts will begin working on handstand fall flat vaults and back hip circles on bars. On beam, kicks, turns, leaps levers, and cartwheel to handstand dismounts are the focus. 


Age: 1st grade+

Class Length: 80 Minutes

Ratio: 8:1

Prerequisites: Mastery of Intermediate skills or evaluation by a Team Central staff member.

1st Grade & Up

Children get to be in these instructional classes based on their skill level.

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Beginner:

At this level the gymnasts are learning the basics body positions, rolls, and beginning cartwheels and handstands on floor. Skills on the apparatus include proper vaulting approach technique, supports, hangs, and rolling on bars, basic walks, jumps, and balances on beam. 


Age: 1st grade+

Class Length: 50 Minutes

Ratio: 8:1

Advanced Beginner:

To advance from Advanced Beginner, gymnasts should have mastered backward roll down a wedge, forward roll on floor, handstand with one leg to vertical, cartwheel, and bridge with straight arms. On vault, they should have mastered correct run and approach to the springboard with a straight jump off. Bar skills required to advance include beginning casts, chin hold for three seconds, and straddle swings under the bar. Balance beam skills include proper mounting technique, tuck jump dismount,  and walks forward, backward, and sideways  on the high beam. 


Age: 1st grade+

Class Length: 50 Minutes

Ratio: 8:1

Prerequisites: Mastery of Beginner skills or evaluation by a Team Central staff member.

Class

Level 2 and 3:

Levels 2 and 3 are often grouped together. Gymnasts continue to refine skills learned in earlier levels while working toward more advanced skills. On floor, some of the skills the gymnasts are working on include handstand forward rolls, walkovers, and handsprings. Handstand fall flat vaults and front handspring vault drills are the focus of vault. On bars, our gymnasts will be working on mill circles, underswing dismounts, and glide swings. On beam, handstands, cartwheels, split jumps, and 1/2 turns on 1 foot will be worked on. 


Age: 1st grade+

Class Length: 80 Minutes

Ratio: 8:1

Prerequisites: Mastery of Level 1 skills or evaluation by a Team Central staff member.

What comes after Girls Gymnastics?

Intermediate: 

Intermediate skills will require more flexibility and strength. Floor skills they will be  working on include round-off drills and handstands as well as leaps and jumps. On vault, the focus is on a strong run, arm circling and board approach, and tight body. Skills needed for bars include pullovers, casting, and straddle sole circle drills. Beam emphasis is on releve’ walks, pivot turns, and lead ups to handstands on beam. 


Age: 1st grade+

Class Length: 50 Minutes

Ratio: 8:1

Prerequisites: Mastery of Advanced Beginner skills or evaluation by a Team Central staff member.


The philosophy behind our girl's gymnastics program is to encourage children to develop confidence, become aware of capabilities and strive to their potential. Our mission is to build happy, healthy, confident children while creating avenues of success through movement and gymnastics. 


Curriculum
We provided progressions and skills for Beginner gymnasts through Level 3. We have a very specific curriculum using the latest USA Gymnastics guidelines and materials. Our curriculum includes floor exercise, balance beam, uneven bars, vault and basic dance. We review our curriculum each year and make changes according to USA Gymnastics revisions, updates, etc.