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Recreational Gymnastics

Our recreational classes include: 

TINY TOT (co-ed; ages 3-4); KINDER GYM (ages 5-6); BOYS (ages 5 & above); BEG REC (ages 7 & above); ADV REC (ages 10 & above); TUMBLING (ages 8 & above)

1. What should my child wear to her trial class?
Students attending classes should place hair in a ponytail and away from the face. They should also be dressed in athletic wear. If your daughter owns a leotard (even if it's a dance leotard) she can wear that to her trial class. Otherwise, clothes should be easy to move in but not excessively loose. During cold weather, gymnasts may wear tight or long-sleeved shirts. Again, this should be close fitting. Clothing with hoods should not be worn on the floor. Street clothing (i.e., jeans) should also not be worn on the floor. If your child does not have the proper attire he/she may not be able to participate. This is not meant to be persnickety. Clothing policies are an issue of SAFETY on the floor. Additionally, no shoes or socks should be worn and all dangling or loose jewelry should be removed prior to entering the floor.

2. Can I make up my class?
Yes, we offer TWO free makeups per month as long as there is space available in classes. Please remember that makeups are offered to accommodate a sick child or other emergencies. They are not meant to be used to create a personal, week-to-week schedule for gymnasts.

3. Why don't I see more progress in my child's gymnastics?
There are many reasons why your child's progress my seem to have slowed. Seemingly slow progress might have to do with a child's age or developmental stage. Preschool aged children, for example, are still developing gross and fine motor skills, visual tracking, impulse control, concentration, etc. It takes quite a lot for our littlest gymnasts to do something "easy" like a cartwheel. Often, our instructors employ age appropriate activities, what might seem like "game playing" to parents, that prepares children for future gymnastics skills. Conversely, if an older child has had (or is about to have) a growth spurt, she might see a regression in her skills. Another reason children do not progress as quickly as parents might like is because of the frequency with which they attend classes. If a child learns a skill on Thursday, it's difficult to keep all of the particulars of that skill straight a week later. In cases like this, skill acquisition might take the form of two steps forward, one step back. All of these scenarios, and many more, are NORMAL. Children see the best gains when they attend at a regular interval over an extended period of time. 

4. What's the difference between tumbling and gymnastics?
In gymnastics classes (a category to which Tiny Tot and KinderGym also belong), students are exposed to the four Olympic events: uneven bars, balance beam, floor, and vault. In tumbling classes, students only work on floor skills or what is commonly known as "acro" skills. This class is popular among dancers and cheerleaders looking to improve on these specific skills.