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South Mountain YMCA

Youth Gymnastics



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Children wear non-restrictive clothing. Leotards are best for girls. Pants without belts, buckles, snaps and buttons are safest. Long hair should be tied back. No jewelry. For 4-year-old classes, children must be toilet trained (no pull-ups).  Prior registration is required.  A minimum of 4 participants must be registered within 3 days of the start of a new session or the program will be cancelled. 



LET’S GO TO GYM (Walking - 3 yrs)
We start with stretching and circle time. Free time in our obstacle course followed by circle time songs to encourage socialization and active play.  Meet other children and parents in this fun-filled gym class for your toddler and you. Parents/chaperones are required to stay.
Monday 9:30-10:15 am (77304) 
Friday 9:00 - 9:45 am (77303) 
Location: Y Gym
Fee: Free for WE Facility members, Friday $95 for Program Members, Monday $83 for Program Members

OPEN GYM (Walking - 5 yrs.)
Benefit from family quality time together and connect with others in a fun physical environment designed for social interaction and physical activity.  The gym is set up with gymnastics equipment, balls, scooters and more! Unstructured, but supervised. Parent/guardian participation required.
Registration is required.
Thursday 9:00 - 9:45 am (77600)
Location: Y Gym
Free with Membership



Save the day!  Train with us in the gym as we learn to run, jump, tumble and climb over obstacles!  Each superhero gets a cape and certificate upon completion of the training. A great way to get your preschooler into gymnastics in a theme-oriented way. This is a drop-off class.
Monday 10:30 - 11:15 am (77313)
Y Gym
Fee: $88

Children learn to love flexibility and gain a sense of independence while being physically active in a group setting. This is a perfect introduction to basic gymnastics skills. May be taken for multiple sessions. Gymnasts remain in Terrific Threes until age 4. Drop off is preferred.
Thursday 11:00-11:45 am (77292)
Friday 10:00-10:45 am (77291)
Location: Y Gym 
Fee: $115

KINDER GYMNASTICS (4 - 5 1/2 yrs)
In this beginners class, children progress at their own pace, gaining flexibility and strength while developing gross motor skills.
Includes conditioning, stretching, and basic gymnastics skills.  May be taken for multiple sessions up until the age of 6 years.
This is a drop-off class. 
Monday 2:00 - 2:45 pm (77288)
Thursday  10:00 am - 10:45 am  (77290)
Thursday 1:00 - 1:45 pm (77284)
Thursday 4:15 - 5:00 pm (77289) Location: First Presbyterian & Trinity Church, 111 Irvington Avenue, So, Orange
Friday 11:00 - 11:45 am (77282)
Location: All other days:  Y Gym
Fee: Monday: $105; Thursday and Friday: $120



GYMNASTICS Level 1 & 2 (6 - 10yrs)
Work on the basics and introduces gymnastics skills on all Olympic events. An emphasis is on flexibility, strength, and the fundamentals of gymnastics. Begins with group warm-up/stretch then gymnasts are grouped by ability when working on gymnastics apparatus. Groups changes as participants progress. Expect to learn forward and backward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, and bridges. Great class for anyone with little or no gymnastics experience. 
Thursday 3:45 - 5:00 pm (77285) 
Saturday 10:35 - 11:50 am (77283)  
Location: Y Gym 
Fee: $169

GYMNASTICS Level 2 & 3 (7 - 12 yrs) This class focuses on complex beginner skills and progresses to more advanced gymnastics skills. Handstand rolls, cartwheel variations, and walkovers are taught, along with intermediate skills on bars, beam and vault. Participants are grouped according to ability therefore, ensuring all are challenged. Previous gymnastics experience required. Ability to perform a solid round off and a back-bend unassisted is needed.
Monday 3:45 - 5:00 pm (77286) 
*Saturday 8:30 -10:00 am (77287)
*Saturday 9:15 - 10:30 am (77293)
Y Gym
Fee: Monday $147; Saturday 9:15-10:30 $169; Saturday 8:30-10:00 $179
*BY RECOMMENDATION ONLY. To receive an evaluation, contact Gailmarie Sprague (973) 762-4145 x 115 or 

Y CHEERLEADING (6 - 12yrs)
Are - you - ready?!?  Miss Courtney and her assistant teach a variety of cheers, as well as jumps and basic level stunting. Our cheerleaders may also cheer at a real game. (Subject to scheduling)
Saturday 12:30-1:30pm (77314)
Location: Civic House
Fee: $100

The South Mountain YMCA has a long history with gymnastics that we are proud of! Our ACES Team members (ages 8-18 years) work very hard each week to learn new skills, cheer each other on and get fit while doing so.  In the past, members of our Gymnastics Team have competed across the state, winning several awards. Our staff members have been with us for years and are all excellent role models for our team members, cheering them on with every attempt at a medal both individually and as team members.

Interested in becoming a part of our competitive Aces Gymnastics Team? The pre-team program was created to introduce gymnasts to our competitive program. Gymnasts learn the basics of competitive-style gymnastics with a concentration on tumbling and dance connections, routine requirements, and essential gymnastics drills. Work out with the team twice a week improving your skills on all four gymnastics events.  
Pre-Team Schedule  (2 days/week)
Mon 5:00 - 7:30pm  at the Y
Thur 5:00 - 7:30pm  at the 1st Presbyterian & Trinity Church, 111 Irvington Avenue in South Orange
Email Gailmarie Sprague for more info and a personal consultation.




Aces Competitive Team offers an ideal opportunity for young gymnasts, who show an aptitude and keen interest in gymnastics, to take their skills to the next level. Gymnasts compete at their skill level at local, state, regional, and national level competition in the New Jersey YMCA Gymnastics League following USAG Junior Olympic Program rules and guidelines. Coaches are safety certified and USAG members with a combined 50 years of coaching and competition experience. Our goal is for every competing gymnast to reach their individual potential. Held at two different locations: SMY-South Mountain Y and the First Presbyterian and Trinity Church at 111 Irvington Avenue in South Orange.

Practice Schedule/Location: 
Teams A, B and C (3 days per week) 
Monday: 4:30 - 7:30 pm at SMY
Wednesday: 5:00 - 7:30 pm at Church
Thursday: 5:00 - 8:00 pm at SMY
Email Gailmarie Sprague for more info and a personal consultation.     


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