South Mountain YMCA

Youth Gymnastics

8-Week Sessions for Youth Gymnastic Programs

                                            FALL 1: Sept. 8 - Nov. 1
 All 5-digit Program Numbers below refer to our FALL 1Session

Easy Online Registration or Call (973) 762-4145

For safety reasons, all children should wear non-restrictive clothing (leotards are best for girls). Dresses, skirts and jeans should be avoided and 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 of classes or the program will be cancelled. 


LET’S GO TO GYM (Walking - 3 yrs) Meet other children and parents in this fun-filled gym class for your toddler and you. Free time in our well-equipped gym will be followed by circle time songs to encourage socialization and active play.Child must participate with at least one parent/guardian.  Please follow age guidelines.
Monday 9:30-10:15 am (71698)
Friday 9:00 - 9:45 am (71721)
Location: Y Gym
Fee:   $93

FAMILY GYM (3 1/2 - 5 yrs) This class is offered to our family members free of charge. Children and parents will have the opportunity to socialize and play in the Y Gym in an open gym setting. Activities will include basketball, soccer, hoops, scooters, volleyball, and other sports and games. This program is unstructured, but supervised. Child must participate with at least one parent/guardian.
Thursday 9:00 - 9:45am  (71723)
Location: Y Gym
Free with Membership, Registration is required


NEW!!  SUPERHERO TRAINING (4 - 5 1/2 yrs)
Can you save the day?  Come train with us in the gym as we learn to run, jump, tumble and climb over obstacles!  Each superhero will get a cape and certificate upon completion of the training (8 week session).
Monday 10:30 - 11:30am (72910)
Location: Program Center
Fee: $100

TERRIFIC THREES (3 yrs) Children will learn to love flexibility movement and gain a sense of independence while being physically active in a group setting. For a first time gymnast, this class provides an introduction to basic gymnastics skills. This class may be taken for multiple sessions. Gymnasts remain in Terrific Threes until age 4. It is preferable and helpful to drop off your child for this class. 
Thursday 11:00-11:45am (71731)
Friday 10:00-10:45am (71732)
Friday 11:00-11:45am (72101)

Location: Y Gym
Fee:   $110

KINDER GYMNASTICS (4 - 5 1/2 yrs)  In this beginners class, where children will progress at their own pace, gaining flexibility and strength while developing gross motor skills.  The class includes conditioning, stretching, and basic gymnastics skills.  This class may be taken for multiple sessions up until the age of 6 years. This is a drop-off class.
Monday 2:00 - 2:45pm (71734)
Thursday  10:00am - 10:45am  (71690)
Location: Y Gym
Fee: Monday $100, Thursday and Friday $115




GYMNASTICS Level 1 & 2 (6 - 10yrs) We start from the ground up, working on the basics while providing an introduction to gymnastics skills on all Olympic events with an emphasis on flexibility, strength, and the fundamentals of gymnastics. Class begins with group warm-up/stretch then gymnasts will be grouped by ability when working on gymnastics apparatus. Groups will be changed as participants progress. Participants can expect to learn forward and backward rolls, handstand, cartwheels, round-offs, and bridges. This is a great class for anyone with little or no gymnastics experience.
Thursday 3:45 - 5:00pm (71720)
Saturday 9:15 - 10:30am (72889) 
Saturday 10:35 - 11:50am (71710)
Location: Y Gym
Fee: $165   This class is for 75 minutes

GYMNASTICS Level 2 & 3 (7 - 12 yrs) This class focuses on complex beginner skills while preparing the gymnast to progress to more advanced gymnastics skills by merging skills to form combinations. Handstand rolls, cartwheel variations, and walkovers will be taught, along with intermediate skills on bars, beam and vault. Participants are grouped according to ability therefore, ensuring participants are challenged. This class requires previous gymnastics experience with the ability to perform a solid round off and a back-bend unassisted.
Monday 3:45 - 5:00pm (71693)
Saturday 8:30 -10:00am (71719)
Fee: Monday $140; Saturday $160

Level 3 - Saturday 8:30 - 10:00am (71763)
Location: Y Gym
Fee: $175

Y CHEERLEADING (6 - 12yrs) ***
Join our new Cheer-leading class! Our all new cheer-leading class will teach a variety of cheers with pom-poms, as well as jumps and basic level stunting. Our cheerleaders will also get an opportunity to cheer at a real game!
Saturday 12:30-1:30pm (71761)
Location: Civic House
Fee: $140, includes t-shirt



Competitive Gymnastics

The South Mountain YMCA has a long history with gymnastics that we are proud to continue to offer.  Our ACES Team members (ages 8-18 years) work very hard every week to learn new skills, cheer each other on and get fit while doing so.  The 2012-2013 season was a very successful year for our Gymnastics Team with several team members competing across the state, winning several awards. Our staff members have been with us for several 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.


Are you interested in becoming a part of our competitive Aces Gymnastics Team? The pre-team program was created to introduce gymnasts to our competitive program as early as possible to make the transition from classes to the team program a smooth one. Gymnasts will 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.  This program is held at the South Mountain Y Gymnasium.

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

Please email Gailmarie Sprague for more information and a personal consultation.


The “Aces” competitive team program offers an ideal opportunity for young gymnasts, who show an aptitude and keen interest in the sport of gymnastics, to take their gymnastics skills to the next level. Gymnasts compete at local, state, regional, and national level competition in the New Jersey YMCA Gymnastics League following USAG Junior Olympic Program rules and guidelines. Gymnasts compete based on their skill level. Our 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 no matter what skill level they attain.  This program is held at two different locations; SMY-South Mountain Y and the First Presbyterian and Trinty Church at 111 Irvington Avenue in South Orange.  Please note schedule below.

Practice Schedule/Location: 

Teams A, B and C (3 days per week) 

Monday 5:00 - 7:30pm at SMY
Wednesday 5:00 - 7:30pm at the Church
Thursday 5:00 - 8:00pm at SMY

Please email Gailmarie Sprague for more information and a personal consultation.     

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Early Childhood Learning Center
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Fall 1 Class Grids:
Preschool Age
School Age Children


11/2/15: Fall 2 Session Classes Start!

Fall 2 Class Grids:
Preschool Age

School Age Children


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