Gymnastics Program Overview
The purpose of this page is to give a summary of each gymnastics program and its goals. Because of the developmental nature of our sport, it is difficult to follow firm guidelines similar to schooling where you must be 6 to be in the first grade. This activity is very influenced by the child's strength, body awareness, and confidence level. Our goal is to have each student have a positive experience at Gigueres which will benefit them , not only in athletics, but carry over to other aspects of their lives.
Tumble Tot Program
Preschool gymnastics is a movement education curriculum designed to introduce basic body positions, movements, and terms to help with spatial awareness. During every weekly 45 minute class the student works on tumbling, strength, hand/eye and foot/eye coordination, balance, flexibility, and social interaction. The class starts with movement warm-up followed by a gymnastics exploration time on bars, beam, trampolines, rings, barrels, wedges, and our 10,000 foam block pit! Safety is always a priority, so each set-up is geared towards the size and attention span of the student.
Me and My Shadow
Classes for tots ages 18 months to three years encourages tandem exploration with Mom, Dad or other adult. These young explorers delight while climbing, crawling, sliding, jumping, rolling and bouncing their way through a 45 minute class of muscle building fun! Classes begin with a short musical warm up, 2 big obstacle courses with instruction for the adult, followed by a short song.
For ages 3 to 5 with a 6:1 student/teacher ratio, this is a creative movement program where students are able to learn at their own pace. After a movement warm-up and preschool song, the children explore 3 different obstacle courses using virtually every piece of equipment to aid in development of tumbling, coordination, balance, and strength.
The same basic structure as the tumble Tots, this program is for the more advanced or "experienced" students, generally 4-5 years old. More specific techniques are able to be learned since motor patterns have been developed. Instruction is still presented in a very fun, positive, safe environment with equipment set-ups age appropriate and a 6:1 student/teacher.
Our once a week Recreational Gymnastics classes offer hour and 1.5 hour long instruction for grade school students. All classes focus on the fundamentals of artistic Gymnastics along with the development of strength and flexibility; a formula that compliments and enhances any sport. Our gymnastics curriculum follows the progressions promoted by USA Gymnastics. Beginning with this level the classes are split up by gender. Each week the class gets to 3 events (repeating one from the previous week for reinforcement) with various skill stations and an 8:1 student/teacher ratio. Events include bars, beam, vault, trampoline, tumble-trak, rings, p-bars, rock wall, and our 10,000 foam block pit! We also offer 2 hour classes for students interested in a more detailed and extended challenge.
At Gigueres we offer developmental and competitive programs so athletes will be able to challenge themselves at various levels of ability and commitment. A small percentage of our students set team as their goal for Artistic Gymnastics, but those that do have several options. USA Gymnastics, the National governing body, has a program ranging from introductory achievement-based levels through to State, Regional, and National Championships; and obviously, eventually the Olympics. We have over 30 years of experience helping athletes reach their goals through gymnastics for both Men's and Women's programs.
Ten levels of Development:
P.R.E.P. Optional Program
An alternative to the Junior Olympic program, a more basic introduction to an Optional level.
Novice Team - The athletes do short, basic, matching routines working on presentation and execution in their 1-2 two hour workouts. Skills include rolls on beam, walkovers on floor, and back hip circles on bars. There are 6-8 meets yearly, concluding with the Massachusetts State Cup held in late May. Participation in our booster club, Team Parents, Inc., is required.
Intermediate/Advanced Team - Each athlete has individual choreographed routines on floor and beam. There is an increased skill requirement for each event including acrobatic skills on floor and beam. There are 6-8 meets yearly, concluding with the Massachusetts State Cup held in late May. Participation in our booster club, Team Parents, Inc., is required. These athletes have 2-3 three hour workouts, following a more stringent strength program and also compete in some of the Invitationals held in Massachusetts.