Gymnastics

The gymnastics program at the Buehler YMCA offers a wide range of gymnastics classes for 2 year olds all the way to teens.

Parent/Child, Tiny Tykes, and Young Beginner classes are offered as introductory gymnastics classes offered for younger children.

School age recreational classes are available for boys and girls of all ages from 6-12 and follow a structured and progressive curriculum. This curriculum is structured to mirror USA Gymnastics levels. Instructors adhere to this curriculum; which makes joining at any time possible. Students are evaluated and receive a report card at the end of every session to ensure that they are always in the appropriate class level.

Buehler YMCA has a USAG competitive team, as well. This team begins with our Pre-Team and goes through all USAG levels. The team competes in USAG meets as well as YMCA league meets. USAG is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the United States designated by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Gymnastics Federation. For more information about USA Gymnastics, visit usagym.org.

The Buehler Gymnastics Program also offers Coed Tumbling and Teen Gymnastics. You can find all class descriptions below and other gymnastics information below:

 


Preschool

Parent and Child (Ages 2-3): Open to boys and girls. This is an introductory class to develop strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness while learning gross motor skills for gymnastics. All equipment is introduced. One Parents or caregiver is required to participate with each child registered. Click here to register.

Tiny Tykes (Ages 3-4): Open to boys and girls. This is an introductory class for preschool-age children ready to develop coordination, body awareness and gross motor skills while working on listening skills, following directions and social skills. Children will use all gymnastics equipment. Curriculum is progressive with a different gymnastics position and concentration each week. Click here to register.

Advanced Tiny Tykes Girls (Age 4): This class is for the girl who is more advanced in skill, strength, flexibility and social skills. To be eligible for this class, girls must have taken a minimum of four sessions of Tiny Tykes and have an instructor recommendation, or approval from the Gymnastics Director. Click here to register.

 

Boys Youth

Young Beginner Boys (Ages 5-6): Boys will learn all gymnastics events in levels 1 and/or 2, in a group of their peers. Click here to register.

Boys Levels 1-3 (Ages 6-12): This is an all boys class that focuses on strength development, body positions and gymnastics skills on all of the boys’ apparatus. We also work on listening skills and socialization within the group setting. Boys in this class will be divided into groups by skill level and age when possible. Click here to register.

Advanced Boys (Ages 6-12): This class will be open to boys who have completed at least four consecutive sessions of All Boys, receive an instructor recommendation and approval by the Gymnastics Director. Boys are also welcome to schedule a free evaluation for placement in this class. Click here to register.

 

Girls Youth

Young Beginner Girls (Ages 5-6): Girls will learn all gymnastics events in levels 1 and/or 2, in a group of their peers. Click here to register.

Level 1 (Ages 6-12): Little or no experience in gymnastics. Girls will learn body positions, handstands, cartwheels, forward and backwards rolls and other basics on the apparatuses. Click here to register.

Level 2 (Ages 6-12): Should have had some instruction in gymnastics and be able to pass a Level 1 evaluation. Girls will start learning back bends, kickovers, pullovers on bars, and basic vault and beam skills. Click here to register.

Advanced Level 2 (Ages 6-12): Must have permission from instructor to be eligible for this intensified Level 2 class. Click here to register.

Level 3 (Ages 6-12): Must be able to pass Level 2 evaluation. Girls will be learning walkovers, handsprings, skills on the high bar, more advanced vault skills and start taking their floor skills to beam. Click here to register.

Advanced (Ages 8-12): Must be able to pass the level 3 evaluation and/or have permission from the Gymnastics Director to be eligible for this class. Click here to register.

 

Pre-Teen and Teen

Coed Tumbling (Ages 10-18): This is a coed tumbling class open to anyone 10-18 years old interested in either learning how to tumble or improving their advanced tumbling skills. This will be a perfect fit for cheerleaders. This class includes youth and teens to make sure we are open to those who may be interested in starting cheerleading as well as those veteran cheerleaders who want some extra instruction. Click here to register.

Teen Gymnastics (Ages 13-18): This is a coed gymnastics class that is open to all teens. The instruction will be modified to suit each individual’s needs and goals. Perfect for those teens who have always wanted to try gymnastics, as well as high school gymnasts who want a little extra practice. Click here to register.

 


Private Lessons

Private lessons are offered to anyone 6 years or older. Private lessons are a great option for those who need or want a little extra help with a certain event or skill as well as those who may just want some extra strength, conditioning, or general training. Call or email to schedule your private lessons.

 


Open Gym

We offer open gym every Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Open gym is for all ages. Anyone 5 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Coaches are present to keep an eye on safety.

 


Gymnastics Birthday Parties

Gymnastics Birthday Parties are available to children ages 3-12. All children participating must be potty trained. These two hour parties will include 1 hr of Gymnastics fun and instruction as well as 1 hr use of a party room.

 


Questions? Not Sure What Class to Register For?

We offer free evaluations to help you find the right class. Call, email, or stop by to schedule your FREE evaluation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Buehler YMCA Gymnastics program you may please feel free to contact the Gymnastics Director or the Gymnastics Coordinator.

Nancy Gutierrez, Gymnastics Director
nagutierrez@ymcachicago.org
847-410-5226

Max Blaetz, Gymnastics Coordinator
mblaetz@ymcachicago.org

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