GRGA is a Member of USA Gymnastics:
is the national governing board for the sport of gymnastics in the United States and responsible for selecting the Olympic
team every four years. All GRGA coaches are professional members and safety certified through USAG.
All classes will begin with an 5-10
minute warm-up/stretch. This is followed by two or three event rotations where gymnasts will rotate through stations
or follow a circuit of drills and fundamentals for that particular apparatus. A variety of techniques are used to aid in the
mastering of skills autonomously. To increase each child’s awareness of skills, the instructors will spot, use demonstrators,
set up strength and flexibility stations and incorporate training shapes (octagons, trapezoids, barrels, incline mats, etc.)
All classes will
maintain an 8:1 gymnast/coach ratio or less. Safety and individual attention is our number one goal.
GRGA provides a multi-level program where children progress
at their own pace. There is no specific timeline for gymnasts to move up. The office will contact you at any time throughout
the year if they feel your child needs to move to a more appropriate class.
Grand Rapids Gymnastics Academy
Program (ages 2-5) – Upstairs Pre-k Gym
Parent/tot (ages 18 months
to 3 years old with parental assistance – 35 minutes) - This is a great class for introducing basic movement
skills in a fun and age-appropriate environment. Gymnasts will work through a series of stations and coordination building
skills in each class. Focus is on motor skills, listening and taking turns in a stimulating environment. One adult per child
will participate in the class and assist the child in following the teacher’s instructions.
Pre-k I (ages 3
and 4 – 35 minutes) Children work on all four apparatus (vault, bars, beam and floor) with the aid of smaller
scaled equipment and props. Classes are held in our upstairs pre-k gym designed for the safety of the pre-k
age gymnast. Introductory gymnastics skills are introduced along with reinforcing listening skills and
following directions through the use of stations, circuits and props.
Pre-k II (ages 4 and 5 –
40 minutes) We recommend this class for any child who meets
the age requirement, has participated in pre-k I and is ready for an increased challenge. This is also
a great class for any five year-old who may desire the smaller scale equipment and cozier environment of our pre-k gym vs.
moving to a beginner class in our downstairs gym.
Advanced Pre-k (ages 4 and 5 – invitation
only – 55 minutes) Enrollment in the Advanced Pre-k
class is by coach’s recommendation. Participants will have shown mastery in basic pre-k gymnastics
skills as well as exceptional listening skill and an ability to maintain attention for the longer class period.
(age 5+ - downstairs gym) Once a gymnast turns 5, they have the option of participating in our Beginner classes which are held
downstairs in our recreational and competitive team gym. There is no skill requirements for our Beginner
classes and any gymnast age 5 and up may opt to register for this class if they would like.
Program (Ages 5 and up) – Xcel Competitive Track
Beginner (1 or 2 days/week – 55 minutes each class)
This class involves
the introduction of basic gymnastics skills on all four apparatus: vault, bars, beam and floor. Tumble Track (60 foot trampoline)
is also incorporated to teach jumps as well as floor and vault progressions. An example of skills introduced are forward and
backward rolls, cartwheels, handstands and bridges on floor. Bar skills may include pull-overs, front supports,
glides and skin the cats. Low and medium beams will be utilized to introduce basic walks, kicks, jumps
Beginner 8+ (1 or 2 days/week - 55 minutes each class) All the same skill progressions as our Beginner
class but aimed specifically for children starting gymnastics at age 8 or older
Intermediate I (1 or 2 days/week –
55 minutes each class) This class also utilizes all four apparatus and trampoline. Gymnasts will continue to perfect the skills introduced
to them in beginner. They will also begin working on round-offs, bridge kick-overs, front and back hip circles on bars as
well as moving their basic floor skills to the low and medium balance beams. Gymnasts in this class must have completed the
Beginner class and been recommended by an instructor to move up.
Intermediate II (1 or 2 days/week – 1 hour and 30 minutes each class)
be working on front limbers, back walk-overs and standing back handsprings on floor. Bar skills will include sole circles,
stride circles, front and back hip circles. Vaulting will focus on handstand flat backs onto a resi pit. It is strongly recommended
that gymnasts attend two days/week at this level. Coach’s will recommend gymnasts who have mastered Intermediate I skills
for this class.
Advanced (1 or 2 days/week – 1 hour and 30 minutes each class) The Advanced class is aimed at bridging the gap between our recreational track program and competitive
Xcel program. This class is the next step for gymnasts ready to move out of Intermediate II but do not
wish to make a commitment toward the competitive Xcel Bronze team. Skills that will be worked on
in advanced class are: round-off back handsprings on floor, front tucks on trampoline, handstand flat backs to over the vault
training tables, cartwheels and handstands on beam, stride circles, front hip circles and kips on bars. It
is strongly recommended that gymnasts attend two days/week at this level. Coaches will recommend gymnasts
who have mastered the Intermediate II skills for this level.
Xcel Bronze (2-3
days/week for 2-3 hours) This is the first competitive level
of our Xcel program. The Xcel program provides competitive opportunities for gymnasts and families who
may desire less of a time and financial commitment. It is also the more flexible of the two programs in
terms of ability level. Xcel is great for gymnasts who may want a more relaxed practice structure or prefer
the opportunity to do their own routines vs. the structured preset routines that are choreographed for the entry levels of
the JO system. It is also ideal for gymnasts who may have gotten a later start into gymnastics or gymnasts
who may struggle with certain events, strength, flexibility or fear. Gymnasts who participate in our Xcel
program are also often involved in other extracurricular activities or sports in addition to gymnastics.
Developmental Program (ages 4 and up) - Junior Olympic Competitive Track (Coach Recommendation)
The Developmental program is designed to identify gymnasts with strong natural ability
and drive for the sport of gymnastics and prepare them for competitive gymnastics. Gymnasts in this program
will see an accelerated rate of progression due to the 2-3 day/week and year-round participation in these classes.
The classes are more intensely focused on strength, flexibility and technique to create a solid foundation of gymnastics
basics that will ultimately prepare gymnasts for safe and consistent progressions through the levels.
goal of the program is to develop well prepared gymnasts that are ready to compete through the USAG Junior Olympic program,
beginning at Level 3. The assumption upon entering this program is that your child will compete for GRGA
at some point.
The JO Developmental Program is a year-round program with a higher level of
commitment expected than our recreational program.
Hot Shots (ages 4-6 – 2 days/week 55 minutes) – This class will introduce gymnastics fundamentals on all four events, keeping the
focus of class on fun and learning. Skill work will include:
rolls, cartwheels, handstands, kick-overs, kicks, candlesticks
Beam – walks, kicks, jumps w/ proper form and technique
Bars – pull-overs, casts, back hip circles, forward rolls
Vault – running, hurdles, proper springboard technique, forward rolls
Fast Track (ages 5-8 – 2 days/week, 55 minutes) – Gymnasts in Fast Track will have attained the skills from Hot Shots and demonstrate
readiness for an increase focus on perfecting form and technique with the skills introduced in Hot Shots. The
main goal of this class will be to improve form and technique of skills already attained. In addition,
drills for skills in the next level will be introduced in the Fast Track level class. These may include
drills for: back walk-overs, sole circles and stride circles on bars, handstand flat backs on vault.
Super Stars (ages 5-8 – 2-3 days/week, 1 hour and 30 minutes) – The Super Star class will begin teaching gymnasts the Level 1 routines that are designated by USA
Gymnastics. These routines are the foundation that will lead to success as gymnasts move-up through the
program, ultimately leading to competition at Level 3.
Advanced Super Stars (ages 5-9
– 3 days/week, 1 hour and 30 minutes) Gymnasts in the
Advanced Super Stars class will build upon the skills and routines learned in Super Stars and will focus on learning the Level
2 routines and skills. This is the last non-competitive level in the developmental program.
An increase emphasis on conditioning will begin in this level to prepare them for the necessary added time spent on
conditioning at the competitive levels in the JO program.
Pre-team (ages 5-9 – 3-4
days/week, 2 hour and 30 minutes) The pre-team class will
prepare the kids for their first season on the competitive team. The goal in this class is to attain all
the required Level 3 skills and begin learning the routines for Level 3. Coaches will also spend time focusing
on details specific to competing such as how to salute the judge and how their routines are evaluated in competition.
3 (ages 6-10 – 3-4 days/week 2 hours and 30 minutes) Level
3 is the first competitive level of the Junior Olympic level system through USA Gymnastics. The JO program is a more intense
program that follows very specific guidelines, progressions and requirements through USAG. JO requires a higher number of
hours in the gym that increases with each level. It is ideal for gymnasts who are naturally strong enough
and flexible enough to be successful with the required elements at each level. It is also the most commonly
regarded path toward gymnastics at the collegiate levels, Divison I,II or III.