Boys and Girls Recreational Gymnastics
Gymnastics is a great all round sport that develops numerous aspects of fitness such as balance, coordination, body awareness, strength, flexibility, and power. We believe that our one hour recreational program provides children with a great introduction to this sport, and hope that it leads to long and fulfilling sporting careers. We are passionate about gymnastics and we hope that we can pass this onto all the children we coach.
At BTYC Gymnastics, we separate our one-hour program into six levels;
Bronze Beginners, Bronze Blazers, Silver Starters, Silver Stars, Gold Gladiators and Gold Graduates.
These levels are progressive and sequential which enables a smooth transition between each level of the program. As a result, children usually move through the one hour program from the bronze level to the gold level. It is usual for a child to take up to six months to complete one level of the program. From any level in the Recreational Program, children can be invited to participate in a Two Hour Recreational class, a Gymstar class or a Squad class.
We ability stream our classes here at BTYC to ensure that we are teaching to each child’s level of skill and ability.
This means that all the girls and boys in the one class are at a similar level and coaches are able to plan for consistent progression. Age is a secondary factor in placing children in one-hour classes; however, we try to keep similar aged children together where possible.
At the Bronze levels of the program the focus is on shapes, safety and fundamental movement patterns such as running and jumping. We aim to provide a structured class that teaches children confidence and body awareness through fun, physical activities. At the bronze levels, children will also begin to learn basic gymnastic skills through the development of correct shapes and techniques.
At the Silver levels of the program we focus on the consolidation of gymnastics skills on all apparatus. Skills such as handstands, cartwheels, swings, jumps and rolls are taught through progressive drills and activities. There is a greater emphasis on presentation at the silver levels and children are encouraged to constantly point their toes and keep their legs straight.
At the Gold levels of the program there is a focus on perfection and extension. At these levels children are expected to be more consistent, confident and capable as they move around the gymnasium. We aim to extend their repertoire of gymnastics skills and place a greater emphasis on strength activities to get them ready for a higher-level class.
After the one-hour recreational levels, the girls progress to the 2hr Recreational program which consists of three levels; 2hr Springers, 2hr Saulters, 2hr Twisters and 2hr Tumblers. These levels are also sequential and the girls will move from one level to the next as they progress through the required skills and strength.
For the boys, they progress through to their 2hr Recreational program which is called Junior Team Freestyle. The emphasis is on athlete retention and hence we teach more ‘tricking’ and ‘tumbling’ skills that boys love to do. They are taught to flip and sault safely through progressive drills, utilising the foam pit and floor apparatus. After the boys have passed this level they are invited to Senior Team Freestyle where they are extended in strength and technique.
The girls and boys are evaluated regularly through observation but also formally evaluated at the end of each term. At BTYC we formally assess everyone using assessment sheets that show the skills required for each level. The coach tests your child for each of these skills and every skill is graded. These sheets are given out to each child after the evaluation so that they, and you as the parent, can see exactly what they can do and what they are still working towards.
Once a child can do everything, or almost everything at a particular level, they are moved onto the next level of the recreational program or onto a higher-level class.
Gymnastics is a great all-round sport that develops numerous aspects of fitness such as balance, coordination, body awareness, strength, flexibility, and power. We believe that our Recreational program provides children with a great introduction to this sport, and hope that it leads to long and fulfilling sporting careers. We are passionate about gymnastics and we hope that we can pass this onto all the children we coach.