Frequently Asked Questions 2016-11-08T20:22:02+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

  1. What Age can they start? Children can start in gymnastics as young as 18 months in a Parent and Tot Class. Toddlers around the age of 3 are ready to be enrolled in a beginner gymnastics class without mom or dad. Usually classes are grouped by age. As your child progress and learns new skills, he or she can eventually be placed into a class, or even a “pre‐team” group where the groups are based on a combination of ability level and age.
  2. Will they need special equipment? A beginning gymnast will not need any special equipment or accessories. As your child progresses in gymnastics, if he/she decides to get involved in competitive gymnastics, he/she may eventually need gymnastics grips (worn on the uneven bars, high bar and rings), wrist guards (sometimes worn on floor and vault.) Usually, coaches will discuss the need for these items with the gymnast and provide their opinion as to which specific style/brand they prefer. Often times, the coach will provide these for purchase through the gym. There are also several respected online sources for these items.
  3. What clothing will they need? Typically, girls wear a leotard and boys wear shorts and a T- shirt. For safety reasons, it’s important that the clothing is free from zippers, pockets and is not overly baggy so that it does not get caught on the equipment. Long hair should be pulled back into a pony tail.

 

Proven Reasons to Take Gymnastics:

 

  1. Flip on the Focus Any time a child participates in activities that require moving large muscles and the compression of joints, this is referred to as heavy work. Heavy work is a term used in the therapy world to describe the types of activities that help focus the brain. Vaulting, hanging, flipping, climbing, and leaping are examples of phenomenal heavy work opportunities for children. Focusing with ease leads to learning with ease. — www.schoolmoves.com/pdf/techniquechart211.pdf
  2. Hang Ten for Handwriting Observing children swinging on uneven bars seems as far away as one can get from observing a child trying to write a paragraph, but actually, the two require remarkably similar skills. For children to have good handwriting skills, they must have strong muscles, shoulder muscles, forearms, wrists, and fingers are essential for good writing skills. When children have poor upper body strength and weak core muscles they have trouble sitting upright at a desk, holding a pencil, and writing legibly. Bar work strengthens all muscle groups responsible for writing with ease. — www.schoolmoves.com/pdf/techniquechart211.pdf
  3. Roll Into Reading Brain connections are made through the activation of an important system that lies deep within the inner ear. This system is called the vestibular system (ves-tib-u-lar) and is the Olympic gold winner when it comes to brain development. Working in tandem with the brain, the vestibular system integrates auditory, visual, and tactile input. Specific types of movement common to gymnastics help the vestibular system develop properly. These include the back and forth movement in swinging, the rotational movement as in twisting, and the up and over movement used for rolling. — www.schoolmoves.com/pdf/techniquechart211.pdf
  4. Magnificent Moves for Math Math is a spatial sport! The more children move in different ways, the more connections are made in the brain that improve spatial awareness. For children to be able to understand mathematical equations and geometric principles, they need good spatial skills. All gymnastics moves improve body awareness and wire the brain for math success. —www.schoolmoves.com/pdf/techniquechart211.pdf
  5. Get Smarter. Can you believe that participation in gymnastics has been proven to make you smarter? YEP… challenging activities that stimulate the brain and make you think, focus and concentrate are great for developing extraordinary brain power. Will gymnastics make you a rocket scientist… probably not, but having an active brain is a great thing. 
  6. Time Management. Gymnasts must manage their time wisely. Because from a young age, competitive gymnasts can train as many hours as a part–‐ time job, they have to balance the time they have between gym, school, family, community and other activities.
  7. Good Grades. Gymnasts tend to be good students. Gymnasts are required to organize their time more wisely, and as a result, they manage their schoolwork and other responsibilities using the same methods learned in gymnastics. Gymnasts also tend to have a perfectionist nature, which leads them to get good grades.
  8. Self Discipline. Gymnasts tend to be self–‐motivated. Gymnastics is an individual sport, and good coaches regularly lead their gymnasts to create specific goals and have the discipline to attain those goals, even from a relatively young age.
  9. Be Healthier. Besides the obvious physical benefits of participation in gymnastics, research has shown that physical activity (such as fun filled gymnastics classes) is instrumental in preventing illnesses and other not so great ailments like asthma, diabetes, and some cancers. Gymnastics helps create strong bones and muscles which are really handy dandy to have for keeping your body machine working well for years to come.
  10. Be a Good Person. Participation in sports in general and gymnastics specifically has been shown to create better citizens, Honesty, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship are great character building traits. Studies show that children that participate in physical activities are less likely to find trouble in life and are more prone to spend their idle time wisely. Gymnasts make great presidents (maybe you could be the first).
  11. Self Confidence. Gymnasts tend to have more self–‐confidence. Because gymnastics is an individual sport, gymnasts are required to rely on themselves and their ability. Learning to perform individually while being the center of attention becomes natural, even second nature to gymnasts. They develop a self–‐confidence that most team sports are not able to foster from a young age.
  12. Motor Development. Gymnastics develops motor skills in young children. When we ask them to jump, circle their arms, look at their bellybutton to do a forward roll, and walk across the beam, they are engaging their entire bodies. They not only learn the skills we’re teaching them, but their bodies are also learning to movie in different ways.
  13. Get strong. Gymnastics inherently enhances strength and fitness of all students from head to toe. Being stronger of course has many advantages… you can show off in gym class, run faster to catch the ice cream truck, or stop a on coming freight train (well maybe not). Anyway it is cool to be strong!
  14. Get tough. Yep gymnastics is not for sissy’s and if your friends say so… tell them to show you their iron cross on rings or cartwheel on a high beam. Gymnasts learn to be confident and tough minded, traits that certainly helps with overall self esteem.
  15. Get Flexible. This may not seem like a great benefit but believe me having flexibility sure beats not having any. It makes lots of things easier, like scratching those hard to reach spots on your back, tying your shoes, or fitting your entire body into a duffle bag. Just kidding, flexibility helps prevent injuries and increases agility in all sports.
  16. Sports Readiness for Other Sports. Gymnasts tend to be overall good athletes. Gymnasts develop flexibility, strength, speed, agility, grace, endurance, and coordination. It’s a requirement of the sport. Therefore, most gymnasts tend to be good at most sports. Gymnastics provides a great base for wrestling, track, skiing, diving, basketball, football, soccer, cheerleading and more.
  17. Excelent Article by By Wm A. Sands, Ph.D. – Department of Exercise and Sport Science – University of Utah Click Here
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