Gymnastics

Oak Forest Park District Gymnastics stimulates the child’s overall quality of fitness and health/wellness through core strength, flexibility, agility, endurance, body awareness, coordination, and balance. Motor development distinguishes physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being. We promote positive self-esteem, energy, determination, personal goal setting, and teamwork. Our staff is trained so that every parent can feel at ease when they place their children in one of our programs. Every attempt is made to offer programs that fit the needs, motivation and skill level of each child. We offer classes ranging from toddlers to teens, including our competitive gymnastics team.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Adult & Tot Gymnastics: Have fun with activities on floor, beam and bars, parachute play, rhythm and movement songs.  Adults will aid children as they move within the gym.

PreNastics: This is our first structured class without mom & dad. Learn to take turns and listen to your instructor to begin a safe introduction to gymnastics. Children will learn basic bar, beam, tumbling and floor skills.

Beginner Gymnastics: This class will expand on skills taught in PreNastics. Instructors will also work on coordination, flexibility and strength.

Aimers: Children will advance in skills such as  forward & backward  tuck rolls, cartwheels, bar and beam mounts, walk on mid-size balance beam, hang and hold on bars, jump onto spring board.

Beamers: Learn handstands, cartwheels, straddle rolls, bridges, basic jumps on balance beam, strength for bars, and speed for springboard.

Climbers: Participants will begin to finesse bar skills adding casts to their mounts and increasing bar height on previously learned skills.  Higher difficulty skills and jumps will be taught on beam as well as advancing vault and floor skills.

Introduction: No experience necessary for this class!  Girls learn tumbling/floor exercises, bars, balance beam, and vault skills. Strength and flexibility exercises are also taught.

Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4 Gymnastics Girls: Girls will increase skills on the uneven bars, balance beam, vault and floor exercises. USAG compulsory routines for each level are taught and prepared for end of session SHOWCASE. It is recommended that gymnasts register for 2 classes.

Optional Gymnastics GLIDERS TEAM Girls:

Girls promoted from Level 4 learn Optional level routines for competition, incorporate higher difficulty skills and learn team work.  Progressing to Optional team means participating in promotional exhibitions and competitions with other park agency teams.  Parent involvement is necessary. Gymnasts must participate in fundraisers and events throughout the year.

 

 

Pay Plans:

For Spring & Summer sessions, fees may be made in 2 payments with a $5.00 pay plan service charge.

For Fall & Winter sessions, fees may be made in 3 payments with a $10.00 pay plan service charge.

Location: Central Park Building Gymnasium and Lower Level Gym 15601 Central Ave.

Arrival: Children should arrive 5-10 minutes before class start time. Children may put shoes, jackets and any extra belongings in locker room. Children are to then proceed to their classes starting point.

Limit: Min.4/Max.7 per class

Program Coordinator: Jennette Mikos (708) 687-7270 X.119 or gymnastics@oakforestparks.org

Registration Deadline for Fall Session: Tuesday September 7th

Registration Deadline for Winter Session: Tuesday January 4th

Pay Plan Information:

Pay plan for fall session, 1/3 at reg plus $10 pay plan fee, 1/3 on October 8th & final payment November 8th.

Pay plan for winter session, 1/3 at reg plus $10 pay plan fee, 1/3 on February 8th and final payment on March 8th.

Attire: Girls should wear a leotard and may wear spandex shorts, no socks, no jewelry. Boys should wear comfortable clothing. Long hair must be tied back.

 

Level Promotions: As skills are mastered, gymnasts may be promoted to next level.  Promotion may take place within the session.  An instructor will discuss any class change with parent.  At end of each session, parent/guardian of participant will receive a letter with next class level information.

Demonstration: ALL classes will have a demonstration on the last day of class.