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Girls Gymnastics Development 1

Ages 6+ years
60-90 minute class, twice a week
Invitation Only

 

Class Goals

This class is for girls that have had at least one session of gym kids or girls level 1.  The class is invitation only.  To join the class a number of strength, flexibility, and coordination requirements need to be satisfied.  This class meets twice a week and attendance on both days is a must.   Development 1 is a first part of a two year program meant to be a fast track to the competitive team.  It is a fast paced skill learning environment and a competitive attitude is emphasized.  The age ranges from 4 to 7 years old.  Students train for one year according to a curriculum that was specifically designed for the class.  Evaluations take place once every three months to monitor the child’s progress.  The final evaluation takes place at the end of a training year and will determine if a child is ready to move up to Development 2. If a child excels beyond  what the Development 1 curriculum has to offer, has high aspirations to advance in a competitive environment and is willing to commit to training 4 days a week (total of 7 hour per week) the child is invited to TOPs (Talent Opportunity Program as described by USA Gymnastics at: www.usa-gymnastics.org).   Student to teacher ratios in development classes are lower than in regular classes which makes for more detailed instructions.  It is possible to lose your spot on a development team. One way is to take extensive time off during summer (more then 1 month).  Inappropriate conduct on a parent side is another way.  We discourage sideline coaching, talking to your child during class, and destructive criticism that undermines any of Head Over Heels programs in any way.  Lastly, if the development program is too much of a challenge and does more harm than benefit for a child, parents will be assisted in choosing and taking a more suitable course of training.  Recreational gymnastics, circus, dance are some of the options that we offer.  These programs are noncompetitive, demand much less commitment when compared to the development or tops programs, and bring plenty of exercise, growth and athletic development for any child.  In one year of development class we cover what is generally covered it 2-3 years of regular recreational classes.

 

 
A list of skills that are covered in class during a session

  • Flexibility (warm up)
  • Pike sit touch toes
  • Straddle sit forehead touch floor
  • Bridge
  • Half splits stretch

 

Vault

  • Straddle over mini vault
  • 30 foot run, jump onto 18" mat with straight legs

 
Bars

  • Pull-up pull-over
  • Cast back hip circle
  • Squat onto a bar jump forward
  • Straddle on jump forward

 
Beam

  • Kick handstand come back to beam (floor beam)
  • Cartwheel (floor beam)
  • Back walk over (floor beam)

 
Floor

  • Back extension roll (straight arms end in a hollow position)
  • Front handspring (off of a springboard)
  • Front tuck (off of a springboard)
  • Standing back handspring (down the wedge)
  • 20 foot run, round off back handspring

 
Conditioning

  • Handstand on the floor
  • 10 second L-hold hanging on a bar
  • 10 second L-hold no parallels
  • 10 push-ups on beams
  • 5 Pull-up
  • 6' rope climb with no legs

 
Trampoline

  • Front tuck flip
  • Back tuck flip