Gymnastics Lessons

Come join the fun! Our gymnastics gym is located at the Meriden YMCA Athletic Center at 74 Cambridge Street.

JOEY AND ME GYMNASTICS

Our Joey and Me Class is a parent-assisted class which is designed to acclimate your infant or toddler to the gym, the feel of the equipment, allow them to explore the gym space with guidance, and provide social interaction with other children and adults. This class teaches the parents how to properly guide the child in a safe manner. As the child progresses in age, more structure is added, allowing the child to become comfortable and able to transition to a class alone. 

  • Age 6-18 months with parent
  • November 7 - December 19, 2020
  • Saturday 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Full Member $65
  • Program Member $95

LEAVING THE POUCH

Our Leaving the Pouch Class is a parent-assisted class which is designed to help your child work on basic locomotives, balance, and hand-eye coordination as they explore the gym and equipment with guidance. Plus your child will benefit from social interaction with other children and adults. As the child progresses in age, more structure is added, allowing the child to become comfortable and able to transition to a class alone. 

  • Age 18 months to 2.5 years with parent
  • November 7 - December 19, 2020
  • Saturday 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Full Member $65
  • Program Member $95

HAPPY HOPPERS

The Happy Hoppers class is for children ages three and half to four and a half years old. This class focuses on introducing fundamental movement, basic tumbling and gymnastics skills in a structured environment. Instructors and coaches will work on cultivating the child’s fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and listening skills. The structured curriculum is skill-driven and aims help the student progress in their ability and knowledge of gymnastics. Please choose your class day and time.

  • Option 1: Thursdays 5:00 - 5:45 p.m., October 29 - December 17 (no class November 26), 
  • Option 2: Saturdays 9:00 - 9:45 a.m., November 7 - December 19
  • Full Member $65
  • Program Member $95

WALLABIES

The Wallabies Gymnastics Class is for ages 4.5 to 6.5 years old. This class focuses on introducing fundamental movement and gymnastics skills in a more structured environment for your young gymnast-in-training. Coaches continue to cultivate fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and listening skills while working on advanced locomotive skills, intermediate tumbling and spatial awareness. Our fun, yet structured curriculum, is skill-driven and aims to continually progress your gymnast in their ability and knowledge of gymnastics. Choose your class.

  • Ages 4.5 to 6.5 years old
  • Option 1:Thursday 5:00 - 5:45 p.m., October 29 - December 17
  • Option 2: Saturday 10:00 - 10:45 a.m., November 7 - December 19
  • Full Member $65
  • Program Member $95

MARSUPIALS

Your child will advance through a level system that starts with basic skills, maneuvers, and terminology and progresses to more advanced Gymnastics. With a focus on goals and achievement, your child will feel accomplished with each new skill and passing level. Please contact our Gymnastics Director and Head Coach Tony Cortright with any questions at 203.235.6386.

For ages 6.5+.

Level 1 + 2 class options:

  • Tuesday 5:30-6:30 p.m., November 3 - December 15
  • Tuesday 6:45-7:45 pm, November 3 - December 15
  • Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., November 7 - December 19
  • Full Member $65 Program Member $95

Levels 3 & 4: 

  • Tuesday 7:45-8:45 p.m., November 3 - December 15
  • Full Member $65 Program Member $95

CHEER

The MNBBY cheerleading program focuses on the basics of cheerleading, building fundamentals and an understanding of the requirements for cheer. Participants will learn cheerleading motions, jumps, and stunts. The main focus of this class will be to master the basics in order to progress their knowledge and ability in cheerleading. Although most tumbling is practiced in the separate tumbling class, some tumbling basics will be introduced.

Meet our Cheer instructor, Reagan Kenney

Reagan has been a lifelong gymnast and cheerleader in the state of Connecticut. She was a competitive gymnast for 7 years before starting her cheerleading career. She was a 3 year UCA All-American cheerleader at Maloney High School. Reagan has the honor to cheer in the London New Years Day parade as a representative of USA Cheerleading.

Reagan spent her first year of college at Sacred Heart University and competed at UCA College Cheerleading Nationals at Disney. She transferred to Central Connecticut State University where she competed on the Division I cheerleading team. As a two year captain she led the cheerleading team to finals twice at the NCA College Cheerleading Nationals. She also walked onto the CCSU Division I diving team for two years, finishing as a finalist in their Conference Competition.

Reagan has extensive knowledge of cheerleading and has coached at a high level. She spent a year coaching at the New England Cheerleaders Association where she helped run a summer camp and multiple cheerleading competitions. She also helped run the CCSU cheerleading summer camp. Reagan has also coached at the Newington Knights Cheer Program.

  • Date: November 3 - December 15, 2020
  • Day/time: Tuesdays 4:15-5:15 PM    
  • Ages: 7+
  • Location: YMCA Athletic Center at 74 Cambridge Street in Meriden
  • Fee: Full Member $65 Program Member $95
  • Register: At the Meriden YMCA at 110 West Main Street or call 203.235.6386 or at the New Britain YMCA at 50 High Street or call 860.229.3787
  • Contact: Tony Cortright, Gymnastics Director and Head Coach, at 203.235.6386 or acortright@meridenymca.org.

TUMBLING FOR CHEER/ACRO

This class is intended to teach basic tumbling: limbers, walkovers, handsprings and saltos with emphasis on proper skill progressions and conditioning. It is geared toward the aspiring or accomplished cheerleader, or anyone looking for more tumbling skills, whether they are a dancer, wrestler, football player or just looking for fun and exercise this class will help them reach new heights!

  • Ages 7+
  • October 29 - December 17
  • Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Full Member $65 
  • Program Member $95

COVID Safety Protocols:

For Joey and Me and Leaving the Pouch Classes: Temperatures will be taken before entering. Instructors and parents will wear masks. Extra cleaning protocols have been implemented. Only the parent who is participating with the child can stay in the facility. No spectators.

For all other classes:

Arrival
  • 5 minutes prior to class, an instructor will meet each student outside, take and record their temperature, then radio their arrival to a second instructor in the gym.
  • The instructor will take a different unique code word from each parent for pick up; along with an emergency number.
  • Students must have a mask on to and from the walk into the gym, but can take it off once inside the gym.
  • Students are expected to arrive in their class attire and will place any belongings in the separated cubbies.
  • If a student is late, they will not be permitted inside as both our instructors need to attend the class.
  • Parents will not be permitted to stay and watch, but will be able to view a live stream of the class from their phone. (Parents are allowed in the parent and child classes.)
Pick Up
  • Students will be walked outside where their ride should be waiting.
  • Each pick up will give their unique code word and the student will be released.
Questions: Contact Tony Cortright, Gymnastics Director & Head Coach at 203.235.6386 or acortright@meridenymca.org.

Registration

1. If you already have an up to date membership - You can register online, by phone at 203.235.6386 or in person at the Meriden YMCA at 110 West Main Street.

2. If you do not have a membership yet or need to update your membership - Register in person at the Meriden YMCA at 110 West Main Street or at the New Britain YMCA at 50 High Street.

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