8781 Dale Road, Cobourg, ON 905-372-0829

Programs

Gymnastics is a great sport that kids can begin at a young age and continue right through high school, college, and adult years. Our recreational programs promote the fun, fitness, and fundamentals of gymnastics. Gymnastics is a excellent sport that builds strength, endurance, flexibility, co-ordination, and body awareness.

Pre-School Programs

Physical benefits include flexibility, strength, endurance, and co-ordination. Social benefits include learning to listen carefully, following directions, taking turns, and being respectful of others. Plus, they get to make new friends while having fun! We start children as young as 18 months in our Parent & Tot class.

Parent and Tot

Parents assist children in class

A parent or guardian accompanies the child in the gym. The goal of this program is to develop coordination and body awareness. Modified equipment is arranged in circuits and parents assist their children with skills on the equipment as required. Examples of skills are a log roll down the cheese, hanging from the rings, bear walking, small jumps on the trampoline, etc..

For ages 18 months to 3 years. Classes are 50 minutes in duration.Skills for children 18 to 24 months are mostly assisted, with less assistance in the 24 - 36 month range. A child to coach ratio of 6:1 can be expected.

Kindergym

Children on a circuit of equipment

Children are unaccompanied in the gym. This program is designed to develop basic gymnastics skills. For example, skills include seat drops on trampoline, walk toes up the wall, proper front roll down the cheese, etc.. Some skills require assistance and assistance is provided by the coach.

While coordination and body awareness are the main focus, children benefit from learning to listen to their coach, follow instructions, and take turns on the equipment. As the class progresses, more challenging circuits are set up and children will work the circuits on their own. The children will use all equipment.

For ages 3 to 4 years. Classes are 1 hour in duration, and a child to coach ratio of 5:1 can be expected.

Advanced Kindergym

Children on a circuit of equipment

Prerequisite: Kindergym

This program is designed for kids who have taken the Kindergym class and their coach has recommended they move up and work on more difficult skills. This is a great class for those kids who are really enthusiastic and want to be challenged. Difficulty is increased according to the child's abilities.

Circuits will be more challenging and children work the circuits on their own.

Children may use this class as a stepping stone to Girls Advanced Junior Recreational or pre-competitive programs.

For ages 3 to 4 years. Classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration. A child to coach ratio of 5:1 can be expected.

Girls Recreational Programs

Particpants work through our leveled structure where each level builds on the previous skill set attained.

Girls Junior Recreational

Working circuits of equipment on their own

For ages 5 to 6 years.

Classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration, and a child to coach ratio of 6:1 can be expected.

This objective of this program is to continue building basic gymnastics skills, with the emphasis being on coordination and body awareness. Children will work on skills such as shoulder stand on floor, star jumps, tuck jumps, walking backwards on beam, seat drop to feet on trampoline, and much more. Children will use all equipment.

Girls Advanced Junior Recreational

Children work more advanced circuits of mats and equipment

For ages 5 to 6 years.

Prerequisite: Girls Junior Recreational or Advanced Kindergym

Classes are 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration, and a child to coach ratio of 6:1 can be expected.

This program is for children that have had some experience and would like to be more challenged. Skills are more advanced. For example, a basic cartwheel over a box, front straddle roll, v-sit on beam, pullover on bars with spot, thread the needle on bars, kick to handstand against the cheese, and many more skills. This program prepares children to enter an advanced recreational gymnastics program or pre-competitive program.

Girls Intermediate Recreational

Picture of girl in handstand

Participants range in age from 7 to 9 years.

Classes are 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration with an 8:1 participant to coach ratio.

This program follows a level system (levels 1 to 5). Children work at their own pace at their own level building on skills previously attained. For example, the Level 1 floor skill of a front roll down the cheese becomes a front roll down the cheese to a stand in Level 2, then progresses to a front straddle roll down the cheese in Level 3.

Girls Advanced Intermediate Recreational

Picture of girl practicing her bridge

Age range is 7 to 9 years. Participants must have gymnastics experience.

Classes are 2 hours in duration with an 8:1 participant to coach ratio.

This program is for girls that have experience in gymnastics and and would like to be challenged. The girls continue to work through our Level program starting at Level 6 and working up to Level 12, at their own pace. Participants may use this program as a stepping stone to competitive gymnastics. To continue with skill examples, Level 6 requires a bridge kickover down the cheese with spot, Level 7 progresses to the bridge kickover without spot. By Level 11 this skill becomes a tick tock, and we begin working the back walkover on low beam.

Girls Senior Recreational

Group Picture of girls presenting

Ages 10 and up.

Classes are 2 hours in duration with an 8:1 participant to coach ratio.

Participants work at their own pace learning the fun, fitness and fundamentals of gymnastics. This program follows the level structure outlined in the Girls Intermediate and Girls Advanced Intermediate Recreational programs (Levels 1 through 5) but is for older girls.

Girls Advanced Senior Recreational

Group picture of girls on the floor

Ages 10 and up.

Classes are 2 hours and 30 minutes in duration with an 8:1 participant to coach ratio.

This class is for older girls who love gymnastics and are serious about fitness. As with all of our programs, participants work at their own pace learning the fun, fitness, and fundamentals of gymnastics. This program follows the level structure outlined in our Girls Intermediate and Girls Advanced Intermediate programs (Levels 1 through 12), but is strictly for older girls.

Boys Recreational Programs

Particpants work through our leveled structure where each level builds on the previous skill set attained.

Boys Junior Recreational

Picture of boy climbing rope

Ages 5 and 6 years.

Classes are one hour and 15 minutes in duration with an 8:1 participant to coach ratio.

This boys program follows our Level system (1 through 8) with the boys working at their own pace. Skills will be learned on Floor, Horizontal Bar, Parallel Bars, Pommel Horse, Vault, Rings, and Trampoline. To demonstrate the Level progression, Level 1 begins with small casts on Horizontal Bar, Level 2 requires the boys to cast hips on Horizontal Bar, and Level 3 further builds requires them to cast hips slightly off bar. On Pommel Horse, boys learn hands on mushroom and walk feet around in Level 3, are progressing to a 1/2 double leg circle on the mushroom in Level 4.

Ratio 8:1.

Boys Intermediate Recreational

Picture of athlete performing front tuck

Ages 7 - 9 years.

Classes are 90 minutes in duration with an 8:1 participant to coach ratio.

This program is designed for older boys, and follows our level system (1 through 8) with the boys working at their own pace. Skills will be learned on Floor, Horizontal Bar, Parallel Bars, Pommel Horse, Vault, Rings, and Trampoline. To demonstrate the Level progression, Level 1 begins with small casts on Horizontal Bar, Level 2 builds on that skill by developing that into cast hips on Horizontal Bar, Level 3 further builds on that skill by moving to cast hips slightly off bar. On Pommel Horse, boys would learn hands on mushroom and walk feet around in Level 3, and progress to 1/2 double leg circle on the mushroom in Level 4.

Ratio 8:1.

Boys Senior Recreational

Picture of athlete on mushroom

Ages 10 and up.

Classes are 90 minutes in duration with an 8:1 participant to coach ratio.

This program is designed for older boys who want to be challenged. Participants must have experience. Boys will work at their own pace in the higher levels of our Level system. Skills will be learned on Floor, Horizontal Bar, Parallel Bars, Pommel Horse, Vault, Rings, and Trampoline. This program may be used as a stepping stone to our Boys Competitive program.

The program is geared towards athletes 10 years and up.

Ratio 8:1.

Competitive Programs

Northumberland Gymnastics Centre offers competitive gymnastics for both female and male athletes, from Pre-comp through Provincial levels. Our philosophy is that gymnastics should always be fun. We aim to help our athletes achieve their goals in a positive atmosphere that does not create pressure or stress. For us, it's all about our athletes. We understand the need to balance family, school, and sports, so we provide a range of training hours for each competitive program. Hours can be trimmed back to the minimum or expanded to the maximum depending on individual needs.

Entry into our competitive programs is by invitation only. If you think the competitive program is for you, please contact us to schedule a try-out.

Girls

Pre-Comp

Picture of Pre-comp girls at competition march-in

This program is designed specifically for girls 4 to 7 years old. Athletes are invited by a Northumberland Gymnastics coach to join the program. Usually, the athletes in this group have progressed through Advanced Juniorgym, or have crossed over from the Advanced Girls Recreational program.

These girls will train 3 - 6 hours per week. When the coach feels they are ready, they will be invited to compete at an ODP (Ontario Development Program) competition.

At 8 years old, these girls will advance to the Competitive Level 1 - 4 program.

Level 1 - 4

Picture of competitive girls at an Invitational meet

Our Level 1 - 4 program is for girls 8 years and up. Athletes must be selected by coaches, and assessment of ability and skills is mandatory. Most often these athletes have advanced through our Girls Recreational and Advanced Girls Recreational programs.

The girls in this group will train for 6 - 12 hours per week. The focus is to obtain skills necessary to compete at Ontario Competitive Program (OCP) Competitions. In addition to training on the apparatus, the girls are also required to engage in conditioning routines that will improve their strength and flexibility.

Athletes are expected to compete in at least one, and possibly three OCP Invitational Competitions at the discretion of their coach.

When the girls have had strong results at Level 4 OCP Invitational Competitions, they may be chosen to move up to our Provincial Girls program.

Provincial

Picture of Provincial girl on Vault

This program is for girls 9 years and up. Athletes are selected for this program, and must undergo assessment of their skills. Typically, these girls have moved up through the Level 1 - 4 Invitational program, and are invited to join the Provincial team.

These athletes train for 12 - 16 hours per week. Rigorous conditioning is required. To support our girls, we bring in guest coaches to assist in their training. Most recently, we have had a dance instructor working with them.

Our Provincial girls compete in Women's Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Provincial Qualifiers as well as OCP Invitational Competitions.

Boys

Pre-Comp

Picture of Pre-Comp athlete climbing the rope

This program is designed for boys 5 to 7 years old. Boys are selected for this program by our coaches, and have usually moved up through our pre-school Advanced Juniorgym or our Boys Recreational programs.

These boys train for 4 - 6 hours per week. It's more of a fun program that develops the strength and flexibility necessary to move on to the Interclub competitive program. Here, the boys get a feel for competitive gymnastics without the pressure of competing.

Our Pre-comp boys compete as demonstration athletes. They will advance into the Interclub program when the coach feels they are ready.

Interclub

Picture of athlete winning a medal at an Interclub competition

This program is for boys 8 years old and up. Boys must be chosen for this program, and usually they have moved up through the Pre-comp or Boys Recreational programs.

These athletes train for 4 - 9 hours per week. Conditioning is an important part of our program and helps the athlete to gain the strength necessary to develop skills for competition.

Interclub boys compete at one or two Invitational Competitions.

The progression for Interclub boys is to join the Provincial program when they have established the necessary skills.

Provincial

Picture of NGC athlete on Rings at Provincials

This program is for boys 8 years and up, who are serious about competition. Boys are selected for this program and must undergo mandatory assessment of their skills. Most of these athletes have progressed through the Interclub program or the Advanced Boys Recreational program.

Our Provincial boys train for 10 - 16 hours per week. Conditioning is an essential part of our program as we help the athlete develop the strength and skills necessary to compete at the Provincial level.

These boys compete in Men's Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Provincial Qualifiers as well as Invitational Competitions.

Cheerleading Programs

Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and is a great way to stay active and fit in a fun-filled environment. This sport builds trust, teamwork, coordination, social skills, and so much more. Participants will be using the Trampoline, Tumble Trak, Rod Floor, and Floor to perfect skills and develop new skills. Routines will be learned, practiced, and performed.

Please wear spandex or gym shorts, leggings, or capris. Indoor shoes are required. We recommend any comfortable running shoe with a smooth bottom. Rough edges on shoes can be painful when stunting on one another. Long hair must be tied back.

There are no pre-requisites required. All experience levels are welcome.

Youth

Stunts

This program is for ages 8 - 11 years.

Youth Cheerleaders will train 1 day per week for 2 hours.

Teams will work on a choreographed routine that will help them learn teamwork, leadership, and safety skills that will help them throughout life. Each participant will work at the skill level comfortable for them under the supervision of our NCCP gymnastic certified coaches.

Senior/Intermediate

Practicing lifts

This program is for ages 12 - 18 years.

Senior/Intermediate Cheerleaders will train 1 day per week for 2.5 hours.

Teams will work on a choreagraphed routine that will help them learn teamwork, leadership, and safety skills that will help them throughout life. Each participant will work at the skill level comfortable for them under the supervision of our NCCP gymnastic certified coaches.