CALL US TODAY! 847-448-8252
Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Michelle Tompkins, Program Coordinator
Thank you for enrolling your child in the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department's Gymnastics program.
Our program takes a recreational approach to gymnastics. Our focus is on skill development, while also ensuring a fun and safe program for our gymnasts. Our small classes are ideal for children to receive one-on-one attention, and our staff is encouraging supportive.
Registering your child for the appropriate class is the first step to ensuring success and fun with our program. Beginning classes are for children who have never taken a gymnastics class or who have taken a class for less than one year. Certain skills are necessary before taking the Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced level classes. If your child has not mastered these skills, he or she will not be able to learn more advanced skills. Your child would then have to switch to a lower-level class. If you are unsure of which class to register your child for, please contact the gymnastics Program Coordinator, Michelle Tompkins at 847-448-8681 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children in our program should wear clothes that are comfortable and allow them to move around. Please avoid over-sized T-shirts or shorts, long pants, skirts, denim shorts or jeans, jewelry, socks or tights and tutu's. Children with longer hair should have it pulled back.
Mom, Dad and Tot Gymnastics (ages 2-3 years w/parent or guardian)
Designed to introduce young children to the world of gymnastics, this class offers a fun and relaxing opportunity for your little one to explore all of our equipment at their own pace. Each class will include an obstacle course to challenge your child's large motor development, instruction on simple gymnastics skills children can master to build their confidence, free play and exploration, and each class ends with parachute play.
Preschool Gymnastics (ages 3-5 years)
Coaches will focus on basic gymnastic skills in our preschool classes while helping your child build on their confidence. Classes will teach gymnasts proper techniques on the basic gymnastic positions, stretching, getting use to the different pieces of equipment and age-appropriate tricks and games to help build strength, flexibility and the cognitive skills necessary for some of the more challenging gymnastic skills.
Beginning Gymnastics (ages 5-10 years)
Our goal in Beginning Gymnastics is to create a strong foundation our gymnasts can build on as they progress through our program. Beginning Gymnastics will teach children basic skills on the bars, beam, vault and floor while also working on the strength training and flexibility needed to accomplish more challenging skills.
Advanced Beginning Gymnastics (ages 6-10 years)
Building off of the basic skills gymnasts mastered in our Beginning program, Advanced Beginning gymnastics continues challenging children by introducing them to higher level skills. For example, in Beginning Gymnastics your child learned how to correctly complete a forward roll. Building off of this skill, Advanced Beginning gymnasts will be challenged to work on a handstand forward roll. Coaches will focus on building confidence as well as emphasizing the importance of strength and flexibility.
The highest level of gymnastics our program will teach, Intermediate/Advanced gymnastics gives your child the ability to receive more one-on-one instruction, as well be challenged to execute more difficult and advanced skills. Our goal in Intermediate/Advanced gymnastics is to push gymnasts slightly outside of their comfort zone to challenge their abilities, while focusing on building confidence.Intermediate Gymnastics Parent Manual
Tumbling for Cheerleaders (ages 6-12)
Not just for cheerleaders, this tumbling class is perfect for those children just interested in floor tricks. This class will focus on front and back rolls, cartwheels, front and back handsprings, as well as jumps that can be used on a cheer or dance squad.