Seattle Gymnastics Academy offers classes for Boys age 3.5-18 years. Whether your son is just beginning to run and climb, or if he's progressed to using your couch as his personal trampoline - SGA has a class that will harness and direct that enthusiasm in a fun and safe environment!
Beginning Boys Gymnastics-
The goal of our Ions, Sparks and Stars classes is to introduce the boys to gymnastics activity. These classes consist of basic strength and skills on the Boys' apparatus: Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar - as well as instruction in beginning Tumbling and Trampoline.
Boys Ions: (3.5-4 yrs.) a 45-minute class for young boys who are new to gymnastics classes. Ions focus on learning basic gymnastics skills on the Boys' apparatus, and will be introduced to some basic strength and flexibility - all in a FUN class geared toward preschool boys. Ions classes are offered in the morning and early-afternoon.
Boys Sparks: (4-5 yrs.) a 60-minute introductory boys gymnastics class with focus on proper skill progression and fundamental strength development. Before promotion to Sparks classes, boys should be able to follow direction and perform simple drills with some autonomy. Sparks classes are designed to keep the boys busy for the entire hour - and avoid waiting in lines. Upon graduation from Sparks, boys will have a good acrobatic foundation of proper Handstands and Cartwheels, and a good fundamental understanding of gymnastics swing and strength. Sparks classes are offered in the mornings and afternoons. Note: If they are 4 years old, they will need to be promoted, if they are 5 years old then they can enroll.
Boys Stars: (6-9 yrs.) a 60-minute introductory boys gymnastics class with focus on proper skill progression and fundamental strength development. Stars classes offer an appropriate challenge for 6-9 year old boys who are brand new (or new-er) to gymnastics. Boys will work on developing proper swing on the boys' apparatus, as well as develop good basic tumbling skills. Upon completion of the Stars' curriculum, boys will have the good basic skills necessary to practicing more difficult gymnastics skills, and the physical strength to apply their skills as they progress in level.
Intermediate Boys Gymnastics-
Our classes for boys age 5 - 14 strive to increase boys' strength, skill and agility through active, FUN classes. We wish to not only teach these boys great gymnastics skills, but to enrich them through their participation here. Our goal for this age is to promote to kids and parents that Gymnastics can be an integral part of a healthy, active lifestyle or a strong complement to other Sports.
Boys Novas: (5+ yrs. intermediate) A 1-hour Advanced-beginning to Intermediate gymnastics class. Boys who wish to enroll in a Novas class should have graduated from Sparks or Stars, or have instructor permission. Novas classes offer a greater challenge – both in the amount of strength and conditioning and also in the complexity of gymnastics skills taught. Upon completion of the Novas curriculum, boys will be able to perform combinations of gymnastics skills on all 6 apparatus.
Boys Rockets: (8+ Intermediate/Advanced) a 90-minute class for Intermediate and Advanced recreational boys that expands on the Novas curriculum and may also include training and preparation for team. Rockets meet once or twice per week, and dedicate a larger portion of their daily class to strength and flexibility. Rockets classes focus on developing a variety of basic skills, but allow each boy to attempt higher level skills based on his aptitude.
Boys Tumbling: (beginning and intermediate; 6+ yrs.) a 90-minute class that provides a place for boys to focus on tumbling and flipping in a safe environment. Beginner Tumbling classes are available to all boys 6 and up, and will focus on developing correct Somersaults, Handstands and Cartwheels, as well as basic trampoline skills. Intermediate/Advanced tumblers will work on connecting these skills and also learn Front and Back-handsprings, as well as Front and Backward flipping skills. All Tumbling classes train on the Floor Exercise as well as the Trampoline.
Competitive Gymnastics Path-
The SGA Boys' team is selected as boys move up in ablility and desire more structured training. Boys teams are generally chosen from Dynamos and Rockets classes by instructor invitation. For boys who are not currently in a Dynamos or Rockets class, an open tryout is available in April.
Boys Dynamos: (Accelerated 5-7) a 90-minute class for Advanced Beginner and Intermediate boys who are interested in an accelerated recreational class or preparation for the boys team. Dynamos classes expand the recreational curriculum by adding 30 minutes of strength and gymnastics skills per class. Dynamos classes are ideal for the boys who are looking for a greater challenge than our 60-minute classes provide. Boys in Sparks, Stars and Novas may sign up for Dynamos class - but should check with their instructor to see if this class is appropriate.
Boys Team: trains 4-16+ hours per week. The Boys team trains at the Shiveley Gymnasium in Lake City and participates in USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic competitions. These boys travel to gymnastics meets in our five-state region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska). The boys team primarily recruits from Dynamos and Rockets classes - but offers an open tryout in the Spring and Fall. For Team news and schedules check the SGA TEAMS tab.
To discuss your son's placement or advancement, contact Mike Tomford at 206-362-7447 ext. 108. At Ballard, ask for Alec Bye: 206-782-1496. At Columbia City, ask for Spencer Slaton: 206-782-1496.