Gymnastics Parent Connection: Back to School Edition

Gymnastics Parent Connection Back-To-School

Back-To-School means back to routines. Often summer can be a less regimented time for families especially with the longer daylight hours and extra activities. So with the school year just around the corner, it is a great time to start settling back into a routine. To you, the gymnastics parent, thank you for choosing Pinnacle as a piece of that weekly routine.

Gymnastics is a great sport for children to learn structure. Lesson Plans at Pinnacle are designed to include a basic routine for the athletes but incorporates different skill sets or themes each week which are designed to help the athlete achieve a natural progression of the skills introduced.

Welcome to those of you new to the Pinnacle family, the definitions to the left will help you better understand some of our Lesson Plan basics. For those of you continuing your gymnastics journey with us, a big “glad to have you back!” Have a great school year!

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Gymnastics Terminology (Some Basics)

Event: Generally lesson plans are designed to move through the following 4 events Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor. Boys classes will include Floor, Vault, Tumbling and a Boys Equipment Circuit including rings, pommel horse and parallel bars.

Circuit: A circuit is when the lesson plans are done in a circular or loop so that the athlete completes skills one after the other progressively moving through all the skills demonstrated and continuously until time to move to the next Event.


Station: A station is typically when students complete a skill again and again, possibly with a partner at the same station and then will rotate to the next station upon the coaches signal. Usually completing 4 stations before moving to the next Event

Safe Landing: Jump down landing on two feet with slightly bent legs and arms extended out straight forward.

Warm-Up: The initial portion of class which includes an activity that involves movement followed by stretching. This is often a time when a coach will incorporate conversation or fun questions requiring a response from each athlete to get them engaged.

Have a child interested in learning tumbling?  Take a look at our tumbling classes for kids!

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