Dubai Olympic Gymnastics Club
Class Descriptions

RECREATIONALGYMNASTICS

Unless your child has taken part in gymnastics at another Club, most children start their gymnastics career in the recreational program.   Here we aim to provide an introduction to the sport of gymnastics and look to develop your child’s body awareness, co-ordination, strength and flexibility in an enjoyable and friendly setting.   During these 1 or 2 hour classes we introduce the gymnasts to basic gymnastics skills and elementary apparatus work.   Recreational gymnasts are able to participate in “in-house” 2-Piece floor and vault (Girls) or 3 piece (Boys) competitions when 7+ years.

 

MUMMY & ME

Female 18 months old -2yrs Old Male 2yrs – 3yrs

In the Mom/Me class they experience thrilling moments in the gym that range from rolling on mats to playing group games. Their experience on the gymnastics apparatus is normally in the form of obstacle courses. The tots are encouraged to climb, crawl, and jump from station to station. The objectives at each station are basic motor patterns and therefore, simple to complete. Tot and parent share all of this excitement as they work through each class as partners.An additional benefit of being involved in gymnastics at this young age is the opportunity to socialize with other children of the same age. Sharing, following simple directions and social skill development are all-important aspects of a Parent/Tot Program. Long verbal explanations and demonstrations by the teacher are kept to a minimum due to the children’s short attention span.


TINY TOTS
(Female 3-4 years old & Male 4 years old)
Tiny-Tots gymnastics program is a class format in which boys age 4 and girls ages 3-4 years are without a parent and participate in a group class format with a specialized instructor.   Experts believe that movement at this stage in life is essential in developing hand eye coordination, direction taking skills, motor development, physical education and cooperative learning skills.   Students will learn a formal introduction to the USA Junior Olympic Program -  Introduction gymnastics that includes basic tumbling skills and an overall experience that includes the bars, beam, and mini-vault with age appropriate equipment.   This amazing 1 hour lesson involving FUN and EXCITEMENT will delight your child and bring years of physical benefit and fun!
Class Ratio: Max 6:1 (Students:Coach)
Expected training: 1 or 2 sessions per week


TUMBLE TOTS
(Male & Female 5-6 years old)
Our Tumble Tots classes are part of the developmental program based on Elementary gymnastics within the USA Junior Olympic Program - these classes are grouped based on skill, ability and age. Classes will emphasize a formal introduction to proper training technique of the bars, beam, vault, floor exercise,  flexibility training, strength training and more!   Each class is carefully constructed to motivate your child in a fun and progressive environment with the primary emphasis on safety and proper training methods for injury prevention and physical growth.  Progression from this class is to TOPS or at age 7 years to FOUNDATION (dependent on achieving Bars for girls).
Class Ratio: Max 8:1 (Students:Coach)
Expected training: 1 or 2 sessions per week


FOUNDATION
(Male & Female 7-11 years old)
This program is designed for students who only wish to attend 1 class per week or who have little or no previous gymnastics experience and do not have the upper body strength and flexibility required for our 4 piece program. Gymnasts in this program will continue to progress through Girls levels 1-2 of the 2 piece program which will still follow the USA Junior Olympic Program and include competition training on the Floor and Vault for our female gymnasts and male gymnasts will cover Boys Level 3 of the Floor, Vault and Parallel Bars
Class Ratio: Max 10:1 (Students:Coach)

Expected training: 1 session per week

 

 

COMPETITIVEGYMNASTICS

The Competitive section of the Club is currently divided into a number of training squads based on age and ability. Gymnastics is a physically challenging sport and only those gymnasts demonstrating the necessary capability and commitment will be able to progress into the competitive section of the Club.  Our Higher Foundation and Excel competitive gymnasts have the opportunity to take part in the 3-piece (Girls) or 4-piece (Boys) inter-club competitions appropriate to their level of ability.  Our TOPs, Tech Prep and Elite gymnasts have the opportunity to participate in 4-piece (Girls) and 6 piece (Boys) Interclub and International competitions appropriate to their level of ability. 
Our TOPs, Tech-Prep and Elite Squad gymnasts are expected to attend the required amount of weekly training sessions in order to benefit from their training program and meet their training objectives. 
Competitive squad gymnasts may also be invited to national and international competitions.  Progression for competitive gymnasts involves a large commitment from both gymnasts and parents. Regular attendance at training sessions is vital if your child wishes to increase his or her repertoire of gymnastics skills and both maintain and improve his or her levels of fitness.  Success in gymnastics takes a great deal of dedication and many years of hard work. Gymnastics is the most demanding of all sports, but is also one of the most exhilarating and satisfying for both participants and spectators alike


TOPS
(Male and Female 5 &6 years old by Invitation Only)
Talent Opportunity Program - This is a selected group of 5-6 year olds that show potential and that have expressed a desire to increase the intensity of their training. TOPs gymnasts train a minimum of 2 times per week for 2 hours each session.  Their training includes rotations on all the 4 (girls) or 6 piece (boys) apparatus.   Emphasis here is to establish a strong base of fundamental gymnastics skills, strength and flexibility on which we can build more advanced skills later down the line.    This Competitive program offers classes with a dedicated Coach where their attention to detail is essential in an attempt to ingrain a more disciplined training attitude in their students.  This is a Competitive Program and gymnast can expect to participate in Inter-Club competitions.  Our female TOPs train under FIG Class 1A whilst our TOPs boys train at USA Level 3.  Girls progress from this program to Tech Prep and boys to Primary Foundation.
Class Ratio: Max 8:1 (Students:Coach)
Required training: 2 or 3 sessions per week (2 hr sessions)


HIGHER FOUNDATION
(Male & Female 7yrs +)
Female: This Competitive program is designed for students that have little or no previous gymnastics experience however are willing to commit to and attend a minimum of 2 x 2 hour sessions per week.  This program is designed for gymnasts that do not have the upper body strength and flexibility required for the Bars apparatus but still wish to progress and compete at Inter-Club meets.  Gymnasts in this program will move through the USA Levels 1 & 2 within this 3-piece program which follows the USA Junior Olympic Program and includes training on the Floor, Beam and Vault apparatus only.
Male: This Competitive program follows from our Foundation program and is designed for students with previous gymnastics experience and the necessary strength and flexibility required for the USA Junior Olympic Program at USA Level 4.  It includes 4-piece training on Floor, Vault, Parallel Bars and Pommel Horse apparatus and gymnasts should expect to compete at Inter-Club competitions.
Class Ratio: Max 10:1 (Students:Coach)
Required training: 2 or 3 sessions per week (2 hr sessions)
 

EXCEL
(Female 7+ years)
Female: This Competitive program offers classes with a dedicated Coach per level, is designed for students that have at least 2 years previous gymnastics experience and follows from the Higher Foundation program.  Gymnasts must have already passed USA Level 2 and be willing to commit to and attend a minimum of 2 x 3 hour sessions per week.  This program is designed for gymnasts that do not have the upper body strength and flexibility required for the Bars apparatus but still wish to progress and compete at Inter-Club meets.  Gymnasts in this program will move through the USA Levels 3, 4 & 5 within this 3-piece program which follows the USA Junior Olympic Program and includes training on the Floor, Beam and Vault apparatus only.   Gymnasts in this program will participate in Inter-Club competitions and should expect to take at least one full academic year (3 terms) to pass a level.
Expected training: 2 or 3 sessions per week
Session Duration: 3 hours
Max Student:Coach Ratio: 10:1 Coach 


TECH-PREP
Invitation only
Female: FIG Class 1 & Class 2 - this Competitive program offers classes with a dedicated Coach per level and are grouped based on skill, ability, age and Level.  Classes emphasize advanced training techniques across all 4 apparatus, flexibility training, strength training and more.  Each class is carefully constructed to motivate in a supportive and progressive environment with the primary emphasis on safe and correct training methods for injury prevention.   These program levels are the final Compulsory skill groups before moving into the Elite Voluntary Competitive Program.  Gymnasts should expect to take 18-24 months to pass a level and will compete in Inter-Club competitions.
Male: This program is designed for students that have extensive previous gymnastics experience and the necessary strength and flexibility required for the USA Junior Olympic Program USA Levels 5-8 and includes 6-piece training on Floor, Vault, Parallel Bars, High Bars, Rings and Pommel Horse apparatus.  Gymnasts should expect to take at least one full academic year (3 terms) to pass a level and will compete in Inter-Club competitions.
Required training: 2 to 5 sessions per week


ELITE
Invitation only
Female gymnasts who reach the upper levels of gymnastics can expect to spend some serious time at the gym, developing skills and choreographing their own routines.   Gymnastics, at FIG Bronze will be doing a giant and clear hip on Bars, a back handspring on Beam and a round-off back handspring back layout on Floor.  Girls competing at FIG Silver will be doing a turning element in a handstand position on Bars. They do a two-flight series on Beam, and a two-flip acro series on Floor.   By FIG Gold, they do a release move and catch on Bars, an aerial/salto skill on Beam, and a round-off back handspring twisting salto on Floor. Those who make it will be doing at least two releases on Bars, a series and salto skill on Beam, and a double twisting or double flipping skill on Floor.
Class Ratio: Max 8:1 (Students:Coach)
Required training: 4 to 5 sessions per week

 

 


   DOGC proudly follows both the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic and FIG Programs