The Fox Valley Family YMCA gymnastics program is patterned after the U.S.A. Gymnastics Federation Junior Olympic Program. We offer beginner through advanced instruction. Our goal is to help each child achieve their highest potential through proper skill progression with safety as our number one concern.
We encourage all our participants to pursue their gymnastics dreams by providing them with the coaches, resources, and encouragement to do so in well-rounded programs for all ages and skills. Strength and aerobic conditioning are an instrumental part of the development in our participants as is building self-confidence, determination, teamwork, sportsmanship and awareness of their potential to set goals and achieve what they thought was impossible.
Our fully equipped YMCA gymnastics training facility, located at our Central Branch, includes uneven bars, balance beams, vaulting table, practice pit, and 40’ x 40’ spring floor exercise mat, plus a "little gym" specifically designed for our Tumbling Tykes with low beams, wedge mats, and tot-sized vault.
All branches of Gymnastics and Tumbling help develop motor skills through activities that increase strength, balance and body control.
- Preschool Gymnastics Classes
(ages 2-5 years)
- Girls Instructional Classes*
- Beginner (ages 6+)
- Progressions A & B (ages 6+)
- Teen Basic Gymnastics (ages 12+)
- Co-Ed Tumbling Classes
- Fox Valley Flyers Competitive Team
For class times and descriptions download our program guide below.
*Advancement from each level may take anywhere from three months to two years, depending on the individual gymnast. The Y reserves the right to move gymnasts to the appropriate levels, combine classes, cancel classes, and change times during the course of all sessions.
The Flyers are coached by Karen Oelker, Chloé Oelker, Tiffany Haag, and Kathleen Lavery. Our goal as coaches is to not only make this a strong, winning team, but to teach our girls the importance of working together and supporting each other. We believe what they learn here will stay with them long after their gymnastics careers.
The Flyers Team consists of levels 3 through 8 and has approximately 40 gymnasts competing. Team try-outs are held each year in June as a part of our annual Summer Gymnastics Camp. All gymnasts that would like to be considered for the competition team must attend camp to be evaluated by the entire team coaching staff. View meet photos here.
Gymnastics is one of the most comprehensive lifestyle exercise programs available to children, incorporating strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power, and discipline. Whether they are involved in recreational gymnastics or with a competition squad, skills learned in gymnastics can benefit a child’s overall development. REGISTER TODAY!
2017 Gymnastics Camps
JUNE 5-8 | CENTRAL BRANCH
Instructional Camp | Ages 6+ | 9am-3pm | $145M/$175NM
Pre-School Camp | Ages 4-5 | 9am-12pm | $80M/$160NM
This camp for boys and girls runs 9am-12pm, Monday through Thursday. Campers will work on all four gymnastics events, plus swim and participate in indoor and outdoor activities (including tie-dyeing camp shirts) each day. Campers should bring a swim suit, towel, snack, and a change of clothes.
Gymnastics Mini Meet
August 5 | $40M/$60NM
NEW THIS Summer! As part of our Summer Gymnastics Program, we are offering students who have enrolled in class the opportunity to participate in our Annual Mini Meet! Gymnasts will learn routines and then perform them in front of family and friends. Each participant will receive a trophy! Late registration fee applied after June 30th.
(M/NM = Member/Non-Member)
A gymnastics birthday party at the Y means fun in our foam pit and exciting races through our obstacle course! The Y provides pizzas, juice, tableware, and even the cake - this is all included in the price. Plus, a YMCA Gymnastics staff member will be on hand to run the party from start to finish. The best part is, we do all the clean-up!
$145M / $225NM | Ages 6+ | Up to 12 children*
All parties run two hours, for up to 12 children. Gymnastics parties can be held some Saturdays and most Sundays. Two weeks notice is needed to secure party date.
*To accommodate a party larger than 12, please ask about our “Big Party” package.
Contact Kaylie to book your party today!
(630) 552-4100 ext. 243
The Y offers many different themed parties. Click here for more info.
FOX VALLEY FLYERS SPORT CUSTOM FLOOR ROUTINES
For Chloé Oelker, this competitive gymnastics season is like no other; with a new season comes all new floor routines for her level 6 & 7 gymnasts. And by new, we’re talking: last year’s trends are out and forget about those pre-purchased templates.
A custom choreographed floor routine for each competitive gymnast is no small task but Chloé finds joy in pulling from her own gymnastics, dance and music background. An extensive performing arts background that includes over 14 years of dance in the Fox Valley community, 15 years of violin and 6 years of gymnastics training.
After 6 years of instructing, she’s a pro at getting to know each gymnast; taking in their personality, skill level and even their taste in music. Her goal is to find the perfect niche between tumbling, dance and music. And while her focus is on technique, she also values the importance of making the routines fun.
Erin Doles, a level 6 Fox Valley Flyer from Yorkville, says, “Chloé knows how to bring out my personality, she picks music I can dance to and really express myself. ”
At the drawing board, she constructs an outline for each routine that sticks to the extensive rules and requirements in place by USA Gymnastics. Then, she adds music, sometimes taking up to 6 hours to edit a song! So, not only will no other routine look like Chloé’s, no other routine will sound like it, either.
Click here to learn more about our gymnastics program including classes for all ages and skill levels.
Above: Erin "mirrors" Chloé while learning her new floor routine.
Below: Chloé spots Erin's tumbling pass.