Gymnastics

Program Description

Miami University Recreation offers a youth gymnastics program for children ages 2+ at Sawyer Hall. Each class has an experienced instructor that is background-checked and maintains certifications in gymnastics safety and CPR/first-aid. Activities are designed for instruction, recreation, and fitness in the format of group lessons, private and semi-private lessons, and birthday parties.

At this time gymnastics classes are not being offered, please check back in mid-November for updates.

Sawyer Gym is located at 751 Western College Drive Oxford, OH 45056. You can get to the facility from Western Drive off of US 27.

Parking is located near Boyd Hall off of Western Drive near the Greenhouse.

Class Schedules

No classes are being held at this time.

Parent/Child (ages 2–3)

Parent participation is required. The class is 45 minutes of warm-up and stretch followed by circuits that involve gymnastics equipment. Coach(es) lead while parents interact with their children and teach them developmental skills utilizing our equipment. Your child will learn skills like jumping, swinging, walking on a beam and rolling. They will improve motor skills, hand/eye coordination and balance. They will learn basic gymnastics vocabulary and positions, and improve their ability to listen and follow directions.

Preschool (ages 3–5)

This class is for children who are potty trained. Our preschool classes are designed to teach the basic skills and terminology of gymnastics. Your child will learn skills like cartwheels, forward rolls, swings and supports on bars. This class will help your child learn how to behave and interact in a structured class setting while improving his/her physical capabilities.

Class Schedules

No classes are being held at this time.

Beginner Girls (ages 6+)

This class is designed for girls who have little to no gymnastics experience and wish to learn beginner skills like cartwheels, forward and backward rolls, handstands, swings, pullovers, walking/jumping on a beam, and punching a springboard. Our girl’s classes will focus on floor, bars, beam and vault.

Intermediate Girls (ages 6+)

This class is designed for girls who have previous gymnastics experience or have already mastered the skills taught in our Beginner Girls class. Students will continue working on all apparatus and will learn more advanced skills such as round-offs, bridge kickovers, pullovers and back hip circles on bars, and handstands on beam.

Advanced Girls (ages 6+, must be screened by an instructor)

This class is designed for girls who have mastered the skills taught in our Intermediate Girls class and wish to continue improving their gymnastics skills and be more challenged. Students will continue working on all apparatus and will learn more advanced skills like back handsprings, back walkovers, front hip circles, underswing dismount on low bar, cartwheels on beam and flat back vaults.

Tumbling (ages 6+)

Students will learn advanced tumbling skills needed for cheerleading and dance like standing back handsprings, round-off back handsprings, aerials, and standing back tucks.

Class Schedules

No classes are held at this time.

Beginners Boys (ages 6+)

This class is designed for boys who have little to no gymnastics experience and wish to learn beginner skills like cartwheels, forward and backward rolls, handstands, swings, pullovers and punching a springboard.

Intermediate Boys (ages 6+)

This class is designed for boys who have previous gymnastics experience or have already mastered the skills taught in our Beginner Boys class. Students will learn more advanced skills utilizing vault, parallel bars, floor, rings and pommel horse.

Ninja Warrior (ages 5-13)

The Ninja Warrior class combines gymnastics, and parkour moves into a fast-paced combination of stations and obstacle courses. Similar to the popular television competition, Ninja Warrior classes allow athletes to put their strength, speed, and agility to the test. The class runs in a 6-week session with one-hour classes held once a week. During these class periods, the Ninjas will work on breaking down each obstacle, learning how to properly execute each with varying degrees of difficulty. Twice during the 6-week session there will be an Open Gym time where the athletes will combine all of their stations into one ultimate Ninja Warrior obstacle course.  

Parent/Child & Preschool

Class Schedules

No classes are being held at this time.

Parent/Child (ages 2–3)

Parent participation is required. The class is 45 minutes of warm-up and stretch followed by circuits that involve gymnastics equipment. Coach(es) lead while parents interact with their children and teach them developmental skills utilizing our equipment. Your child will learn skills like jumping, swinging, walking on a beam and rolling. They will improve motor skills, hand/eye coordination and balance. They will learn basic gymnastics vocabulary and positions, and improve their ability to listen and follow directions.

Preschool (ages 3–5)

This class is for children who are potty trained. Our preschool classes are designed to teach the basic skills and terminology of gymnastics. Your child will learn skills like cartwheels, forward rolls, swings and supports on bars. This class will help your child learn how to behave and interact in a structured class setting while improving his/her physical capabilities.

Girls

Class Schedules

No classes are being held at this time.

Beginner Girls (ages 6+)

This class is designed for girls who have little to no gymnastics experience and wish to learn beginner skills like cartwheels, forward and backward rolls, handstands, swings, pullovers, walking/jumping on a beam, and punching a springboard. Our girl’s classes will focus on floor, bars, beam and vault.

Intermediate Girls (ages 6+)

This class is designed for girls who have previous gymnastics experience or have already mastered the skills taught in our Beginner Girls class. Students will continue working on all apparatus and will learn more advanced skills such as round-offs, bridge kickovers, pullovers and back hip circles on bars, and handstands on beam.

Advanced Girls (ages 6+, must be screened by an instructor)

This class is designed for girls who have mastered the skills taught in our Intermediate Girls class and wish to continue improving their gymnastics skills and be more challenged. Students will continue working on all apparatus and will learn more advanced skills like back handsprings, back walkovers, front hip circles, underswing dismount on low bar, cartwheels on beam and flat back vaults.

Tumbling (ages 6+)

Students will learn advanced tumbling skills needed for cheerleading and dance like standing back handsprings, round-off back handsprings, aerials, and standing back tucks.

Boys

Class Schedules

No classes are held at this time.

Beginners Boys (ages 6+)

This class is designed for boys who have little to no gymnastics experience and wish to learn beginner skills like cartwheels, forward and backward rolls, handstands, swings, pullovers and punching a springboard.

Intermediate Boys (ages 6+)

This class is designed for boys who have previous gymnastics experience or have already mastered the skills taught in our Beginner Boys class. Students will learn more advanced skills utilizing vault, parallel bars, floor, rings and pommel horse.

Ninja Warrior

Ninja Warrior (ages 5-13)

The Ninja Warrior class combines gymnastics, and parkour moves into a fast-paced combination of stations and obstacle courses. Similar to the popular television competition, Ninja Warrior classes allow athletes to put their strength, speed, and agility to the test. The class runs in a 6-week session with one-hour classes held once a week. During these class periods, the Ninjas will work on breaking down each obstacle, learning how to properly execute each with varying degrees of difficulty. Twice during the 6-week session there will be an Open Gym time where the athletes will combine all of their stations into one ultimate Ninja Warrior obstacle course.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the classes held?

The classes are located at Sawyer Hall (751 Western College Drive).

Where can I park at Sawyer Hall?

There is parking available near Sawyer. Please see map above for exact location. Contact Mike Arnos by email at arnosmp@MiamiOH.edu  for a parking pass if you do not have a Miami University pass.

What should participants wear?

Children should wear clothes they can move around in, but not baggy clothes. Leotards for girls are recommended but not required. No jewelry. Long hair should be tied back.

What happens in the case of inclement weather?

In rare instances gymnastics classes and lessons will be canceled. Please call (513) 529-8178 for the latest update on weather cancellations. Participants are not penalized for missing classes and we encourage all parents to use their best judgment when determining whether or not to bring their child in the case of inclement weather.

Can I stay and watch the class or lesson?

We encourage you to stay, however, we ask that those not involved in the program remain in the designated seating area. Only children being supervised by our instructors are permitted to be on equipment. We ask that children not involved in programs be supervised at all times.

How do Private and Semi-Privates work?

Our registration website has a list of instructor availability. A private lesson is for one person, and a semi-private is for two or three people. When registering, only one person will register for the semi-privates, and they are responsible for filling the lesson with one to two other people.

Do you offer multiple child discounts?

Yes. With any purchase of a 12+ week course or pass (private, semi-private, or youth team) all additional 12+ week courses or passes are $20 off. This includes parent/child and preschool programs.

Birthday Parties

We offer birthday parties year round. The typical event is a two hour facility reservation with 12 or fewer children and two instructors that plan and supervise 90 minutes of activity. A separate room for food and drink is included. This cost of this package is $125, but other price options are available depending on the size of the group.