For the fall and winter season, JCPRD’s Gymnastics program is offering a series of new gymnastic special events
These programs include: a Back to School Beginner Clinic, Intermediate/Advanced Clinic, Parents’ Nights Out, Trick or Treat Boo-Bash Level 1 Beginner Clinic, Turkey Tumble Level 2/3 Advanced Clinic, and Winter Camp. While two of these events are for currently-enrolled participants, the others have no perquisites and are open to newcomers.
“The recent addition of Recreation Coordinator Alexis Kelford as new full-time staff member has allowed us to further reach out to the community and offer events outside the regular instructional programming,” said Gymnastics Coordinator Tom Prichard. “With the clinics, it gives participants the opportunity to focus and receive instruction on specific skills that they may need some personal one-on-one attention with, or simply a skill that they would like to learn.”
All of these events are for ages six to 12, and take place at the JCPRD Gymnastics Center, located inside the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. With the exception of Parents’ Nights Out, which is co-ed, all of these programs are for girls only.
Designed to develop fundamental gymnastics skills, two different beginning clinics are being offered. The Back to School Beginner Clinic
starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, and the one-and-one-half-hour clinic is $20 per person for Johnson County residents or $22 per person for nonresidents. The Trick or Treat Boo-Bash Level 1 Beginner Clinic
takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 12. Participants learn introductory skills on vault, bars, beam and floor. The cost for two one-hour sessions is $20 per person for Johnson County residents or $22 per person for nonresidents.
“The beginning level clinics give participants that are already in the program another opportunity to hone skills that they may be having some difficulty with,” Prichard said. “For those not in the JCPRD program, it gives them a peek inside the world of gymnastics and gives them an opportunity pick up a skill that they have always wanted to learn.”
Higher difficulty skills on vault, bars, beam, and floor will be tackled in the Intermediate/Advanced Clinic
starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. This one-and-one-half-hour clinic is $20 for Johnson County residents or $22 for nonresidents. Turkey Tumble Level 2/3 Advanced Clinic
takes place at 4 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 20. The cost for two one-hour sessions is $20 per person for Johnson County residents or $22 per person for nonresidents. Participants must be enrolled in a Level 2 or 3 class, either at JCPRD or at another studio.
“The intermediate and advanced clinics give gymnasts that additional opportunity to master desired skills and allows gymnasts that might not be in our program a chance to check us out,” Prichard said.
Parents’ Nights Out will be offered on Saturday Oct. 20
and Nov. 3
, both starting at 6 p.m. The idea is that parents can have a fun night out while kids enjoy structured gymnastics, free time, games, and activities. For the October session, kids are invited to come in costume for a fun contest. The cost for either three-hour night out is $18 for Johnson County residents or $20 for nonresidents.
on Jan. 2 and 3 is a winter break camp where female gymnasts of all levels will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. with exciting warmup games and end with obstacle challenges. The cost for two three-and-one-half-hour sessions is $80 for Johnson County residents or $88 for nonresidents.