Parks & Recreation > Gymnastics
The Gymnastics Program has been an integral part of Poulsbo Parks & Recreation since the City took over the Recreation Center in 1995. The gymnastics program builds the flexibility, balance, and strength that participants can use in any sport – not just gymnastics! Participants learn about perseverance, patience, trusting others, managing risk, and countless other life skills!
Poulsbo Parks & Recreation takes pride in offering a variety of gymnastics classes, instructors, and two facilities at the Recreation Center and at Breidablik Gym. Classes are offered to youth as young as 18 months up to 18 years old, providing a variety of classes for your child’s needs. Please read the class descriptions below.
The recreational gymnastics program builds confidence in its participants in an encouraging, safe, and non-competitive environment. Gymnasts learn to love the sport of gymnastics and watch their skills progress at their own paces. Recreational gymnastics classes serve everyone from parent and child classes through level four of the gymnastics progression. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday. Please see class descriptions below.
Who’s teaching? Gymnastics supervisor and coach Kris Goodfellow has over 25 years of coaching experience. Kris is the North Kitsap High School head gymnastics coach, and the North Kitsap School District’s 2002 & 2014 Coach of the Year and the 2010 and 2014 WSGCA Coach of the Year. She is safety certified by USA Gymnastics and is also a Kinder Accredited Teacher through USA Gymnastics. Kris will coach classes held at Breidablik Elem. and in the mornings at the Recreation Center. Also coaching classes are NKHS gymnasts Junko Ketch, Ginger Silfies and Grace Billings, along with Leah Lovely.
PARENTS: CHOOSING THE BEST CLASS FOR YOUR CHILD
We want your child to be successful! Parents, you are the best judge of your child’s ability to focus and follow directions. Our gymnastics classes have age options in order to accommodate your child’s needs. For instance, a 4-yr-old with high energy, who has not experienced a structured class before and can’t stay focused for long, would do better in Tumbling Tots rather than Kindergym. A 6-yr-old with no gymnastics experience, especially one that is tired from attending all-day Kindergarten, will have more trouble focusing and will do better in a Kindergym class than a Leveled class. Please choose the class that will give your child the best experience.
AGES 18 MO-3 YRS: normally 4 week sessions, meeting weekdays, once per week
Fun free-time in the gymnastics room; children and their parents can work on their motor skills in a safe and playful environment. This class is child-led with little structure, allowing parents and tots access to all gymnastics equipment for lots of fun and exploration. Parent participation is required, and siblings are not allowed to participate unless they are registered for the class.
AGES 3 & 4: normally 4 week sessions, meeting weekdays, once per week
Students will be introduced to the basic skills of gymnastics in a fun and fast-paced environment. Focus is on developing coordination, strength, balance, and flexibility. We will also develop social skills such as how to take turns, how to follow directions and how to work with others. This is a fully structured class, but parent participation is encouraged if necessary.
AGES 3-5: normally 4 week sessions, meeting weekdays, once per week
Great class for those not yet ready to focus on a more structured gymnastics class.
Leah Lovely/ Keiko Ketch. This action-packed class has participants tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses. Work on speed, agility, and strength in this fun and physical class. Students will be challenged to push themselves to train like Ninja Warrior competitors. Class is fast-paced and great for those high energy kids who are not ready to focus on a skills-based gymnastics class. Recreation Center Gym.
AGES 4-6: normally 4 week sessions, meeting weekdays, once per week
Students will be introduced to basic tumbling skills, balance beam & bar work, vaulting technique, rings, and rope. Class focus is on coordination, strength, and spatial awareness.
HOT SHOTS (ADVANCED KINDERGYM)
AGES 4-6: normally 4 week sessions, meeting weekdays, once per week. Some classes will be offered twice a week. Watch the schedule!
For students who have completed beginning Kindergym and have been placed by the instructor. Class will expand gymnastics work and is for kids ready to focus on skill technique. Class held at Breidablik Elementary.
Please let us know if you are interested in attending class twice per week during the summer.
LEVEL 1: BEGINNING REC GYMNASTICS
AGES 7-10: normally 4 week sessions, meeting weekdays, once per week
Students will be introduced to basic tumbling skills, balance beam & bar work, vaulting technique, rings, and rope. Class focus will be on strength, flexibility, and confidence building. Tue/Sat classes held at Recreation Center Gym; Thu class held at Breidablik Elem.
LEVEL 2: INTERMEDIATE GYMNASTICS
AGES 6-10: normally 4 week sessions, meeting weekdays, once per week
Students will need approval to move into this continuation class. Students move to a better equipped gymnastics gym to help build on skills. Tumbling and dance on spring floor, uneven bar work, low & high beam, and vaulting. Additional focus on strength and flexibility. Class held at Breidablik Elem.
LEVEL 3: ADVANCED GIRLS
AGES 6-10: normally 4 week sessions, meeting weekdays, once per week
Kris Goodfellow. Classes will be held in the High School Gymnastics Team Gym at Breidablik Elementary for the serious student looking for more than just a recreation level gymnastics class. Students will master skills learned in Level 1 and Level 2, while learning more advanced skills. An emphasis will be placed on skill connection and technique. Skills include glides on bars, cartwheel on the low beam, roundoff rebound, and back handsprings on the floor. Focus will be on building skills and routines that may lead to competition.
LEVEL 4: PRE-TEAM
AGES 6-10 8 CLASSES / 6 CLASSES Classes meet twice a week during session.
Kris Goodfellow. Classes will be held in the High School Gymnastics Team Gym at Breidablik Elementary for the serious student looking for more than just a rec level gymnastics class. This class continues to work on advanced gymnastics skills including hurdle to front handspring on the vault, glide kip, cartwheel and roundoff dismount on beam, front walkover, and roundoff back handsprings. Focus will be on building skills and routines that may lead to competition.
MIDDLE / HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS
AGES 11-18: normally 4 week sessions, meeting weekdays, once per week
This class is excellent for all levels, from first timers to those just wanting to keep up their skills for the high school team. Former NK gymnast Junko Ketch will monitor drills, skills, and conditioning. Class coached by NKHS coach Kris Goodfellow after May 25 due to WIAA rules. Classes will be held at Breidablik Elementary in the High School Gymnastics Gym. Open to both NK and Kingston team gymnasts.
MINI CAMP FOR MINI GYMNASTS
AGES 4-6 3 CLASSES per session
Gymnastics Staff. Three days of gymnastics fun! This camp is for boys and girls with little or no gymnastics experience. Camp will cover tumbling, balance beams, bars, vault, rings, and a small art project. A snack will be provided. Please make sure we are aware in advance of campers with special needs or food allergies. Sign up for one or both camps. Recreation Center Gym.
GYMNASTICS CAMP: ALL LEVELS
AGES 6-10 3 CLASSES per session
Gymnastics staff. Kids new to gymnastics will be introduced to basic tumbling skills, dance, balance beam & bar work, and vaulting technique. Experienced gymnasts will be grouped by skill level to continue growth and skill development. Campers will also play games, have snack, run obstacle courses and have a ton of fun! Breidablik Gym.