By invitation only, our competitive gymnastic stream, GymStar Squad, gives children the option to take their sport to the next level.
This is a Gymnastics Victoria recreational-competitive program that provides the gymnast with the opportunity to grow their gymnastics skills and focus strongly on their technique and execution including acrobatic movements and aerial awareness.
Throughout the year GymStar hold competitions for gymnasts to enter. GymStar Competitions focus on participation and teamwork, as well as individual and team achievements and skill development.
Gymnasts progress through GymStar levels and attend external competitions to perform competitive level skills. Gymnastics Victoria GymStar classes are grouped according to age and ability.
Our gymnastics studio is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including balance beams, bars, rings, trampolines and a sprung floor.
Interested in joining our Gymnastics program?
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Balwyn Gymnastics Club employs the GymStar programming model to facilitate our Recreational Competitive Gymnastics program.
The GymStar model emphasises the execution of skills and performance of routines. Participants progress through ten levels which reflect their progress in developing new skills.
We have established three squad types which support GymStar levels relevant to participants age and ability.
Participants in our Junior and Senior Squads are expected to participate in GymStar competitions with other local clubs.
GymStar gymnasts train and compete on the following apparatus: bars, beam, floor, parallel bars, rings and vault.
Please note: Participants are accepted into our GymStar program through invitation only.
Ages: 4 - 7 years
Class Duration: 45 minutes
Mini Squad classes focus on developing the basic gymnastics skills required for our Junior and Senior Squad programs.
Gymnasts participating in Mini Squad do not attend competitions.
Please note: acceptance into a Mini Squad does not guarantee a gymnast will be invited to join the Junior Squad program.
Ages: 7 - 11 years
Class Duration: 1 hour
Gymnasts in our Junior Squad classes progress through GymStar levels 2-5, with a focus on developing the foundations required for advanced gymnastics skills.
Gymnasts participating in Junior Squad are expected to attend competitions.
Ages: 10+ years
Class Duration: 2.5 hours
Gymnasts in our Senior Squad classes progress through GymStar levels 6-10.
Using the foundations learnt in Junior Squad our Senior Squad gymnasts focus on achieving advanced gymnastics skills.
Gymnasts participating in Senior Squad are expected to attend competitions.
Frequently asked questions
How can my child change or upgrade to a new class?
Participants may change their class day or time, or upgrade to a new level at any time during or at the end of a term. Once the participant displays 70-80% competency in the skills for their current level, as per the Gymsafe/LaunchPad curriculum, the coach will issue them with a ‘level transfer’ notice and ‘level passed’ certificate. This notice must then be taken to reception to make and confirm the relevant changes. Changes will not be made automatically. Upgrades and changes are dependent on class availability. Additional fees may be applicable when changing classes or increasing the number of training hours.
What should my child wear?
Balwyn Gymnastics Club requires participants to wear comfortable, appropriately sized active wear to all gymnastics programs. Participants are not permitted to wear socks, shoes, denim, dresses, skirts or stockings while participating in classes. No jewellery should be worn by participants, as this has the potential to cause injury to the gymnast/coach and may damage apparatus. Earrings should not be worn, however small studs are acceptable.
Hair should be tied back neatly and should not get into the participants eyes or face. Coloured hair spray is not permitted. For older gymnasts, deodorant is required.
A club hoodie, leotard (sleeveless or long sleeved design) and club T-shirt are available for all participants in the program to purchase at an additional cost. Please see reception for further information.
Can I take photos of my child?
Balwyn Gymnastics Club does not permit parents, guardians, spectators or participants to take photographs of children participating in gymnastics programs. YMCA is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people. We are aware that photography and video can be misused for inappropriate purposes, and by prohibiting this behaviour, can minimise the risk of misuse within our programs.
Full details of the YMCA Safeguarding Children and Young People can be obtained on request at the centre, or online at victoria.ymca.org.au/privacy-policy/safeguarding-children.html