Cal Elite’s gymnastics program is based on a progressive performance based curriculum that leads the nation in innovation, creativity and athleticism. At Cal Elite, we teach gymnastics with an aim toward performance. Instead of teaching rote cartwheels or back handsprings across the floor, our students learn high level gymnastics skills incorporating music, theatrics, props, bars, vaults, beams, trampolines, ropes, trapezes and more. Twice a year, all of our athletes participate in a gym wide athletic SPECTACULAR! Our productions are staged and choreographed with costuming, props, sound, backdrops and all the elements of a professional performance. Our expectations are high and our students excel! Come see why our athletes continue to improve and enjoy their gymnastics year after year.
Sweet Peas (Parent & Me) (Ages Birth to Walking)
Sweet Peas is a free class!
The Sweet Peas class was designed specifically with baby in mind; focusing mainly on sensory processing, the development of gross and fine motor skills, setting the foundation for coordination and strength development, and reinforcing the loving bond between parent and child. The lesson plans combine structure, consistency, and exploration to meet the growing needs of our sweet babies.
Tutsi Rolls (Parent & Me) (Ages 12 months (or walking) – 2 ½ years)
Using equipment and circuits designed specifically for little ones, our “Tutsi Rolls” work on gross motor skills in a playful, socially enriched gymnastics environment. Classes are based on progressive lesson plans and learning objectives are met through music, repetition, encouragement and recognition.
Tumblebees (Ages 2 ½ - 4)
Toddlers love gymnastics! This class introduces Tumblebees to the dynamic sport of gymnastics. We channel all that buzzzzy energy into an organized, structured program featuring the tumble floor, baby beam, trampoline, baby bars, and vault. While they are learning gymnastics, they are also learning about counting, colors, ratios, proportions, consequences, music, cooperation and much more!
Kinderoos (Ages 4 – 6 years)
Kinderoos is the important class that serves as the bridge between preschool gymnastics and Cal Elite’s Academy Gymnastics program. Kinderoo gymnasts are making huge strides in their physical and cognitive development and are able to take on increasingly challenging skills! Kinderoos work on forward rolls, backward rolls, straddle rolls, spider handstands, cartwheels and pike rolls. On beam, Kinderoos practice relevé walks and holds, arabesques, knee scales, straight jumps, coupés, and standing straddles. Kinderoo vault skills emphasize the vault approach and punch, arm swing, hand positioning and timing. Kinderoos are gaining the strength needed to learn new bar skills such as tuck hold, straddle holds, pike holds, re-grips, Kinderoo pull ups, L-hangs, casts from front support and straddle taps. Kinderoos is an exciting class and serves to prepare our preschool gymnasts for the more advanced skills of Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 in our Academy Gymnastics program.
Level 1 (Ages 6 and older)
Level 1 gymnastics is the foundation to all great gymnastics at Cal Elite! There are over 30 skills taught in Level 1! Level 1 gymnasts learn forward rolls, straddle rolls, backwards rolls, chassés, handstands, cartwheels and back bends on a wedge mat. There’s more! Level 1 students master the vault approach with proper form and technique, and strengthen their hurdle and rebound skills on the spring board. On the bars, Level 1 students will work on the upper body strength needed to hold their chin above the bar, and the core strength needed to hold their legs at a 90 degree angle. They will practice 5 second flex arm holds, 5 second L-hang holds and straddle L taps. Level 1’s are busy on beam with skills such as relevés, dip walks, straight jumps, pivot turns and high kicks. Level 1 is an important class that requires consistency and commitment. Gymnastics is an exciting turning point as students are maturing quickly and able to add more and more skills each month!
Level 2 (Ages 6 and older)
Level 2 gymnasts are becoming committed athletes! Moving forward with many new skills, Level 2 students are introduced to one handed cartwheels, back bend kick-overs, round offs and split leaps. They will work on dive rolls on vault while continuing to refine the important fundamental straight, straddle and tuck jumps. On bars they will focus on pull overs, back hip circles and glide swings. Level 2 gymnasts will be introduced to many new beam skills including relevés, arabesques, tuck jumps, squat turns and cartwheels on the beam. Level 2 is the level where we start to see gymnasts distinguish themselves as athletes in the gym. They are working hard and have enough skills and physical strength to take them out of the large category of beginning gymnasts and into the more exclusive groupings of Level 3 and 4 gymnastics.
Level 3 (Ages 6 and older)
Amazing things happen in Level 3 gymnastics! Expectations increase as ability soars! Strong emphasis is placed on ensuring students continue to develop and maintain excellent form and technique as they begin mastering more advanced skills in all events. Level 3 students will learn front and back walkovers, pike forward rolls to a pink stand, press handstands, front handsprings and back handprings. Level 3 athletes will learn a handstand to flat back on vault, while maintaining strong core body positioning. They will continue to work their pullovers on bars and will learn a cast under swing, cast squat on, double back hip circle, forward stride circle and more. On balance beam, Level 3 gymnasts will learn handstands, split jumps, cartwheels, round off dismounts, and back walkovers. Everything in Level 3 is executed with increased precision, accuracy and strength as students prepare for Level 4, with team options and competitive opportunities at Cal Elite.
Level 4 (Ages 6 and older)
Level 4 is where technical fundamentals, combined with the hard-earned strength and flexibility developed in previous levels, begin to transform into powerful skills and graceful sequences. Level 4 gymnasts master back and front handsprings, aerials, and round-off back handsprings. They will learn a front handspring on vault, while still concentrating on strong, hollowed body positioning. Students will strengthen fundamental bar progressions such as kips, clear-hip circles, sole circles, cast handstand and flyaways. On beam, focus is on handstands, cartwheel turns, leaps and adding back walkovers and various mounts and dismounts. Competency in Level 4 leads athletes to opportunities to participate in Cal Elite’s Academy Extreme Squad, Pre- Team, Performance Athletic Team and competitive Acrobatic Gymnastics Team.
The Cal Elite Gymnastics Squad classes are invitational gymnastics classes that provide our gymnasts with the opportunity to train in a ‘team’ environment with similarly talented, dedicated, and enthusiastic gymnasts. Squad classes are available at most ages and levels of classes at Cal Elite. Squad classes train the same amount of time as a regular gymnastics class and the cost is the same. Squad classes are reserved for students who have demonstrated consistency in training, coach-ability and a desire to progress.
Pre-Team (Ages 6 and older)
The Pre-Team program prepares academy gymnasts for Cal Elite’s distinguished team programs. Pre-Team students are selected from within the Academy Gymnastics program. Pre-Team students train 3 hours a week and work on advanced Level 3 and 4 skills. Pre-team students receive a discounted tuition rate. Parents are welcome to request a Pre-Team Evaluation to determine if their athlete is ready for pre-team.
Gymnastics Show Team (Ages 6 and older)
The Gymnastics Show Team seeks to develop cross trained athletes with a strong combined foundation in gymnastics, tumbling, aerial arts and acrobatics. SHOW TEAM athletes train 1 – 1 ½ hours a week in gymnastics, 1 hour a week in team training and 1 additional elective training per week in tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics or aerial. SHOW TEAM athletes have the option of adding additional elective hours at Cal Elite’s discounted team tuition rates. The SHOW TEAM is designed to promote athletes of all skill levels. The requirements are a strong work ethic and commitment to training, ability to train in a team environment and a desire to progress!
Performance Athletics Team (Ages 4 and older)
Cal Elite’s Performance Athletics Team is nationally recognized as the premier children’s athletic performance program in the nation! The Performance Team is comprised of talented, accomplished gymnasts, aerialists, tumblers and acrobatic gymnasts ages 6 – 18 years. Participation in the Performance Athletics Team is by invitation and audition only. Based on evaluation, team members may participate in one to four team disciplines: Gymnastics, Aerial Arts, Tumbling and Acrobatic Gymnastics. Each team discipline requires 4 hours per week of training, hence team members train 4 – 16 hours per week. Team athletes receive a discounted tuition rate. In addition to the discounted rate, tuition is capped at $345 a month (the10 hour level) and any additional Performance Athletics classes will be free. If you are interested in the Performance Athletics Team, please contact Robin Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org