Welcome to gymNation Saco!
Fit & Learn Preschool
We have many gymnastics programs, from preschool classes to team programs. Be sure to get more information on the program that fits you best. Our staff is flexible and will work to facilitate your requests. If you would like private lessons, feel free to ask. Call us with any questions!
Our Toddler Gymnastics Class is a parent-tot class for walking toddlers through 3 years old. Together, you and your toddler will learn the fundamentals of movement, basic gymnastics body positions, and skills using the gym’s fun-filled movement stations specifically designed for your toddler. As you and your child go through each station with your group instructor, we will teach you proper spotting techniques and talk about movement goals. A group activity will conclude this fun parent-tot class.
Ages: walking – Age 3 | class duration: 45 minutes
Our Pre-School Gymnastics Program is for children age 3 – 4. This class is designed for children who are able to be in a class independent of their parents. Utilizing the same routine as our Toddler class, children will learn balance, coordination, and strength while moving through more challenging circuits. During this class, we will go over various basic gymnastics movements and introduce organizational and social skills such as cooperation, listening, and following directions.
Ages 3-4 years old | class duration: 45 minutes
Girls’ Jr. Recreational Gymnastics
Girls’ Junior Recreational Gymnastics is for children ages 5-6. This class transitions children from the simple activities of the preschool program into more form-oriented gymnastics. This class will explore new challenges appropriate for this age group while social and organizational skills are still being reinforced. Proper gymnastic terminology will be introduced, and as children progress toward more difficult skills, safety guidelines will be incorporated.
Ages 5-6 years old | class duration: 60 minutes
Girls’ Rec 1 Gymnastics
Our Girls’ Recreational 1 class is for girls ages 7 and older. Students in this class will use regulation Olympic equipment and trampolines. Gymnastics skills will be developed using various drills as well as flexibility and conditioning techniques. Gymnastics routines will be introduced and practiced with an opportunity to perform them for families and friends at our non-competitive recreational meets during the year.
Ages 7+ years old | class duration: 75 minutes
Girls’ Rec 2 Gymnastics
Our Girls’ Recreational 2 program is for the recreational gymnast who has progressed through the Girls Rec 1 program and is ready for new challenges in Olympic events and trampoline. There will be an emphasis on safety and fun as these gymnasts increase their skill level as well as opportunities to participate in non-competitive recreational meets.
Ages 7+ years old | class duration: 75 minutes
This “invitation only” class is for the gymnast who has demonstrated proficiency on all of the Olympic apparatus in either Rec. 1 or 2.
Ages 7+ | class duration: 75 minutes
Girls “All Levels” class
This class caters to girls 10 years and older regardless of ability. Coaches individualize training and goal setting while keeping the class challenging and fun.
Ages 10+ | class duration 75 minutes
Girls’ Pre-team- (Invitation only) This one and a half hour class is designed for the 4 or 5-year old that has shown aptitude and a love for gymnastics in their Preschool or Jr Rec class and competitive gymnastics may be in their future. Good listening skills and focus are required. Coach recommendation required for participation. Ages 4-5
Boys’ Trampoline & Gymnastics
Boys’ Trampoline & Gymnastics is for children ages 5-8.
Boys will be challenged and kept active while they learn both gymnastics and trampoline basics. Both upper and lower body strength will increase as progressions are taught on all 6 events in addition to trampoline and Tumble Trak.
Ages 5-8 years old | class duration: 60 minutes
Boys’ Trampoline/Gymnastics & Strength Training
Our Boys’ Trampoline/Gymnastics & Strength Training class is for boys ages 8 and older. This class is designed just for the male gymnasts who want to have fun while developing strong bodies. Skills on bars, pommel horse, rings, vault, floor, and trampoline will be developed using safe methods in a positive learning environment. Through the use of games and circuits, boys will become strong and flexible while improving their cardiovascular fitness. This class is beneficial for athletes involved in any other sport, especially those involved in skiing, snowboarding, and other aerial sports.
Ages 7+ years old | class duration: 60 minutes
Preschool Homeschool Gymnastics Class
This is a great class for preschool students to participate in learning gymnastics in a fun and safe environment.
Ages 3-4 years old | class duration: 60 minutes
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Homeschool Gymnastics Class
This is a great class for homeschool families to participate in learning gymnastics, building strength, and flexibility.
Call today for more information on our Homeschool program! (207) 602-6525
Ages 5+ years old | class duration: 60 minutes
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Focus in this class will be on learning the fundamentals of tumbling which will include rolls, handstands, cartwheels, and round-offs. Front and back handspring progressions will be introduced as the basics are mastered. Trampoline and Tumble Trak will be used along with the spring floor and foam pit in the training.
“Drop-In” Tumbling- This tumbling class is designed for the “busy” athlete who may be involved in cheering or other performance sports. Our coaches will individualize participants’ needs according to their goals and ability levels. Skill progression, strength, and flexibility will be the focus while training on the spring floor, trampoline, and Tumble Trak. All gymNation tumbling coaches possess strong spotting techniques to aid in training. This class is an excellent training tool for cheerleaders, divers, skiers, and snowboarders.
The Xcel Competitive Program
This program is for athletes who play more than one sport. Xcel levels are Bronze (XB), Silver (XS), Gold (XG), Platinum (XP) and Diamond (XD). Xcel athletes will only ever practice two times per week and are encouraged to participate in other sports. Each level in the Xcel program has specific requirements that must be met doing an optional routine. (Our gymnasts may be performing the same routine, but no other gyms will have the same routine.) The skills will still need to be performed with proper technique and good form (straight arms and legs and pointed toes), but the judging is less strict than in the JO program.
For Girls Team the process of moving from one level to the next is done by first, scoring out of the current level. Gymnasts must score 31.00 at levels 2 through 7, XB, XS, XG and 34.00 for levels 8, 9 and XP. The second part is being able to perform all of the skills needed for the next level. The third part is conditioning and flexibility testing. As the gymnast performs more complex skills it is important that their overall fitness improves to maintain their health and safety. Finally their work ethic and maturity must also be appropriate for the upcoming level.
Competitive Team Financial Policies
If you are considering withdrawing from the competitive program prior to your yearly commitment (July 1-June 30th) Please schedule a meeting with your child’s coach. We also must receive a written notice of withdrawal on or before the 15th of the month prior to withdrawal. If we do not receive written notice on or before the 15th, tuition for the next month will be charged.
NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS for competitive fees will be provided after September 1st.
Our team program is based on a year round commitment from the gymnast and their family. Tuition will only be adjusted in the event of an injury or extended illness. There are no make ups for missed practices. Practices cancelled due to inclement weather will try to be re-scheduled but not guaranteed.
Meet Fee Assessment
The Meet Fee Assessment is an annually calculated lump sum that covers the cost, for gymNation, of your child attending competitions. These costs are in addition to tuition. Your meet assessment is determined by estimating meet entry fees, coaches’ fees and mileage. The Meet Fee Assessment varies and is based on level because different levels attend a different number of competitions and each entry fee, mileage and number of coaches needed to attend specific meets varies. Meet assessment fees are due on the 15th of the month beginning in August. The fees will average $300 per month with XB owing 1 payment, Level 2 and XS owing 2 payments, XG, XP, XD owing 3 payments and levels 3-9 owing 4 payments.
The specific schedule for a competition is often not known until two weeks prior. Please keep the entire weekend available. Parents should not contact the host gym regarding session times.
We offer a few different tuition adjustments (below). You must notify the office in writing by the 15th of the month prior in order to receive an adjustment. After the 15th of the month the following month’s tuition payment is non-refundable.
Team Member Reserve Rate
If a competitive team gymnast is going to miss an entire month (i.e. July or August or 4 consecutive weeks) of workouts during the summer, you may choose to receive a 50% Reduction on your child’s tuition to reserve your child’s spot in the program. You must notify the office in writing to receive the reduced rate. (Optional gymnasts who miss an entire month of practice will have their level re-evaluated, upon their return, for their upcoming competitive season).
Competitive gymnasts who are injured and will be required to limit their participation for a month (or more) may receive a 50% reduction (or more) on their tuition rate based on the discretion of the coaching staff. Parents must meet with the coaching staff to discuss extended absences and physical limitations due to an injury. The office must then be notified to receive the tuition adjustment.
Your Family’s Commitment
The parents’ role in your child’s success in gymnastics is very important. The commitment you make is just as great as your child’s. The hardest task facing a gymnast’s parent is providing the right amount of support. Getting too involved or not enough can put undue stress on your child. Leave the coaching to the coaches. Be positive in your comments on attitude, behavior and work habits. Encourage improvement, hard work and perseverance. Most of all get your gymnast to practices regularly and on time. A parent observing practice on a regular basis is not encouraged. You can watch occasionally or come in early near the end of practice. Then the progress your child is making will be more evident verses the corrections made on a daily basis. We do encourage you to talk to your child about practice and if you have any questions or concerns feel free to talk to their coach or myself.
In closing, we understand what a tough decision this can be. Please keep in mind that beyond the physical and mental discipline your child will continue to develop, there are lifelong friendships to be found in this sport. The maturity it takes to expect 100% from themselves and their teammates, learning to perform under pressure for the sake of the team, staying positive in the face of disappointment and summoning emotional strength to encourage other teammates in need.
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Saco Summer Camps
M-F 8:30a -3:00p Aug. 17-21, 2020.
ITC Cost: $385 with a $200 Deposit due by 7/6/20 to hold your spot. (Balance due 8/3/20).
Twelve weeks of Summer Fun and Fitness!
- K-5 Full-Day (9a – 4p) camps for ages 6-11
- Preschool Full-Day (9a – 4p) or Preschool Half-Day (9a – 1p) options for ages 3-5.
- Two-year-old Peeps Full-Day (9a – 4p) or Peeps Half-Day (9a – 1p).
- Before Care (7:30a – 9a) and After Care (4p – 5:30p) are available for $12 each!
- A $35 registration fee is due at the time of enrollment for all new students.
- A $50 non-refundable deposit for each week desired will hold your spot!
- Children should arrive each day with snacks, a healthy lunch, and a refillable water bottle.
- Read our new COVID-19 gymNation Protocols.
Click on the links to see the available options or log in to our new gymNation Parent Portal to enroll today!
SACO SUMMER 2020 CAMPS
70’s Disco Party
Get ready for some funky music and a disco ball dance party! Wear your favorite tie-dyed shirt, bell-bottom jeans, or hip and sparkling outfit! Start practicing your dance moves as we will have a dance-off!
Have you ever heard of the washing machine, the sprinkler, or the shopping cart? Well, join us in the 80s, where color was big, and the hair was bigger! We will wear bright colors and learn all the games of SPUD, the ins and out of 4 square and much more!
90’s Blowout Bash
Dress in your best 90’s outfit; overalls, plaid, Capri leggings, colored jeans. Learn history, all while having a blast! Listen to our 90’s pop playlist! Learn jump rope games, many versions tag, and learn some cool techniques with string, Gimp, and beading! Make Fortune tellers and have some splatter paint fun!
Sailing the Seven Seas
Ever wonder what it’s like way out in the sea where there’s no land around you? What can you hear, see & touch? Explore the world of the sea from way below to the creatures who lurk & to those trying to find new friends & find out what a pirate’s life really is about! Will you sink or float, will you discover a new creature below or will you talk to a seagull or bump into a mermaid & help her discover new things far below and travel the seven seas with them all & create a story to tell your friends!
Wild n’ Out
Just imagine you’re laying low in the tall grass peeking through your binoculars, and what do you see? Zebras are drinking from the water hole, and Lions are napping on a rock & giraffes are eating leaves from one of the tallest trees you’ve ever seen. Now you climb aboard a boat that takes you on a cruise through the Amazon where you see monkeys swinging from trees, hippos alongside your boat & crocodiles sunbathing in the mud! These wild things are everywhere, and we must take this journey from pride rock to the jungles of the amazon & explore their world and what makes them & keeps them wild!
Lights, Camera, Action
Do you have what it takes to showcase all that you can do? Can you scale the walls, tuck & roll all without being seen? Can you sing from the mountain tops, can you dance like no one is watching? Take all your skills from not just your body but also your mind, capture these fantastic talents from behind the scenes with videos and photography, even learn to navigate the world of lights, camera, action. Learn some of the tricks of how to be a stunt person, sing & dance on stage like you’re ready for Broadway! Every good act needs to be captured, so if you’re not one to be the center of attention, don’t worry, every good show needs a great director.
To a Galaxy Far, Far Away…..
Have you ever looked up to the stars at night and wondered, is there anyone up there, what are they doing, where do they live, how do they travel & what do they eat? Join us in exploring the world of a galaxy far far away, where we go on a hunt for aliens and creatures, build a rocket or two & what is life really like on mars? Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll run into a Jedi on our journey, and we’ll learn the ways of the force through our mind & body! As the great Master Yoda would say, “truly wonderful, the mind of the child is!” Let your imagination take hold and explore the world where there are no limits to the possibilities.
Join us in exploring the world of the child from past, present & future. We will explore what the schoolyard was like, what games were played & if those seem like games we could play today or maybe keep them in the box for another day. Let the kids take charge and teach us about the games they play, whether it is one they’ve learned or one they’ve created themselves. Do you remember 4 square, jump rope songs, knock out, parachute games, red rover, and Mr. Fox? There are so many games we can explore from indoors to outdoors there’s not much stopping us from having a great time! You may even see some botchy ball or maybe ladder golf or the good ole game of horseshoes. A week of games sounds fun to me, join us, and you will see!
Let’s Put the ART in Party and dress for a Mess
Sponges, brushes, forks, marbles, toes, fingers, string & more. Those are just a few of the ways to express yourself through art. We’ll explore all sorts of ways to paint & draw, but we’ll also explore how to express ourselves through music & gymnastics/dance. Our bodies are amazing things & you’d be surprised by what they are capable of doing! Learn to express yourself through not just your typical art but from all the art forms! Don’t be shy; just let it go and feel it. Take a chance with something new, pick up a drum or shake a maraca, feel the rhythm & feel the beat listen to the music, and move your feet.
Everyone loves a good party, and party games, so join us this week and we will play carnival games, do face painting, create a photo booth, & enjoy some freshly popped popcorn! With colors all around & festive music in the background this party is sure to make an impression!
Wonderland: All are Welcome
Let your imagination take you on a journey through a world all your own, fill it with magic, dragons, animals that talk & clouds who sing. Here in wonderland nothing is impossible. We have cars that fly & swim & dogs who play baseball! We encourage the unthinkable & strive for the impossible because imagination is your strongest tool and together, we’ll create a world unlike any other! Relive stories from the books or create our own, the world is our canvas and we’re here to make our stamp!
Calling All Imagineers
Can you build a shelf out of paper that holds books? Can you build a structure that floats? Or what about building a bridge a toy car can drive over? This week is all about using your imagination to build things with your usual items such as blocks and tiles but also using paper, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, and some other non-traditional building supplies. How tall can you make it? How long can it go? What worked well & what could’ve gone better, all these things we will discover together using our problem- solving techniques and become the engineers of tomorrow!