Julianna Roland, a sophomore from Rancocas VALLEY, is headed to Nationals in Texas. Julianna placed 5th All-Around at the New Jersey Regional Championships earning her a spot on the Region 7 National Team. We want to congratulate Julianna on all of her hard work this season and we wish her the best of luck. Nationals are May 6th through 9th in Fort Worth, Texas. Follow our USAG Team Page for more updates and results.
3 Easy Ways to Get Kids Moving!
The USA Gymnastics’ Fitness Program states, “Our society has begun to refocus on fitness, especially in regard to heathy, active, lifestyles for children. Today’s youth have replaced climbing trees, jumping rope, and playing tag with video games, computers, television and texting. These sedentary activates are a major reason fitness is important.” Research recommends that parents incorporate consistent weekly opportunities for children to be active into their schedule. The Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy of Cherry Hill (“The GCA”) believes that a healthy diet, active play, and physical activity are the foundations of a healthy lifestyle. We believe that fitness can be fun and rewarding. Our summer camp and class programs provide a curriculum that is centered on combining physical education and fun into a unique experience that will encourage self-confidence, enhance social skills, further develop physical strength, coordination, and fine motor skills. Below are three ways parents can provide children with consistent opportunities for active play encourages physical fitness and wellbeing and can provide the foundation for a healthy, active, lifestyle.
1) Team Sports
An easy way to limit screen time and get kids away from gadgets is to sign up for a team sport. Team sports usually practice about two to three times per week. These regularly scheduled practices are a great way to incorporate consistent physical activity into your children’s schedule. Team sports gives kids the opportunity to build self-confidence, promote social skills through the development of relationships with teammates and coaches, learn respect and sportsmanship, and further develop their physical strength and coordination.
2) Extracurricular Classes
Physical education classes and school recess only provides children with a short amount of time to be active. Further, some schools are completely removing recess from the school day, which limits kids’ opportunities for physical activity. For those who can’t commit to two to three practices per week and need to stay active, class programs are another way to get kids outside and away from screens.
Classes offer consistent weekly (or bi-weekly) opportunities to get physical and release pent-up energy. The USA Gymnastics’ Guide says, “gymnastics provides the proper athletic foundations for all sporting endeavors. It helps increase flexibility, speed, strength, agility, coordination, and balance.” Beyond that, it encourages students to gain self-confidence and self-esteem through the mastery of skills, provides social interactions with classmates and peers, and helps children learn goal-setting through the physical repetition of basic skills into the mastery of complex ones.
3) Outdoor Play
Playing outdoors is a form of exercise that promotes well-being, wholesome physical development, and exposes children to fresh air. Encourage outdoor play by taking your child to the park, going for a bicycle ride, jumping on outdoor trampolines, swimming, or going for a hike.
The GCA does its part to encourage outdoor play by bringing our class program students (weather permitting) and summer camp campers outside to our outdoor facility. Our outdoor facility for class students includes the use of two outdoor and in-ground trampolines and tumbling area. For campers, Super Star Summer Camp utilizes the amenities available in our three acre fenced-in outdoor facility, including: our two (2) in-ground swimming pools, two in-ground outdoor trampolines, mini-golf course, ninja warrior obstacle course, archery field, playground and sandbox, gaga-pit, our two in-ground trampolines and tumbling area, sports field, 30 foot slip n’slide, and more.Read More
6 Things to Look for in a Summer Camp
1) Physical Education:
Teaching children the importance of health and wellness through physical movement at an early age can encourage them to live an active lifestyle as they grow. Summer is the ideal time of year for parents to take the opportunity to ensure their children attend a day camp in South Jersey where they can learn through physical and active play. Parents should make the most of this opportunity by choosing a summer camp that will help children learn physical discipline, improve coordination and balance, improve confidence and self-esteem, and further develop fine motor skills.
Physical education can be implemented in camp through structured lessons in swimming, gymnastics, parkour, tumbling, and cheerleading. The Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy of Cherry Hill offers flexible sports camp options where kids can engage in structured activities that encourage children to further develop their physical prowess. Our trained and experienced staff offers campers the opportunity to take swimming lessons, gymnastics and tumbling lessons, parkour and ninja training, cheerleading classes, and archery lessons in our 12,500 square foot air-condition indoor facility which sits on three acres of fenced in property, ensuring kids get plenty of time inside and out.
2) Extracurricular Activities:
In addition to lessons, parents want kids to have unstructured fun and playtime to further develop children’s social skills and interests. Super Star Summer Camp has plenty of activities for campers to play on including, our mini-golf course, arts and crafts area, 30 foot slip n’ slide, moon bounce, zip-line, laser-tag, playground and sandbox, gaga pit, and large sports field.
3) Session Length and Price:
Summers can be hectic, as parents not only need to plan around their work schedules but family vacations and summer events can interfere. Further, impromptu vacations from camps in South Jersey to nearby beaches mean that parents want a flexible attendance schedule and local access to highways. Accordingly, parents need to keep in mind session length, attendance, and price when comparing camps. Coupons are incredibly helpful to ease the cost of camp attendance and we encourage parents to contact camps to see if any special offers are available. Super Star Summer Camp offers 2, 3, 4 or 5 day full day camp options for weekly sessions. Further, our Junior Star Campers (ages 6 and under are offered half-day options to ease the introduction of little ones into school-day hours.
4) Meal Planning:
Parents know that it can be hard to pack temperature-safe lunches for picky eaters. It isn’t sanitary for refrigerated meals to sit in the warm sun all day and not all kids want sandwiches for lunch. Super Star Summer Camp makes lunch and snacks easy for parents. We have refrigerators for campers who choose to bring their lunch and microwaves to warm meals, if needed. This ensures that lunches are kept at proper, sanitary temperatures and gives parents the flexibility to send a variety of meals for lunches. Some camps offer meal plans and snacks, but variety can be limited and pricing can be expensive. Super Star Summer Camp offers affordable catered lunches for campers during the week and Pizza Friday for campers. Catered lunches cost between $3.00 to $5.00 dollars per meal and orders can be customized and placed in advance or upon arrival for the camp day.
5) Flexible Registration:
Some parents prefer have peace of mind and register for camp early, while others need to wait to determine their summer schedules. We officially opened enrollment March 1, 2016 for those who choose to reserve their place early. While we encourage parents to register early to hold their child’s place, we understand that not everyone is in this position. For those who are unable to determine their child’s camp attendance until early summer, or would only like to attend specific days and weeks, we offer the option of registering at any time throughout the duration of camp.
6) Camp Tours and Open Houses:
With so many options for day camp in South Jersey, it can be hard to choose which is the right fit, especially if families have never been to the camp location. To ensure that the camp you select is the right fit for your child, we encourage families to call their top choices and see what the possibilities are for private tours and open houses. Super Star Summer Camp offers private tours, on appointment, and currently has scheduled three open houses for families to learn more about us. Our Open Houses are scheduled for April 16, 2016 and May 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or April 26, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open Houses are the perfect time to come and meet our staff, tour our indoor and outdoor facilities (and check out our swimming pools, ninja warrior obstacle course, mini-golf course, archery field, sports field, playground, outdoor trampolines and tumbling area, and more!), ask questions about the camp day, and learn more about what we offer. Parents can call or check out our website to learn more about when our open houses are scheduled.
The Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy’s Super Star Summer Camp is a staple in the South Jersey and we are considered the premier summer day camp for the area. Our New Jersey State Approved Youth Camp runs from June 20th through August 26th for boys and girls ages 3 through 13. We offer a variety of attendance options, including half and full day options in addition to a 5, 4, 3, or 2 day camp week. Our 12,500 square foot indoor facility is fully air-conditioned offers laser-tag, zip-lines, in-ground trampolines, in-ground foam pit, large spring floor, climbing ropes, and more to ensure kids can stay dry on rainy days and cool during the summer heat. Our fenced-in outdoor area has canopied areas to ensure children do not spend all day in the sun and features two in-ground swimming pools, in-ground trampolines, playground and sandbox, ninja obstacle course, archery field, 30 foot slip n’slide, arts and crafts area, gaga pit, and a large sports field. Registration is now open, call today to schedule a tour or R.S.V.P. to our Camp Open House!
Some parents have been associated with gymnastics for years, while others are experiencing the sport for the first time with their child. While gymnastics is a great athletic activity for young children, it doesn’t have to be a competition of who will enter into the Olympics. By participating in gymnastics classes, your child is already winning – by gaining self-esteem, learning new motor skills and understanding why health is important.
When you imagine what your child will be doing in their gymnastics class near Philadelphia, many thoughts may cross your mind. But we can assure you, not one tumble or flip will be had unless it is being supervised. We decided to provide a general guide of what goes on in practice. The schedule for the course is carried out depending on the length of the class, the age group being taught and how attentive the children may be. Plus, we have an observation deck that over see’s the entire gym so parents can watch the class while it’s happening.
As all students arrive for their class, the instructors double-check to make sure each child is wearing the proper apparel. We have bath rooms for those who prefer to change into their outfit on-site. Students are required to wear leotards with their hair pulled back. Make sure to check in at the front desk during your child’s class so we can keep track of attendance.
Warm Up Stretches
It’s important to warm up the muscles before doing strenuous activity, so that injury can be avoided. We use age-appropriate physical exercises to heat up the body before getting into the gymnastics activities. Some of the stretches we do include butterflies, splits, shoulder rolls and bridges. After the stretching phase is complete, each group goes with their specific instructor to the first event. Water and bathroom breaks most often happen in between events.
When teaching our students new gymnastics movements, we utilize the equipment of our gym, such as the floor mats, balance beams, trampolines and uneven bars. Some of the skills the children learn during the course is how to cartwheels, stand on their hands and do round-offs, do rolls and handsprings. Advanced level courses feature challenging tumbler moves and flips, as well as the perfection of previously learned abilities. We have the kids follow drills in an upbeat atmosphere to help them perfect their skills while having fun.
Cool Off and Final Meeting
At the end of the class, the instructor provides the children with words of encouragement and will ask them what they’d like to work on doing more. Parents are provided with any announcements that our academy has, such as special events or course information. During this time, students can cool off from their activities by drinking more water and using the bathroom.
This sample of our gymnastics course timeline is a generalized outline of what we teach and how we teach it. We are currently accepting applications for our fall 2015 – 2016 sessions. Your child can benefit from learning gymnastics, whether it be an increase in self-esteem or athletic skills that can be utilized in high school sports.Read More
So you’ve registered your child for gymnastics classes in Philadelphia this fall and you can’t wait for him or her to experience the sport. But are you and your little one prepared for their first day of gymnastics class? It is beneficial for you to know what to expect from your child’s gymnastics class so that you can support him or her along their physical education journey.
Gymnastics is a great athletic activity for young children, compared to organized sports such as baseball. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children under the age of six are not mentally ready for organized sports. In gymnastics, children ages 2 and up can improve their motor skills, such as running, tumbling, catching and throwing. The AAP suggests that small children practice these skills early on.
As a parent, it can be hard to understand exactly what your son or daughter will need to be ahead of the game for gymnastics class, especially if it will be their first time. Here are several tactics you can do to prepare for the gymnastics season.
1. Be aware of your child’s progress throughout the session.
Take note of what your child’s abilities are now so that you can compare his or her skills later on during the session. This will keep you informed of what he or she has learned during class.
2. Remind him or her that it’s meant to be a fun activity.
There may be times when your child will struggle with a particular skill or they just don’t feel like going to their class that day. Keep in mind that you may have to remind your little one every now and again that gymnastics is supposed to be a fun activity filled with exercise.
3. Plan to help support the gymnastics team.
Some gymnastics teams will have fundraisers to gain the financial support they need to cover expenses. Decide if you would want to participate in their fundraising efforts beforehand, so that you can be involved when the time comes.
4. Be time sensitive.
Always make sure you bring your child to practices and meets on time, in courtesy of the instructors and other teammates.
5. Educate yourself about gymnastics.
Study up on the gymnastics sport and learn about its history. Having knowledge of the sport will help you understand your child’s perception about their training.
6. Have your child’s gymnastics wardrobe ready.
You will most likely be able to purchase gymnastics uniforms and apparel through the facility. However, stocking up on gymnastics garments is not a bad idea. You can find leotards and other clothing for the sport online and at your local sports store.
7. Make connections with other parents.
Before classes start, get mentally prepared for socializing and meeting other parents. Not only is it a great way to make new friends and playdates, but it also is helpful in formulating carpools to and from classes.
Registration for fall gymnastics classes is now open to the public at the Cheerleading and Gymnastics Academy in Cherry Hill, NJ. Pick from our selection of flexible courses, check the availability and sign up today.Read More