Oil City YMCA Expands Gymnastics Program; New Coach Hired

| December 4, 2021

OIL CITY, Pa. – The Oil City YMCA has expanded its Gymnastics programming and will begin offering new classes in December.

Head Coach Bailey Lewis Donaldson has announced several new programs including Flip ‘N Dip, Pre-K Gymnastics, Pre-Team Gymnastics, NinjaNastics.  She is also accepting new participants on the Gymnastics Team, which is a competitive program for levels 2-9.

The YMCA welcomed Bailey Lewis-Donaldson to the coaching staff in September 2021. Bailey has trained and competed in gymnastics locally and is knowledgeable in various styles of dance. Bailey had been the preschool, recreational and competitive team coach at Leap of Faith Gymnastics in Clarion, a family-owned business from 2009 through 2020 until the sudden passing of her father, Jon. Up until then, the gym had trained hundreds of gymnasts, including 2019 & 2020 repeat USAG State Champion and the 2018 USAG State Vault Champion. Leap of Faith gymnastics, with Bailey at the helm, sent several gymnasts to be accepted to train at Chow’s Olympic Training Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bailey especially enjoys specializing in technique, drills, and choreography and loves each of the events in their own way.  She is also a 2020 Clarion University Graduate in Real Estate and Paralegal studies and she and her husband Tyler welcomed a little boy, River, in April 2021.
YMCA gymnastics programs run monthly and registration is now open for December.

FLIP ‘N DIP

A 30-minute gymnastics lesson followed by a 30-minute beginner swim lesson for ages 3-5. *Hint: Kids wear swimsuits for the gymnastics lesson for a quick transition. Parents must stay for the program to help with the transition. Register by the first of each month. Held Thursdays from 5-6:05 pm.   Monthly fee: $20/Members; $40/Non-members.

PRE-K GYMNASTICS

Youth in Pre-K Gymnastics learn basic skills and fundamentals. This class is great for building strength while learning coordination and balance. Pre-K Gymnastics meets Thursdays from 5:30—6:15 pm. Limit 15 children per class.  The monthly Fee is $22/Members and $34/Non-Members.

FUNDAMENTAL GYMNASTICS

Youth are introduced to skills in bar, vault, beam, and floor routines. For children ages 5+ wanting to pursue cheerleading and gymnastics, this program will help increase strength, flexibility and agility. Fundamental Gymnastics meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30— 6:30 pm. The monthly fee is $37/Members; $60/Non-Members

NINJANASTICS

Introduces gymnastics, tumbling, Parkour, and the thrill of American Ninja Warrior into a fun program while combining tumbling, climbing, getting through obstacles, and even some flips to increase body awareness, coordination, agility, and motor skill levels.  Held Tuesdays from 5:30—6:30 pm.. Ages 5-18.  Monthly fee of $25/Members; $37/Non-Members 

PRE-TEAM GYMNASTICS

The step before joining our competitive team! Practice with the gymnastics team and learn more advanced gymnastics skills with our Gymnastics Team coaches. From 6:30 to 7:30 on Tuesdays and 5:30 to 6:30 on Thursdays. By invitation from Head Coach Bailey Donaldson.

GYMNASTICS TEAM

The gymnastics team consists of gymnasts who have the desire to compete.  The Oil City YMCA Tri-Stars compete at levels 2-9.  Team practices are Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-7:30 pm and other times TBA.  For more information, please call the Head Coach at 814-677-3000. The team Fee is $50 per month.

If you have questions about the Gymnastics programming or about the competitive gymnastics team, please reach out to Oil City YMCA Youth Director, Max Krepps, at (814) 677-3000.

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