Gymnastics at McGrath Family YMCA

Build Strength, Skills and Confidence with Your Friends at the Y

gymnastics girlsWelcome to McGrath Family YMCA gymnastics, where toddlers to teens can grow strong, get confident, find balance and jump into fun. Based on the skills, levels and progressions developed by USA Gymnastics, our gymnasts learn in an encouraging atmosphere as they build skills to progress through each level of the program.

Location and Contacts

McGrath Family YMCA Gymnastics Center

2471 Jamacha Road
El Cajon , CA 92019
(619) 462-9622
See directions

The McGrath Family YMCA  is located at 12006 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91978 — about one mile west of the McGrath Family YMCA Gymnastics Center. See directions

Our Staff

Program Director: Kristin Vasquez • [email protected]
Program Coordinator: Mikah Olsen • [email protected]

Registering for Classes

Class registration is available up to three months in advance. Classes are often full; we suggest registering 3-4 weeks in advance to ensure your child gets the class day/time you want.

Our Programs

Preschool Gymnastics — Ages 1 to 6

The preschool gymnastics program offers age-appropriate instruction to help children gain coordination, balance, listening, social and motor skills — all in a fun gymnastics environment.

  • 1, 2 and You— Ages 1-2 (Parent/Child)
  • Gymventures 2-3— Ages 2-3 
  • Gymventures 3-5 — Ages 3-5
  • Gymventures 4-5 — Ages 4-5
  • Gymventures Boys 4-5 — Age 4-5
  • Supertots — Ages 4-5 (instructor approval required)
  • Mini-Monarchs — Ages 4-6  (instructor approval required)

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Boys Progressive Gymnastics — Ages 6-11

Boys in progressive classes will have the opportunity to use all of the men’s gymnastics apparatus: floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar. Gymnasts will learn gymnastics terminology and develop strength, coordination, flexibility and self-confidence.

  • Level 1 — Ages 6-11
  • Level 2 — Ages 6-11 (instructor approval required)

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Girls Progressive Gymnastics

Girls enrolled in progressive classes will gain experience on each of the four women’s gymnastics apparatus: vault, uneven parallel bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Gymnasts will learn gymnastics terminology and develop strength, coordination, flexibility and self-confidence.

  • Novice — Ages 6-12
  • Level 1 — Ages 6-12 (instructor approval required)
  • Level 2 — Ages 6-12 (instructor approval required)
  • Level 3 — Ages 6-12 (instructor approval required)

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Other Programs

  • Open Gym — see schedule below
  • Girls Noncompetitive — Ages 6-14
  • Gymnastics for Home School  
  • Cheer Clinic — Ages 4-12
  • Tumbling Beginner/Intermediate — Ages 6-12
  • Tumbling Advanced — Ages 6-12

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Open Gym

You do not need to be enrolled in a class to participate in our open gym sessions. 





Preschool — Ages 1-7
Parent supervision required

Monday • Thursday 

11:00 - 12:00pm

Member: Free
Participant: $6

Preschool/School Age — Ages 1-9
Parent supervision required


12:00 - 1:00pm

Member: Free
Participant: $6

School Age — Ages 6-13



Member: $28
Participant: $40
(purchase monthly punch card at McGrath Family YMCA)


Private Lessons

Private lessons are available by appointment. Private lessons can provide extra time to work on specific skills or routines, especially before try-outs or skill evaluations.

General Information for Progressive Program


Registrants after the start of the session will pay $10 additional fee. Members may register for classes at any time; participants may register during weeks 5 and 6. Register at McGrath Family YMCA or online when the Gymnastics Center is closed.

Class Size

Progressive classes have a ratio of 1:8 for preschool classes and 1:10 for progressive classes.

Attire for Classes

  • Girls: Leotards recommended, but not required. Comfortable attire with no tummies showing. 
  • Boys: Athletic shorts and T-shirt.
  • Avoid clothes with zippers, snaps and buttons
  • Students may go barefoot; no socks
  • Hair must be pulled back.
  • No jewelry or gum.

Make-Up Policy

Make-up classes can be scheduled on a space-available basis. Makeups are not guaranteed. Schedule makeups by contacting Mikah Olson, [email protected], or schedule with any instructor. Please be sure to show up only on the day you are registered for classes.

Progressing to the Next Level

To progress to the next level, a student must be able to perform all skills in their current level. Contact Mikah Olsen, [email protected] for a list of skills required for each level.


You may observe your child's class from the viewing area. Parents/guardians are not permitted in the gymnastics center to ensure safety of all.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the gymnastics program or classes at McGrath Family YMCA, call (619) 462-9622.

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