Since 1988, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara has been committed to inspiring girls and boys to be strong, smart, and bold through the practice of gymnastics. We believe the physical and mental benefits children develop through gymnastics carry on into academics, and into leading a balanced & healthy life. Not only does gymnastics create the physical foundation for children to be all-around athletes in any sport, but it teaches hard work, perseverance, dedication and how to overcome your fears. We strive to provide a fun, safe, and structured atmosphere where children can learn at their own pace and achieve their goals, whatever they may be. Our program is designed to allow children to experience gymnastics at all ages in a variety of ways. We offer a full girls competitive level program, as well as a full recreational program (for girls and boys, pre-school aged to adult), birthday parties, camps, open gym & more! Girls Inc. Gymnastics is a member club of the USA Gymnastics organization, and participates in sanctioned meets and events. Whether your child is interested in becoming an advanced gymnast, or just having fun and staying fit, we have the class for you!
Located at 531 E. Ortega Street in beautiful Santa Barbara, our facility is one of the best in all of Santa Barbara County! Our facility is equipped with a 40 ft. Tumble Track, 40 x 40 ft. AAI spring floor, AAI international ELITE Vault Table, three AAI Classic Balance Beams, two AAI Classic Low Balance Beams, two sets of AAI Elite Uneven Bars, a Stall Bar Workstation with Rings, and 24 x 20 6 ft. deep foam pit with pit bar. We have a parking lot available to parents on a first come first serve basis and nearby street parking. Parents are welcome to drop off their children, or stay and watch in our bleachers/viewing area.
We pride ourselves on having knowledgeable, energetic and positive instructors who lead engaging classes, and are great role models for our gymnasts. All of our instructors are at least 18 years of age, background checked, and receive a health screening before beginning employment. Our instructors are also CPR & First Aid Certified, G.I.G.S.B safety trained, and receive ongoing training monthly to stay up to date on the latest drills & techniques. All of our team coaches are also USAG Safety Certified.
All of our classes are split by both age and skill ability. Depending on your child’s goals, we will place them in one of our fun recreational classes, our fast tracked developmental classes, or one of our competitive teams. Most children start in recreational classes, and are invited to advance after showing completion of the skills on their level achievement chart. If your child has previous gymnastics experience, we will schedule an evaluation to place her/him in the appropriate class. All classes are subject to availability. You must register ahead of time in person or over the phone as space is limited. See below for brief class descriptions. A registration application (release form) must be signed by a parent/guardian for all participants.
Check out our gymnastics camps for girls and boys ages 4-12 years old. Our camps are offered during spring break and summer, and are great for beginner or intermediate gymnasts. No experience is necessary! Campers will receive instruction on all the gymnastics apparatus, as well as play games, have free time, craft time and more! Space is limited so register early.
Girls Inc. Gymnastics offers birthday parties for girls and boys ages four and up! We provide the facility, entertainment, set-up and help with clean up. You provide the kids, cake and decorations. Our normal party packages consist of one hour of supervised gymnastics instruction, and half an hour in our party area where cake and any other food or refreshments may be served. A release form signed by a parent/guardian is needed for all participants.
For gymnasts who need a little extra time or attention to acquire a skill, or for children who just have one skill they want to learn, private lessons are a great option. Private & semi-private lessons can be scheduled with the coach of your choice, or we can match you with a coach that we think best suits your child. Private lessons must be scheduled in advance.
Open Gym is open to girls and boys ages 5 and up, and is free-time in the gym for gymnasts to work on skills of their choice. During open gym children work independently, but an instructor is present to supervise skills and give direction as needed. Open Gym is generally offered during the school year once per month on a drop in basis. A release form must be signed by a parent guardian for all participants. Call for current times.