Gymnastic classes equip children with life-long skills that lead to healthier development. Every child doing gymnastics, whether at the competitive or recreational level, has the opportunity to express themselves by taking physical and mental risks, testing their limits and enjoying the satisfaction of learning new skills. These experiences help kids succeed and research also shows that kids who start a sport such as gymnastics early on are more likely to grow up to be active and healthy adults.

Vanessa Atler & Tom Ladman
Vanessa Atler & Tom Ladman Girls & Boys Gymnastics Directors

Meet the Director!

Vanassa Atler is one of USA's most reknown gynmasts. She was the 1996 junior national champion, a five-time senior national champion, the 1998 Goodwill Games gold medalist on the floor exercise and vault and a five-time World Cup champion  Her story is too long to do justice in this space so here's the Wikipedia link for more about her.  Today she works to insure we have a girls program that puts the student's needs first.  She is also an accomplished writer of a children's book centered around gymnastics and a mom herself.  

Tom Ladman has served many years on the SCMGA state board, former National ranked men’s judge, Penn State Gymnast (1983) were he was a NCCA Champion on Pommel Horse, and counts amongst his accomplishments the development and growth of the West Coast Team Challenge which is one of the west coast’s largest men’s meets.  He oversees one of the largest boys program in CA and the training of the gymnsatics staff.  Tom has over 30 years of coaching experience which is a huge benefit to our program.  

  • Preschool Gymnastics Gymnastics

    Gynmastics is the foundation your tot can build on! They are not even three yet, but gymnastics is building their confidence and enhancing physical, mental, and social/emotional well-being. Pre k students are learning skills and behaviors that will serve them well in whatever they choose to do in life. 

    • Class Name
    • Ages
    • Gender
    • Just You and Me
    • 1 - 3 Yr
    • Coed

    This is our parent and child participation class! Come climb, jump, run, balance and explore with us! 

    • Tumble Tykes
    • 2 1/2 - 3 Yr
    • Coed

    Tumble Tkyes is offered for graduates of our Just You and Me course. These Tykes are ready to master new skills without Mom or Dad! 

    • Tumble Tots
    • 3 -5 Yr
    • Coed

    This is our traditonal PreK class for Preschool students. Ready to explore their world, gain confidence in new skills and make new friends. All while learning the physical skills of gymnastics which will be fundamental to any sport they try!

    • Tumble Kids Girls
    • 4-5 Yr
    • Girls

    Tumble Kids are ready to start learning the different gymnastic events, but scaled down to their size! Tumble Kids classes are gender specific and introduce the use of the Big Kid apparatus. For girls these events are Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor.

    • Tumble Kids Boys
    • 4-5 Yr
    • Boys

    Tumble Kids are ready to start learning the different gymnastic events, but scaled down to their size! Tumble Kids classes are gender specific and introduce the use of the Big Kid apparatus. For boys these events are Rings, Parallel Bars, Pommel Horse, High Bar, Vault and Floor.

  • Girls Recreational Gymnastics Gymnastics

    American Kids is Kern County's leader in gymnastics since 1984!  Gymnastics is the basis of all sports for boys & girls due to the broad range of physical activities. It will build overall body strength, increase coordination, agility, flexibility and teach mental focus.  

    • Class Name
    • Ages
    • Gender
    • Level 1
    • 5 and Up
    • Girls

    Girls in Level 1 learn all the same exciting events seen at the Olympics  including Floor Exercise, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Vault. They will develop the foundational skills needed for each event, such as body positions, running technique, upper body strength and balance. Students also utilize our Trampolines, Foam Pits, Spring Floors and our vast collection of mat configurations to learn proper gymnastics techniques.

    Our curriculum is designed to provide a high energy, non-competitive, achievement-oriented program of life skills, conditioning and flexibility with lots of fun!


     

    • Level 2
    • 5 and Up
    • Girls

    Level 2 students are typically advanced out of our Level 1 classes. Level 2 curriculum emphasizes developing strength and flexibility. Students will be introduced to back bend kick-overs, and working progression to develop a backhandspring. They will run, hurdle onto a spring board, forward roll into the pit on vault. On bars students will master the pull over mount and other skills that develop strength in the upper body and core. Students will be taught a back hip circle while maintaining a proper hollow body position. Students will learn introductory beam connections, concentrating on body positioning, clean lines, and fluidity.

    • Level 3
    • 5 and Up
    • Girls

    Level 3 students are ready to take off! Our emphasis is placed on ensuring students continue to develop and maintain excellent form and technique as they begin mastering more advanced skills on all events. Students will demonstrate front and back walkovers and learn a round-off. Students will complete dive rolls and handstand to flat back on vault, while maintaining a tight body position. Students will continue to work their pullovers on bars and will be concentrating on keeping legs together and straight. Back hip circles, double back hip circles, single leg shoot through and mill circles will be mastered in this level.  On balance beam students will begin to execute handstands, chasses, turns, leaps, and more advanced jumps.

    • Level 4
    • 5 and Up
    • Girls

    Level 4 is where technical fundamentals, combined with the hard-earned strength and flexibility developed in previous levels, begin to transform into powerful skills and graceful sequences. Students will work on back and front handsprings, aerials, and round-off back handsprings. Students will complete a front handspring on vault, while still concentrating on a tight, hollowed body position throughout. Students will continue to strengthen fundamental bar progressions to help in the process of learning more advanced skills such as kips, clear-hip circles, and flyaways. On beam, focus is on handstands, cartwheel turns, and leaps, adding back walkovers and various mounts and dismounts.

  • Boys Recreational Gymnastics Gymnastics

    American Kids is Kern County's leader in gymnastics since 1984!  Gymnastics is the basis of all sports for boys & girls due to the broad range of physical activities. It will build overall body strength, increase coordination, agility, flexibility and teach mental focus.  

    • Class Name
    • Ages
    • Gender
    • Level 1
    • 5 and Up
    • Boys

    A fun introduction to rolling, bouncing, twisting and all around movement awaits every child that enters our gym!  From warming up their muscles to going upside down on the rings, they will experience it all!  We focus first on knowledge of the equipment and their comfort level with each event they visit. After introduction to vault, parallel and high bars, pommel horse, rings, floor exercise and trampoline (oh yes, there are trampolines!), they will begin developing body awareness along with fundamental and foundational skills that apply not only to gymnastics, but all athletics!  Every athlete progresses at different rates and times; for that very reason, there is never any pressure to attain certain skills, advance to another level or try and keep pace with any other participants in their class.  We embrace individuality and celebrate success at all levels!

    • Level 2
    • 5 and Up
    • Boys
    • Level 3
    • 5 and Up
    • Boys
  • Girls Competitive Team Gymnastics

    American Academy of Gymnastics has been the leader in competitive gymnastics in Kern County since 1984.  Our girls teams compete through the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Development program and have won numerous State, Regional and National titles.  

    • Class Name
    • Ages
    • Gender
    • Rockets
    • 4 - 6 Yr
    • Girls

    Rockets is a pre-competitive program for girls 4 to 6 who show above average atheltic talent. Goal is to prepare them for competitive team in the future.  Director's approval required.  Email for more info.

    • Compulsory Gymnastics
    • 5 Yr+
    • Girls

    This is the beginning levels 2 thru 5 that compete in meets thru the USA Gymnastics Jr. Development program. Director's approval required.  Email for more info.

    • Optional Gymnastics
    • Girls

    This is the upper levels 6 thru 10 that compete in meets thru the USA Gymnastics Jr. Development program. Director's approval required.  Email for more info.

    • Xcel Gymnastics
    • 6 Yr+
    • Girls

    Xcel is the perfect answer for girls that want to train and compete upper level gymnastics but less intensity than the traditional Jr. Development programs discribed above.  Less cost, less hours in gym, and more relaxed. Director's approval required.  Email for more info.

  • Boys Competitive Team Gymnastics

    The only boys gymnastics team in Bakersfield Metro, our boys team has a long and succesful history at State, Regional, and National competitions.  We are part of the USA Gymnastics Jr. Development Program.

    • Class Name
    • Ages
    • Gender
    • Rockets
    • 4-6 Yr
    • Boys

    Rockets is a pre-competitive program for boys 4 to 6 who show above average atheltic talent. Goal is to prepare them for competitive team in the future.  Director's approval required.  Email for more info.

    • Compulsory Gymnastics
    • 6 Yr+
    • Boys

    This is the beginning levels 4 & 5 that compete in meets thru the USA Gymnastics Jr. Development program. Director's approval required.  Email for more info.

    • Optional Gymnastics
    • Boys

    This is the upper levels 6 & 10 that compete in meets thru the USA Gymnastics Jr. Development program. Director's approval required.  Email for more info.

  • Key Gymnastics Staff Gymnastics
    Directors
    • Vanessa Atler
    • Girls Gymnastics Director
    Vanessa Atler
    • Tom Ladman
    • Boys Gymnastics Director
    Tom Ladman
    Leaders
    • Danielle Holmes
    • Gymnastics Floor Manager
    • Brooklynn Southwick
    • Prek Gym Manager
  • Gymnastics - Events Gymnastics
    Gymnastic Meets at American
    • West Coast Team Challenge - Men's
    • IMAGINE that your athletes could experience a competition like the NCAA Championships. It all starts with an amazing march out with a Laser Light Show. Parents are cheering as loud as they can for the entire team, not just their child. They even have noisemakers and organized cheers. And everyone is focused on one thing: Team Glory! Now don’t just imagine it! Experience it!

    West Coast Team Challenge - January 5 - 7,  2018, Men's Gymnastics Levels 4 thru 10

    Join us on the West Coast Team Challenge Facebook Page

    Question?  Email Tom Ladman

    Entry Form (not avaiable yet)

    Hotel Info: When calling for reservations the best way is to click the link below.  If you call them direct mention West Coast Team Challenge or American Kids.

    SHERATON 4 POINTS  
    5101 California Ave.
    Bakersfield, CA. 93309
    Rooms for $89 per night
    661-862-7423

    • American Team Cup - Women's
    • IMAGINE that your athletes could experience a competition like the NCAA Championships. It all starts with an amazing march out with a Laser Light Show. Parents are cheering as loud as they can for the entire team, not just their child. They even have noisemakers and organized cheers. And everyone is focused on one thing: Team Glory! Now don’t just imagine it! Experience it!

    American Team Cup - Febuary 9-11,  2018, Women's Gymnastics Levels 2 thru 10, and Excel.

    Join us on the American Team Cup Facebook Page

    Question?  Email Vanessa Atler

    Entry Form (not avaiable yet)

    Hotel Info: When calling for reservations the best way is to click the link below.  If you call them direct mention American Team Cup or American Kids.

    SHERATON 4 POINTS 
    5101 California Ave.
    Bakersfield, CA. 93309
    Rooms for $97 per night
    661-862-7423

    Recreational Events
    • Springfest
    • A noncompetitive meet for our gymnasts! Great for family and friends!

    Springfest is our annual performance for our gymnastics program to show off what they have learned in front of a big crowd of family and friends. Everyone is rewarded for their success and hard work.  This event is open to all of our gymnasts enrolled during Session 5 or 6 (Late May or early June).  
    Athelete Fee: $10 for all participating students which this covers the cost for medals, rental equipment and the massive amout of labor costs to pull off the tremendous event. If your student does NOT wish to participate, please complete the OPT Out Form and return to the Hospitality desk no later than two weeks before.

    Spectator Tickets:  Yes we do charge a spectator fee.  We discount them for being bought weeks before Springfest and for multiple tickets.  Available for purchase at hospitality desk.
    (Anyone older than 10 needs a ticket)

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"Our coach is always smiling, always full of positive energy and encourages the kids with high fives and positive feedback."

-Miranda Hwang
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"My boys have been going to AKSC for a while and to say that we love it is an understatement.  Gymnastics is the highlight of our week."

-Camille Villasenor