East Bay Gymnastics

East Bay Gymnastics

About East Bay Gymnastics

Our gym was established in 1984, by Elizabeth Flitter. Our school grew with the dedication of our staff and students alike.  
We are now one of the premier gyms in Rhode Island.  

We pride ourselves in being more than just a gym, but a 'second family' where kids & parents can come enjoy a happy, fun filled environment.  Most of our staff members are former students. And we are now teaching second and third generations of our original families.  It is so fulfilling to know that so many kids have had such a wonderful experience growing up at East Bay that they want to continue that tradition with their own children (and now grandchildren!)  

In accordance with our gym philosophy, we provide our students with a safe and fun atmosphere. Here, they can gain the confidence and skills necessary to pursue excellence, not only in gymnastics, but in all that life will offer them.

Our competitive teams are among the most successful in the state. Our gymnasts have won numerous individual and team championships, both at the State and Regional level. We have also had qualifiers to the Jr. Olympic National Championships. Often, our athletes are on high school and college teams, who have also achieved All State and All American status. Today, we are proud to see the varied life paths our former students have taken, with a special nod to those former students who are on our staff today!

 
 ©Rhylissa Doxzen

©Rhylissa Doxzen

 

Our Philosophy

One of the objectives of our East Bay Gymnastics programs is FUN! Of course, this is cool with the kids but parents sometimes fail to realize the importance of fun in a learning setting. People often feel that when fun is present, learning is not. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Why is fun so important? Well adjusted learners form an early and life-long subconscious association defining any attempt to learn something new as challenge = risk = learning = fun!

The value of this association becomes very apparent by considering the opposite (too common) association, or, challenge = risk = fear = anxiety. For a child with this negative association the pain of possible failure is simply not worth the risk. Is it any wonder why so many children learn to "insulate" themselves from their fear and anxiety by forming apathetic attitudes about learning such as: "who cares?" or, "Why should I even bother to try, I'll never be able to do it anyway?"

OK...now that you know a little more about the goals and substance of our classes,
we have a favor to ask you...just don't tell the kids: they think it's just PURE FUN!