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Monett Gymnastics has started fall classes

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fall classes have started at the Monett Gymnastics Center. Olivia Ayre, 7, works on her trampoline technique under the watchful eye of instructor Shawn Hines. Classes are also offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Fall classes have started at the Monett Gymnastics Center. Shawn Hines, now in his fifth year of managing the city-owned facility behind the Ramey Supermarket, has started Monday classes in addition to those offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Hines said he and his son, Bryson, provide instruction for all the sessions. Classes start for children as young as 3 and run through high school. Instruction is also available for trampoline, tumbling and cheerleading.

The most popular sessions are the general recreation sessions that are mostly for fun, Hines said. Participants learn gymnastics fundamentals without competition demands. Hines said if students show an interest in learning routines well enough to compete, they can advance to later evening classes.

In addition to regular students, Hines has groups that use the facility. Regular users include the Mothers of Pre-school (MOPS) children and the ABC Daycare Center from Aurora.

Sessions generally run from 4 to 8 p.m. on class nights. Hines said the more strenuous competition season runs from January through May and involves participation at three major events. Last season, teams traveled to Neosho, Joplin and Kansas City.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings are generally quite busy at the center, Hines said. The facility is also available for birthday parties, church groups and even family reunions. Adults can gather in the heated or air conditioned facility while the children can play under the supervision of Hines or his son. Parties are most often held November through February.

"This is a popular place," Hines said. "There are more kids this year interested in competing. We've ordered uniforms for the season. This year I would like to see the number of birthday parties grow along with the competition team."

Recreation classes are offered once a week and cost $40 for a month. For more information, call 235-2226.

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