Orange County Sports Club is among first chosen for the USA Gymnastics Trampoline Development Center Program.
FLORIDA, NY. Orange County Sports Club is one of only two clubs selected in 2015 to become a part of the Trampoline Development Center Program. The TDC program made its debut in 2013 to help develop the sport of trampoline and tumbling in the US and expand its Olympic pipeline.
OCSC is well known throughout the community for its gymnastics programming and Sports, Fitness & Fun Gymnastics Teams. With classes for students beginning as young as 15 months as well as two competitive teams, the program has produced nationally recognized gymnasts. OCSC has always offered a trampoline class as part of their curriculum, but with the TDC program, they will be adding additional classes as the students progress and begin recruiting for the formation of a competitive team. Melissa Rimpici, OCSC’s Youth Program Director stated, “OCSC is excited to be chosen as one of the few Olympic Development Centers in the US. We have always strived to offer innovative programs for every child’s ability and interests. With the expansion of our trampoline program we can add new opportunities for all children to be active in a safe fun environment.” In addition to OCSC’s development of a competitive team the club hopes to soon offer classes for children with special needs. Rimpici explains, “The sport is beneficial to children with Autism not only because of the cardio activity and work on balance, it also optimizes focusing areas in the brain.” As the TDC program continues to develop, OCSC has plans to host competitions as early as next spring.
Joy Umenhofer, a member of the national trampoline coaching staff, has made her first visit to OCSC earlier this month to begin laying the groundwork for the future. Umenhofer is a member of the USA Gymnastics national coaching staff and in this role she has coached several trampoline and tumbling national champions. Trampoline is one of four events including in the gymnastics discipline of Trampoline & Tumbling. Enjoyed by girls and boys alike, this elite level of the sport takes flips and twists and incorporates them into one routine. Participation is exciting yet the skills necessary remain at a basic or recreational level. The sport’s lower injury rate and lengthened athlete retention makes it appealing to athletes who have aged out of Olympic competition. In fact, there were four athletes over the age of thirty competing in the sport during the last Olympics.
Orange County Sports Club is located at 1743 Route 17A in Florida, NY. OCSC offers a wide range of activities, for all ages and abilities. Their youth programming features gymnastics, fencing, martial arts, dance & soccer. Along with an Adult fitness program that includes a state of the art fitness center, Spartan Training as well as over 40 group fitness classes including Les Mills BODYPUMP™, Zumba® & Yoga. Find out more by visiting orangecountysportsclub.com, or calling 845-651-1000. Be sure to ask about an All Access Pass which invites families to find what OCSC has to offer free of charge.