The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children wait until they are at least 6 before participating in organized sports. However, children as young as 2 to 5 years old may enjoy play-based tumbling or gymnastics classes that are structured toward preschoolers' motor skills level.
USA Gymnastics, a national organization that oversees the U.S. Olympic team, offers a certification program for teachers of young children. Early-age gymnastics classes should introduce terminology and teach basic body positions and rolling techniques. The organization suggests that children younger than 3 enroll in classes with a parent or caregiver. To benefit from the classes, the child should be able to follow directions and pay attention.