Pre-Team focuses on strength, flexibility, and the skills required for eventual competition. We participate in two meets to introduce the girls to competition with a very positive experience.
Team practices are held throughout the entire year, including summer. Each girl progresses at her own rate; therefore, it is important to be at every practice. Our program is based on the skills in the compulsory routines established by USA Gymnastics. If a gymnast is not able to perform the basics, it is impossible to progress to the more difficult skills.
Once your child has passed the skills in Level 1 & 2 and her 6th birthday, she will need a USAG number and a team uniform (leotard, jacket, pants and gym bag). We compete from September to May. Our meets are on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The meets last approximately 5 hours, plus travel time. We compete locally, as well as, travel to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and even Disney World.
Meet and coaches' fees are in addition to tuition. To move up a level requires, at least, a 31AA score at the State Championships. Also, a gymnast must be a hard worker, able to "get along" with other teammates, make corrections, and demonstrate the ability to perform the new skills of the next level.
After mastering all the requirements of a compulsory gymnast (Level 3-5), we have an excellent optional team program available. Level 6-10 combines gymnastic and dance skills. These gymnasts are very dedicated to their sport and work out 4-5 days per week as well as competitions.
Team is a big family commitment of time and money; however, the girls gain confidence, poise, and the ability to set goals and work as a team.