Our Girl's Team is divided into the following levels:
Prep Team are children who are invited from our regular classes to come for additional time per class. During the extra time, the coaches can watch attitude and skill growth. Formal invitations are in August. These girls will learn the Level 3 & 4 compulsories. The ages range from 6-9 years and meet two or three days per week.
Girls Junior Team ranges in age from 7-12 years. Most of these girls are competing at Level 4 or 5. Workouts are 4 days per week.
Girls Senior Team is made up of the strongest optional competitors and range in age from 10-18 years. These girls compete at Level 6 through 10 and make up the most dedicated girls. They workout six days per week and travel both in and out of state to competition. The rewards far outweigh the sacrifices. Tuition for this program currently runs $290-320 per month.
Each workout begins with a stretch period, workout on the events ( approximately 3 events daily ), and ends with a conditioning period to strengthen the kids. Although the hours seem long, kids usually are begging for more time in the gym. We generally have ratios which run around 1 coach per 6-8 gymnasts.
A tuition reminder is mailed monthly. Sometimes when necessary, a newsletter is included Families with more than one team member receive a 10% discount. Each year gymnasts are required to become members of the USAG. This runs about $54 and includes a gymnastics magazine.
Gymnastics is a year-round activity. Gymnasts are expected to be at workouts to maintain active status. We do excuse illness, injuries, vacations and camps. However, the tuition is required throughout the year to maintain active status. The only credits are injury-related. We do require a 30 day notice if a child wished to drop from team.
Gymnasts are not invited to be a permanent team member. Coaches expect gymnasts to maintain a good working attitude and relationship with the coaches and other gymnasts. If we run into problems, we reserve the right to remove any gymnast from the active team.
Gymnasts are required to purchase uniforms. We try to use the same type for several years and hold the costs down as much as possible.
Competitive meets for Junior and Senior Teams are both in-town and out-of-town. Generally about 5-7 meets per year is the rule. Coaches expenses, meals, motel, travel and a small per session stipend are split among the traveling team members. We give some financial consideration to those parents who help chaperone.
When a girl is made a Spinner, the parents become a part of the Parents' Club. This organization helps keep the team running smoothly on out-of-town meets or special team activities. The Parents' Club budget is made up only of monies made from in town meets or special fund raising activities. The money is then used for upper level meets and the end of the year team picnic.