For the Competitive Gymnastics Schedule, visit the Schedule Page.
The Junior Olympic Competitive Program
The Junior Olympic program caters to those gymnasts who live, eat and breathe gymnastics. In the JO program we start competing at level 2 and progress numerically up to level 10. All gymnasts in levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be judged on the exact same routine. Their technique and attention to detail will be highly scrutinized by professional certified gymnastics judges. These compulsory levels have been designed from level 5 down to level 1 (yes in reverse order) to facilitate the progression toward a basic foundation from which gymnasts can safely and easily transition into the Optional levels (levels 6-10). In these levels the children will be performing their own individually designed routines that meet each level’s requirements. The requirements get progressively harder and gymnasts are judged not only on their technique, but their artistry and diversity of skills.
The Xcel Competitive Program
This program is for athletes who play more than one sport. Xcel levels are Bronze (XB), Silver (XS), Gold (XG), Platinum (XP) and Diamond (XD). Xcel athletes will only ever practice two times per week and are encouraged to participate in other sports. Each level in the Xcel program has specific requirements that must be met doing an optional routine. (Our gymnasts may be performing the same routine, but no other gyms will have the same routine.) The skills will still need to be performed with proper technique and good form (straight arms and legs and pointed toes), but the judging is less strict than in the JO program.
For Girls Team the process of moving from one level to the next is done by first, scoring out of the current level. Gymnasts must score 31.00 at levels 2 through 7, XB, XS, XG and 34.00 for levels 8, 9 and XP. The second part is being able to perform all of the skills needed for the next level. The third part is conditioning and flexibility testing. As the gymnast performs more complex skills it is important that their overall fitness improves to maintain their health and safety. Finally their work ethic and maturity must also be appropriate for the upcoming level.
Competitive Team Financial Policies
If you are considering withdrawing from the competitive program prior to your yearly commitment (July 1-June 30th) Please schedule a meeting with your child’s coach. We also must receive a written notice of withdrawal on or before the 15th of the month prior to withdrawal. If we do not receive written notice on or before the 15th, tuition for the next month will be charged.
NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS for competitive fees will be provided after September 1st.
Our team program is based on a year round commitment from the gymnast and their family. Tuition will only be adjusted in the event of an injury or extended illness. There are no make ups for missed practices. Practices cancelled due to inclement weather will try to be re-scheduled but not guaranteed.
Meet Fee Assessment
The Meet Fee Assessment is an annually calculated lump sum that covers the cost, for gymNation, of your child attending competitions. These costs are in addition to tuition. Your meet assessment is determined by estimating meet entry fees, coaches’ fees and mileage. The Meet Fee Assessment varies and is based on level because different levels attend a different number of competitions and each entry fee, mileage and number of coaches needed to attend specific meets varies. Meet assessment fees are due on the 15th of the month beginning in August. The fees will average $300 per month with XB owing 1 payment, Level 2 and XS owing 2 payments, XG, XP, XD owing 3 payments and levels 3-9 owing 4 payments.
The specific schedule for a competition is often not known until two weeks prior. Please keep the entire weekend available. Parents should not contact the host gym regarding session times.
We offer a few different tuition adjustments (below). You must notify the office in writing by the 15th of the month prior in order to receive an adjustment. After the 15th of the month the following month’s tuition payment is non-refundable.
Team Member Reserve Rate
If a competitive team gymnast is going to miss an entire month (i.e. July or August or 4 consecutive weeks) of workouts during the summer, you may choose to receive a 50% Reduction on your child’s tuition to reserve your child’s spot in the program. You must notify the office in writing to receive the reduced rate. (Optional gymnasts who miss an entire month of practice will have their level re-evaluated, upon their return, for their upcoming competitive season).
Competitive gymnasts who are injured and will be required to limit their participation for a month (or more) may receive a 50% reduction (or more) on their tuition rate based on the discretion of the coaching staff. Parents must meet with the coaching staff to discuss extended absences and physical limitations due to an injury. The office must then be notified to receive the tuition adjustment.
Your Family’s Commitment
The decision to become a gymNation competitive gymnast is a challenging one. Your family’s time and financial commitments are something to think about.
Uniform – Levels 2, 3 and XB compete in a tank leotard – approx $70
All other JO levels will need the tank leo – $70, a long sleeve competition leo – $190 and a warm up suit $190. (Prices are all approximate.)
All other Xcel levels will need a long sleeve competition leo $140 and Black leggings ($30).
Uniforms will need to be paid for in July.
The parents’ role in your child’s success in gymnastics is very important. The commitment you make is just as great as your child’s. The hardest task facing a gymnast’s parent is providing the right amount of support. Getting too involved or not enough can put undue stress on your child. Leave the coaching to the coaches. Be positive in your comments on attitude, behavior and work habits. Encourage improvement, hard work and perseverance. Most of all get your gymnast to practices regularly and on time. A parent observing practice on a regular basis is not encouraged. You can watch occasionally or come in early near the end of practice. Then the progress your child is making will be more evident verses the corrections made on a daily basis. We do encourage you to talk to your child about practice and if you have any questions or concerns feel free to talk to their coach or myself.
In closing, we understand what a tough decision this can be. Please keep in mind that beyond the physical and mental discipline your child will continue to develop, there are lifelong friendships to be found in this sport. The maturity it takes to expect 100% from themselves and their teammates, learning to perform under pressure for the sake of the team, staying positive in the face of disappointment and summoning emotional strength to encourage other teammates in need.