What is “Team” Gymnastics?
When the traditional “one class per week” isn’t enough for your child, it’s time for the next big step in our sport, “TEAM”. This means longer training sessions, more time on the apparatus, and (depending upon age & level) competitions. Westside Gymnastics fields one of the oldest and most successful competitive girl’s teams in Indiana. Our gymnasts have won team & individual titles at State, Regional and National Championships. Some have earned full college scholarships. But mostly we have fun, train hard, and do our best to land on our feet. Whether it’s to get her feet wet in the competitive arena or to win National Championships, Westside Gymnastics has a place for your child.
Development (Levels 1 – 3)
In the recreational (class) program, age determines where you train. In the team program, ability and aptitude dictates placement. How long a child stays on that team depends upon their skill accrual and readiness for the next challenge. We start slow, with more time on all events, and learn the foundation of the sport and the basics of the competition arena. We put ’em on a team, teach them all we can, and give them a chance to perform on a stage.
Compulsory (Levels 4 – 5)
The sport of gymnastics competitive program is designed to teach root skills, which are fundamental to higher level gymnastics, at the beginning levels of competition. The routines are all the same, hence the reference to the “compulsory” program. Your child will compete the same routines as other gymnasts at competitions, with the highest score coming from the most well executed performance. Perfect the basics, win the compulsories
Optional (Levels 6 – 10)
Once a gymnast has proven mastery of the compulsory levels, they advance to the next level of competition, optional level. While there are mandatory elements, gymnasts are given more choices that suit their strengths and abilities. These “optional” skills comprise their routines and the balance of riskier difficulty with the same focus on perfect execution will determine their score. Master the fundamentals, add elements that showcase your strengths, perform perfectly to succeed.
2015 – 2016 Westside Gymnastics Team
Levels 8 & 9