Visualization Homework, Lv. 3-5 Team Dinner, Holiday Party, Fund-Raiser, New Optional Meet Times

Parents, sorry for the multiple messages this week. Lots to cover this week.

VISUALIZATION HOMEWORK — With the state championship meet this week for the Level 3-5s and on the horizon for the Level2s, this homework is very appropriate. Please print and discuss with your gymnasts.

This week’s focus is going to be focusing on the power of visualization.  Visualization or mental imagery has been proven to be very effective in strengthening confidence, coordination, muscle memory and even in overall performance.  If done correctly, the brain can even believe that the body is actually performing and it can be used as a “virtual practice”.   This week, the more visualization you do, the stronger you are going to feel for the State meet (or your first competition).

Click here for the complete homework assignment.

LEVEL 3-5 TEAM DINNER — We are on for Noodles for Friday night’s team dinner! Practice will conclude at 7:30 p.m. for all levels (at which the Level 2s are done for the night, Level 8-10 can stay until 8:30 p.m., but we can’t guarantee a coach will be available). There is Open Gym on Friday, but no Level 3-5s are allowed to stay, unlike other weeks in which they may stay if they aren’t competing first thing on Friday.

So we want to conclude the week with a good team bonding exercise and a nice meal at Noodles on 124th and Capitol. We will transport the gymnasts to the restaurant. Pick up is by 8:30 p.m. at Noodles. We need to pre-order for a group this size. Gymnasts will have six choices of entree. Flatbread and drink are included in the price. If your gymnasts want cookies or a crisped rice treat, they must pay for those separately at the restaurant.

We need to have orders by Thursday. There will be a sign-up sheet on the wall. Payment is due by Thursday as well. The cost per gymnast is $6 without meat and $8.50 with meat. The choices are:

Small Wisconsin Mac & Cheese ($6)| With BBQ Pork ($8.50)
Small Spaghetti & Meatballs ($6) | With Meatballs ($8.50)
Small Pesto Cavatappi ($6) | With Chicken ($8.50)

We will not make substitutions, so order appropriately. The Pesto Cavatappi has mushrooms.

Those gymnasts who didn’t qualify for state are welcome and expected to attend. They are just as much part of the team and we hope to see them cheering on their teammates at the state meet as well. Remember, Friday is formal day, so dress your best!

Parents, we respectfully ask that you not attend this dinner as we are concerned that if every parent shows up, we will put the restaurant well over capacity.

We will do the exact same thing with the Level 2 girls next Friday and expect to do the same with the boys, optional girls and Xcel when its their state meets, although the optional dinner may be scheduled on a different day as we will be busy preparing to host the state meet.

HOLIDAY PARTY — The Holiday Party is schedule for Monday, Dec. 9 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the gym. Hopefully, we will be celebrating lots of medals from the weekend before! We will do a gift exchange in the usual way. Level 8-9 girls have already picked names for the gift exchange and the gift limit for that group is $15-20. Level 4-5 girls are exchanging in their own group and should have already picked names as well. The limit for that group is also $15-20. Boys Level 4-7 will be picking names on Wednesday with the same gift limit of $15-20. Girls who haven’t picked a name yet should see Bella Gordon.

All other Levels: girls fast track, girls Level 2 winter, girls Level 2 fall, girls Level 3, boys’ Level 3, and Xcel will be doing a blind exchange. Gymnasts should buy an age appropriate gift for the exchange in the range of $10-$15. We will do a musical chairs type exchange for these groups. Games will be played and there will be snacks, pizza and soda.

Boys, Level 8 and 9 girls and girls competing Level 5 in Schaumburg will be expected to practice from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (boys might end at 8 p.m., Candace will make that decision).

FUND-RAISER — The orders for the fund-raiser are in and we thank everyone who participated. If you haven’t participated, you will be receiving an e-mail from us with options to participate. If you have fund-raising orders you haven’t turned in, please do so, but at this point, we can’t guarantee a pre-Christmas delivery.

HAWAIIAN PINEAPPLE MEET UPDATE — We have actual times for the Hawaiian Pineapple Classic in Schaumburg, Ill., on Dec. 20-21. The updated times can be found here. In short, the boys’  Level 6s are Friday at 11 a.m., the girls’ trying to qualify out of Level 5 are competing Friday at 6 p.m.,  the girls’ Level 8s are Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The girls’ Level 9s are Saturday at 6 p.m., and the boys’ Level 7s are on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS — A reminder that we have the individual photos ready. If you would like them, they are only $10 (less than the sitting fee at any photography studio) and you have the rights to do with them what you wish. Unfortunately, I can’t share the photos as the upload process would take too long and we have no way to watermark them.

TWINSIES DAY TODAY — Spirit week day 2. Twinsies day!

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