Gymnasts Prior to Practice — We are having a change in our policy regarding both team and recreation gymnasts prior to practice. Traditionally, we have allowed our gymnasts to use the equipment in a safe manner prior to practice if they were working on skills, but this situation just isn’t working out, especially with our large number of recreation gymnasts taking advantage of this policy. It has just become to chaotic before practice to police everyone on equipment and be certain that they are working on something safely and correctly.
As of now, gymnasts are only allowed to stretch on the floor prior to practice. We had previously disallowed the tumble track and jumping to the high bar. As of now, all equipment is off limits. The only thing gymnasts are allowed to do is stretch or condition. (This includes split stretches, press handstand work on the floor, v-ups, crunchies, planks, pushups, super mans, regular stretching, and handstand holds but all of these are to be done in a controlled manner on the floor.)
The reason behind this policy change is two-fold. Gymnasts safety is at the utmost concern. There are too many gymnasts to manage in a free-for-all type setting, especially on Mondays and Wednesdays when we have other classes going prior to practice. Secondarily, we have also noticed an increase of gymnasts working with bad form prior to practice when coaches aren’t directly available. Please stress to your child the importance of following this new policy.
AAU Nationals — For gymnasts wishing to participate in AAU Nationals at Disney Resort, Fla., June 12-15, the registration deadline is Monday, May 5. Please let us know by Saturday, May 3, if you plan on attending this meet. AAU Nationals is available for all boys and girls levels. The registration deadline for AAU Junior Olympics (July 30-Aug. 1) in Des Moines, Iowa, is June 1.
Team Banquet — Once again we are planning on holding our team awards banquet in June at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha. We have two dates in which we can choose from, June 8 or June 28. Please click the link below to answer this short survey to help us determine the best date. Answer by May 5 please.
Monday Practice — This is a reminder that practice on the first Monday of every month is from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for all levels so we may have a staff meeting from 7:30-8:30 p.m. This Monday, May 5, will be the next practice change.
Xcel State Meet — The state meet for Xcel gymnasts is this Saturday and Sunday in Kenosha. We wish the best of luck to our Xcel teams! If anyone is interested in coming to cheer them on or wants a better idea of what our Xcel program is, click here for the State Meet Info.
Thursday Boys Practice — As a reminder, there is no boys’ practice for this Thursday or next Thursday, May 8.