Team Tryouts and More

Girls’ Level TryoutsThis Friday, June 6, will be the the tryouts for the Girls’ Level 3s and 4s. Gymnasts should arrive at 4:30 p.m. and should expect to stay until 8:30 p.m. Those gymnasts who are in Level 3 and 4 who don’t usually practice on Friday should be there for this event. Level 5-Optionals will practice as normal.

Gymnasts will be evaluated by Wildcard coaches on one routine and will have the opportunity to show specific skills on their current and possibly next level. No gymnast will lose their spot on team as a result of this tryout. This is not a tryout to be on our team, just to secure a spot on the current level.  We have no set number of gymnasts for a current level. If a gymnast is capable, we will put them on that level. We want our gymnast to be successful and it isn’t fun to train all season, be lacking skills and go to the first few meets of a season and score extremely low. If a gymnast is asked to go back to the level in which she competed last year, they will still be training the skills they currently train in order to get them confidently and work on perfecting them.

Gymnasts should wear an exhibition or competition leotard from the past. Parents, we ask that you not stay during this time. This is not a meet, but a regular practice, just with evaluations.

Friday & Saturday Schedule — Friday, June 6, Levels 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and Hopes will all have practice from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Levels 3-4 will be in a team tryout. Levels 5-8 and Hopes will practice as normal. There is no open gym on Friday.

Saturday, June 7, the Level 3s that normally come should not come. Level 2s should come as normal. New Level 2s and Fast Track can also come this Saturday for an extra practice.

Leotards — Leotard orders are due this Friday for the short sleeve exhibition leotards. That cost is $40 and we will size the gymnasts. Gymnasts who must order this leotard are:

Xcel, Fast Track, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Level 6, Level 8/9, Hopes.

Leotard orders are due next Friday for the long-sleeved competition leotards. The cost is $140 for compulsory-level gymnasts and $150 for optional-level gymnasts. The following levels must order this leotard:

Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Level 6, Level 8/9, Hopes

Other levels including Fast Track and Xcel MAY order this leotard but it is not mandatory. We will be using the long-sleeve leotards for two years, so Fast Track may want to get two years out of the leotard.

Boys’ singlet orders are due next Friday and are $45. All team gymnasts must order this singlet.

We will be opening the GTM Sportswear team store again as well so you may purchase warm ups for the girls’ team (we will be using the same warm ups as last year), t-shirts and bags.

We will not be ordering Fourth of July leotards this year. Gymnasts should wear a previous year’s Fourth of July leotard for our parades. If you don’t have a Fourth of July leotard, we can indicate a good place to purchase one or you may be able to find a red, white, or blue leotard in our ProShop.

Banquet — The team awards banquet will be held on Sunday, June 29 at noon at the Country Springs Hotel and Water Park. Any boys or girls’ gymnasts who competed in two meets since August 2013 is expected and welcome to come to the banquet.

Gymnasts are free and guests are $15 (parents should probably attend the banquet). Coaches are also free for the banquet.

Reduced water park tickets are available for $16 (normally $25). Many of the gymnasts stay to swim. Parents who wish to stay in the water park, but not swim, may do so for a $5 guest pass.

Please let us know that you will attend by June 25. We can accommodate late comers, but it will help to know how many will be coming.

Gymnasts also typically dress up for this event. It is not a formal event necessarily, but the gymnasts do typically dress a little more upscale.

Summer Schedule — The summer schedule for boys and girls will begin on Tuesday, June 17.

Click here for the boys’ schedule.
Click here for the girls’ schedule.

Summer Meets & Shows — We will be doing a reduced summer show schedule this year. The following is a list of shows and events that we have at this point:

June 12-15: AAU Age Group Nationals (Disney Resort, Fla.)
June 21: Badger State Games (Mosinee)
June 25: Greendale Library Show (Greendale)
July 2: West Allis Independence Day Parade (West Allis) in the p.m. in place of practice
July 4: Wauwatosa Independence Day Parade (Wauwatosa)
July 4: Brookfield Independence Day Parade (Brookfield)
July 25: Bethany Calvalry Share Fare (Milwaukee)
July 28-30: AAU Junior Olympics (Des Moines, Iowa)
Aug. 8: Wildcard Summer Spectacular (Brookfield, date is tentative and may be Aug. 16)

We also plan on adding Tosa’s Night Out (Aug. 5) and possibly Tosa Fest (Sept. 5-6)

Registration for the Badger State Games is open. That meet will be June 21 in Mosinee and will be a very good opportunity to compete. At this point, the meet is still low on registrants, but organizers have said it’s looking more and more like the meet will be held. The cost is $50 and please let us know if you plan on competing in that meet by Friday, June 6. The following gymnasts are registered for the Badger State Games:

Bradyn Fowler, Hallie Fowler, Emily Grining, Aaliyah Krause, Nora Laughlin, Mariyah Lee, Norah Tait.

If your gymnast should be on this list, please let us know.

Registration for the AAU Junior Olympics is also open. That meet will be held July 28-30 in Des Moines, Iowa. We do not know the meet schedule as of yet. There is also a team performance as part of this competition. Please let us know by June 27 if your gymnast plans on competing at this meet. The cost is $85. The following gymnasts are registered for AAU Junior Olympics:

Aniyah Brown, Angela Busalacchi, Ava Collyard, Bradyn Fowler, Hallie Fowler, Caelyr Grining, Emily Grining, Missy Guzman, Lilly Jagodzinski, Nadia Jennings, Ella Johnston-Fodor, Lilly Johnston-Fodor, Aaliyah Krause, Vansea Kvam, Ayanna Lacking, Mariyah Lee, Emma Lieb, Jordan Morrissey, Eden Rader, Emma Sachs, Jordan Schultz, Norah Tait, Ryann Wesley, Maeggan Xiong.

If your gymnast should be on the list, please let us know.

Competitive TOPs & HOPES — Starting with the summer schedule, we are planning to switch up TOPs and HOPES times. On Mondays, TOPS practice will go from 3:30-5 p.m. instead of 4-5:30 p.m.

On Saturdays, HOPEs will be moved to 9 a.m.-noon while Competitive TOPs will be moved to 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

There will be no TOPs on Monday, June 16.

Non-Competitive TOPs – We want to invite any gymnasts Fast Track through Level 9 who are interested in increasing their strength, conditioning, balance and form to join the Non-competitive TOPs group this summer.  Non-Competitive TOPs will practice on Tuesday mornings from 9-11 a.m. and the cost is $20 per month.  Gymnasts from this group will work on the TOPs routines and skills and also have the opportunity to try out for Competitive TOPs if they are 10 years old or younger.  It it definitely an excellent way to gain a competitive advantage.

Open Gym Schedule — This is a reminder of the open gym schedule for the summer. There is no longer a Saturday night open gym. That will return in September. There are no more Friday evening open gyms until September. Friday afternoon open gyms will begin Friday, June 20. Those are held from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.

There is no open gym this Friday, June 6, or next Friday, June 13.

Team Prices for Summer Camp — Wildcard Gymnastics will hold three summer camps as usual. We will offer a significant discount for our team members. The cost for camp for the team gymnasts is $150. Team kids will be practicing their regular daytime practice hours while in camps and will not be participating in camp activities during those practices. On days or times in which campers do not have practice and in between practices, they will be participating in the camp activities. Do not register for this on the web site as it will charge you the full $275. Please see someone at the front desk to register for our camps.

Camp dates are: July 7-12, July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8.Attending a Gymnastics Away Camp- We highly recommend that Wildcard competitive gymnasts try to attend a gymnastics camp.  It is really good for them to experience gymnastics in a new/different environment with coaches that they aren’t used to, and with other gymnasts from other gyms. Gymnastics camps are a chance for the gymnasts to learn new skills, perfect old ones, and work out of their comfort zone.  If you are interested in sending your child to a gymnastics camp this summer, please let feel free to ask one of our coaches.  There are a lot of good camps out there and we can definitely recommend a few.  (Some recommendations: Porter, any of the UW schools, UIC, Hamline, Flip Fest, and many more.)

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