Meet Fees, Optional Groups, Exhibition Leotards, Fund-Raising, Hawaii

Meet Fees — The final installment of meet fees for girls’ Level 2-4 is due on Sept. 15. This will be automatically deducted from your card on file if you have not already made payment.

The first installment for all boys, girls’ Level 6-8 and all Xcel is due on Sept. 15. This will be automatically deducted from your card on file if you have not already made payment.

As a reminder, those fees are:

Those fees are:
Girls’ Level 2: $65 (last payment)
Girls’ Level 3: $145 (last payment)
Girls’ Level 4: $150 (last payment)
Girls’ Level 6: $195 (first of four payments)
Girls’ Level 8/9: $200 (first of four payment)
Boys’ Level 4: $160 (first of four payments)
Boys’ Level 5: $200 (first of four payments)
Boys’ Level 8: $200 (first of four payments)
Girls’ Xcel Silver: $140 (first of three payments)
Girls’ Xcel Gold: $140 (first of three payments)

Gold Bugs II and Fast Track, your first installment of three of meet fees will be due November 15. Those meet fees are $195 and will be paid in three installments of $65 each.

Optional Groups — The optional groups will maintain the same for one more week. The first week, there were just two practices and no Saturday. As a result, we will hold off changing the groups for at least one more week, so the group will get an adequate amount of practice time. So far, some of the groups have really worked well together, which is what we hoped for.

Exhibition Letoards — The replacement exhibition leotards are in. But, of course, GK made CM instead of AM leotards.  They are sending the AM asap so those are still not here yet. We have 30 days to collect all the first round of exhibition leotards to send back. Please bring in your leotard and exchange it for a new leotard (if you received it… there were a few who didn’t get one the first time around).  We will not give out the new ones without receiving the old exhibition in exchange.

Also, remember that this Friday (and Saturday) is the Friday (and Saturday) of a meet week. Typically, we’ve asked the gymnasts to wear purple on those Fridays (and Saturdays). This year, we are asking gymnasts to wear these new exhibition leotards. For those gymnasts who practice this Friday, just bring the first exhibition leotard to practice to exchange it for the replacement. Level 2s should try to bring it tonight (Thursday). For the Xcel group, we will exchange it for you on Wednesday of next week.

Fund-Raising — Be on the look out for fund-raising soon. We will again be doing pasta, coffee and cookies. Those of you who have been selling for years, please know that these perform well annually despite the fact that you’ve been selling to the same people for years. Again, the goal is to raise money for a foam pit. Unfortunately, the City of Brookfield decided to invest our dollars into road improvements without asking our opinion and the foam pit was put on hold this summer.

Remember, we have no booster club. We do not want to go to that model. We don’t think it works well for parents. We have recently seen what other booster clubs are charging for meet fees and those fees are triple what we charge for fewer meets in addition to having an annual fee and being charged if you don’t volunteer at events. All we ask of you is two fund-raisers, participation in the summertime shows and some help at our two meets.

Hawaii — The Hawaii trip is definitely on! We have met the minimum families to make the trip. If you are in any way interested, please pay the meet fee by Monday, Sept. 15. This fee is fully refundable up through the end of December, so if you are unable to go, we can certainly get you a refund. The meet fee is $100. You can confirm your spot with an e-mail and we will bill your card on file on Monday.  Remember, we are willing to chaperone some gymnasts if parents are not able to make the trip to Hawaii.  (This would make a fabulous graduation, birthday, Christmas gift!!! And the team bonding is amazing!)

Also those of you who have indicated you are going (Brown, Davis, Fowler, Krause, Literski, Robinson … please advise if we’ve missed anyone), let us know your travel plans. If individuals are interested in group travel, we can certainly explore that. We’re looking at a Jan. 15-Jan. 22 dates for travel. Regardless, let us know of your planned travel dates and we can try to work a group flight discount. Only 10 is needed to secure group travel.

Open Gym — The return of Friday and Saturday night open gym starts this weekend (8:30-10 p.m. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Saturdays). Remember, if your child is competing in the morning on a Saturday, they shouldn’t stay for Friday open gym. Cost is $8 for team members and $2 for pizza and soda on Friday nights only.

Meet Schedules — Here is a reminder of the meet schedules for the teams who will be competing in the winter/spring months. There have been a few modifications as meets have moved dates or, in some cases, locations.

Boys
Oct. 16 — Sheboygan YMCA (Sheboygan, YMCA, serves as mock meet, Levels 4-5)
Dec. 13-14 — Judges Invitational (Racine, all levels)
Jan. 3-4 — Altius Invitational (Franklin, all levels)
Jan. 10-11 — M&M Challenge (Waukesha, all levels)
Jan. 30 — Snowflake Invitational (Sheboygan, YMCA, Level 4)
Feb. 7-8 — Wildcard Cruise Classic (Brookfield, all levels)
Feb. 21-22 — Hang 10.0 Invitational (Kenosha, all levels)
Mar. 6-8 — Salto National Invitational (West Allis, Levels 5, 8)
Mar. 21-22 — State Championships (Waukesha, all levels)
Apr. 21-22 — Region 4 Championships (Brookfield, Levels 5, 8)

Girls’ Level 2 (Gold Bugs & Fast Track)
Feb. 7-8 — Wildcard Cruise Classic (Brookfield, USAG)
Feb. 21-22 — Hang 10.0 Invitational (Kenosha, USAG)
Mar. 21-22 — GymTastics Invitational (Watertown, AAU)
Apr. 11 — Carousel Invitational (Plover, AAU)

Girls’ Level 6-10
Oct. 19 — Wild Wild West Classic (Brookfield, AAU, serves as mock meet, Levels 6-8/9)
Nov. 1-2 — M&M Halloween Luau (New Berlin, Levels 6-8/9)
Dec. 19-21 — Buffalo Grove Invitational (Schaumburg, Ill, Levels 6-8/9)
Jan. 10-11 — M&M Challenge (Waukesha, Levels 6-8/9)
Jan. 31-Feb. 1 — St. Valentine Invitational (Grayslake, Ill., Levels 6-8/9)
Feb. 7-8 — Wildcard Cruise Classic (Brookfield, Levels 6-8/9)
Feb. 21-22 — Hang 10.0 Invitational (Kenosha, Levels 6-8/9)
Mar. 14-15 — LGA Lucky Invitational (Waukegan, Ill., Levels 6, 8/9)
Mar. 28-29 — State Championships (Franklin, Levels 6, 8/9)

Girls’ Xcel
Oct. 18-19 — Wild Wild West Classic (Brookfield, AAU, serves as mock meet)
Jan. 24-25 — Altius Pink Meet (Franklin)
Feb. 7-8 — Wildcard Cruise Classic (Brookfield)
Feb. 21-22 — Hang 10.0 Invitational (Kenosha)
Mar. 14-15 — LGA Lucky Invitational (Waukegan, Ill.)
Mar. 21-22 — State Championships (New Berlin)

Girls’ Off Season Compulsories (Moving Up to Next Level)
Feb. 7-8 — Wildcard Cruise Classic (Brookfield, USAG, $65, Due Dec. 1)
Feb. 21-22 — Hang 10.0 Invitational (Kenosha, USAG, $75, Due Dec. 15)
Mar. 21-22 — GymTastics Invitational (Watertown, AAU, $40, Due. Feb. 1)
Apr. 11 — Carousel Invitational (Plover, AAU, $40, Due. Feb. 1, open to Level 6s as well)

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