Individual/Level Photos, Level 5/6 Tryout, Sleepovers, Fund-raising

Individual/Level Photos — We will be taking individual and level photos a bit early this year. Without a meet the weekend after the week of Nov. 3-7, we will be taking pictures of individuals and each team during practice time instead of our usual week of Thanksgiving. We will make these photos available for $15 and will include three posed photos, your child’s head shot, and your child’s level photo in a digital download. You can choose to do with those what you want. We will try to offer a place where you can see a proof of the photos.

Please have your child’s competition leotard (or singlet and black shorts for boys if the shorts and pants aren’t in by next week) with them on the day they are scheduled to be photographed. Hair and/or makeup should be done prior to the scheduled time. There will be no retakes and your child will not be in the level photograph if they are not here during their scheduled time. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Nov. 3 — All Boys 5-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Girls’ Level 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 5 — Competing Gold Bugs II, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Girls’ Level 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Xcel, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 6 — Girls’ Level 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Fast Track, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Girls’ Level 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Girls’ Level 8, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Level 5/6 Tryout — We will have a tryout for current Girls’ Level 4  gymnasts wishing to qualify out of Level 5 and move directly to Level 6 on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Any Level 4 gymnast who has qualified for state (which is also the move up score for the level) may take part in the tryout. If your child is wishing to tryout, please let us know as soon as possible so we may begin prepping them for the tryout. Skills on the tryout include: front tuck and roundoff back handspring/back tuck on floor; back walkover or back handspring on beam; a clear hip and a flyaway on bars. We will not be testing vault as it is the same vault for Levels 4, 5 and 6.  Gymnasts who are interested in this tryout can use “up training time” during the weekly practice to work on the Level 5 skills.  Many of these skills have already been introduced during their practices.

While we are giving everyone the opportunity to try out, it will be necessary that the gymnast demonstrates proficiency at Level 5 (and that she will be competent at Level 6).  It is totally okay to not be ready at this point.Many of these skills will be trained over the summer so that they will be proficient at Level 5 next season. Should gymnasts pass the tryout, we will try to enter them as Level 5s into the Buffalo Grove Hawaiian Pineapple Invitational in Schaumburg on Dec. 19-21. Should the gymnast achieve the necessary 31.000 qualification score at that meet, she will move to the Level 6 group and compete two meets and state (assuming the state-qualification score of 31.000 is met). The meets the gymnasts will compete as Level 6s are:

Wildcard Cruise Classic, Mequon, Wis., Feb. 7-8
Lucky Invitational, Waukegan, Ill., Mar. 14-15
State Championships, Franklin, Wis., Mar. 28-29

Please note, there are additional meet fees required should your gymnast move up.

Last season, all five Level 4s that did the Hawaiian Pineapple meet got their move up score and every Level 6 earned a state-qualification score in their first meet.

Those gymnasts who aren’t proficient in the majority of the skills at the tryout may still be invited to do Level 5 in the off-season AAU meets.

Holiday Sleepovers — We are having two Holiday sleepovers, one on Thanksgiving for all of those wishing to drop the kids and shop for a great deal, and another on New Year’s Eve.

The Thanksgiving night Drop & Shop overnight is Thursday, Nov. 27, starting at 8 p.m. with pickup at 10 a.m. The pre-registration cost for team kids is $35. Click here for more details.

The New Year’s Eve Overnight is $40 for pre-registered team kids. Drop off is 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 with pick-up at 7 a.m. the next year (well, Jan. 1, 2015, to be precise). Click here for more information on this sleepover.

Fund-raising — Pasta and coffee/fudge/cookies fund-raising is coming to a close. Please have all your fund-raising items turned in by Nov. 15 so we may have it all back in by Thanksgiving.

Monday Staff Meeting — There is a staff meeting on Monday, Nov. 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Practice will finish at 7:30 p.m. for all levels. All optional-level gymnasts should come at 4:30 p.m. to get the full practice.

The new Purple and Silver optional groups will start on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Those groups will be determined by all-around score at Saturday’s meet. The top 4 Level 8s will go to Purple with the lowest 3 going to Silver. The top 6 Level 6s will to go Purple with the 6 lower scoring Level 6s going to Silver. We will notify everyone by e-mail Saturday night after the meet. Those gymnasts not competing (Ava C., Olga) will be in Silver.

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