Level 2 and Boys Success, Level Changes, Holiday Party and Much Much More

Level 2 State — Again this week, we will start with our success wall additions before delving deep into any necessary information you may need to know for the week. It was once again a State Championship meet weekend for Wildcard Gymnastics, this time with the Level 2s competing against the rest of the clubs in Wisconsin. We couldn’t be any happier with their performance. All 13 gymnasts made the Success Wall!!!!

For a Level 2 gymnast to make the success wall at state, she needed to score a 9.5 or higher on vault, a 9.0 or higher on the other events. She could also receive a silver or gold all-around medal, which means she was in the top half of all-around scores, the equivalent of receiving an all-around medal at Level 3-5 State.

The success wall additions are:
Emily C. — 9.150 on bars, All Around Gold Medalist
Neave D. — 9.000 on floor
Olivia G. — 9.150 on bars, All Around Gold Medalist
Caelyr G. — 9.100 on floor, All Around Gold Medalist
Kendra H. — All Around Silver Medalist
Jennifer H. — 9.125 on bars, All Around Silver Medalist
Lilly Jo. — All Around Silver Medalist
Emma M. — 9.000 on floor, All Around Silver Medalist
Claire M. — All Around Silver Medalist
Korynne M. — 9.000 on floor, All Around Silver Medalist
Maggie M. – 9.100 on beam, 9.150 on floor, All Around Silver Medalist
Sadie P. — All-Around Silver Medalist
Brooklyn S. — 9.000 on bars, 9.200 on beam, All Around Gold Medalist

Boys’ First Meet of the Season — The Level 4 boys started their season this weekend as well. In a word, they were AWESOME!!! With just five boys on the team, they took fourth place out of 12 as a team and were within a realistic striking distance of being the first-place team. Individually, West F. and Dylan K. recorded the two highest all-around scores of the 75 gymnasts in the meet, recording the only two scores higher than a 60.000. They were the highest scoring gymnast on rings, parallel bars and horizontal bar. Again, we couldn’t be more proud of how the boys have started.

To make the Success Wall for the boys, a gymnasts must place first or have a 9.500 or higher on an event.

The following gymnasts made the success wall:
Max B. – 10.100 on parallel bars, 10.000 on horizontal bar
West F. — 9.900 on floor, 9.600 on pommel horse, 10.000 on rings (1st), 11.100 on horizontal bar (1st and the only 11.0 or higher of the meet), 10.600 on parallel bars (1st and the highest score of the meet on the event), 1st All Around (with the highest score of all gymnasts at the meet)
Dylan K. — 10.000 on pommel horse (1st), 10.700 on rings (1st and the highest score recorded at the meet), 9.700 on vault (1st), 9.900 on parallel bars, 10.700 on horizontal bar, 1st All Around (with the second highest score of all gymnasts at the meet)

Additionally, the floor judge came over and said that West had the best floor routine he saw at the meet and would have given him a higher score were it not for a GIANT wobble on the first skill, thus losing 0.5 points.

Great job by Candace getting them ready for the season. They looked great and they’ll improve even more!

Summer Camp at the Karolyi’s Camp — There has been some interest from some parents in regard to the Karolyi’s Summer Camp in Huntsville, Texas, at the National Training Center. We are willing to help organize attendance at this camp, which is one of the cheapest gymnastics camps you will find (however transportation costs will increase the total cost of the camp. The $515 does not include getting to Huntsville). It does fill up quickly, so we would need to get deposits in early. The cost of the camp is $515, but you can reserve your spot with a $150 non-refundable deposit with the balance due at least two weeks prior to camp.

We are looking at the July 6-11 session to organize Wildcard as a group. If we have 10 gymnasts attend, we can have one of our coaches attend for free.

We will place the deposits Jan. 5. This camp would make a great Christmas gift.

For more information on the camp, please click here.

Updated Holiday Practice Times — The following is the updated holiday schedule. There is no practice unless noted here:

Monday, Dec. 22 — Holiday Party, 4:30-6:30 p.m., No practices after
Tuesday, Dec. 23 — Practice scheduled as usual, Boys added 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 24 — Girls’ Levels 6-8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 25 — No practices, Merry Christmas
Friday, Dec. 26 — No practices
Saturday, Dec. 27 — All Boys and Girls’ Levels 6-8, noon-3 p.m. (Boys Level 8, 3:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 28 — No practices
Monday, Dec. 29 — All Boys 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Boys Level 8, noon)
Tuesday, Dec. 30 — Girls’ Levels 6-8, noon-3 p.m.; Xcel 3-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 31 — No practices
Thursday, Jan. 1 — No practices, Happy New Year
Friday, Jan. 2 — All Boys and Girls’ Levels 6-8, noon-3 p.m. (Boys Level 8, 3:30 p.m.); Xcel 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 3 — No practices
Sunday, Jan. 4 — Boys Meet at Altius
Monday, Jan. 5 — Practices resume

*Please note that the after Christmas practices for girls’ Level 6-8 were previously listed as 1-3 p.m. instead of noon-3 p.m.

Also, please click the link for the holiday workout.  This is the same one as used at Thanksgiving.  If you will be out of town or missing scheduled practices, please be sure to add this in.  (Parents, you can do it with your gymnasts.)

Girls’ Level Changes — With the end of the compulsory season this weekend, gymnasts will begin training the next level skills more regularly. We are going to do our best to minimize any practice shifting as best as possible. There may be a few gymnasts switching nights and times but we will discuss this with the families prior to the switch. Some gymnasts will be adding some hours to their practice schedules.

Gymnasts will be officially practicing at the new levels beginning in January. You will also be charged the appropriate tuition level starting in January. We will have a separate e-mail with all the new level information sometime before Christmas.  Gymnasts will have the opportunity to try the new level at meets in the off-season, if they feel ready.

However, gymnasts will still need to try out in the summer to compete the next level in the 2015 USAG season next fall, regardless of what level was competed during the off-season.

Holiday Party Reminder — Our team holiday party is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the gym. All boys, Xcel, Gold Bugs II, Fast Track and Girls’ Levels 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 gymnasts are invited. The Level 8 girls will be in charge of the entertainment for the party.

Gymnasts are to bring a gift valued at $20 or less to trade in a secret santa gift exchange. Gymnasts in all levels except Gold Bugs II, Fast Track & Level 2 will exchange names. Gold Bugs II, Fast Track & Level 2 should bring a gift to exchange amongst the group. Gymnasts who are picking names should already have picked a name for the gift exchange.

Off-Season Meet Fee Deadline — The first deadline for the off-season meets is this week. The meet fee of $80 for the Scamps Hang 10.0 Invitational is due Dec. 20. This will be a USAG meet, not AAU, so it can be used for Level mobility purposes and thus explains the higher cost.

New Year’s Overnight — The New Year’s Eve Overnight is $40 for pre-registered team gymnasts. 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.

We typically have a good turnout for the New Year’s Eve Overnight. We will cancel that event if we don’t have at least 15 registered by Dec. 20 (we currently have two). If your child is planning to attend, please have them signed up prior to the Dec. 20 date so we can ensure that it will run.

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