Warm-Ups, Comp. Leos, Practice Changes, Tryouts

 We are in the warm-up purchasing phase of our every two-year cycle for purchasing warm-ups one year and competition leotards the next. We are currently sizing the girls’ team members for warm-ups. Optional level girls (levels 6-up) will be required to get a tank-top, jacket and capris (we are waiting on the design for the capris). The pants are optional. Compulsory level girls (levels 5-under) will be required to get a jacket and pants. Xcel girls will be required to get the jacket but the pants or capris will be optional. Boys will be required to purchase a sweatshirt (which we don’t have yet to size, nor do we have the design).

tank-topFor optional level girls’, we need to place the order for tank tops by the end of this week in order to have those for our first parades. Tank tops will cost $40, which will cover tax and shipping. Gymnasts are to wear black shorts to accompany the tanks and may wear a leotard underneath.

The cost of the jacket and pants or jacket and capris is $160 which will cover tax and shipping (the cost may change). We don’t optional-jackethave a due date on that yet, but that will likely be sometime in May in order to have those by mid August. We don’t have a cost for the boys’ sweatshirt yet. Again, the thought is to use these for at least two years.

Parents who wish to order apparel may do so. Gymnasts may also order extra apparel, but be mindful that that at the compulsory level, we are requiring the pants and not the capris, and at the optional level, we are requiring the capris and not the pants.

The design of the apparel is at right.

EXHIBITION & COMPETITION LEOTARDS — We are going to use the exhibition leotards we have currently for a second year. We have a significant inventory of exhibition leotards currently in the pro-shop at $40 each. If we do not have enough of a size, we can order more at the $40 cost, but it will take 4-6 weeks for those to arrive. New Xcel gymnasts will use these as competition leotards unless they purchase the long-sleeve version.

For gymnasts wishing to purchase a long-sleeve leotard, please note that we are NOT in the cycle to purchase long-sleeve leotards. We will be doing that next summer. If you wish to have a long-sleeve leotard for your gymnast, you will need to purchase the new design next year.

We do have a limited stock of the compulsory-level long sleeve leotards (approximately 8) and a very limited stock of the optional-level leotards. If you are interested in getting a long sleeve leotard for next season, please let us know and we’ll let you know what we have in stock (prices will vary if the leotard is new or used). If we have to order, cost will depend on the number of leotards we are ordering.

TEAM TRYOUTS — We are having a tryout for three of our four teams on Saturday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m. The teams we are having tryouts for are:

  • Boys’ Level 4 and up
  • Girls Xcel Bronze and up
  • Tumbling & Trampoline Team

BOYS: Any boy who is currently in the Level 3 group should attend this tryout. Any boy who is in our classes and wishes to be on our team should attend this tryout. Any boy who is interested in gymnastics should attend this tryout. Boys must turn 6 prior to Sept. 1 to be able to be on team. The skills needed for boys are cartwheels, forward rolls, roundoff rebound (or two-foot cartwheel); support and swings on pommel horse; run and hurdle on vault; swings and pull ups/overs on rings; swings and holds on parallel bars; and swings and a chin up on horizontal bar. Boys’ practice for Level 4 will be twice a week at two hours per practice (practice will increase in the summer).

We welcome any boys who have more advanced skills that may be placed directly on a Level 5 team or higher. Level 5 and up practices more than the Level 4 boys. Boys currently on the team do not need to attend. We are looking for up to 10 boys for the Level 4 team. This year, three of Wildcard’s six boys earned at least one state championship on an event and the Level 4 team was the third-best team in the state.

Boys will compete six meets during the regular season and the state championship. The competitive season is late December-mid March.

XCEL: For girls Xcel, we will be accepting girls ages 6-up wishing to tryout for Xcel Bronze (new to Wildcard), Silver, Gold or Platinum. The tryout will focus on the Bronze and Silver levels, but gymnasts wishing to join our team at higher levels will be asked to do more advanced skills. The skills needed for the bronze and silver levels are run/hurdle on vault; glide swings, pullovers and hip circles on bars; leaps, jumps, and t-positions on beam; and cartwheel, leaps and forward/backward rolls on floor.

The Xcel Bronze and Silver teams will practice separately from the Xcel Gold /Platinum teams. Practices for Bronze and Silver will be twice a week for two hours per practice. Gold will likely be increasing up to six hours in the summer. We are looking for up to 10 girls for the Bronze/Silver team.

Xcel will compete four times during the regular season and the state championship. The competitive season is January-March. Xcel is a great level for gymnasts who want to participate in other sports as the time commitment is less. Also, gymnasts get routines tailored to their abilities.

T&T: Any boy or girl on our team is encouraged to tryout for the Tumbling & Trampoline. We also welcome anyone for this tryout for lower levels of team. Tumbling & Trampoline competitions consist of three disciplines: tumbling (on a rod floor), trampoline and double mini. A tumbling competition consists of two passes of 4-8 skills each. The compulsory levels require rolls and cartwheels at the introductory levels all the way up to consecutive back handsprings and back tucks at the upper compulsory levels. Trampoline competitions consist of one 10-skill routine. At the lower levels, those routines are five skills and the five skills are repeated. At the upper compulsory levels, there 10 different skills including various back and front tucks. Double mini competition consists of two 2-3 skill passes. Lower level compulsory competition consists of different types of jumps connected. Upper level compulsory combines a jump with a salto of some sort.

T&T competitions are more like track meets in that one, two or three events go at a time in flights, usually by level and age. Competitions with three events going at one time go really quick, with each flight taking 10-15 minutes. This season, we will attend a total of four T&T competitions (two regular season, state and regionals). Next year, we plan on four regular season meets and state. Current gymnasts will have the benefit of having leotards/singlets/warmups already. The only additional equipment needed is trampoline shoes and those are available online for $15 or less.

The T&T team will practice once per week at an hour and 15 minutes total. There will be two practice opportunities so most every gymnast should have an opportunity to be in one of the two classes. Skills needed for tumbling are cartwheels or roundoffs and rolls for lower levels and consecutive backhandsprings on tumble track for upper levels; trampoline skills needed seat drops and knee drops connected to a tuck jump and jump turns for lower levels and tuck jumps to saltos for upper level compulsories; double mini skills needed will be run-hurdle-straight jump-tuck jump off for lower level compulsories and a saltos in combination with other jumps for upper level compulsories.

Upper level T&T compulsory athletes will also be required to attend open gym at another club as a group one or two times prior to the first competition to acclimate to a rod floor and a Russian trampoline. The rod floor is similar to the tumble track, but reacts differently. A Russian trampoline offers a higher bounce than the trampoline we have.

So far, this season, our two athletes have won 11 first place finishes including four state championships in the limited practices. Also available at Level 5 and higher is the opportunity to go to the national championships, which is something we might do if the event is relatively close. The cost will be an additional $35 per month for team gymnasts and $60 per month for non-team gymnasts.

SCHEDULE CHANGES — With our lower levels of compulsory and upper levels of girls’ optionals growing, we’re looking into balancing the groups. The following is our new groups that will change on May 18:

Girls’ Level 2: MON 4:30-6:30 p.m., WED 4:30-6:30 p.m., THU 4:30-7:30 p.m. (7 hrs)
Girls’ Level 3: TUE 4:30-7:30 p.m., THU 4:30-7:30 p.m., SAT 9 a.m.-noon (9 hrs)
Girls’ Level 4: MON 4:30-7:30 p.m., WED 4:30-7:30 p.m., FRI 4:30-8:30 p.m. (10 hrs)
Girls’ Level 6: MON, TUE, WED, FRI 4:30-8:30 p.m. (16 hrs)
Girls’ Level 7: MON, TUE, THU, FRI 4:30-8:30 p.m. (16 hrs)
Girls’ Level 9: TUE, WED, THU, FRI 4:30-8:30 p.m. (16 hrs)
Girls’ Fast Track: TUE 6:30-8:30 p.m., THU 6:30-8:30 p.m. (4 hrs)
Girls’ Xcel Bronze & Silver: TBD (4 hrs)
Girls’ Xcel Gold: WED 6-8:30 p.m., SAT 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (5 hrs)
Girls’ TOPs: MON 4-5:30 p.m., SAT 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (3.5 hrs)
Girls’ MiniTOPs: TUE 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (2 hrs)

Boys’ Level 4: TUE 4:30-6:30 p.m., THU 4:30-6:30 p.m. (4 hrs)
Boys’ Level 5: TUE 4:30-7:45 p.m., THU 4:30-7:45 p.m.; SAT 9:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m. (10 hrs)
Boys’ Level 8: TUE 4:30-7:45 p.m., THU 4:30-7:45 p.m.; SAT 9:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m. (10 hrs)

T&T: FRI 4:30-5:45 p.m. or SAT 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (1.25 hours)

The following practices will be added starting June 15 for our summer schedule:
Girls’ Level 2: TUE 9 a.m.-noon (3 hrs)
Girls’ Level 3: WED 9 a.m.-noon (3 hrs)
Girls’ Level 4: WED 9 a.m.-noon (3 hrs)
Girls’ Level 6: THU 9 a.m.-noon (3 hrs)
Girls’ Level 7: MON 9 a.m.-noon, THU 9 a.m.-noon (6 hrs)
Girls’ Level 9: MON 9 a.m.-noon, TUE 9 a.m.-noon, THU 9 a.m.-noon (9 hrs)
Girls’ Fast Track: TBD
Girls’ Xcel Bronze & Silver: TBD
Girls’ Xcel Gold: TBD

All Boys: WED 9 a.m.-noon (boys will add an additional morning to replace Saturdays)

Also, please note that all Friday practices in the summer will be 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. instead of 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday T&T practice will be 11:15-12:30 p.m. Open Gym on Fridays is held 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.

FLIGHTS TO KAROLIY’S CAMP — Final payment, names and birthdates for the flights to Karoliy’s is due by April 30. The total amount is $216.18 if paid by check or $222 if paid by credit card.

AAU AGE GROUP NATIONALS REGISTRATION — The deadline for registering to AAU Age Group Nationals (June 10-14 in Las Vegas) is fast approaching. The deadline is May 1. At this point, we only have the following gymnasts registered:

  • Aniyah B.
  • Sarah S.
  • Essence B.

Registration and payment is done through the AAU web site, so we need your card present to register. This is not something we can charge to your account. We know that many of you have stated you are attending this competition, so we need you to register soon.

To book your hotel at the Westgate Resort (the meet site is at the Westgate as well), click here.

TEAM COACHING CHANGES — We are having a couple of coaching changes to our team groups that we want to make you aware of. First, we want to thank our Xcel coaches, Bella Gordon and Heidi Kostrzewa, for their service this season. They will still be around for the next few months prior to them heading to college. Taking over the Xcel program will be Alyssa Milazzo. Alyssa has been a team coach at Wildcard this season and she’s excited to become part of the Xcel program, serving as the head coach for Xcel Gold and Silver. Leading Xcel Bronze will be Beth McAleer. Beth has two daughters on our team in Level 3 and has been teaching preschool and rec classes for the past year.

Taking over the lead of boys program will be Jason Trow. Jason has been with Wildcard for a year, serving as boys’ pre-team coach and the girls’ fast track coach. We want to thank Candace Wittrock for five very successful years as our boys’ team head coach, with three All-Around champions to her credit. She will still be part of the program, helping with the upper level boys on a less-regular basis. She is pursing a masters’ degree and hopes to return to Wildcard in a greater capacity when she is done. Blain Fowler is also helping out with the boys and will be the head coach of the Tumbling and Trampoline program.

We want to thank Candace, Bella and Heidi for their work to make our teams a success.

SUCCESS WALL ADDITIONS — We did not do a blog post last week and we are a bit remiss on updating the success wall, but we will do that soon. The following gymnasts made the success wall from the weekend that included boys’ regionals, T&T state and the Carousel meet:

Girls’ Level 2:
Jillian C. — 1st place bars
Kassidy D. — 9.650 on vault, 9.000 on floor
Payton D. — 9.500 on vault
Grace D. — 9.250 on beam, 9.000 on floor, 1st place All-Around
Amari D. — 9.500 on vault, 9.100 on beam, 9.00 on floor
McKayla M. — 9.000 on bars

Girls’ Level 3:
Kayla B. — 9.000 on floor (1st)
Caelyr G. — 1st place All-Around
Maggie M. — 9.150 on bars, 9.150 on beam

Girls’ Level 4:
Sarah S. — 9.500 on vault (1st), 9.100 on floor, 1st place All-Around

Girls’ Level 6:
Emily G. — 9.200 on vault, 9.200 on bars
Nadia J. — 9.2oo on vault, 9.050 on beam (1st)
Ella J. — 9.150 on beam
Aaliyah K. — 9.300 on vault, 9.300 on bars, 9.100 on beam, 9.000 on floor, 1st AA
Team — 1st All-Around

Boys’ Level 4:
Max B. — 9.600 on floor, 10.000 on rings, 10.200 on p-bars, 10.400 on horizontal bar
West F. — 10.900 on floor, 9.500 on pommels, 10.900 on rings (1st), 9.700 on vault, 11.000 on p-bars, 11.100 on horizontal bar (1st)
Jack G. — 9.800 on floor, 9.900 on horizontal bar

Boys’ Level 8:
Reed B. — 11.500 on rings (11th), 11.500 on vault

T&T State:
Bradyn F. — State Champion: Level 6 Tumbling, 22.8 (national qualifying score) on trampoline
West F. — State Champion: Level 6 Tumbling, Level 5 Trampoline, Level 5 Double Mini

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