Practice Changes, Meet Fees, Cancun, Jason

PRACTICE CHANGES — Due to a couple of events coming up, there will be some practice changes in the next few weeks. Please observe the following changes (note, if it’s not listed, it hasn’t changed):

Monday, Aug. 3
Tumbling & Trampoline 4-5:30 p.m. (From Friday, Aug. 7)

Wednesday, Aug. 5
NO MORNING TEAM PRACTICES (Includes Level 3, Level 4, Xcel Silver and Boys)

Thursday, Aug. 6
NO MORNING TEAM PRACTICES (Includes Level 3, Level 4, Xcel Silver and Boys)

Friday, Aug. 7
NO BOYS PRACTICE
NO TUMBLING & TRAMPOLINE TEAM (moved to Monday, Aug. 3)
NO OPEN GYM

Saturday, Aug. 8
Xcel Bronze moves to 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Xcel Gold/Platinum moves to 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 10
Tumbling & Trampoline 4-5:30 p.m. (From Friday, Aug. 14)

Wednesday, Aug. 12
NO EVENING TEAM PRACTICES (Includes Girls’ Level 2, Level 4, Level 6-9, Boys, Xcel), Morning Practices are the Same

Thursday, Aug. 13
NO MORNING TEAM PRACTICES (Includes Girls’ Level 6, 7, 9)
NO EVENING TEAM PRACTICES (Includes Boys’ Level 4, Girls’ Level 2, 3, 7 & 9, Girl’s Xcel)

Friday, Aug. 14
NO MORNING PRACTICES (Includes Boys’, Girls’ & T&T)
NO OPEN GYM

Saturday, Aug. 15
NO MORNING PRACTICES (Includes Girls’ Level 3 and Xcel)

There is no team practice from Wednesday evening through Saturday morning due to the national coaches convention, where we’re taking most of our coaches for education and learning. For those levels that haven’t received increased practice time during the summer (Xcel Bronze and Silver), these hours will be made up closer to the meet season. All other Levels have had increased summer hours with no increase in tuition to accommodate for missed practices.

Summer morning practices will continue through the week of August 17-21. There will be no daytime practices Aug. 24-28. The team photo and pre-season meet will be Aug. 28.
More details will follow as we get closer.

FALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE — We don’t have the fall practice schedule set yet, but we do have an idea of some changes that will occur. Starting Aug. 31, we will switch to the school-year practice schedule but until then the summer schedule will still stay in effect, with morning practices being discontinued at some point.  We will have that schedule available shortly.

MEET FEES – Please note that the second set of meet fees for the Level 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s will be posted to the accounts and charged on July 30. We still have some people who haven’t paid the first installment of meet fees, due to credit card issues. If you haven’t paid the first set of meet fees, please do so immediately.

Gymnasts who have not paid for meet fees will not be placed on rosters for the competitions. The meet fees for the September competitions will be due in a few weeks, so we might not get your child in if you haven’t paid for meet fees.

Level 2 Fees: $225 ($75 per installment due June 30, July 30, Aug. 30)
Level 3 Fees: $450 ($150 per installment due June 30, July 30, Aug. 30)
Level 4 Fees: $480 ($160 per installment due June 30, July 30, Aug. 30)
Level 5 Fees: $150 ($50 per installment due June 30, July 30, Aug 30)

MEET SCHEDULES — At this point, we are pretty confident with our meet schedules. They are the following:

GIRLS’ LEVEL 2
Aug. 28 at Preseason Meet (Brookfield)
Oct. 10-11 at CSA Kids (at UW-Whitewater)
Oct. 24-25 at Wildcard (Brookfield)
Nov. 14-15 at M&M (New Berlin)
Nov. 21-22 at Salto (Waukesha)
Dec. 5-6 at Level 2 State (Madison)

GIRLS’ LEVEL 3 & 4 
Aug. 28 at Preseason Meet (Brookfield)
Sept. 19-20 at Racine (Racine)
Oct. 3-4 at Swiss Turners (West Allis)
Oct. 10-11 at CSA Kids (at UW-Whitewater)
Oct. 24-25 at Wildcard (Brookfield)
Nov. 7-8 at Starz (Green Bay)
Nov. 14-15 at M&M (New Berlin)
Nov. 21-22 at Salto (Waukesha)
Dec. 5-6 at Level 3-5 State (Madison)

GIRLS’ LEVEL 6, 7, & 8/9
Oct. 25 at Preseason Meet (Brookfield)
Nov. 14-15 at M&M (New Berlin)
Dec. 12-13 at Hawaiian Pineapple (Schaumburg, Ill.) *
Jan. 1-3 at Cancun Classic (Cancun, Mexico)
Jan. 9-10 at M&M Challenge (West Allis)
Jan. 29-31 at Legacy Luau (Eden Praire, Minn.)
Feb. 20-21 Wildcard Cruise Classic (Cudahy) *
March 5-6 at AAU Midwest Regionals (Dubuque, Iowa) *
March 19-20 at State Championships (Madison) *
April 8-10 at Region 4 Championships (St. Louis, Mo.)
* short season Level 6s (coming from Level 4) will compete these meets

GIRLS’ XCEL BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD
Oct. 25 at Preseason Meet (Brookfield)
Jan. 9-10 at M&M Challenge (West Allis)
Jan. 29-31 at Altius Pink Ribbon Invitational (Franklin)
Feb. 20-21 Wildcard Cruise Classic (Cudahy)
March 5-6 at AAU Midwest Regionals (Dubuque, Iowa)
March 12-13 at State Championships (Waukesha)

BOYS’ LEVEL 4
Dec. 5 at Judges Invitational (Racine)
Jan. 9-10 at M&M Challenge (West Allis)
Jan. 16-17 at Strongman Invitational (Franklin)
Feb. 5 at Snowflake Invitational (Sheboygan)
Feb. 20-21 Wildcard Cruise Classic (Cudahy)
Feb. 27-28 at Scamps Boys’ Invitational (Kenosha)
March 19-20 at State Championships (Waukesha)

BOYS’ LEVEL 5-8
Jan. 9-10 at M&M Challenge (West Allis)
Jan. 16-17 at Strongman Invitational (Franklin)
Jan. 29-31 at Iceberg Classic (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Feb. 13-14 at Midwest Twisters Invitational (Milwaukee)
Feb. 20-21 Wildcard Cruise Classic (Cudahy)
Feb. 27-28 at Scamps Boys’ Invitational (Kenosha)
March 19-20 at State Championships (Waukesha)
April 9-10 at Region 4 Championships (Lincoln, Neb.)

TUMBLING & TRAMPOLINE
Nov TBD Preseason Meet
Dec. 20 at Frozen Challenge (New Berlin, Wis.)
Jan. 9-10 at M&M Challenge (West Allis)
Early Feb at Gymfinity Meet (Fitchburg)
Feb. 20-21 Wildcard Cruise Classic (Cudahy)
April TBD at State Championships (TBD)

OFFSEASON COMPULSORY & SPRING GIRLS’ LEVEL 2
Feb. 6-7 at GymTastics (Watertown)
Feb. 20-21 Wildcard Cruise Classic (Cudahy)
March 5-6 at AAU Midwest Regionals (Dubuque, Iowa)

OFFSEASON CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS (Additional Costs)
Late June TBD at Badger State Games (Weston, Wis.)
June 30-July 3 at AAU Age Group Nationals (Disney Resort, Fla.)
July 27-Aug. 6 at AAU Junior Olympics (Houston, Texas)

Meet fees will start in October for Boys, Girls Optional, Xcel and T&T. And as usual, all of this is subject to change.

CANCUN CLASSIC – The Cancun Classic trip is officially on our schedule. We should be able to compete in this with very limited time missed from school. The meet schedule for this competition is as follows:

Jan. 1 — Compulsories (evening only)
Jan. 2 — Optionals and College Meet
Jan. 3 — Optionals

There is no competition scheduled for Jan. 4. Optional level families can plan on flying home on Monday, Jan. 4, missing just that day of school. Compulsory families could leave earlier to make it home in time for returning to school on Jan. 4.

At this point, we’re not planning on traveling as a group. A few group travel requests were denied as group travel isn’t allowed on some airlines during this time and on other airlines they were just too pricy.

Also at this point, we don’t have a hotel planned. That could change. The meet hotel is very expensive (it’s nice and it’s all-inclusive), but at $595 per night,  you can find better priced accommodations. There are several other hotels in the area. The recommendations for those hotels are:

Royal Resorts Cancun (royalresorts.com). Next hotel to Iberostar. $220+ per night, but the villas are suites with full kitchens.

Flamingo Resorts (www.flamingocancun.com/index_en.html). Right around $200 per night. Would require transportation as the meet site isn’t overly close.

Holiday Inn Cancun (www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/cancun/cunmx/hoteldetail).  Right around $200 per night. Would require transportation as the meet site isn’t overly close.

There are other hotels which are cheaper and others which are more expensive. If we get a deal, we will let you know. Essentially, any hotel in the Hotel Zone will be safer and as nice as any hotel you will ever visit. Obviously, the more you pay, the more you will get. Some hotels range upwards of $700/night. If you want to make a grand vacation of it, please do so.

The meet fee is $130 and is due by Oct. 1. This is non-refundable. Optional level girls, this will be included in your meet fees. We expect participation from the optionals. For non-optional levels, we will need it in advance.

GOODBYE, JASON — In the coming days, we’re going to have to say good bye to Jason Trow, our Fast Track and Boys’ Level 4 team coach. He has accepted a teaching position in the northern part of the state. It is an unfortunate loss for Wildcard. We wish Jason the best. In the mean time, Blain will be taking over the boys Level 4 teams in the mean time. Fast Track’s instructors will be determined at a later time.

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