Artistic Girls Gymnastics For girls 6 yrs and up in their first compulsory and/or recreational oriented optional levels. First year, beginning level girls will have 2 practices per week. Second year optional level girls may have 3 practices per week.
If and when the coaches think ready the athlete will present their routines in a scheduled competition on the familiar Olympic events of Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor. Competitions are divided by skill level and within each skill level by age. Athletes will compete at the skill level determined by the coaching staff and graduate to higher levels when the coaches think it will best serve the athlete.
Since all the girls in this group train tumbling for Floor Exercise and will train on Trampoline as well, selected girls from this squad might also crossover to participate in Trampoline and Tumbling competitions. Additional practices and meet fees will be required for that participation. Individual arrangements will be made for those who are interested.
Trampoline and Tumbling. Open to boys and girls ages 6 and up. This squad trains to compete individual routines on trampoline, double mini trampoline, power tumbling and synchronized trampoline when partners can be arranged at their level. Everyone trains and competes Trampoline and Double Mini, some will also train and compete Tumbling. This group’s competitions are also divided into difficulty levels and then age -grouped within each level. Boys and girls train and compete together but not against each other.
When are practices?
1. All Mason-Dixon girls will practice Monday and Wednesday evenings 5:30 - 8:30 beginning the Wednesday after Labor Day. Additionally, 2nd year and invited optional level girls will practice some Fridays 5:30 - 7:30 at an additional cost.
2. Trampoline Team practices are Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30 and Saturday afternoons 12:30 -3:30. All Tramp Team levels will practice Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 and Saturdays, 12:30 - 3:30. Minimum commitment for Levels 3-7 is 2 days per week, Thursday & Saturday. Upper Levels will also practice Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30. Interested athletes below Level 8 may commit to Tuesday practices also and pay the 3 practice/week tuition rate. For those beginning level athletes considering attending the extra practice, more practice will increase the rate at which skills are acquired and perfected but local success in competition is possible with 2 practices per week. For upper levels, 3 practices per week is a minimum safe frequency of rehearsal for performance of the multiple somersaults their routines require.
For both squads, attendance is mandatory to all scheduled practices for your level. Consistent timely practice is essential to conditioning for the strength, flexibility, timing, muscle and cognitive memory required for success in gymnastics. All absences have consequences in lost training opportunities. Too many absences, excused or not, or unfortunately timed absences may result in loss of participation in competitions--can’t be sick all week, missing all the practices and still expect to attend the weekend’s competition.
A doctors note is required in the case of illness or injuries, incurred in the gym or elsewhere, that limit or prevent participation in practice for any extended period. And the doctor’s written “Ok” to resume training will be required prior to the resumption of practice after an extended absence.
Where are the Meets?
Most of our meets for both the Artistic Girls and the Tramp Team are local, within a couple hours driving distance. Last year we went to meets in Columbia, Waldorf, Laurel, Baltimore County, Northern Virginia, Silver Spring, and St. Marys County, MD.
The Artistic Girls participate in the Mason Dixon League of mostly Maryland teams and meets are held at the gyms of some of the participating teams. The league sponsors 6 competitions including the League Championships.
Trampoline Team attends 6-8 competitions and/or clinics locally, culminating in State, Regional and potentially National Championships. Everyone on the Trampoline Team will attend both the State and the Regional Championships. Levels 8 and up who qualify are expected to attend Nationals while qualified Levels 5-7 have the option to attend Nationals.