(Training for future competitions)

Our Gymnastics team offers gymnasts opportunities to excel in a safe, enthusiastic, and motivating environment. The impact that being part of a team has on an individual lasts a lifetime. Through a team environment, many friendships are shared and bonds are formed. Team participation promotes sharing, cooperation, and compromise. Team members boost self-esteem by setting and achieving goals while acquiring new skills.

Girls Compulsory Pre-Team Program

Levels 1 to Non-Sanctioned 2

These most basic levels of the competitive program emphasize strength, flexibility, and proper skill execution in preparation for competitions. Each gymnast will learn routines for each apparatus at each level. Placement into the pre-team program is done by skill evaluation from Spirits Team director or head coach. Gymnasts will advance through the levels as they demonstrate mastery of the required skills. Advancement to the next level is made at the discretion of the coaching staff. Each gymnast is treated as an individual; gymnasts will be motivated to excel at whatever pace allows them to continue to enjoy and be safe in the sport of gymnastics. As a result, some gymnasts will move up more quickly than others.

Levels 3, 4, 5: Compulsory level.

USAG pre-choreographed routines and series of skills that each competitor must perform. These levels compete up to the State Championships.

Level 6

This is considered the first step in optional competition. Optional routines are performed with some required skills. At Spirits, gymnasts choose (with coach’s approval) music suitable to their personality. A choreographer will develop a routine with the gymnast and will be scheduled outside of practice time. This level competes up to the State Championships.

Levels 7, 8

Optional Competition continues at this level adding more difficult skills and requirements as produced by the USAG. This level competes in States as well as the Regional Championships. Qualification to Regionals is determined by the USAG board. The number of gymnast who qualify changes every year.

Level 9

The next level of optional competition. Its difficulty requirements and expectations are harder than that of level 8. These girls have the opportunity to qualify for State, Regional and National competitions. At Regionals a percentage of each age group will advance to Nationals. The percentage is determined by the number of gymnasts in each age group from all the regions in the US.

Level 10

This is the highest level in the USAG Junior Olympic program. These girls have the opportunity to qualify for State, Regionals, and Nationals. Athletes who place high enough in the all-around at Nationals will be considered Junior Olympic National Team members. At Regionals the top 7 athletes in each age group advance to Nationals.

Prep-Optional/ Xcel:

Prep Opts is a USA Gymnastics sponsored program designed to provide a team atmosphere while enjoying the rewards of participating in sanctioned meets without the time or financial commitment of our Junior Olympic teams. Prep Opts is offered for those gymnasts at Level 6 or above and gymnasts must be at least 10 years of age.