What is Competitive Gymnastics
Competitive gymnastics is consistently ranked in the top 5 hardest sports to play, #1 by many.
It is also ranked 2nd, only beaten by weightlifting, as producing the strongest athletes.
This sport requires physical, mental & emotional strength, flexibility, agility, endurance, grace, balance, coordination, courage, discipline, determination & dedication.
So with all that this sport demands of an athlete, is it worth it....
The physical benefits from this sport are easy to see but the life skills are often overlooked.
These kids are also resilient, persistent, responsible, develop interpersonal skills, learn time management, build self esteem, have a great work ethic, navigate conflict resolution. All while building close bonds & making lifetime friends.
What doesn't this sport have! So in our opinion, yes it is definitely worth it!
This program consists of levels 2-5
The Compulsory levels are highly focused on building the foundation.
Athletes compete a prescribed routine, which means that to compete each level the gymnast must learn the specific routine for each event. A gymnast is then judged and scored based on how well they execute the skills, in addition to how well they perform the routine exactly how it is supposed to be done.
All levels are progressive in nature, building upon the skills required at the previous level.
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The Women’s Development Program (WDP, formerly JO) was created with the belief that all athletes, regardless of their potential, must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely. The program allows the gymnast to advance at her own pace.
This program consists of level 6-10
The Optional levels build upon a strong foundation achieved from the compulsory levels.
In these levels each gymnast has a unique, choreographed routine. Judging is based on the execution of the selected skills they perform and overall performance of the routine.
There are elements required for each event that must be included in the routines to meet the level requirements.
These elements are grouped by skill difficulty from A-E. Requirements for each event are prescribed by the governing body they are competing within. Each level has different requirements on how many elements and from which difficulty group are required.
The benefit of this format is that a coach and athlete can create a routine to showcase an athletes best strengths and abilities, as long as all requirements are fufilled.
This program consists o5 levels Bronze-Diamond-A 6th level of Sapphire is pending
The USA Gymnastics Xcel program was developed as an alternative competitive program offering individual flexibility to coaches and gymnasts.
The goal of Xcel is to provide gymnasts of varying abilities and commitment levels the opportunity for a rewarding gymnastics experience. The program allows a wide choice in skills to meet requirements so selection may be based on an individual athlete’s strengths.
The focus of the Xcel program is sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and fun. The emphasis in the Xcel program is on correct technique, form, and performance.