Our competitive team trains together year-round and competes January – April each year. We’re proud to have many team and individual champion awards under our belt – including some regional champions!

Interested in joining our gymnastics team?

Spirit Gymnastics Sports Academy gymnastics team begins each season with tryouts in May. Girls then train all summer working on conditioning, skills, teamwork and goal setting. At the end of the summer, girls are placed in one of the following USAG levels:

Bronze

The minimum age requirement for the Bronze division is 5 years old. (This means the gymnast must be 5 before she competes in her first meet.) The Bronze division is similar in skill requirements to the JO Program’s levels 1-2. Here is more information on the bronze routine requirements.

Silver

The minimum age requirement for the Silver division is 6 years old. (This means the gymnast must be 6 before she competes in her first meet.) The silver division is similar in skill requirements to the JO Program’s level 3. Here is more information on the silver routine requirements.

Gold

The minimum age requirement for the G0ld division is 7 years old. (This means the gymnast must be 6 before she competes in her first meet.) The silver division is similar in skill requirements to the JO Program’s level 4. The gymnast must score a 31 AA in Gold before advancing to the Platinum level or an 8.0 on an individual event to move forward as an Individual Event Specialist (IES). Here is more information on the gold routine requirements.

Platinum

The minimum age requirement for the Platinum division is 8 years old. (This means the gymnast must be 6 before she competes in her first meet.) The platinum division is similar in skill requirements to the JO program’s level 4-5.The gymnast must score a 31 AA in Platinum before advancing to the Diamond level or an 8.0 on an individual event to move forward as an Individual Event Specialist (IES). Here is more information on the platinum routine requirements.

Six

Level 6 is the entry level for optional competition. Optional levels are levels where each gymnast has a different routine, so they aren’t judged on the specifics of the routine. They are instead judged based on the skills they perform and the overall level and performance of the routine. Optional levels have routine requirements for each event, so when the coach or choreographer is choreographing the routine, they will need to include these requirements or the gymnast will earn deductions.The emphasis in level 6 is on execution of basic optional skills. See the Level 6 Gymnastics Requirements. Level 6 is the only gymnastics level that may be skipped with a qualifying level 5 score.

Seven

Level 7 is a mix of both compulsory and optional.  In Level 7, it is a mix of compulsory and optional because the requirements are more specific but each gymnast still has a unique routine. The requirements are more specific in that for example,  instead of on floor saying that one of the tumbling passes needs a salto element, in level 7 the rules state that the gymnast must perform a back layout in one of her passes. Here are the Level 7 Gymnastics Requirements.

Eight – Ten

Gymnastics levels 8-10 are optional levels. Each gymnast has a unique routine on each event, and she chooses which skills to use to fulfill the requirements. Here are the Level 8 Gymnastics Requirements. The requirements for Level 9 get more complex. Here are the Level 9 Gymnastics Requirements. Level 10 is the last level in the JO program. Here are the Level 10 Gymnastics Requirements. Once a gymnast can perform all the skills required at level 10 she may choose to try out for the Elite program. The Elite program is similar to going “Pro” in other sports, because once in this program a gymnast can compete in Olympic Trials or other professional events. I hope the gymnastics levels make more sense now! If you’re interested in how the gymnastics levels are scored, check out Gymnastics Scoring: 10 Minute Guide to How it Works.

It’s more than just gymnastics.

Here at Spirit, we believe in training the whole child. That means teaching perseverance, respect, good sportsmanship, friendship skills, leadership skills and goal setting is just as important to our coaches and staff as teaching the next skill or routine. Our girls are paired each year in big sister / little sister pairs to encourage and mentor each other. They practice journaling and goal setting. They work on supporting each other and their team as much as reaching their individual goals. We work hard to create a positive atmosphere and a team of girls who love and support each other both in and out of the gym.

Learning how to fuel their bodies through proper nutrition.

We are proud to partner with a gymnastics trainer and nutritionist to offer all our team families access to our Clean Eating Club. This club, connected through a private Facebook page, provides our team families with access to a gymnastics nutrition expert. Parents and athletes can ask questions. Betsy shares tips, recipes and encouragement.  It’s another tool in the well-rounded gymnast’s toolbox!

*Level information from: http://gymnasticshq.com/gymnastics-levels/