Gymnastics Team


Gymnastics is a sport which provides a wide array of benefits, spanning from physical to mental and emotional.  Participating on a gymnastics team can be a wonderful experience when the program, the athlete and the parent are all working toward similar goals together. Being a member of an SLG team requires a lot of dedication and hard work, but it also provides an opportunity to create camaraderie that can last a lifetime.

Our goal is to provide the mental and physical discipline needed for competition within a framework of positive reinforcement and encouragement. 

At SLG, Team is an invitation-only activity offered by our gymnastics facility. Students who demonstrate specific talents, drive and discipline may be invited to try out for one of our teams by a Team Coach.   Our various teams and team levels have differing requirements in terms of dedicated time and cost.

Sparklers

The Sparklers program is an advanced group for young girls who demonstrate skills and traits required to pursue competitive gymnastics.  This is a transitional program designed to prepare them for Pre-Team by refining and honing their skills, both athletically and mentally. We strive to continuously challenge your child. This advanced group is designed for girls age 3 – 5 years of age. 

The required training for our Sparklers gymnastics is 1.5 hours per week.

Pre-Team

The Pre-Team program is an elite group for young girls who demonstrate skills and traits required to pursue competitive gymnastics.  This is a transitional program designed to prepare the athletes for one of our competitive teams by ensuring that they have what it takes mentally and physically to compete. Here, the gymnast will learn the proper skills and techniques, thus creating a strong foundation required for the competitive gymnastics program. This elite group is designed for girls ages 6 and up. 

Once a gymnast has demonstrated strong foundational skills and has perfected the techniques required, they may be introduced to train in level 2 compulsory skills.  Once the gymnast has proven themselves sufficiently ready to participate in competitive gymnastics, they will be invited to Team. 

The required training for our Pre-Team gymnastics is 2 hours per week.

SLG Rec Team

Our SLG Rec team is designed for girls who want to compete, but who cannot commit to the rigorous requirements of our USAG competition team.  The SLG Rec team competes locally.  This competitive team requires more commitment than our recreational classes. Our SLG Rec Team competes in 4 - 6 meets a year.  Attendance is mandatory. Team candidates are selected from our Pre-Team class and via seasonal tryouts.

The required training for our SLG Rec Team gymnastics is 3 hours per week.

USAG Team

United States of America Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Established in 1963 as the U.S. Gymnastics Federation, USA Gymnastics is responsible for selecting and training national teams for the Olympic Games and World Championships.

Our USAG gymnastics team levels compete regionally in the USAG program.  Our USAG sanctioned competitive team requires the highest level of commitment. Each gymnast is placed on a specific team, designed to help him or her grow and develop, based on their individual skill level, not age. There are currently 9 different levels for our gymnastics team.  Our Teams compete in 6 to 10 regional meets a year. Attendance is mandatory. Team candidates are selected from our Pre-Team class and via seasonal tryouts.

Compulsory Team Levels 2 – 5

In the Compulsory competitive levels, routines are defined by USAG.  This means that every child in the country will perform the same routine based on their level. The gymnasts compete at USAG invitational meets and receive awards based on their scores at each event in their age level and division. 

Compulsory Levels are progressive in nature, building upon skills acquired at the previous level. The focus is on learning how to compete while they begin training on more advanced skills.  The program allows each gymnast to advance at her own pace. Gymnasts must have developed a strong foundation of basic skills and achieve the perfection of the skills in their current level in order to progress to the next level.

Level 2

The required training for our USAG Level 2 gymnastics team is 4 hours per week.

Level 3 

The required training for our USAG Level 3 gymnastics team is 8 hours per week.

Level 4 – 5

The required training for our USAG Level 4 - 5 gymnastics team is 12 hours per week.

Optionals Team Levels 6 – 10

In the Optionals competitive levels, routines are not defined by USAG.  This means that gymnasts will have their own individual routines suited for their own style and personality.  These levels are still required to perform specific skill sets.

Just like our Compulsory Levels, Optionals are progressive in nature, building upon skills acquired at the previous level. The focus is on learning how to compete with their own unique flare, while they continue training on more advanced skills.  The program allows each gymnast to advance at her own pace. Gymnasts must have developed a strong foundation of basic skills and achieve the perfection of the skills in their current level in order to progress to the next level.