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3500 Columbia Gymnastics

General Information

G.A.P. - Gymnastics Achievement Program

Kate Phillips - Gymnastics Director

cgarec@palmettoathleticcenter.com

Apparatus/Events

Olympic Gymnastics Events, Vaulting Table (Horse), Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise

Training Aid / Events, Tramp, Conditioning, Dance

Tumble Bear Program - Ages 18m to age 4

Levels Defined

Parent tot, Parent and Tot - Ages 18 m-2 yrs Enjoy 45 minutes of child/parent bonding. Your child’s first experiences in gymnastics is full of excitement, fun, and encouragement as he/she accomplishes many new goals.

Jr. Acro-Tots, Jr. Acro-Tot - Age 3 It’s time for your child to participate in class all by his/herself! This 45-minute class will teach your child basic gymnastics skills on vault, bars, beam, floor and trampoline. Classes include themes, song of the week, fun time in our big gym pit or slide, and a stamp and coloring sheet.

Acro-Tots - Pre-Kindergarten, Acro-Tot Classes - Age 4 Your child goes to the BIG gym for 1 hour! He/she learns safe progressions and skills on standard size equipment. Classes will rotate to three of five events each week: vault, bars, beam, floor and trampoline. Each class offers an interactive fun time. This class prepares your child for our belt-color curriculum when he/she turns five., Mix of Jr. Acro-Tot curriculum and White Belt Curriculem, Instructor analyzes the students in the class and decides to what extent we can challenge students toward the Belt program while ensuring the excitement of the Jr. Acro-Tot program, Acro-Tots PM - Pre-Kindergarten

Class Format

Home Work

Character Building

Developmental Belt Program

Levels Defined

Description, Silver Tips, The number of “Silver Tips” on the purple indicates the level the gymnast is., The only difference between purple and purple with one silver tip is that purple is recreational and purple with one silver tip is developmental, Students are introduced to the beginning competitive skills as given by the U.S. Gymnastics Federation. (U.S.A.G.)

Purple I - One Silver Tip

Purple II - Two Silver Tips

Purple III - Three Silver Tips

Time Lines

Whereas a good time line for advancement in the Recreational Gym was twenty weeks per level, there is no real time measurement for the purple belt level.

It is not unusual however for gymnasts to spend six months (to a year) developing each purple belt level.

These are only projected time lines for average athletes. Some will progress quicker and some slower

Goals

Train to Tryout for the CGA Team, Gymnasts in general are working to achieve the skills that correspond with the U.S.A. Gymnastics Federation and lead to a competitive program., Please note that currently there are only 32 team spots available for Level 4 and up team spots available for training. The number of spots has been established based mostly on the amount of space in our gym.  Though we would love to allow everyone who achieves a certain level of training to automatically be able to join the team, it is not possible for many reasons.  This topic is addressed in a separate document available on our website under the Developmental Gym Link., The first point at which athletes are assessed for team is when they become a purple belt with two silver tips (Purple 2).  When spots open up we simply go to our developmental co-coordinator and ask her recommendation to who is ready to be considered.  At that point we will contact the parents and give them information on team opportunities and requirements.  If they do not choose to become competitive then we will go to the next highest ranked student.  For more information on Level 2 competitive team see the heading later in this document called “The Rose Belt” below, While awaiting invitation to join team athletes continue training in the purple belt program.  Gymnast may work on past level 2 toward level 3 and 4 and decide later if they would like to be considered for our competitive program.  Gymnasts do not have to compete level 2 to be considered later for level 4.  Level 3 has not been mentioned competitively here because it is a progressive level representing skill development as opposed to a level in which one would compete.

Train to Tryout for the the Twisters All-Star Program, Although learning a “gymnastics” curriculum, gymnasts acquire the tumbling skills necessary to be a great All-Star or School Cheerleaders. Many more gymnasts will actually use their skills learned in gymnastics for cheerleading than will for competitive gymnastics.  The reason for this is that reaching upper levels of gymnastics is more difficult in many ways. Cheerleading is a sport that has many more built in rewards.  For example, in gymnastics students will compete as an individual in front of small crowds of people that they do not know.  They will be rewarded moderately for the amount of work they have to put in.  Cheerleading however is a sport full of teamwork in which athletes will find many more friends and will perform in front of large crowds of their friends and peers. On the whole gymnastics can hardly compete with the attraction of cheerleading.  This is not to down play the awesomeness of gymnastics. The sport of gymnastics and cheerleading are both unique and rewarding in their own way.  In general you might think of gymnastics as a young girls sport and cheerleading as a middle school and high school sport.  This seems to be the natural trend.  This is also why CGA has become PAC as we realize that to realistically provide for the participants in gymnastics, we must provide for a realistic end product.

Enjoy performing on our Exhibition Team., This is a new program that we had been trying to put together but is currently on hold awaiting both the desire by our athletes and an appropriate coach. The idea is to spend some of the workout time to learn choreographed dance routines that incorporate gymnastics and dance together. It is our goal to prepare our athletes for performing in Exhibitions around the City as well as possibly competing in some “Acro-Dance” competitions. This is a new idea that we are working with for the purpose of enhancing the performance part of the program. We would like for all athletes to have goals that they can achieve regardless of the “competitive” options that some may or may not accomplish or choose to go to. Since the dance and gymnastics skills used in the choreography will also be required for team, we will be accomplishing two goals.

Class Format

Explanation 1, Warm up and Stretch (15 minutes)., Staff, The responsibility of each coach during stretching is:, To help their group work together and stretch correctly, Please make sure your group all has their hair up, no jewelry, and no gum., Make sure that students have a belt and that it is updated with a name label, Coaches should never leave their group without making sure another coach is covering. The only reason a coach should not be on the floor is if they have to use the restroom or other immediate need. Please let the developmental gym director know if you have to leave the floor during the hours of 3:45-7:00 in order to maintain your maximum bonus potential., During the winter months, make sure you start out the class by having the students run in place, jump over squares, and do jumping jacks before having them sit and stretch., Tue 3:45- 5:00, Rotation #1: (20 minutes), Rotation #2: (20 minutes), Rotation #3: (20 minutes), Fun time: (5 minutes), Staff, Do not let your kids do flips into the pit!, Blue slide- please ensure the mat is pulled up so that kids do not fall into the hole. Also, they need to sit Indian style and hold onto the handles while sliding down., Tue: 4:45-7:00 or Friday 3:45-6:00, Rotation #1: (30 minutes), Rotation #2: (30 minutes), Rotation #2: (30 minutes), Rotation #4: (25 minutes), Fun time: (5 minutes)

Option 1 and 2 include 30 minute rotations. This class will go to 4 of 5 stations during a 2.25-hour practice.

Option 3 includes 20-minute rotations. This class will go to 3 of 5 stations during a given hour.

Trampoline skills are supplemented into the vault rotation every other week. (Usually: Floor coach is the one that takes the kids to tramp, and not the vault coach)

IV. Workout Design for Purple Belts, A. Workout Options, Option 1: 4.5 Hour Options (combination of 2 of the following) Tuesday 4:45 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday 4:45 to 7:00 p.m.,, a) We highly recommend this workout as more time in the gym results in quicker learning and more adequate exposure to events., Option 2: 2.25 hour options: Tuesday or Thursday from 4:45-7:00 p.m., Option 3: 75 minute options: Tuesday or Thursday from 3:45-5:00., d ) Please be advised that this workout is not recommended long term for athletes that eventually wish to compete. For most, 75 minutes is not enough time to master and progress to the next level., e) Often gymnasts at this level who do not wish to choose option 1 or 2 will switch over to a tumbling class in order to concentrate on one event and progress more reasonably., Option 1 and 2 include 30 minutes rotations. This class will go to 4 of 5 stations during a 2.25-hour practice., B. Option 3 includes 20-minute rotations. This class will go to 3 of 5 stations during a given hour., C. Events: vault, bars, beam, floor, tramp, conditioning., D. Trampoline skills are supplemented into the vault rotation every other week.

Workout Options

Option 1, 4.5 Hour Options:, Tuesday 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. & Thursday 4:45 to 7:00 p.m.,, Group One, Group Two, We highly recommend this workout as more time in the gym results in quicker learning and more adequate exposure to events.

Option 2, 2.25 Hour options:, Tuesday or Thursday from 4:45-7:00 p.m.

Option 3, 75 minute options: (Cost: $155/10 weeks or $62.00/month via bank draft), Tuesday 3:45-5:00, Thursday 3:45-5:00, Please be advised that this workout is not recommended long term for athletes that eventually wish to compete. For most, 75 minutes is not enough time to master and progress to the next level. Often gymnasts at this level who do not wish to choose option 1 or 2 will switch over to a tumbling class in order to concentrate on one event and progress more reasonably.

Event Coaches

Rebecca Gay, Vault and Beam

Sarah Nameth, Bars and Floor

Evaluations

1.) Make sure that marked the skill accomplished on their belt, Belts need to indicate skills correctly., If Child losses a skill, If they lose the skill add a label and explain that the skill is lost., if due to the fault of the gym then may need to compensate with additional classes., Place kids in groups where they may be behind in a specific skill. To provide the best training for the most # of kids., A child could be moved up depending on their skills, Need to label the skills that the child is missing, Summary label if child is missing more then one skill

2.) perfection of skills, If perfected the skill then the child could be moved to the competitive team.

Tips, Add new component to the program, testing the following:, competitive, Test, candle stick crunches, aggressive, Test, strength and willingness to endure, commitment, to a program, can perfect their skills, would be more willing to the program., Self-motivated, Age, May have a younger child on team

Character Building

Points, Points are earned, for completion of a new skill, First Day = 5 points, each subsequent day = one less point, consecutive records = one point, connecting two new skills together, perfecting a skill, beating any conceivable personal record, earning a tip, following directions, making a correction, independently working a drill that correlates with a correction given, Points may be turned in for:, 100 points, 1. Open gym pass, 2. Drink, 3. Popsicle, 500 points, 1. Half price leotard from the CGA Pro-shop, 2. Half price T-shirt, 3. Half price Soffe shorts

Reward System - Developmental Specific, · Prize box continued but process re defined, · Conditioning chart, · Fun time

Home Work

Advancement Brainstorm

flexible program for team and non team, keep all levels in Purple separate

Competitive

Levels Defined

Rose Belt – Level 2 Competitive (New), In 2006 CGA introduced “The Rose Belt” as a new color belt for the Level 2 team. This upgrade will help us to more specifically motivate our gymnasts and coaches toward their achievement goals. Parents will also be able to better follow the progress of your children and their readiness for competition. There will be four stages of Rose Belt:, Rose with one silver tip:gymnast is learning the level 2 skills and is preparing to be ready to compete, Rose with two silver tips: gymnast is learning to put level 2 routines together and is preparing to be ready to compete, Rose with three silver tips: gymnast is learning to accomplish a score or 8.5 on level 2 routines and the coach must make a recommendation as to if the gymnast is ready to compete, Rose with four silver tips: gymnast is learning to accomplish a score of 9.0 or better on level 2 and should compete level 2, As in all levels the girls will be given a tip (tape) for accomplishments on each event: Purple-Vault, Green-Bars, Blue-Beam, and Red-Floor, A Black tip will be awarded to gymnast who have three silver tips and is capable of an all around score of 34.00 (average 8.5). This will let the gymnast and parent know that the gymnast is ready for competition. If you have further questions, please contact Heather Decker or Ashley Duncan.

Time Lines

Class Format

Home Work

Handbook

Recreational Information

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