What is Team?

The Wildcard Gymnastics competitive team is a program developed for those individuals interested in a more spirited and intense gymnastics environment.  These gymnasts are expected to perform at a higher level of gymnastics and are rewarded with the opportunity to perform at competitions and exhibitions.  

The team program consists of three progressions –Jr. Gold Bugs, Gold Bugs I & II, Fast Track, and Team.  

Gold Bugs I & II is the highest level of our pre-school program with most of the gymnasts being between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.  ( Jr. Gold Bugs is for 2-3 year olds that are learning skills quickly and are interested in more than an hour of gymnastics a week.  Jr. Gold Bugs practice for 60-90 minutes a week.  They then proceed to Gold Bugs I)  Gold Bugs I attends classes once per week for 2 hours.  They begin working on the basic skills necessary for eventual Level 3 competition.   Gold Bugs II continues the skills learned in Jr Gold Bugs/Gold Bugs I.  The emphasis is on  mastery and execution; strength and shaping.  Gold Bugs II attends classes two times a week for two hours.  These students then progress into our Level 2 program.

 Fast Track  is a pre-competitive level where the gymnasts will begin learning the compulsory skills and routines needed for competition. Fast Track gymnasts are selected based on their ability, flexibility, coordination, and determination.  They are usually between the ages of 5 – 9.  Gold Bugs II and Fast Track learn the same skills and feed into Level 2.

Team gymnasts usually begin at compulsory Level 2.  This is the most basic level of competition where the emphasis is on skill achievement and presentation.   The gymnasts are scored in Level 2 but not ranked.   There are four compulsory levels – Level 2,  Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5.  All gymnasts at these levels perform routines specified by USA Gymnastics.  The routines for each level build upon the Level 2  skills to ensure safety and proper progressions.  Level 6 –10 are the optional levels.  These gymnasts perform routines with a specified number or combination of skills, but are allowed creativity in designing and expressing their routines.

 Opportunity for advancement is designated by USA Gymnastics.  Coaches can move up the gymnast if they have achieved this score and the routines are being performed consistently at this level.  The gymnast, her parents, and the coaches will decide if a gymnast should be moved up or down during the competition season.  Not all gymnasts may move up to a new level each year even if the move up score is achieved.  Coaches will take into consideration the skill level of the gymnast and how sucessful she might be in the new level.  

It is expected that each gymnast will qualify for the State Competition at the end of the season.  In most cases, the State qualifying score is the minimum requirement for progression to the next level.  However, gymnasts need to show that they are capable of performing the skills for each level competently and consistently.  The State qualifying score is determined by Wisconsin Gymnastics.  

Level 2– No Qualifying Score but must have participated in at least 2 USAG meets.

Level 3 – 33.0 (All-Around Score)

Level 4 – 33.0 (All-Around Score)

Level 5 – 32.0 (All-Around Score)

Level 6 – 31.0 (All-Around Score)

Level 7 – 32.0 (All-Around Score)

Level 8 - 33.0 (All-Around Score)

It is our goal at Wildcard to have gymnasts scoring at a 34.0-36.0 consistently before we will consider move up to the next level.  In addition, the gymnast must be able to demonstrate mastery of most of the new level skills.

Why competition?

At Wildcard Gymnastics, we believe strongly in the positive attributes of competition.  Competition will always be present from the classroom to the professional office.

Without competition one would never feel the “thrill of victory” nor “the agony of defeat”, both of which are essential for the human spirit.  Gymnastics has sometimes appeared in a negative light because of the high demands of elite competition.  But because we are well aware of such negativity, we do not succumb to the “win at all costs” doctrine.  We believe in a balance of competitiveness and compassion for the gymnasts in our charge.  

Wildcard has a philosophy that everyone should have the opportunity to be a part of a team.  This is why we offer the Fast Track and Gold Bug programs so that gymnasts can determine if this is the way they would like to go.  If the compulsory and optional  program becomes too demanding; USA Gymnastics has incoroporated the Xcel program where gymnasts can have the opportunity to compete without the total committment it takes to follow the Junior Olympic Compulsory/Optional program.  

The Xcel program is a good fit for gymnast that cannot meet the time constraints but still want to try competition.  However, it is a very competitive program; meaning that skills and routines still need to look fantastic and gymnasts don’t necessarily move up as quickly.  All-Around scores should be in the 37.0--38.0 range!

What are the expectations of a team gymnast?

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Team gymnasts are expected to be at all practices as scheduled.  Team is a year-round sport!!  The “off” season is when we train new and more advanced skills and the rest of the year is focused on routine training and perfection.  The practice times vary according to the level of the gymnast. Gold Bugs and Fast Track come 2-4 hours per week. Level 3 works out 6-9  hours per week and Team workouts are between 10-18 hours per week.  Gymnasts are occassionaly allowed to make-up a practice by request (talk to your coach) but there are no refunds/discounts given for missed practices (except for long term injury).  In addition, one months notice must be given in advance for gymnasts that are planning to terminate their team involvement.  Without notice, you are responsible for the following month’s tuition.

Team gymnasts are also expected to participate in the exhibitions, shows, fundraisers, mock-meets, and other team functions.  


Exhibitions –
Throughout the year, Wildcard participates in community events such as the Tosa & Brookfield 4th of July parades, various exhibitions at libraries or other festivals, High-Interest Days, and more.  This is fun way for our gymnasts to show off the skills that they have been working on and debut their routines prior to competition season.  All “pre-team” and team groups learn a dance routine in addition to their competitive routines.   Gymnasts are expected to attend the majority of the events.  Please make every effort to attend!

Fundraisers – Fundraisers are vitally important to Wildcard Gymnastics in order to keep your tuition costs low and to aid in purchasing new equipment.  Since Wildcard does NOT have a Booster club that relies on monthly booster club fees, we participate in 2-4 fundraisers each year.  ALL gymnasts are expected to participate.   There is typically a “buy-out” option for anyone choosing not to participate but this is usually just to encourage families to participate

Home Events – Each year we sponsor 2-3 home events at Wildcard Gymnastics.  Parents AND gymnasts are expected to help.  Wildcard Gymnastics hosts a USAG competition during October.  Gymnasts and parents are asked to bring in designated concession and raffle items.  If items are not brought, then you will be asked to pay a fee to cover the purchase of these items.

Wildcard also Summer Spectacular Show.  These proceeds go towards uniform expenses, coaches’ fees, tuition and purchasing new equipment.  Donations are always accepted!

Mock –Meet – Each year, prior to competition, the gymnasts participate in a mock-competition.  These gives both the gymnasts and parents the opportunity to experience a meet before the season actually starts.  This is a mandatory meet.

SCHOOL

Schoolwork and grades come first at Wildcard Gymnastics.  Since the majority of our coaches are all teachers, we understand the importance of academics. Wildcard Gymnastics upholds that our gymnasts must maintain at least a B average.  Gymnasts are encouraged to bring schoolwork with them to practice if it needs to be completed.  Additionally, leaving a practice early to study or complete an assignment can be arranged with the coaches.  However, our team gymnasts are expected to manage their time wisely, since leaving practices to complete homework will hinder their progress.  If a gymnasts must miss a practice, she must schedule a make-up time.  PLEASE NOTIFY COACHES IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO ATTEND PRACTICE.

STRENGTH

In order to progress, team gymnasts must also do additional conditioning and stretching at home.  This should be done on a daily basis and will increase the gymnasts’ flexibility, strength, and coordination; thus, enabling them to become a better gymnast and learn new skills quickly.  

The final expectation of a team gymnast is to promote the ideals of Wildcard Gymnastics.  This includes exhibiting good sportsmanship, behavior, and attitude.  Gymnasts not demonstrating these qualities will not be allowed to participate.

What are the expectations of a Team Parent?

  1. Pay tuition, meet fees, and other gymnastics related expenses consistently and on time.  Tuition is paid monthly and usually on the first of the month. (Other arrangements must be made with office.)
  2. See that their gymnast attends practice regularly and on time.  Please call (or have your gymnast call) if they will not be attending practice or an event.  
  3. Schedule make-up practices if your gymnast will be missing a practice.
  4. Help with Team functions, fundraising, and become an active member of our team.
  5. Check your email and your gymnast’s mailbox regularly.  Please consult the corkboard or office walls for additional postings.
  6. Present yourself at the gym and at other events/competition in an appropriate manner.  Do not approach judges ever!  Please feel free to talk to the coaches/directors if you need clarification.
  7. ASK questions if you aren’t sure!  We are here to help but we don’t always know if you have a question/concern.  Stay in communication with your coaches and Amy/Alie.


What are the anticipated expenses of being on team?

Gymnastics is a sport that must be budgeted for; particularly when competition season arrives.

Entry fees:

Meet entry fees range from $30 - $75 per meet, with the average approximately $40 for each compulsory gymnast and $70  for each optional gymnast per meet. Fees may include a Team entry fee.  There will also be an additional coaches’ fee.   For your budgeting needs, you will receive an approximate amount several months before competition.

*Gymnasts who have not paid meet fees or monthly tuition will not be registered for meets.  Gymnasts who have already been registered for a meet will be required to pay the entire amount, even if she does not compete.  Meet fees are non-refundable once gymnasts have been entered!

Transportation:

Most transportation is to be arranged by the parents, but maps and directions are provided.  However, some out-of-state meets may require team transportation, a bus or plane, which are costs that will need to be covered.  Plan for one or two out of town competitions, usually within Wisconsin or a neighboring state.   Please budget enough time when traveling to new gyms.  Gymnasts who arrive to competition late, will not be allowed to compete.  Gymnasts also MUST attend practice the night before a competition unless there is a pre-notified circumstance.  In such cases, gymnasts are required to make up the practice.)

The competing gymnasts will compete in at least 8 meets per season, not including the State, Regional, or National competitions.  Optional gymnasts (Level 7 and up) usually compete in 4-6 meets per year.  There are also several post-competition season Invitational meets that the gymnasts are encouraged to attend.  Parents will be informed of the cost and given the option of attending. State and Regional meet fees are additional and typically not factored into the yearly competition costs.

USA Gymnastics requires all gymnasts that compete in a sanctioned competition to be a USAG member.  The cost for membership is $47 annually per gymnast and includes competition insurance and a one year subscription to USA Gymnastics  Magazine   To understand more regarding this fee, please call USA Gymnastics Member Services at 1-800-345-4719 or visit www.usa-gymnastics.org.

Team Warm-Ups and Leotards

Team uniforms, Competition, and Exhibition leotards will be purchased for all Team Members.   We purchase competition leotards (longsleeve leoatards) every two years.  The cost is approximately $140-$200.  We do our best to keep the costs low, which is why we wear them for two years.  Coaches size the gymnasts and in most cases the leotard is non-refundable or returnable.  Once the leotard, we are unable to cancel your order.

 Exhibition leotards (or show leotards) are short-sleeved and used during our summer performances.  These are required to perform during the summer.  The cost is typically $40-$60 per year.   In the fall, the gymnasts may wear these for practice.   4th of July leotards cost an additional amount.

Warm-ups are bought in the alternate year.  These are also worn for two years.  Again gymnasts will be sized and the warm-ups will factor in growth, as the gymnasts are two wear them for two years.  Warm-ups are worn at meets during march-in and awards.  These are mandatory for any competing gymnast Levels 4 and up.  It is highly recommended that if your gymnast plans to complete Level 3 during an ordering year, that she purchases the warm-up when the order is being placed, because there will not be orders during the off-year.  Gold Bugs and Fast Track gymnasts will be encouraged to order warm-ups when they become available.  Approximate cost for warm-ups is $140-$200.  Duffle bags, back packs, etc are available at an additional cost.

COSTS:

        Meet fees                                      $200-$700/year

           Monthly Tuition                                   $125-$160/month

           Warmups (every other year)                $140-$200

           Exhibition Leotard (each year)                $40-$60 / year

           Competition Leotards (every other year)  $140-$200

    Additional costs:

           4th of July Leoatard                                    $30-$50/ year

           Duffle Bag/Back pack                                 $30-$65

   

Gymnasts’ Responsibilities

Each gymnast has a responsibility to herself and the gym.  A team invitation is given to gymnasts who will maintain the correct behavior and attitude, and will uphold the Wildcard ideals. These gymnasts will be setting an example to other gymnasts in the gym.  The gymnasts are expected to conduct themselves in a positive manner.  During practice and competitions, disrespect shown to any coach, judge, or gymnast will immediately result in the gymnast being pulled from practice or the meet, or even possibly removed from the Team.

Coaches’ Responsibilities

The coaches at Wildcard Gymnastics are expected to be positive role models and must act accordingly.  The coaches are to behave in a professional manner in the gym, at competitions, and at any times they are representing the gym.  

The coaches at Wildcard Gymnastics want the gymnasts to enjoy gymnastics and excel in the sport.  They also require that the gymnasts come to practice and competitions ready to work hard.  

If you have a problem, concern, or question, please discuss it with either Amy or Alie or directly with that coach.  We all want what is best for our gymnasts, and welcome your feedback.  We will do our best to educate you on the technical aspects of gymnastics or our reason for doing things in a certain manner.

Communication is key.

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Nutrition

It is important that gymnasts eat very balanced meals.  Wildcard Gymnastics does not condone the idea of putting gymnasts on strict diets.  Rather, gymnasts are given occasional nutritional handouts encouraging eating based on the USDA Food Pyramid.  Gymnasts are asked to eat healthy snacks before practice and bring at least an 8 ounce water bottle with them to practice.  Healthy eating will increase a gymnast’s endurance and aid in the development of muscle tissue and strong bones.  Gymnasts should consider taking a multi-vitamin and possibly trying a protein drink or energy bar on practice days or competition days.

On a competition day, the gymnast should be certain to eat at least an hour before they are scheduled to be at the meet.  Gymnasts may eat healthy snacks during each rotation.  Suggested snacks are carrots, granola bars, juice boxes or bagels.  Gymnasts are not to have candy or messy items.  Gymnasts should also have a water bottle since soda is not allowed on the competition floor.  Gymnasts who tire easily should bring an energy or protein bar or shake in their bag.

Confusion/Questions/Concerns –

We understand that this can be somewhat overwhelming and we want to make the transition to Team as easy as possible.  Please let us know if there is something you do not understand and are not sure of.  It is easy to jump to conclusions or make assumptions if you don’t have all the information.  We will be happy to answer any of your questions.  The sooner you let us know, the sooner we can address the issue (as there may be others with the same question!).  Please understand that we are open to change and we do try to make accommodations for everyone, but sometimes it is not possible, especially when our sport is governed by USA Gymnastics and Wildcard Gymnastics .  We will do our best to meet your needs but please understand if we are not able to change something.  We want our program to be strong but also fun, and enjoyable for everyone.  We want our gymnasts to learn independence, strength, flexibility, a healthy sense of competition, and to enjoy the sport of gymnastics.  Please make sure this is what you want too.   We welcome all of you to our Team “Family.”


Gymnastics Do’s and Don’ts

PARENTS:

DO encourage your gymnast without pressuring.

DO help your gymnast set realistic goals.

DO help your gymnast understand and appreciate the life-lessons that

 gymnastics teaches.

DO cheer for the other members of your gymnast’s team.

DO stay in the spectator area during meets and practice.

DO talk openly with your gymnast’s coaches if you have any concerns or

questions.

DO help your gymnast be on time to practice and competitions.

Do encourage healthy eating and behavior.

DON’T become overly involved.

DON’T become overly concerned about the outcome of a meet or practice.

DON’T make comparisons between your gymnast and other gymnasts.

DON’T berate the coaches or judges.

DON’T coach from the sidelines.

DON’T allow a sick child to come to practice or perform at a competition.

DON’T confront a coach at a competition if you have a problem.

DON’T go out on the floor during practice or a competition.

DON’T use a flash on your camera at practice or competitions.

GYMNASTS:

DO bring your gym bag to practice and to meets.

DO bring a snack and water bottle to competitions and long practices.

DO bring extra hair bands, athletic  tape, band-aids, underwear, socks, t-shirts

          and leotards.

Do encourage your teammates and cheer for them during a competition.

Do cheer for other teams at a competition.

Do expect to make mistakes.

DO listen to your coaches!

Do pay attention to what is going on during practice and at a competition.

Do try to do your best.

Do be positive and work hard in practice.

Do call when you are going to be late or missing from practice.

Do come to extra practices (especially when you are going to miss one)

DON’T cry over your mistakes.

DON’T fool around during practice and competitions.

DON’T make fun, yell, or harass any other gymnast, judge, or coach.

DON’T forget your leotard, warm-up, grips, or other accessories that you need for

          practice or a competition.

DON’T disrespect your coaches or teammates.

What to expect at a practice?

Practices vary in length depending on the level.  All practices begin with a warm-up and stretch.  After the warm-up, the gymnasts may do some conditioning and strength exercises.  These may also be worked into the practice itself.  After stretching and conditioning, the gymnasts begin their workout.  Most of the time this will include going to any of the four events (bars, beam, floor, and vault), as well as trampoline.  Strength and conditioning are extremely important to learning new skills!  Please make the best effort possible to get gymnasts on time to practice so that they do not miss out.  Gymnasts are encouraged to do extra cross-training or strength/conditioning on their non-practice evenings or during holidays.

What to expect at a meet?

This is what all the gymnasts that enter our team program are waiting for.  This is the most exciting, rewarding, and challenging part of being on team for which they have worked so hard.  Meets last approximately 4-5 hours (for Levels 4-10).  Level 3 competitions are about 2-3 hours.  The meets usually proceed as follows.

The first hour is open stretch. This is when that the gymnasts arrive at the host gym, check-in, and begin regular stretching and warm-ups on the floor.

The next hour is timed warm-ups.  During timed warm-ups the gymnasts rotate with their coach to each competitive event to practice their routines and warm-up skills.  They will rotate to each event in Olympic order (floor, vault, bars, beam).  They will always go in this order, but the starting event may be different.  (For example, bars may be first which would mean that the order is bars, beam, floor, vault.)   Gymnasts that are late to timed warm-ups may not compete as they will not have warmed up adequately on each apparatus.  If you are running late, please notify the coaches!

Once all of the teams have completed their timed warm-ups, the gymnasts are called to march in.  They will march out and salute the audience.  The judges will be introduced and the National Anthem will be played.  The gymnasts then go to their first event and meet the judges.

The meet will begin and the gymnasts will be judged according to their performance.  All gymnasts will receive an achievement ribbon based on their scores.  After all gymnasts in the rotation squad have competed, they will be directed to march to the next event.  

The rotation will continue in Olympic order and will conclude after all teams have been to all four events.  

After all gymnasts have performed, the gymnasts will receive medals for their all-around score.  These medals are awarded to the gymnasts with the highest combined score on all four events.  At some meets, the gymnasts may also receive individual event awards which means that the gymnasts with the highest scores on each event will receive a medal.  Lastly, team awards may be presented.  The team score is the highest combined score based on any three gymnasts on the team.  (Wildcard Gymnastics does not always enter the team competition.)


What can my gymnast do at home?

At home your gymnast can improve her flexibility and strength by practicing split stretches, bridges, shoulder stretches, and pointing her feet.  Any push-ups, chin-ups, crunches, V-ups, toe raises and other conditioning can be done at home as well.  Encourage your gymnast to do simple arm movements and dance skills in front of a mirror.  This increases body awareness and enhances performance style.  It also will help the gymnast to make corrections and see when her body is out of position, bent, or flexed.  She will also gain a greater understanding of what she looks like when doing her skills.  Included in this book are sample conditioning and flexibility exercises as well as a suggested workout.

Get plenty of rest!  Sleep is important to help the body rest and re-energize it.  Gymnasts need more sleep because they are constantly active.  Please make sure your gymnast gets at least 7-9 hours of sleep on a daily basis.  All gymnasts should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep on an evening before a meet.

Gymnasts should be healthy and responsible eaters.  Encourage your gymnast to choose healthy snacks (apples, pretzels, popcorn, fruits, veggies) over candy.  Candy is a quick fix that will burn up energy quickly.  Gymnasts will find themselves more tired and fatigued.  Choose high protein foods for your gymnast to eat:  whole grains, beans, lean meats, fish, granola, oat bran, yogurt, cheeses, tofu, etc.  These types of foods will help your gymnast perform to the best of her abilities.  Gymnasts should also drink plenty of water!

Dance or cross-training is often extremely beneficial to gymnasts.  However for the upper level gymnasts, this sometimes becomes time consuming and causes gymnasts to miss practices or be to tired to work out.   If gymnasts have other commitments, Wildcard coaches are usually willing to help work around a gymnasts schedule (make-up practices, shortened practices, etc.).


What does it all mean?

A Glossary of Important Gymnastics Terms

Aerial –

A cartwheel done with no hands.

All-Around Score

The total score from each of the 4 events.  

Arch –

A body position in which the back forms a concave position over the shoulders.

Block –

A power movement that occurs when the shoulders stay tight and the body is able to propel itself upward due to the spring in the shoulders.

Cartwheel –

A skill in which the body starts in a lunge, transfers weight from feet to the hands in an “X” position, and finishes in a lunge.

Cast –

A skill performed from a support position where the feet come under the bars and then are quickly swung behind lifting the hips off the bar.

Deductions –

Fractions of points taken by the judges during a performance.

Dismount –

The last skill on an event when the gymnast gets off of an event.

Extension -

When the body is tight and stretched out completely in a skill.

Finish position –

The correct body position for completing each skill.  This is also called a “Y”, “ or a salute.

Flexed –

When the toes are extended backwards or upwards (not pointed).

Flip –  

There is no such thing in gymnastics.  This term is usually used to describe any somersaulting movement, but we prefer to use the correct terminology. 

Good side/ Bad side –

The good side is the dominant foot used in gymnastics.  This is not necessarily the hand a gymnast writes with.  The bad side is the less strong side and not the dominant one.

Handstand –

A position in which the gymnast balances on her hands.


Hollow –

The opposite of arched.  A hollow body creates a convex shape in which the hips are slightly in front, the buttocks is tucked under, the back is rounded and the shoulders are in line with the hips.

Kip –  

A skill to get onto the uneven bars in which the gymnast glides under the bar, pulls her feet to the bar and rides the momentum to a support position on the bar

Mount –

The first skill used to get on an event.

Pass -

A pass is one length of the beam, bars, floor, etc.  

Pike –

A position in which the legs are extended out in front.  The body is bent at the waist resembling a letter “L”.

Pointed –

When the toes are curled and the feet are at full extension, creating a larger arch under the foot.

Rip -

A blister obtained from working on the bars.

Roundoff –

Similar to the cartwheel, the gymnast transfers her weight from feet to hands to feet again, but prior to landing on her hands, she executes a quick ¼ turn and snaps her feet together, landing on both feet simultaneously.

Routine –

A performance that contains a number of gymnastics skills.

Splits –

A skill performed on both legs and to the middle where the legs are extended and the hips are squared.

Stick –

A position (usually on a landing) where the feet cannot move and the body remains still in place.

Straddle –

A position in which the body is bent at the waist and the legs are extended out to the sides at the largest angle possible.


Parent Meeting Notes

  1. Welcome

We are holding this meeting as introduction to our Competitive Team Program.  There are three divisions:  Jr Gold Bugs(for 2-4 year olds); Gold Bugs I & II (ages 3-6) and Fast Track (ages 6 and up); and the USA Gymnastics Competitive Levels 3-9.  We choose gymnasts for our pre-team groups based on ability, drive and determination, and attitude.  Our Team has been progressing in the last 5 years.  We are always looking to add new members.  We are happy that you will be part of our gymnastics “family.”

Handbook – You will receive a parent handbook and phone list as soon as possible.  Please thoroughly read the handbook and let us know if you have any questions.  It is a great introduction to competition.

  1. Commitment

Being part of the Wildcard Gymnastics’ Team program involves commitment from the parents, coaches and gymnasts.  As coaches, we strive to help our gymnasts develop to the best of their abilities.  We expect all gymnasts to attend practice regularly and be on time.  Gymnasts who are unable to make it to practice need to call and inform the coaches and find a time to make up the missed practice.  If gymnasts continually miss practice we will re-evaluate their status within the Team program.  Missed practices means missing skills.  

Competition is the overall goal for team members and most gymnasts!  To us at Wildcard, Competition does not mean just competing.  It means being able to be part of a team, working together with teammates and coaches, learning to perform, and having fun, all the while perfecting skills.  We don’t make scores a “big deal,” however, we would like to see continual improvement in our gymnasts.  

Parents and gymnasts are expected to attend scheduled practices, exhibitions, meetings and competitions.  We will address this later on.

  1. Practices

Gymnasts should be attending all scheduled practices and make-up any missed practices.   Gymnasts are encouraged to attend any extra practices!

Fridays will be great days to work on missing skills

Make-up missed practices

Fall practices – Gymnasts must attend all practices during a meet week.  Fridays during meet weeks are mandatory!  Gymnasts must make-up any missed practices during a meet week in order to compete.  Please check with the coaches what days are good to make-up.  

  1. Skill attainment

Each level has certain skills that we are looking for each gymnast to master.  In order to compete, we require that gymnasts are able to perform 95% of the skills needed for that level at least 2 months prior to competition.  Gymnasts are encouraged to attend extra practices or schedule private lessons in order to help in skill attainment.  

Skills needed:

    Jr. Gold Bugs- good listening, getting a basis for skills on each event.

   Gold Bugs- focus on good listening, basic floor skills (handstands, cartwheels, bridges, splits),  some bar work (chin-ups, swinging, glides, casting); work on flexibility, and strength (pull-ups, leg lifts, push-ups)

   Fast Track– mastery of handstands, cartwheels, roundoffs, bridge kickovers, splits, introduce back handsprings, pullovers, casting, backhip circles; beam – kicks, walks, jumps; vault- run, hurdle, handstands.

        Level 3 – Floor – handstand forward roll, roundoff, bridge kickover, leap, jumps;  Beam – handstand position, pivot turn, split jump, scale; dismount; Bars – pullover, back hip circle, leg cuts, mill circle, dismount; Vault – proper run & hurdle; dive roll. 

Level 4 – Floor – roundoff back handsprings, handstands, bridge kickovers/back walkovers, splits, back extension roll; Beam- jumps, baby handstand, side handstand, ½ turn, scale, leap; Bars – glide, pullover, backhip circle, front hipcircle, mill circle and shoot thru; Vault – run, hurdle, handstand flat back.

  1. Meets

Competition Season – Competition season runs from the end of August (with the mock meet) until the middle of December for Levels 4-6.  We compete in about 8 meets and we will not know until about one week prior to the meet what day (Saturday or Sunday) or times the gymnasts will compete.  As soon as we have the information, we will make it available to you.  In addition, gymnasts are registered and paid for 2 months prior to the meet, so any gymnasts who “scratch”/pull-out unexpectedly, will be charged for the meet.  Please let us know ASAP if you know you will not be able to attend a particular meet.  Please make every effort to attend all of the scheduled meets. About 90% of all of our gymnasts qualify to the State Meet.  State scores are determined by the State and USA Gymnastics.

Meets are usually in the Milwaukee Area and the gyms are easy to find.  Please leave with extra time so your gymnast won’t be frantic before the meet starts.  Double check directions too!  Gymnasts should dress in their long sleeve leotards with their warm-ups and have hair neatly pulled back.  Please eat before a meet.  Meets last about 4 hours.  

Before a meet, there is usually a flyer at least a week before the meet listing the location and times for each session.  Please save this flyer and put it in a “safe place” until the meet (tape to cabinet, fridge, etc).   Meet locations are generally in the Milwaukee area.  We may need to travel to Oshkosh, Madison, or Racine.

Level 4     $500.00

                                   Level 5     $565.00

                                   Level 6     $675.00

                                  Level 7/8   $700.00

* This usually includes State Meet fees, coaches’ fees, and the USAG membership

     Level 4:  33           Level 5:  32           Level 6:  31         Level 7:  32          Level 8:  33

  1. Holidays

Gold Bugs usually follow the Recreational Session, unless otherwise noted.

Fast Track and Levels 3-8 continue to have practice unless otherwise told by coaches.

Typical holidays:  Memorial and Labor Day (possible open practices)

                             4th of July (we do the parade but no evening practice)

                             Easter  (there will be some practice over Spring Break)

                             Christmas (there will be some practices scheduled)

                             Thanksgiving Weekend

                             New Years Eve & Day  (we host the New Years overnight)

During holidays, we sometimes combine practices – so be aware of changes!  Check your calendars or the website to be sure!

  1. Exhibitions

* Please make every effort to attend.  These are usually in the Summer/Fall.  We are always looking for new venues, any suggestions?

Past Exhibitions have included:  State Fair, Tosa 4th of July Parade, Tosa Library Demo and more!

We update scheduled events as soon as we get them!

  1. Payments due:

     First installment of Level 3-6 meet fees due in June.

     Second installment of Level 3-6 meet fees due July.  (exact dates will be determined later)

(Practices cancelled because of weather, holidays, events, etc. are usually made up, and is already factored into tuition.)

IX.  Leotard/Warm-ups

     Each gymnast should own an exhibition leotard.  We order these yearly. We wear this leotard in the summer for most performances/shows.  The long sleeve leotard is to be worn at competition.  We will keep these leotards for two years!  Please keep them nice and follow proper washing instructions.  Warm-ups will also be purchased to wear at competition.  We don’t have a problem with the gymnasts wearing their warm-ups outside of the gym, just keep them nice for competition.  Again, we wear these for 2 years too.  We ask that gymnasts do NOT wear their exhibition or competition leotards to practice.

     

X. Fundraising  

   We don’t have a booster club or monthly booster fees to pay coaches for attending the meets so a fee has been incorporated into your Meet fees.  We also use our fundraisers to help pay these expenses.  We ask that everyone on team does her share.  This helps keep your tuition low and allows us to purchase much needed equipment and other things for the gym without an added cost to you!

            Summer Spectacular & Rummage (July/Aug); Culvers night, etc.

Fall fundraiser  (November)  – Pasta, Discount cards, Wreaths and other novelty items

      Spring Fundraiser  - Other ideas?

XI.  Communication

Please update your email, phone and address with Wildcard periodically.  Wildcard sends emails regarding schedule changes, upcoming events, reminders, etc.  Check the website at www.wildcard-gymnastics.com frequently to see photos, updates and other valuable info.  Wildcard also has Facebook where we post the meet scores in real-time, and other important info.  If you have not “friended” us or “liked” us, please do!

Talk to your coaches or Amy & Alie frequently.  Everyone is more than willing to answer your questions.  Please don’t let your concerns go too long.  We can’t fix something unless we know there is a problem.  Wildcard believes in the “family” atmosphere and we do our best to make sure everyone feels welcome and included.  Please let us know if we have not done that!  Lastly, please call or email if your gymnast plans to miss practice.  We can help you schedule a make-up time.