WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE
AN OLYMPIAN, WENDY BRUCE-MARTIN IS BROWN’S NEW GIRLS TEAM HEAD COACH
Your child’s selection and placement on our team is based on your child’s potential to learn gymnastics at a faster pace than the majority of peer participants. Faster learning is predicated by strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness and psychological readiness. The ability to master gymnastics skills is, in part, determined by height, weight and overall physical proportions. Our coaching staff determines the placement of athletes with our team and developmental programs based on the following criteria: 1.skill level, 2. success at current level, 3. individual desire, 4. coachability, 5. competitive experience, 6. age, 7. attendance, 8. mental attitude, 9. potential success at higher levels, 10. parental support
Placement on Brown’s Gym teams are by invitation only. There are two ways in which a child can receive an invitation to join our team.
- They can come to our program from another team program. In this case the gymnast is invited to train with our team at their current level for up to a week during which time they are evaluated as to skill level, aptitude and attitude.
- Children within our recreational class program are “discovered” because of superior interest or skill level.
The specific mission of Brown’s Gym is to develop happy, healthy and confident children. One way in which we can meet this demanding goal is to place the gymnasts at the level where they can be happy, safe, and confident. What this means is that the gymnast must be able to perform the skills and routines required at a given level comfortably. The skills should not be at the edge of or beyond her ability level. We can never ask or expect our athletes to perform skills or routines in a competition which they cannot perform consistently in practice. Any gymnast interested in joining the Brown’s Gym Team Program must go through tryouts or evaluation. The tryouts are important because they insure that we can place the children within our program where they will be the most happy and successful. Please contact the head team coach at Brown’s in Altamonte for more information about the team program and requirements.
A brief description of the USAG levels:
|LEVELS 2, 3, 4, 5, 6||These are compulsory only levels. That is, all the gymnasts compete the exact same routines which are designed to develop required skills and technique. To compete in level 2 gymnast must be minimum 4 years old and for level 3, gymnast must reach her 5th birthday.|
|LEVELS 4||Compulsory routines are competed on all four events. The gymnast must have reached her sixth birthday in order to compete.|
|LEVELS 5||The gymnast must have reached her seventh birthday in order to compete.|
|LEVELS 6||Gymnast must compete at at least one competition level 5 in order to compete in level 6.|
|LEVELS 7||This is a compulsory/optional level. The gymnasts have routines created just for them, but must include certain compulsory elements. The gymnast must have reached her seventh birthday in order to participate.|
|LEVELS 8||This is the beginning optional level. There are restrictions on skill difficulty. The gymnast must have reached her eighth birthday in order to compete. Level eight competition is at the local, state and regional levels.|
|LEVELS 9||This is an optional only level. There is competition at local, state, regional and at Eastern or Western Nationals.|
|LEVELS 10||Gymnasts compete optional routines only. This is the highest level in the USAG age group program. There is competition at the local, state, regional and national levels.|
|ELITE||This is the top level in gymnastics. Perhaps .001% of all gymnasts compete at this level. Gymnasts compete at the National and International level and represent the USA in most international competitions including the Olympics.|
GIRLS PRE-TEAM: Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-6:30 PM
JETS: Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-6:30 PM
BOYS PRE TEAM: Tuesday & Thursday 4:00-5:15 PM