Team Tryouts

Saturday, May 20, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Girls in our Pre-Bronze, Advanced, Level 4/5 (1.25 hour) classes are eligible to attend. Gymnasts who are unsure whether they should attend or not should discuss this with their coaches. 

*These tryouts are for BOTH our Xcel and JO Teams!

Tryouts are open to non-members, or gymnasts from other clubs, as well.

Gymnasts who are unsure whether they should try out should discuss this with their coaches.

You must sign up in advance at the front desk or over the phone.  Non-members must have a signed waiver.  There is no cost to try out. All gymnasts trying out must fill out the Team Tryout Form in advance!

 

PARENTS: A must-read before deciding to enroll your child in competitive gymnastics: The Difference Between Recreational Classes and Competitive Teams

 

GYMNASTS… Please come to tryouts:

-ON TIME!

-In a leotard (and shorts, if you’d like)

-With your hair tied back tightly, and out of your face

-In bare feet

-Ready to show your strength, flexibility, skills, work ethic, and positive attitude!

 

Please see your coaches or the front desk for more information.

Can’t make it that day?  Please contact Jenn Hessel prior to tryouts: jennh@headoverheelsma.com.

The Difference Between Recreational Classes and Competitive Teams

Both recreational and competitive gymnastics programs promote strength, flexibility, endurance, confidence, fitness and fun. While recreational (non-competitive) programs are fitting for anyone, competitive programs usually require an invitation to join after being evaluated by a qualified coach.

 

What Do Coaches Look For When Inviting Kids To Team?

When considering a child for a team program, coaches look for the following traits:

  • Physical Strength – Can the child easily perform strength exercises such as pull-ups, leg lifts, sprinting, push-ups, sit-ups, and hollow body holds?
  • Flexibility – Is the child’s body flexible enough to handle some of the requirements of gymnastics? Can his/her flexibility be improved over time?
  • Basic Skills – How are the child’s gymnastics fundamentals? Has the child spent enough time in a class or pre-team program to master the basics? Can the child perform the basics properly? Does the child know proper gymnastics terminology?
  • Motivation – Does the child want to learn and succeed, or is she content right where she is?
  • Coachability – Does the child listen to corrections and try to apply them? Is the child willing to take a few steps back to fix old skills before learning new skills?
  • Mental Toughness – How sensitive is the child? Does he or she respond well to criticism? Would the child be able to perform in front of a judge and receive a performance-based score with no more than a healthy amount of anxiety?
  • Sportsmanship – Would this child fit in with existing team members? Would he or she encourage the other athletes? Would this child accept both success and defeat respectfully and graciously?

 

Do Team Gymnasts Receive Better Training?

No. Team gymnasts do not receive better training than class gymnasts, but the majority of the time, they do receive MORE training. Most team gymnasts are required to train a minimum of 4 hours a week, while class students often only come 1 or 2 hours a week. The extra training time allows team coaches to focus on extra conditioning and the smallest of details in every gymnastics skill.

 

Do Team Gymnasts Learn Bigger, Better Skills Than Recreational Class Gymnasts?

No. Both recreational and competitive gymnasts follow the same curriculum and skill progression set forth by USA Gymnastics. Team gymnasts who have learned impressively difficult skills have done so after committing themselves to a gymnastics team program for several years and putting in countless hours of training time.
All class students have the opportunity to learn the same skills as gymnasts on our teams, but must do so while following the proper skill progression. With any gymnast, safety is always the number one priority. Class coaches take into consideration a child’s strength, flexibility, and mental readiness before beginning to teach a new, more difficult skill.

 

Do Team Gymnasts Progress Through The Levels Faster?

No. In fact, many team gymnasts who are well-trained, strong, and appear to have all of their skills will often repeat a level in order to improve their fundamentals before moving on to the next level. USA Gymnastics provides a set of requirements for each competitive level. Many gymnasts compete successfully for an entire season while missing just one small requirement. It is very common to see a competitive athlete repeat more than one level in order to meet every requirement and achieve a great amount of success.
Class students have a bit more flexibility in this matter; class coaches will often forgive a certain skill or two a child may struggle with and promote her to the next level in order to maximize her potential in a smaller amount of time.

 

What Is Required of Team Gymnasts?

  • Commitment – Gymnastics is a sport that requires a team member’s presence for every minute of scheduled training time. Team members are expected to attend all practices, competitions, fundraisers, and other team events. Team members are expected to arrive on time and prepared to train (hair up, gymnastics attire on, water bottle in hand, etc.). While being on a gymnastics team is fun, it is not a social hour and is not something you show up for when you have nothing else to do… If a child is not willing to commit to the requirements of their team, it is best to consider other options, such as the class program, camps, or private lessons.
  • Proper Health & Nutrition – An athlete cannot train or perform to the best of their abilities without proper nutrition. All team athletes are expected to eat a well-balanced diet and stay hydrated in order to keep their bodies in the best physical shape possible.
  • Attitude – Team gymnasts are expected to have a good attitude towards themselves, their teammates and their coaches. They need to accept criticism in order to improve, and they need to encourage their teammates to be the best they can be.
  • Family Commitment – Gymnastics requires a strong family commitment, in the form of transportation, financial assistance, nutritional advice, fundraising, support at competitions, and mental support throughout training. Busy families are encouraged to share contact info to arrange carpools, child-care, etc. to ensure their gymnast is able to be where he or she needs to be at the right time.
  • Finances – It’s the part no one wants to think about, but we want to be honest with you. Being on a gymnastics team can be expensive. On top of monthly tuition, you need to consider the price of uniforms, choreographers, competition entry fees, coaches fees, and travel fees.
  • Fundraising – Many gyms will arrange fundraising events to help ease the financial burden of being on a team. These events may take the form of hosting a meet, selling candy bars, canning outside a store, holding a raffle, etc.

 

Many team gymnasts have already decided that gymnastics will be their life. They want to train through elementary and junior high school. They want to compete in high school and college. Because of their years of commitment and dedication, and more than anything else, the amount of hours they spend training, they generally tend to rise to higher levels and learn harder skills.

Many class gymnasts are not as committed, and maybe only want to take gymnastics once or twice a week for a year or two.  They may want to play other sports, and dance, and act, and sing, and travel… That’s OK! Gymnastics can be fun for anyone, regardless of their natural talent or level of commitment.  No matter what level, our class and team programs are designed to provide each and every child with a unique experience that is both fun and rewarding!

2013 State Meet Results – Xcel Team

Xcel Bronze Results

Team Place: 1st Place Team- State Champions!

All Around Champions
Emma Butzbach
Mackenzie Caldwell
Elizabeth Davidson
Madeline Schiller
Emma Thomas
Rowan Woodin

Vault Champions
Emma Butzbach
Mackenzie Caldwell
Emma Thomas
Rowan Woodin

Bar Champions
Emma Butzbach
Mackenzie Caldwell
Madeline Schiller
Rowan Woodin

Beam Champions
Madeline Schiller
Jordan Tandler
Emma Thomas
Laci Worrall

Floor Champions
Emma Butzbach
Mackenzie Caldwell
Morgan Craft
Lily Williams
Elizabeth Davidson

Individual Placements

Sarah Bilodeau– 7th place Vault, 4th place Beam, 6th place All Around
Emma Butzbach– 1st place Vault, 1st place Bars, 1st place Beam, 1st place All Around
Mackenzie Caldwell– 1st place Vault, 1st place Bars, 1st place Beam, 1st place Floor, 1st place All Around
Morgan Craft– 5th place Vault, 3rd place Beam, 1st place Floor, 4th place All Around
Isabella Crovo– 6th place Vault, 5th place Floor, 8th place All Around
Kate Cunning– 5th place Vault, 3rd place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 5th place All Around
Elizabeth Davidson– 4th place Vault, 2nd place Bars, 2nd place Beam, 1st place Floor, 1st place All Around
Meaghan Davidson– 2nd place Bars, 3rd place Floor
Kayla Gifford– 3rd place Beam
Madeline Little– 7th place Vault, 8th place Floor
Liliana MacDonald– 2nd place Bars, 7th place Beam, 3rd place Floor, 4th place All Around
Natalie McNamara– 2nd place Vault, 3rd place Bars, 3rd place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 2nd place All Around
Abby Obermann– 2nd place Vault, 8th place Beam, 7th place Floor, 7th place All Around
Ainsley Ross– 2nd place Vault, 2nd place Beam, 4th place Floor, 3rd place All Around
Alexa Rowe– 3rd place Bars
Madeline Schiller– 2nd place Vault, 1st place Bars, 1st place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 1st place All Around
Amanda Smith– 8th place Vault
Emily Sullivan– 5th place Beam
Emma Thomas– 1st place Vault, 5th place Bars, 1st place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 1st place All Around
Jordan Tandler– 3rd place Vault, 5th place Bars, 1st place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 2nd place All Around
Rowan Woodin– 1st place Vault, 1st place Bars, 5th place Beam, 3rd place Floor, 1st place All Around
Laci Worrall– 2nd place Vault, 2nd place Bars, 1st place Beam, 5th place Floor, 2nd place All Around
Lily Williams– 8th place Bars, 2nd place Beam, 1st place Floor, 8th place All Around

 

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Xcel Silver Results

Team Results: 4th place Team

Vault Champions:
Neve Sannella

Bar Champions:
Caitlin Ponte

Beam Champions:
Hannah Kelman

Floor Champions:
Neve Sanella
Clare Trinchet

Individual Placements

Mary Kate Armstrong– 7th place Vault, 4th place Beam, 8th place Floor, 6th place All Around
Sarah Barry– 6th place Floor
Jenna Bilodeau– 5th place Bars
Meaghan Bishop– 8th place Bars, 2nd place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 2nd place All Around
Nicole Brown– 8th place Vault, 4th place Beam, 5th place Floor, 7th place All Around
Mara Copeland– 8th place Vault, 6th place Beam
Morgan Foley– 8th place Beam, 6th place Floor, 8th place All Around
Natalie Greenbaum– 3rd place Beam, 5th place Floor, 7th place All Around
Hannah Kelman– 7th place Vault, 6th place Bars, 1st place Beam, 4th place Floor, 3rd place All Around
Raina Kenigsberg– 3rd place Vault, 2nd place Floor, 4th place All Around
Maeve Lyons– 8th place Vault, 5th place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 5th place All Around
Olivia McNamara– 3rd place Vault, 3rd place Bars, 4th place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 2nd place All Around
Abigail Murray- 6th place Vault
Madison Pavone– 4th place Vault, 6th place Bars, 7th place Beam, 6th place All Around
Caitlin Ponte– 1st place Bars, 5th place Floor, 6th All Around
Alison Ragusa– 5th place Bars, 6th place Floor
Caroline Ruggiano– 8th place Beam
Neve Sanella– 1st place Floor, 8th place Bars, 8th place Beam, 1st place Floor, 3rd All Around
Abigail Stone– 4th place Bars, 5th place Floor
Clare Trinchet– 6th place Vault, 5th place Bars, 2nd place Beam, 1st place Floor, 2nd place All Around
Madison Wahlberg– 3rd place Bars, 6th place Beam, 7th place All Around
Melanie Whitman– 2nd place Beam, 4th place Floor, 8th place All Around

 

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Xcel Gold Results

Team Results: 2nd Place Team

All Around State Champions
Olivia Ricard
Caroline Videtto

Vault Champions:
Caroline Videtto

Bar Champions:
Olivia Ricard
Caroline Videtto

Beam Champions:
Olivia Ricard
Caroline Videtto

Individual Placements

Colleen Coulter– 3rd place Bars, 4th place Floor, 6th place All Around
Bridget Gannon– 5th place Vault, 5th place Bars, 6th place Beam, 7th place Floor, 6th place All Around
Megan Meehan– 4th place Vault, 3rd place Bars, 4th place Beam
Olivia Ricard– 4th place Vault, 1st place Bars, 1st place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 1st place All Around
Caroline Videtto– 1st place Vault, 1st place Bars, 1st place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 1st place All Around

Xcel Platinum Results

Kayla Antonowicz– 2nd place Bars, 5th place Floor, 7th place All Around
Hanah Coulter– 3rd place Vault, 2nd place Bars, 3rd place Beam, 7th place All Around
Shea Golden– 3rd place Vault, 8th place Bars, 8th place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 3rd place All Around
Marissa Hennessey– 5th place Vault
Devan Martin– 2nd place Vault, 3rd place Bars, 4th place Beam, 5th place All Around
Samantha Wallace– 3rd place Vault, 8th place Bars

 

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Xcel Diamond Results

Erin Craig– 2nd place Vault

2013 State Meet Results – Junior Olympic

Level 4 Results

Team Results: 2nd place Team

All Around Champions
Shaye Child
Georgia Flint

Vault Champions
Megan Hickey

Bar Champions
Shaye Child
Georgia Flint
Maeve Ross

Beam Champions
Shaye Child
Georgia Flint

Floor Champions
Georgia Flint

Individual Placements

Morgan Beighley- 7th place Vault, 9th place Bars, 9th place Floor, 9th place All Around
Shaye Child– 6th place Vault,1st place Bars, 1st place Beam, 2nd place Floor,1st place All Around
Georgia Flint– 3rd place Vault, 1st place Bars, 1st place Beam, 1st place Floor, 1st place All Around
Grace Flint– 8th place Vault, 5th place Bars, 5th place Floor, 7th place All Around
Megan Hickey– 1st place Vault, 6th place Bars, 5th place Floor, 6th place All Around
Peyton Cicerone– 2nd place Vault, 6th place Beam, 8th place All Around
Samantha Raleigh-6th place Vault, 3rd place Bars, 7th place Beam, 4th place Floor, 3rd place All Around
Maeve Ross– 1st place Bars, 3rd place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 3rd place All Around
Marina Russell– 4th place Vault, 4th place Bars, 3rd place Beam, 8th place Floor, 4th place All Around
Julia Toland– 2nd place Vault, 3rd place Bars, 3rd place Beam, 7th place Floor, 4th place All Around
Ariel West– 6th place Vault, 5th place Bars, 3rd place Floor, 7th place All Around

 
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Level 5 Results

Peyton McCormick- 7th place Vault, 6th place Bars

 
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Level 6 Results

Team Results: 4th place team

All Around Champions
Emma Taylor

Beam Champions
Emma Taylor

Floor Champions
Sydney Thai
Kayleen Boutin

Individual Placements

Kayleen Boutin– 8th place Vault, 2nd place Beam, 1st place Floor, 3rd place All Around
Meredith Gillis– 3rd place Vault, 4th place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 4th place All Around
Katie Kemp– 10th place Beam, 10th place Floor​
Emma Taylor– 3rd place Vault, 2nd place Bars, 1st place Beam, 2nd place Floor, 1st place All Around
Sydney Thai– 4th place Vault, 2nd place Bars, 2nd place Beam, 1st Place Floor, 2nd place All Around

 
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Level 7 Results

Madison Lang– 9th place Bars, 5th place Floor, 10th place All Around
Katie Kennedy– 7th place Vault
Lily Matson– 2nd place Vault, 2nd place Floor
Madison Moitoso– 8th place Vault, 3rd place Bars, 8th place All Around

 
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Level 8 Results

Rikki Churchill– 2nd place Beam, 3rd place Floor, 5th place All Around
Nicole Delano– 5th place Vault, 2nd place Floor, 8th place All Around
Sarah Murphy– 4th place Vault, 3rd place Bars, 6th place Beam, 8th place Floor, 3rd place All Around