Levels Program

Our Levels Program offers a great introduction into the competitive world of gymnastics by starting them out competing AAU Levels 1-4.  Not only does this give them a great foundation of the basic skills and fundamentals that are needed to build into bigger skills, but it also gives them experience competing those skills before moving into the highly competitive Team atmosphere! 

Level 1: Gymnasts train 1.25 hrs/night for 1-3 times/week

Level 2: Gymnasts train 1.5 hrs/night for 1-3 times/week

Level 3: Gymnasts train 2 hrs/night - They train a minimum of 4 hrs/week; maximum of 6 hrs/week

Level 4: Gymnasts train 3 hrs/night - They train a minimum of 6 hrs/week; maximum of 9 hrs/week

Here are the times offered for Levels 2021/2022 Competition Season Schedule:

Levels 2021/2022 Competition Season officially begins on 9/6/21 and runs thru 4/30/22! 

The 2021/2022 Levels Meet Schedule is COMING SOON!!

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Additional Information

Levels Program Overview:

The basis of AAU, which is a part of the USAG organization, is to teach the basic fundamental skills to young athletes, with correct form, flexibility, conditioning, execution, and presentation. These basic skills and techniques lay the groundwork for greater performance later in the sport. Execution and technique for each skill will be evaluated, and based on performance during a skills test, or throughout a competitive season will determine what level is most appropriate for your athlete. While in the level determined most appropriate, skills and routines will be worked on that are applicable for the current level, as well as working on upgrades to prepare for the next level.

Moving up levels is based on a combination of scores throughout a season, work ethic, and the readiness of the skills necessary for the next level. As these skills are fundamentals to progress in the sport, an average of 8.5 on each event, or a 34.0 All-Around score is one benchmark to look at before moving up. This is in combination with the gymnast having at least three events with the skills necessary, and one event that is still being worked on, or close to being prepared for the following level. Based on these benchmarks, the coaching staff will determine the level most appropriate through testing.

Time Commitment:

  • Level 1: 1.25 hours / week

  • Level 2: 1.5 hours / week

  • Level 3: 4 hours / week

  • Level 4: 6 hours / week

The required hours can be broken up into practice 2 nights per week, and are a minimum. If your athlete would like to practice more hours than the minimum, that is okay, and encouraged to improve skill level.

Meets:

  • AAU Scoring typically ranges from 7.0 - 9.5 as athletes progress through the levels.

  • Scheduled meets are required to attend, and if you are registered for the Levels Program, you will automatically be registered for those meets.

  • Meets typically run three days, but your athlete will only be competing on one day, which you will be made aware of ahead of time.

 

Advancement:

  • Levels 1 through 4 build on the skills from the previous level.

  • Advancement happens when:

    • A 34.0 has been achieved, or an 8.5 average throughout the season

    • Your athlete is able to perform the skills from the next event, so they are able to be successful in moving up.

  • Athletes move up when they know most of the skills to ensure they are able to perform them with correct technique and are prepared to continue learning skills.

  • Moving to the next level happens when the season has been complete if they are prepared to move up.

  • There are three move up dates:

    • After season (mid-April)

    • Early Summer (mid/late-June)

    • Late Summer (late-August)

Training Seasons:

One question received often is when your athlete should take a break. Gymnastics is a challenging sport, which requires a lot of time, practice, and repetition. For that reason, a break of more than a two-week period is not typically recommended. However, doing the sport year-round isn’t for everyone. So, if you chose for your athlete to take time off though, it would be best right after the AAU State Meet. This year that would mean the recommended break time would be mid-April through the middle or end of May.

  • Off-Season: End of State Meet through August

    • This is the most important season for the development of your athlete’s skills. They will be working on upgrades for the level they have the opportunity to move into, building strength, flexibility, and technique. Many young athletes take some or all of this season off, which often leads to athletes not maintaining or building skills, leaving them completing the same level over again.

    • If most or all of this training season is taken off, your athlete will most likely not move up to the next level.

    • By the end of August, you will know what level your athlete will be competing in. At this point, Move-Ups do not occur again until after the AAU State Meet, which is usually mid-April.

  • Preparation Season: September through October

    • This part of the season is used for teaching routines on all four events. They will also continue to work on the skills they will be competing during the upcoming season.

  • Competition Season: November through State Meet

    • This part of the season is when all of the competitions will take place. Coaches and athletes will focus on fine-tuning the technique on the skills they are competing, as well as beginning to learn, and practicing the skills for the next level.

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