Competitive gymnastics is an exciting, challenging, and captivating sport. Commitment to the American Gymnastics Team Program, allows athletes to reap the many benefits of participation in the sport. Gymnastics serves as an excellent medium for learning vital life lessons and skills such as: time management, work ethic, goal setting and achievement, responsibility, perseverance, how to work in a team environment, and the ability to handle both perceived successes and failures. These life lessons will stay with your son long after he retires from the sport.
However, membership in the team program requires a high level of physical, emotional, and monetary commitment from the entire family. The decision to join the team program should not be taken lightly. You, as a parent, are to be congratulated because you are taking the time to think through the consequences of team membership.
|Preparation (June-Sept.):||Skill acquisition. Increasing general strength, flexibility, and basics.|
|Pre Competition (Oct.-Dec.):||Refining skills and combining them into sequences.|
|Competition (Jan.-Mar.):||Routine endurance and consistence become the focus.|
|Peaking (Apr.):||Maximum routine endurance is reached and quality of routines takes precedent.|
|Recovery (May):||Little to no routines and lighter strength. Skill acquisition begins.|
Your son is required to attend all of the competitions for his specific level. Please remember that this is a tentative schedule, the exact day and time of the specific sessions will not be known until a few weeks before the event. The competition schedule is available in a PDF format on the AKSC website.