The Pre Team program is non-competitive. Time commitment is limited, but will increase as gymnasts move up levels. The pre team will prepare gymnasts for competition with the main focuses being shape training, mastering core skills, increasing strength, increasing flexibility and challenging endurance. In addition to preparing the gymnasts physically, we strongly believe in training them to cope with the inevitable mental adversities they will face in gymnastics that may include fear, doubt and struggle, while also building a foundation of confidence and pride in accomplishment. Teamwork and respect for fellow teammates is also emphasized.
Curriculum will be based on Junior Olympic Level progressions. Gymnasts will have the opportunity to work in a challenging, yet fun environment that will test their mental and physical abilities. Proper skill progressions and techniques are emphasized which are vital for long-term success. The pre team gymnasts will have approximately two opportunities to perform throughout the year. The first one is the Stars & Stripes Annual Holiday Show in December. The second is a “fun meet” held at Stars & Stripes in June and is a non-competitive meet where gymnasts perform routines in a competition-type format on each event.
The sport of gymnastics requires a great amount of discipline and determination. We believe it is extremely important to develop and help to instill these attributes in young gymnasts as early as possible. The Pre Team program is designed to prepare young gymnasts for future competition by emphasizing strong basic fundamentals, strength, flexibility, discipline and respect for the sport. Gymnasts are hand selected for this program based on their attitude, work ethic, desire, gymnastics skills, strength and flexibility. Pre Team gymnasts at Stars & Stripes are provided with a challenging, disciplined environment to further build their abilities with other gymnasts who share similar potential and desire. Training will maintain a balance of seriousness and fun, and the entire experience will be extremely enjoyable for children who are passionate about the sport!
In addition, Stars & Stripes Gymnastics Academy prides itself on teaching correct gymnastics technique. It is vital for long-term success. All gymnasts will learn gymnastics safely through proper skill progressions, strength and flexibility training, as well as necessary mental preparation.