Competitive Team Gymnastics

By Invitation Only!

As a member of the competitive team you have made a huge commitment.  All level 3 and above gymnasts are required to attend all scheduled meets.  All levels are required to attend all practices, if you can not attend and know ahead of time, please write a note letting the coach know that your child will not be attending and on what dates.  If it is a last minute problem, please just call and let the gym know that your child can not come.

Attendance

Class attendance is mandatory and expected by the coaches.  If you cannot attend, you must call the gym and let us know.

Meet Attendance is mandatory (level 3-10).  You are required to attend all scheduled meets of the regular season as well as the sectional, state and regional meets if you qualify.  If you cannot attend a meet you must notify the gym in writing six weeks prior to the meet.  Otherwise you will be responsible for all meet fees.

Accounts

All gymnasts have accounts that are run like a checkbook.  All incoming money (check or cash) is deposited in this account.  Any expenses (monthly fees, suits, meet fees, or equipment) are deducted from the gymnast’s account.  Copies of their accounts will be sent home every 3 months or sooner.  These are sent home for you to double-check what has been done.  The year runs from September to August.  Most competitions are finished in May.  If there is a positive balance in your account, you can either receive a check or leave the money in your account.  Remember, this money is your money.

Fees

Monthly fees for team gymnastics are due by the first day of the month.  Please speak with Ruth if there will be a problem with paying on time.

The late payment fees are as follows:

$5.00 fee if payment is received after the first class of the month;
$10.00 fee if payment is received after the second class of the month;
If, after the third class of the month, payment is still not received, the student will not be permitted to attend class until the monthly tuition and fees are paid in full.

Meet fees will be determined at the beginning of the competitive season (sometime in September) and are payable in two installments; one at the end of October and the other in December.  An account will be kept for each gymnast and all unused monies will be returned at the season end (sometime in June).  Should more money be owed to satisfy the account, you will be billed.

Meet costs are determined by dividing the amount equally by the number of gymnasts who attend.  If meets are too expensive per gymnast (too few girls attending), you will receive a typed notice informing you of the coaches decision.  If your child is not able to attend a meet, a written notice must be given to Willow Tree at least 6 weeks prior to that meet.

Registration Fees are due in September.  Willow Tree‘s competitive program year is September to August, but all competitive gymnasts practice all year round.

Open Gym

All team gymnasts, Levels 4 and up only, are welcomed and encouraged to attend “Open Gym”.  This is an excellent opportunity to work on skills – not to fool around.  Open Gym is a privilege and can be revoked if abused.

Practice Schedule

There are some problems occasionally with gymnasts not being picked up on time necessitating that staff stay past gym hours.  Please do not be late.  Parents will be billed private lesson charges in increments of 15 minutes if you cannot pick up your child by gym closing time.

Organized Warm-Ups

Strength and Conditioning is vital to the sport of gymnastics.  The 30 minute program here is set up to increase strength and flexibility, promote skill progressions, and prevent injuries.

When a gymnast is late to practice, an alternative strength and conditioning activity is given to the student.  This is not a punishment, but is for the best interest of the student.

Intrasquad Meet

This meet will be held sometime in November or December.  Levels 2 and 3 are required to participate and level’s 1 and 2 are encouraged to come and see what a meet is like.

Other Meets

Other meets will be determined by the meet schedule you will receive in October.

Sportsmanship

Willow Tree will not tolerate any poor sportsmanship from any gymnast or parent(s) in the gym or at a competition.  You or your child will be asked to leave the competitive program if there is a problem.

Team Leotards, Warm Up Suits and Gym Bags

Willow Tree uniforms are required for the competitive team and must be ordered through the office.  A deposit of 1/2 of the cost of the suit and/or warm-up, and your daughter’s account must be a positive balance.

Privates

We offer private lessons to help any gymnast who wants to improve certain skills.  Ask the office for any available coach for times and cost.  A 24 hour cancellation notice is required to avoid being charged for the lesson.

Locker Room & Mailboxes

Lockers (level 3 and up) and mailboxes (all levels) are assigned by the office and are a privilege.  It is the responsibility of the gymnasts to keep the room and their locker clean.  You may purchase a lock if you desire.

Locker contracts will be given to all gymnasts and they must be signed and returned to the office.  All important information will be placed in the mailboxes, so remind your child to check.

Team Pictures

The date, sometime in October or November will be announced.

Picnic

A team picnic/party will be held in August.

Parent Group

Fundraising – Willow Tree does not have an organized parent group.  Parents who wish to fundraise for the season may do so through their own efforts.  Willow Tree will not be involved in any fundraising activities.

Hosting a Meeting at Willow Tree will occur in January.  All gymnasts need at least one parent to volunteer for set-up on a Friday, or tear-down on Sunday night AND work one shift (4 hours) of the meet.  A fee of $100.00 will be charged to anyone who cannot volunteer these hours.

Competitve Program

The competitive program is organized and regulated by USA Gymnastics.

The majority of the meets we attend will be sanctioned by the USAG.  Therefore all competitive gymnasts, Level 4 and up, must be registered with the USAG.  Registration forms will be given at the beginning of each season and they must be completed and returned with payment for your daughter to compete.  Fee is approximately $60.

A state USAG fee is also charged to your account at the time of the USAG registration fee, which is about $10.

Willow Tree’s competitive program is organized in the following manner:

All Team Programs are year-round commitments.  If a gymnast “takes a month off”, her position on the team is not guaranteed.  She must be re-evaluated before being allowed back into the program.

LEVEL 1 / LEVEL 2 – by invitation only

  • Level 1 – 1.5 hours per week
  • Level 2 – 3 hours per week
  • Level 3 – minimum of 3 hours per week
  • Level 4   Our program requires a minimum of 6 hours of gymnastics and “Open Gym” at any time is available at no additional fee.
    A gymnast may be moved into Level 4 before she has acquired all of the skills necessary for every event.  At this level, she may compete in one or all 4 events.
  • Level 5 & 6 are compulsory levels.  Routines are choreographed by USAG.  Levels 5 & 6 practice a minimum of 8 hours per week and are permitted to attend “Open Gym” at any hour of operation.
  • Levels 7, 8, 9, 10 & Novice Optional.  At these levels, gymnasts practice a minimum of 10 hours per week.

All optional gymnasts must purchase “optional floor music” and have a routine choreographed by Ruth.  Willow Tree will create one routine at no cost.  However, if a gymnasts wishes to have a new routine, private lessons must be scheduled and choreographed with time paid.  The approximate cost for a new routine is $175.00, plus music, and private lesson time fees for learning the routine.