Gymnastics competitive team
For school age girls 5-18 years old
See specific level for time commitments
The R-Athletics staff in Grand Rapids, MI has had the advantage of coaching gymnasts at the National level and can attest that gymnasts are the toughest athletes in the world because they do the impossible! These athletes will compete with grace and athleticism in all four Olympic gymnastics events: Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor. R-Athletics is a USA Gymnastics member, with routines and requirements set-up through the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program. We believe in making sure that athletes are both physically and mentally prepared to successfully compete at each level. R-Athletics team staff are Professional Members and Safety Certified by USA Gymnastics. We pride ourself in having a premiere coaching staff in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The R-Athletics competitive gymnastics team will travel and compete nationally and internationally. Competitive gymnastics will teach girls the importance of hard work, ethics, perseverance, goal setting, achievements, teamwork, personal fitness, friendships and life skills that they will take with them far beyond their gymnastics years.
3 hours per week
Tiny Team is an introduction to competitive gymnastics with training twice a week. Although competition is not yet part of this level, the girls will begin to learn basic gymnastics skills, strength, and flexibility for the foundation needed to become a successful competitive gymnast.
Level 3 – 6
Level 3-6 are considered “compulsory” levels. This means that every gymnast in the USAG program will compete their routines with the same requirements and music as authorized by the USAG.
- 6 hours per week
Level 3 is the first level of competitive gymnastics. The girls will attend local “fun meets” designed to introduce competitive gymnastics. These meets are low-key, and gymnasts will not receive individual scores. However, each gymnast will receive ribbons at each event based on their performance. These meets teach the athletes how to perform under pressure, control their nerves, and the need for proper preparation in practice.
- 9 hours per week
Level 4 athletes will use their “fun meet” experience to compete at USAG Region 5 (Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana) sanctioned meets. The athletes will receive individual and team scores that will be posted and awarded according to their performance. Along with the increase of time spent in the gym, the girls will begin to work on higher-level skills.
Level 5 & 6
- 12 hours per week
Level 5 and 6 girls continue to compete at USA Gymnastics sanctioned meets within Region 5. They will be officially scored and receive placements and team awards based on their performance. In addition to the compulsory routines, they will continue development in practice by preparing for Level 7 skills.
Levels 7-10 are also considered “optional” levels. Optional levels are slightly similar to compulsory levels in that every gymnast in the USAG program will still compete according to the same rules and requirements set-up by USAG. However, in the “optional” levels, the routines are individualized according to the athlete’s strengths. Optional gymnasts will have their own routines, distinctively choreographed using their own music and personal style.
- 16 hours per week
As a level 7, they are required to travel to one “fly meet” in addition to Region 5 meets. This offers exposure for the gymnast and is a great experience. Level 7 is the first level where they are considered an “optional” gymnast. The athletes will complete at the State Meet at the end of the season. Level 7 is the level where the athletes’ hard work really starts to pay off. They really come into themselves as an athlete, gymnast, and a person!
- 16-18 hours per week
Athletes in Level 8 will continue in the same structure as Level 7, with the exception of increased expectations, conditioning, and skills. In addition, Level 8 qualifying girls at the State Meet will compete at the Region 5 Regional Competition at the end of the season. Region 5 has produced some of the best athletes in the sport of gymnastics.
Level 9 & 10
- 20-23 hours per week
Level nine and ten are the highest levels of the Junior Olympic USA Gymnastics program. These athletes have the opportunity to qualify for State and then Regional Competitions. If the athlete is in the top percentage (to be determined) of Region 5, they will qualify to compete at Nationals as part of the Region 5 team. Qualifying to Nationals is a high honor in the sport of gymnastics and offers exposure to college scouts. It is at these levels that the girls start thinking towards their future careers and college scholarships. To be a Level 9 and 10 gymnast is an honor in itself, as these athletes must train exceptionally hard to achieve this level.