All Level 1, Level 2 and competitive gymnastics programs promote strength, flexibility, endurance, confidence, fitness and fun. While LI Elite's Achievement Programs (non-competitive) are fitting for anyone, competitive programs usually require an invitation to join after being evaluated by a qualified coach. Level 2C is the first step to becoming a competitive gymnast. Competitive gymnastics requires the gymnasts to be strong, flexible, have higher level skills and discipline. A competitive gymnast is also always working on trying to perfect her skills, not just be able to complete them.
What Do Coaches Look For When Inviting Kids To Team.
When considering a child for a team program, coaches look for the following traits:
This class is an introductory gymnastics class for girls ages six and up. Students will learn skills on bars, balance beam, vault, floor, and trampoline. Skills mastered in this level are required to move to the next level, Level 1B.
Positions: toes pointed, legs straight, tuck, pike, straddle, splits: right, left middle, straight body, stick body, L-Position legs together (hold 5-10 sec), L-Position straddle (hold 5-10 sec), push up position (correct body shape!)
Candlestick Headstand (balance)
Bridge (hold 3 sec)
Handstand against the wall (hold 10-20 sec)
Pull ups (3-5)
Leg lifts (5-10)
Hang position (correct body shape!)
Bent arms hang
Regular walk: forward, backwards, side (low beam and high beam)
Releve: forward, backwards, side (low beam and high beam)
Arm position: straight, crown
Mount Beam - Front Support
Kicks: Forward, Backward, Side,
Dismount: Straight jump
Overall Confidence, Balance, Comfort, Coordination
Proper run/arm placement
Hurdle (proper foot)
Hit board w/ 2 feet
Push up position - run with sliders
Run, hurdle, straight jump
This class is the second level of gymnastics classes for girls ages six and up. Level 1A is a prerequisite for this class. Students will learn harder level skills on bars, balance beam, vault, floor, and trampoline. Skills mastered in this level are required to move to the next level, Level 1C.
Forward Straddle Roll
Backward Straddle Roll
Handstand (straight line)
Back Bent from Knees
Standing Back Bent onto the Mat
Bridge - kicks right and left legs
Cartwheel against the wall
Straight Body Hang
Cast (horizontal or below) with spot
L- Position (hold 15 sec) legs together
L-Position straddle (hold 15 ecs)
Candlestick position (hold)
Back hip circle with spot
Regular walk high beam: Forward, Backward, side
Releve high beam: forward, backward, side
Kicks- Forward, Backward, Side
Straight Jump Forward, Backward
Toe to Knee Hold (develope)
¾ handstand low beam
Dismount - straight jump
Proper run/arm placement
Run, hurdle, handstand to back (resi)
30 ft run w/ board hit
30 ft run w/ arm circle
This class is the third and final level of gymnastics offered and is for ages six and up. Level - 1C is a prerequisite for this class. Students will learn harder level skills on bars, balance beam, vault, floor, and trampoline. Students will be challenged throughout this class in order to gain their highest skills on each event.
Bridge Kick over
Standing Back bend
Back Extension roll ¾ push up position
Front Limber, Back Limber
Cartwheel - both sides
Timer for Round Off
Tumble Track: jumps: tuck, pike, straddle, splits - right, left, middle
Chasse - Forward, side,
Straight Jump: Forward, Backward
Pullovers - in a row ( 3-5)
Back hip circle
Front Hip Circle with spot
Cast to horizontal - 5 in a row
Squat on the floor bar
Kicks - Forward, Backward, Side
Straight jump in a row
Tuck Jump on the low beam
Split jump on the low beam
Heel snap turn
180 degree turn with ballet bars
Handstand against some block
Cartwheel on low beam
Proper run/arm placement
Handstand to back (resi)
Strong Board Hit
This class is the third and final level of gymnastics offered and is for ages six and up. Level - 1D is a prerequisite for this class. Students will learn harder level skills on bars, balance beam, vault, floor, and trampoline. Students will be challenged throughout this class in order to gain their highest skills on each event.
Tuck Jump in a row
Squat Jump in a row
Jump Split right, left, middle
Split Leap with ballet bars
Turns: 180, 360 degree with ballet bars
Back handspring - I part with middle barrel mat
Routine Level 1
Releve walks (F,B,S)
Jumps: Straight, Tuck, Split
Routine level 1
Vault level 1
Tumble track: from block jump handstand- flat back
Dismount- straight jump
GOALS OF THE LEVEL 2 PROGRAM
The primary objective of the Level 2 program is to provide your daughter with the necessary foundation to perform optional level (i.e. Levels 6-10) competitive gymnastics. The main focus will be on developing strength, flexibility, and reinforcing the proper body positions to perform complex gymnastics skills. By accomplishing this goal, most of the necessary skills for entry-level competition (currently level 3) will naturally fall into place. This process takes time. By building a strong foundation in the Level 2 program, we are providing your daughter with the opportunity to reach her maximum potential with the fewest setbacks along the way. It becomes very frustrating for an optional level gymnast to have to go back to working simple skills because she is not progressing due to a lack of solid basics.
Going slow at the beginning, leads to faster progress and better results later on.
OVERVIEW OF THE LEVEL 2 PROGRAM:
The Level 2 program has three levels: A, B, and C. Each level has been designed to last up to one year. Although some athletes may progress more quickly through the levels, this should not be considered the norm. Evaluations will be performed at the end of the school year and if your daughter moves up, she will do so at the beginning of the summer. In order to advance to the next level, several factors are taken into consideration, including: age, maturity, ability to focus, work ethic, strength, flexibility, and the ability to achieve certain body positions. Your daughter’s skill development will NOT be limited to the level she is in and it should NOT be considered a disappointment if she does not move up a level. Especially at the younger ages, it takes some kids longer to put everything together. This has nothing to do with ability or future success in the sport. If this is the case, we may hold your daughter back because we see lots of potential and we want to ensure that she has that solid foundation that was mentioned earlier. Please support us by not making level advancement the primary goal for your gymnast. Goals such as increases in strength, flexibility, or holding a longer handstand would be more beneficial. This will allow your daughter to enjoy gymnastics for what it is and will also promote longevity in the sport.
The following is a brief description of each level:
Level 2A is the entry level into the Level 2 program for younger gymnasts, generally ages 4-6. At this level, gymnasts train 4 hours, twice a week. The focus will be on having the athletes maintain a tight body position and have good body control through a variety of assisted skills, the most important of which is the handstand. Attention will also be given to your daughter’s presentation, a very important aspect for competitive gymnastics. The gymnasts will also be expected to have a handstand, a good cartwheel, an adequate bridge, and a pullover on the bars before moving to the next level. Strength and flexibility work will also be done while keeping the assignments fun and age appropriate. Gymnasts who begin with Level 2A, should expect to progress through all three levels of the Level 2 program.
Level 2B is the entry level for gymnasts 6 and over or the next step in the Level 2 program for those who began with Level 2B. At this level, gymnasts train 6 hours, 3 times a week. The Level 2B program continues to emphasize the tight body positions and presentation initiated in Level 2A. In addition, the hollow body position and a tight arch are introduced. Strength and flexibility work are also a major focus. Furthermore, this is the level where many of the level 3 skills are first introduced. In order to progress to the next level, a Level 2B athlete must consistently demonstrate the following:
In addition to the above mentioned skills, the gymnast must demonstrate her desire to progress by showing age-appropriate focus and a good work ethic.
Level 2C (Advanced):
Level 2C is the last step before entering the team program. These gymnasts train 3 hours, 3 times a week. Body positions, strength, flexibility, and presentation are still a focus at this level and will remain so into the team program. It is expected that these gymnasts have the body control and tension to begin working on drills for some of the more complex skills that will be introduced in the team program.
At the end of the school year, gymnasts at this level will be considered for the team trial summer program. They will train level 3 hours (16 hours per week). This will allow them to adjust to these hours before school starts and it will give them extra time to work on any level 3 skills they have not yet achieved.
For movement to team at the end of the summer, gymnasts must not be missing more than one skill per event and the skill that they are missing must be close enough that it can be attained and performed safely unassisted before the enrollment deadline for the first competition at the end of the year. Furthermore, your daughter must have a consistent back handspring on the floor, unassisted by the end of the summer. If your daughter is missing a skill on bars, she must be able to perform at least 1 long hang pullover on the high bar and 5 consecutive chin-ups to move to team.
We consider Level 2 to be a part of our team program and therefore expect the same level of commitment for both Level 2 and team athletes. There are no make up classes at this level. We therefore expect that you make every effort to get your child to as many of her scheduled classes as possible and on time. We understand that there are family and school commitments that may prevent your child from attending every practice. We are supportive of this but hope that you schedule around practice times whenever possible. Tuition is due in full on the 27th of the month for the following month and we do not prorate tuition according to the number of classes your child attends. Our coaches invest a lot of time into the development of your child and lesson plans are created assuming your child is present for most of her classes. Lack of attendance at this level means less reinforcement of those basic skills and body positions required for higher-level gymnastics.