Invitational Programs

At the bottom of this page is a diagram of our galaxy that ideally represents how our Classes and Teams related to each other in 2015.

This information is currently outdated and currently undergoing review.

 

IK Accelerated Program

Alpha Track is the first step for most potential future team members. Candidates are selected from pre-school classes with the purpose of placing together children who have similar abilities and a natural propensity for the sport. These are kids who appear to have the greatest potential for achieving a high skill level as they develop further in their gymnastics. At such an early age it is impossible to identify which gymnasts will become the future stars in the sport, but by placing exemplary students with other students who also show similar promise, it becomes easier to monitor how they learn, listen, respond to adversity, and push each other to do their best in a controlled environment more similar to a competitive team environment. In our school we have several teams with different time commitments and ability requirements. Once a child is in alpha track, we can analyze which team program would be the best fit for them and make recommendations for the next step in their gymnastics development. Alpha Track does not guarantee a placement in our USAG or XCEL programs, but has the goal of providing them a jumpstart on the skills, form, and techniques that they will need to join a team program in the future if they demonstrate the ability and interest to do so. Alpha Track is two hours in length during our regular season and gymnasts do not perform in competitions.

 

Rising Stars

Rising Stars is the second step in the process towards team placement for talented girls who are five years old. At this age it is already easier to identify their potential to a greater degree, and it has already been shown that they can learn and master the minimum skills required to advance into this next level. Rising Stars is a very selective program where they can combine the skills that they have learned thus far into small routines and have their first experience of performing at an in-house showcase. As with other teams, a team fee (one time $250) is included in order to provide our Rising Stars with their first team leotards and this experience of performing in their first competition-like setting.
The showcase is not only a celebration of their hard work and progress, but it is also a way for us to see how they perform in front of an audience. We want to challenge them and see how they do under pressure. Throughout the year, team coaches supervise their work, watch their progress but at the end of the year the showcase becomes another tool in forming our recommendations for the parents to decide on which direction would be the best fit for their young athletes. It is always the parents’ choice to take our recommendations or not.
We are not focused on numbers, we do not have a goal of placing as many kids as possible on a team. In fact, it is the opposite: we try to keep our teams small and very selective. Our first priority is safety and quality, and we take our recommendations very seriously, especially USAG team placement as it requires talents and time commitment.

This information is currently outdated and currently undergoing review.

 

Intermediate and Advanced Classes

Skill progression is the main purpose of our Intermediate and Advanced classes. These classes are for kids who have already acquired the basic fundamentals of gymnastics from Beginner 1, 2, and 3 classes. Once a child has completed all three Beginner levels, they are ready to move on to learn more challenging skills like front tucks and back handsprings.
It is our goal to make it possible for any child to learn difficult gymnastics tricks through familiarity and correct skill progression. Learning at one’s own pace makes the transitions natural and our Intermediate and Advanced classes provide an alternative to team training. This program is for kids who do not want to commit to a team and do not like the public pressure of competing with other kids, but do want to learn difficult skills in gymnastics and continue progressing. The program has minimal commitment and although it is not required, we do recommend that participants come twice a week because the higher-level gymnastics skills being taught can only be mastered through repetition and muscle memory.

This information is currently outdated and currently undergoing review.

Training Team

This is a selective class to prepare the student for the GIJO team. The focus of this invitational program is to promote the unique artistry of the individual, encourage development of solid gymnastics skills, and give each gymnast the opportunity to hopefully move on to our competitive GIJO team. Gymnasts on the training team refine skills and routines and will compete at in-house IK meets 2 times within a season. This program requires a seasonal commitment (September – Mid-June).

 

Boys Kickstarters

This is a selective class to prepare the student for our Boys USA Gymnastics team. The purpose of Kickstarters is to prepare students for the highly competitive world of gymnastics without the pressure of actual competition. Gymnasts will work out a couple times a week with longer practices and extra attention to flexibility, strength, and technical execution. Goal setting, determination, and confidence are just a few of the values that we hope to instill in our young athletes.

 

Trampoline Team Prep

This is a selective class to prepare the student for our USA Trampoline Team.  This program specializes in focusing on trampoline as well as tumbling and double-mini trampoline. Student commitment may range up to three times a week before being selected to our competitive team.