December Newsletter 2016

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Welcome to our new Recreational athletes starting their new session this month and welcome to our competitive athletes into the beginning of the competitive season!



*December 10 – First week of recreation winter session begins

*December 22 – Last day of recreation classes before winter break

*December 24 – 26 – GYM CLOSED – (Recreation and all competitive)

*December 27 – 30 – Competitive Teams –  holiday hours in effect (see below for details)

*January 1 – GYM CLOSED – (Recreation and all competitive)

*January 7 – First week back for recreation sessions after holiday season




FOR COMPETITIVE ATHLETES, remember that for some of you, the holidays this year are within 4 weeks of your first competition of the season.  Please try and take as little time off as possible.  If there is training available, please attend.  Also, as per the handbook, if you do not attend classes or cannot meet requirements within 2 weeks of a competition, you may not be able to attend the meet.  It may sound like a hard rule, however, it is proven time and again that the performance of the athletes after taking time off, (even a 4 day weekend)  their skills regress quickly and it can take up to 2 weeks to get back to where they were training before the time off.  This can spell trouble so close to a competition, which is why we ask all athletes to keep attendance up before a meet.    We are aware that this runs into the holiday season this year, but we want to be at our best at the first competition.



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Classes are not running from December 23rd to January 6th


Artistic Competitive

Dec 27 – Dec 30

Group 1 & 2 –   (Tues – Fri )  7-10am  &  2:30-5:30pm (*includes wednesday evening training this week as well)

Group 3 – (Tues – Fri ) 7 – 11:30am

Group 4 to 6  – (Tues – Fri ) 12:00 – 4:00pm

Group 7 – (Wed & Fri only) 12:00 – 4:00pm

Group 8 – (Tues & Thurs only) 12:00 – 4:00pm

*Pre-competitive  does not train during this week


Christmas Camp Trampoline & Tumbling

All competitive athletes are invited to attend Dec 27 – 29  7:00am – 11:00am



Dec 27 – 29  9:00am – 12:00pm each day


What does it mean to be the best?

Recently we had a mock meet to help prepare the athletes for what it would be like at a competition and how it would work with judges etc.  This was a great success and we are positive that it has helped our athletes prepare.

However, we do want to address one  item that has received more attention than it deserves.  SCORING.  This is a slippery slope and we want to make sure that our athletes don’t get caught up with the numbers.  At one meet, the entire competition could be won with a score of 9.1 where at another competition, 9.8 may not be enough to make it into the top 8.  Scoring is subjective and changes for each meet and with each judge. This is something that we as coaches, parents and athletes have no control over.

Instead, at each competition we would like each of our athletes to set goals for themselves.  Goals that they can measure. ie. hitting handstands, meeting requirements, pointed toes etc. Scoring is something that will always change and success cannot be managed by the score. We are working with your athlete to come up with some goals for each competition this year that they can measure. Did you stay on the beam?  Did you smile the entire time? Did you feel confident?

Setting goals like this will have more positive impact for your athlete.   Does the score matter?  Sure, it matters, but let’s focus on improving and growing as a gymnast during each opportunity to compete, regardless of what score ends up on the board.


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Trampoline and Tumbling Camp a Success!

Earlier in the month of November we had 5 of our Trampoline and Tumbling athletes attend a tumbling camp in Edmonton.  It was a huge success and very positive.  We hope that hey learned all sorts of great things to help them in their competitions this year.  They worked on new tumbling skills and team building.  Great job athletes!

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