Every young gymnast looks forward to getting their first pair of grips. The kids tend to identify their need for grips with having arrived in the sport of gymnastics. However, the process of when to buy grips and what type of grips should be used can be a little confusing for parents.
Have you ever watched gymnastics on TV and thought, “I wish I could flip like that!” or, “I wish I was strong like that!” How about, “Man, I wish I had just a little of that flexibility!!” I know I would absolutely LOVE to flip again! So, what are we waiting for? Stop thinking about why you couldn’t or shouldn’t find a local adult gymnastics class and think about all of these reasons why you should!
It’s not exactly a secret that gymnastics can be pretty risky business. The apparatus alone can be intimidating. Then start jumping, spinning, and flipping on that apparatus, and you have a potentially high-risk situation. Throw into the mix, gymnasts walking or running from event to event and coaches coming and going, and things can get even crazier. Below are some guidelines to consider for the safety of gymnasts, parents, and coaches alike.
In 2013, USA Gymnastics created the Xcel program as a national competitive program that provides an alternative to the more well-known Junior Olympic program. Since it’s inception, gyms have implemented Xcel into their facilities in a number of different ways to best serve their athletes and their competitive programs.
USA Gymnastics Talent Opportunity Program, otherwise known as “TOPs” is a talent search program for female gymnasts ages 7 to 10-years old and an educational opportunity for their coaches. TOPs is a nationwide program that is held once a year. At least 3,100 gymnasts participate in the state and regional testing. Out of those 3,100 athletes, about 300 will qualify for national testing. Gymnasts ages 7 to 11 qualify for the national level based on their test scores at the state and regional level. The 9 to 11-year olds will be selected for the national team based on their national testing scores. Ultimately, about 70 gymnasts will comprise the national team.