The New Kids on the Block

…And not the boy band.

We have a brand new competitive team at P.E.G. called USAG Xcel. We are proud to announce that workouts official begin on Monday, September 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 and we have an extremely talented and dedicated group of young ladies that will learn routines for all four events and hopefully be ready to compete in January 2013. Fingers crossed!

You’ll see these great girls working out every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

A Little Bit About the Program:

Under the umbrella of USAG (USA Gymnastics), they have developed a program called ‘Xcel’ that is designed to give more options to variations of routines, as opposed to the traditional J.O. (Junior Olympic) program that requires set compulsory skills and routines that are required of everyone in the country.

How is this different than the team you see day in and day out?

• Firstly, the time commitment is significantly less. Currently, we would like to start out in the beginning of September on Mondays and Wednesdays from 530pm-730pm. This allows time for homework focus or for interests in other sports and extracurricular activities to be possible. As the program grows, and when we get closer to competitions, or even as per requested, depending on how many want an extra day added, we will look into the possibility of accommodating those who want it as an optional day.

• Secondly, the tuition is significantly less than the tradition J.O. program under USAG. Mostly because of the lesser time spent, as they go hand-in-hand with making it a bit easier on your gymnast. Not that this team will be specifically easy, because as with everything in life, success depends on the time put in, and within the four hours allocated for Xcel, we will be working very hard to put together a viable and successful team.

• Thirdly, each child will have different routines catered to their strengths and capabilities. Floor, Bars, Vault, and Beam will each have a routine choreographed specifically to enhance and showcase each of your daughters’ unique abilities and talents and bring out the best in them.

Instead of levels, such as 1, 2, 3, etc, the Xcel Program distinguishes its athletes by dubbing them Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond. Each ‘level’ does consist of certain requirements that each member must meet, however in their own creative and unique way. For example, there are no set routines that each gymnast must learn and complete, but a list of requirements from which we can choose, so that each routine will be a showcase of each child’s strengths. This is not to say that your gymnast will stay stagnant and repeat the same skills over and over. We will always be working on skills that they will inevitably need for the next level. However, I will not allow them to compete those skills until they absolutely have them consistently, with confidence, and done well.

And how is it the same?

When the J.O. competitions occur, Xcel will be competing right along with them, however with other teams that participate in Xcel. The girls will have the same competition leotard, same warm-ups, same team bag, but merely competing in a different realm. They are just an extension of the fantastic competitive team we already have now.

And, it’s FUN!!

This team is based mostly on ability and as the girls acquire new skills, they will be able to add them into their routines and move up to the next distinguished ‘level’.

This has been an exciting forst year for Paramount Elite Gymnastics, and with Xcel, and everything else new and exciting going on in the gym, our second year will be even better!

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