We offer competitive Levels 3 through 10. Participation in our competitve team program is by invitation only. Please contact the gym for more information with regards to our competitive team.
Transferring from another gym or being new to the area is fine, but we ask that you please fill out a form.
Preteam is an invite only developmental group offered at Dynamic Gymnastics. It serves as the step in between recreational classes and competitive team, and offers a more rigorous practice environment with a focus on form, strength, and strong basics. Preteam requires additional practice days and hours in the gym, and allows families to see if a bigger time and financial commitment to gymnastics works for their family.
Some kids thrive off of a more structured, disciplined, and challenging environment, and others may feel overwhelmed or like it takes all the fun out of a sport they love. The beauty of preteam is that it gives gymnasts a chance to figure this out before making an even bigger commitment to our competitive team. Gymnasts must be recommended by their current class coach and/or meet certain skill and strength requirements in order to be invited to tryouts, so check with your coach to see if this might be a good fit!
Dynamic Gymnastics is proud to offer two different competitive team pathways under USA Gymnastics. Olympic (JO for short) and Xcel. Both are competitive programs that participate in many of the same gymnastics meets all over the country.
JO has a longer history and is the more traditional track that consists of levels 1 – 10. JO was created with the purpose of producing elite level gymnasts, such as Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas. Junior Olympic can be seen as a more rigid, compulsory style program in which all gymnasts learn the same skills and routines. Levels 1 and 2 are the introductory levels of JO, however the does not compete these levels (meaning our gymnasts begin competing at Level 3). Levels 3 – 5 are known as compulsory levels because each gymnast learns the exact same routine on each apparatus and is required to compete on every event. Levels 6 – 10 are called optional levels, and at that point individualized routines are created for the gymnasts that highlight their strengths while continuing to include skill requirements for that level. At Dynamic our competitive JO gymnasts practice three to five days a week, after school.
Xcel was created recently because the industry realized that only a tiny percent of gymnasts are ever going to be elite level and every gymnast deserves a chance to have a competitive experience (if that’s what they want of course!). Levels in the Xcel program go in this order: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, and Platinum. In the Xcel program there are no compulsory routines – coaches and gymnasts work together to create individual routines that highlight the gymnast’s strengths. At Dynamic our Xcel gymnasts practice two days a week between 5-7 hours total, depending on the level. Currently our Bronze level trains Tuesdays from 4:30 – 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 11:30 – 2:00 pm. Our Silver and Gold levels practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 8:00 pm.
Now let’s talk about the pros and cons of each program. JO requires a higher level of commitment and is more costly because there are a higher number of practice hours a week. Xcel is a bit more flexible and allows for participation in other activities outside of gymnastics, as there are fewer practices per week. JO is also more rigid in its skill requirements. However routines aren’t tailored for individual gymnasts until Level 6, so if a gymnast doesn’t have a particular skill or is weak on a certain event they’ll simply receive lower scores in competitions. Xcel allows for individualized routines in every level, so if a gymnast struggles with a particular skill they can highlight another skill instead during competitions. Xcel typically provides a good base for kids who want to compete on their middle or high school gymnastics teams. Overall the gymnasts are coached the same way in both programs and work on many of the same skills, there’s just more flexibility in the Xcel program than in JO. Neither program is better or worse, harder or easier than the other, they’re simply different and cater to different needs.