GIRLS CO-OP gymnastics Junior Olympic program begins with Level 3 and continues through Level 10. The program has 3 major divisions. The developmental Level 3-5 (1st year) consist of athletes that achieve a good basic development in the competitive part of gymnastics. The focus of their training is to develop a good work ethic, learn basic skills, condition for strength, and obtain better flexibility. These athletes will compete within a league and this is usually their first experience with competitive gymnastics. They are introduced to mental training and develop team unity.
The next division is Compulsory Level 5 (2nd year) and 6. These athletes compete within the league and at numerous invitationals. All athletes are invited to attend the yearly team trip. Past trips included: Orlando, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada, Scottsdale, Arizona and Cancun, Mexico. These trips enhance the relationships among team members and teach them responsibility. Mental Choreography becomes a part of their daily workout.
The Level 5/6 program has continuously produced a State All Around Champion since 1999. We have over 35 state event champions and numerous regional and national champions. This level is still progressive in nature as the athletes continue to build on the skills they learned in the previous level.
The third Division is Level 7. The level 7 program is the first opportunity for the athletes to perform their “own” routines within the guidelines of certain skill requirements. This level is designed to bridge the gap between compulsory and optional exercises. These athletes begin to workout with the higher-level optionals with sectional and states still being the ultimate goal.
The fourth division is Optionals Level 8-10. These levels begin to have special requirements and skills have a level of difficulty placed upon them. Additional competitive opportunities are provided for these levels, with regional and national qualifying meets.
In 1997 GIRLS CO-OP began with a Level 3 Team and has grown to over 75 athletes between Level 3 and 10. The success of the Junior Olympic program starts with our lowest levels, with a strong emphasis on conditioning, basics and flexibility. The athletes create a good work ethic; gain strength and progress to each level over the years. As these athletes grow older we look forward to more national team members.
GIRLS CO-OP gymnastics believes that all athletes, must have a solid foundation of basic skills to advance safely. The JO program allows each gymnast to advance at her own pace.