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Does anybody have their kids in gymnastics? Wanna talk about it?

Let's start with some basic info:

What ages are your kids that are involved?
How long have they been in gymnastics?
What kind of classes are they in?

And just for fun, where's your favorite place to get leotards?

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I'll go first.

What ages are your kids that are involved?
My DD (5) is the only kiddo taking gymnastics. Her brother is only 7 months. When he's old enough, I plan to enroll him as well.

How long have they been in gymnastics?
DD has taken classes since she was 3. So, 2 years.

What kind of classes are they in?
DD is in what her Academy calls the Gym-Nats. Basically, it's still introductory.

And just for fun, where's your favorite place to get leotards?
I like Dancewear Solutions. In fact I just got a catalog from them today. Anybody see the new flame leo? That thing is awesome. Ouch about the price though!

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What ages are your kids that are involved?  

 

My two girls--6 and 8

 

How long have they been in gymnastics?  2.5 yrs

 

What kind of classes are they in?  Intermediate recreational

And just for fun, where's your favorite place to get leotards?

 

The thrift store!  Especially mixed in with the bathing suits.  Some consignment shops have them as well.  But I've had many recommendations from the team moms for Melody Leos.  It's also where the team gets theirs.

 

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What ages are your kids that are involved?

8


How long have they been in gymnastics?
Since she was 3

 

What kind of classes are they in?
gymnastics, trampoline

 

And just for fun, where's your favorite place to get leotards?

DD just wears a t-shirt and shorts. She didn't like the wedgies from the leotards.

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What ages are your kids that are involved?

My son is 4 1/2.

How long have they been in gymnastics?
Since the fall.

What kind of classes are they in?
Preschool co-Ed class. He loves it. He's learning so much too. He'll be in the preschool class till he's 6 which is when they separate the boys and girls.
Is 6 when they start learning the different apparatuses?

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I've got 3 in gymnastics.

 

DD1 is 10 and a Level 4 on the competitive team. She started at age 4 and I think has taken 2 months off during all this time and that was only because I refused to drive her to the gym when #4 was born! Needless to say she loves it. She currently is in the gym 9 hours a week all year long. 

 

DD2 is 6 and in the Beginning Girls class. She has been there for 1.5 years and won't be moving out of that level until she gets a cartwheel over a block, and that is not happening anytime soon. She started at age 2.

 

DS1 is 3.5 and just started classes last fall. He is the Gymni Crickets class. He wakes up every day asking to go to "nastics".

 

 

We first attempt to buy our leos used. There is a closet at our gym where you can buy used ones. I have found probably 5 GK leos over the years at thrift stores. We buy them new when we need to. Mostly GK brand because they hold up well and fit my girls just right. DS1 just wears a t-shirt and gym shorts. 


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ooh, ooh, me!

 

Let's start with some basic info:
DD is taking a break from gymnastics, but she will be going back after soccer is over in mid april. I think the next session starts June 6, so that's when we will re enroll. Her very favorite thing is the balance beam. Also, she is a super huge fan of anything trapeze related. My girl LOVES to fall into foam blocks. There's several swinging options where she does her classes, and at the last class she actually tried to put her toes up on the bar that her hands were on while in mid air! Way braver than me...


What ages are your kids that are involved?

She will be 3 in March, and she's having a gymnastics birthday party. 


How long have they been in gymnastics?

She's been doing it since August, so just a little while, but she really likes it. 

 

 

What kind of classes are they in?

She's in a parent-tot class, but when we go back I think she will be okay in the preschool class, where no parents are out on the floor with them. 


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Is 6 when they start learning the different apparatuses?

 

This will depend on the gym.  I would say it is typical, but it also depends on the level as well as the age.  Our boys' beginner classes still cover the low balance beams, etc.  They have a separate events class for extra time on rings, pommel horse, etc.  Currently our gym has no boys' team, but there has been a spike in boys' enrollment.  Some gyms do track their boys in separate apparatus from about the age of 6, but it depends on the gyms and their affiliations and the curriculum associated with that organization.


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I love hearing about other people's classes! Trapeze really?! That sounds super fun. DD's gymnastics place has a really looong trampoline they jump down, but I think the rest is just standard equipment. DD would probably flip out if there were more "circus" things. She's obsessed with becoming a "flying silks dancer." I found a circus camp we may attend this summer but we're still looking into it.

For those of you with kiddos on the competitive teams, what does that look like? DD won't even be eligible for another year, but I don't know hardly anything about that whole world.

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I took a trapeze class once as an adult. it was one of those 1 day event things. It was awesome!

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What ages are your kids that are involved? dd8 third grade
How long have they been in gymnastics? since kindergarten
What kind of classes are they in? She is a competitive USAG Level 4 gymnast. The team practices 10 hours a week and she has an additional 2 hours of tumbling.

And just for fun, where's your favorite place to get leotards?  We are required to buy so many from the gym, that I don't need to buy any.  We have mostly GK and you can get them pretty reasonable on ebay.  Just go by the girth measurement, not height.
 

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For those of you with kiddos on the competitive teams, what does that look like? DD won't even be eligible for another year, but I don't know hardly anything about that whole world.

My daughter has yet to join the team due to financial reasons only.  She has been invited, and we have declined 3 times.  

 

Again, it depends on the gym and their affiliation.  Our gym is also with USAG.  We have a Level 3, which is judged by coaches.  The commitment is once a week in addition to regular class, plus a $300 fee that covers uniforms, etc.  This is payable in installments at our gym.  After that level, we can join the recreational team which has lower fees and time requirements, and the meets are judged by coaches.  I like to think of this as "Gymnastics for people with other interests"!

 

Level 4-6 are the "compulsory level" USAG teams.  Time commitments vary, but usually start at 4 days per week.  Competitions are judged by USAG coaches.  Skills should be consistent amongst gyms with the same affiliation.  Fees are much higher.

 

After levels 4-6, gymnasts at our gym can join the advanced recreational team or move on to the optional team--USAG Level 7-10 (I think, we currently have no gymnasts above Level 8 here).  I asked one mom of a Level 8 girl if she could give me a ballpark figure for how much she spends, and she said about $5000 per year (2 years ago), not including the cost of competitions (parents don't get in free!) and traveling for parents.  Her daughter trains 6 days a week.


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We are lucky in the sense that we live very rurally, there are no private gyms here. The only gym is city owned and run through their parks and rec dept. I pay $110 a month for 9 hours a week. Another $100 a year in fees and then they buy new team leos every 2-3 years. Travel is our biggest expense. All meets are 8 hours away and we did 6 of them last year which is the max the city will pay for in regards to the coaching fees, 4 meets, regionals, and state which DD1 made it to. We only compete against other city run programs which in our rural state, there are quite a few. We obviously do not have super talented girls here because of the location and limits of our gym but our coaches are actually decent, having come from large, private gyms at one point and our girls do always place well at state. But they aren't going farther then that. Coach fees cap out at $130 a month for 4 days a week, no one trains more then that because the boys train the other days. Gymnastics is one of the cheapest competitive sports we've done and we've done quite a few. But again. we live so rurally that every single competitive sport here has major travel involved. we had some months last year where I was traveling across the state, 8+ hours each way, 3 times a month for several months in a row for one sport or another. The comp fees are reasonable compared to other sports where we can pay around 100 bucks each time for her to compete plus another $50.00 or more to watch her! 


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My DD is 3.5 and has been doing gymnastics since right after turning 3.  She LOVES it!

She is in a "preschool" class 3-5 year olds. Which she has really enjoyed but it seems like they do the same things everytime and is a lot of money, Its about $100 every 6 weeks for a 45 min class once a week.

I want her to continue because she loves it so much and I can really see her having the potential to eventually be on a  competative team eventually, but I'm not sure if I should continue her doing it continously or only do a few terms a year at this age? Any advice?


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$100 per 6 weeks seems high. Our preschool class is 65/month and it's an hour. Would she be upset if she can't go?

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I agree that price sounds a little high. But not by a whole lot. I would think about the reasons you want her to be in gymnastics and then decide if those things are worth it. For me forming friendships, learning discipline, excercise, gaining body control, learning a skill, and a few other things not necessarily in this order make it easy for me to write that tuition check each month.

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What ages are your kids that are involved? DD1 (9) and DD2(4) 
How long have they been in gymnastics? DD1 for 6 years ( Level 7, going into Level 8 this year) and DD2 for a year now
What kind of classes are they in? DD1 does Competitive rythmic gymnastics, she was in artistics but her coach suggested her to try it because she was not doing so good in artistics and well, she was not enjoying it that much and she was staying behind, she has been in rythmics for 3 years, but 6 in overall gymnastics, she goes to the gym everyday, 90 minutes Mon-Fri and 2 hours on Saturday. She is a hopeful for the Russian Junior Team.

DD2 just started artistics last year, she goes 4 times a week for an hour each day, one of those days she takes only ballet, the rest are mixed with tumbling and warm ups, they are starting her on the other apparatuses this year. 

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DD2 just started artistics last year, she goes 4 times a week for an hour each day, one of those days she takes only ballet, the rest are mixed with tumbling and warm ups, they are starting her on the other apparatuses this year. 

I've heard that in Russia they stress ballet alongside gymnastics.  It is interesting to hear it starts at the beginning.  I am also a bit envious about the rhythmic gymnastics-- it is not offered in every gym, I guess not being as popular here.  I know my girls would have loads of fun with it.  They were "wowed!" by the amazing performances at the Olympics.


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We are thinking of starting with our kids.

4 y.o. DD is presently doing ballet and 10 y.o. DS is doing karate. DS has some special needs, really needs work with motor skills, very uncoordinated. I confess to being a little less than thrilled with ballet. I am a tom boy myself and do Crossfit and would love to see DD start gymnastics because it's such a strong base for other athletic pursuits. Interesting about the idea of doing ballet and gymnastics together. Had not considered that, and don't know if we can afford to do both. We will want to stick with karate for DS regardless because its really helping him.

I plan to call up our local gymnastics place and see what's what this week. Looks like they're winding down for the year, though and moving into summer programs which, I suppose, would let us see if its the right thing for them.

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Only my ODD is in gymnastics right now..DS is starting mid-May.

She's 4.5 and has been in gymnastics since her 3rd birthday. She just moved up from the preschool class to Grizzly Bears, which is the 4-6 y/o class. After this class they place the kids who have mastered the basics on competitive teams, there's still regular classes for the kids who don't. I'm fairly confident DD will make the competitive team in 2 years.

I buy her leotards used, but she normally just wears shorts/sweats and a comfy shirt lol. The times we buy new, we buy from Target or straight from the gym itself.

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What ages are your kids that are involved? My DD will be 7 in April, and my DS is 5.

How long have they been in gymnastics? 1 year

What kind of classes are they in? My DD is a level 2 gymnast and my DS is in on the recreational boys team

We buy our leos at random places, but since she has to have specific ones for meets, we just order the ones we need for that year!
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My kids are 8 and 5. 8YO DD competes level 3/4. She goes 3 times a week (total of 8 hours). 5YO DD is in a pre-team class, and will probably move up to level 3 this summer. Her class is 1.5 hours, twice a week. Older DD started right after her 3rd birthday and younger DD started at age 2.

They have so many leos, I have no idea which ones are the best! lol We've gotten quite a few from older gymnasts who've outgrown theirs. We've just started giving away the XS leos to some of the little ones at the gym. Love seeing other kids get use out of them! smile.gif


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