In the past months, there have been many exciting changes to the gymnastics program, as far as scheduling, gender specific classes, level specific classes, etc. In doing so, we feel it’s important to create a fun and Cave-Like atmosphere on the gymnastics floor, so…
The Cave is pleased to announce our new level names!
Mommy and Me (14 mo-3 yrs) are the “Cave Cubs”
Preschool (3-4 yrs) are the “Squirrel Monkeys”
Preschool (4-5 yrs) are the “Spider Monkeys”
Preschool Hotshots are the “Gibbons”
Level 1 Girls are the “Leopards” and Level 1 Boys are the “Chimps”
Level 2 Girls are the “Snow Leopards” and Level 2 Boys are the “Gorillas”
Level 3 Girls are the “Black Panthers” and Level 3 boys are the “Silverbacks”
Once a student passes level three, they are considered to be on our “Team.” We are expecting to have competitive team very soon!
So what does it mean to be a Cave animal? Well, each child enrolled in a class is given a Cave wristband designating their animal name. We welcome students to wear them during class! Additionally, if a gymnast is moved up to a higher level, they will be given another Cave wristband rewarding them for their achievements. Other gym “shwag” may be given out as well.
Moving levels brings us to our other exciting news: Skill sheets!
All recreational classes (Hotshots, and Levels 1 and up) will be working off of skill sheets. Not only will these create better guidelines for our gymnasts to know what skills they need to improve on, but the skill sheets will also provide a good framework for moving a student to a higher level. Our goal is to create a productive way of keeping track of each gymnast’s individual success, rather than being meant as a grading system or comparison to other students. It’s important to us at The Cave, to recognize each child for their individual improvements.
The skill sheets will have 3 tiers of skill completion: completion, competency, and mastery. In order to move a child to a higher level, they will need to have at least 80% completion of skills, 75% competency of skills, and 70% mastery of skills.
Skill sheets will be kept at The Cave, until gymnasts have successfully completed the necessary skills. Once the gymnast has reached his or her appropriate percentages, they will be given the skill sheet to take home and post with pride!
We are so excited to launch this new piece of gymnastics in The Cave! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Gymnastics Director.