Why join a “Team”? All team members share a unique camaraderie. Team members become more of a family. There is a special level of support and enthusiasm between teammates as they spend many hours practicing and learning a common passion. Unlike recreational gymnastics for kids, team members compete against other gyms and/or perform at area events.
Team members also enjoy a special blend of gym and non-gym activities. In addition to the gymnastics activities, team members are also encouraged to participate in other special events such as swimming/diving days, field trips, and team picnics.
Airborne currently supports the following teams:
GymStars Performance Team, Top Guns Pre-Teams, and competitive teams through USA Gymnastics- Junior Olympic Team and Xcel Team. Different team groups have different levels of commitment required.
The Top Guns Program is our Pre-Team program. This is an invitational only program and consists of various levels of skills and ages. Teams at this level practice 2 to 3 days per week for a total of 2 to 6 1/2 hours per week, depending on level. They do not compete against other gyms, but do participate in Airborne Gymnastics shows and mini-meets.
USA Gymnastics is the National Governing Body for the the sport. Airborne artistic gymnastics teams participate in both the Xcel and Junior Olympic U.S.A. Gymnastics programs. All of our teams are by invitation only.
USA Gymnastics Xcel Team
The Xcel program is designed for athletes who have limited time to devote to gymnastics, but still want to have a competitive team experience. Xcel teams practice 2 to 4 days per week for a total of 4 1/2 to 12 hours per week, depending on level and family choice. This group does compete against other Xcel programs around the state. Higher levels of Xcel have the option of attending out of state competitions, and Regional Championship competitions. Their competition season is March through June. Gymnasts compete in four to five regular season meets to qualify for the State Championships.
Junior Olympic Team
The Junior Olympic Team is the most competitive program at Airborne Gymnastics in Longmont, CO. This is an invitational only program and consists of various levels and competition seasons. Junior Olympic Gymnasts are expected to make a serious commitment to the sport of gymnastics. Teams at this level practice three to six days a week, for a total of nine to 24 hours per week, depending on level. Competitive seasons are split: compulsory levels compete in the fall; optional levels compete in the winter and spring. Gymnast compete in six to eight regular season meets, where they qualify to various State, Regional, and National meets depending on their level.
Team Positions: Team positions are normally only available through invitation. Invitations to join teams are based on evaluations by Airborne Program Directors and Teachers. Teams are filled with Airborne students only. Airborne has very specific training and discipline philosophies and only students who have committed to those philosophies will be invited on to a team. Gymnasts new to the area may be invited onto a team if it is decided that gymnast is a good fit for Airborne and our current team members. At no time does Airborne recruit team members from other gyms, however- in rare circumstances, Airborne will allow athletes from other programs to try out for our teams, if they are unhappy at their current gym and have already discussed these issues with their current coaches.
While a prospective team member’s gymnastics skills are important, initially core emphasis is placed upon attitude. Students displaying a long-term willingness to work hard, who have an exceptional ability to accept instruction, who continually show the ability to get along and support other students, and who show the genuine passion for gymnastics are those usually invited to join a team. Initially, team positions are probationary; giving the student the opportunity to get a feel for the commitment level needed. Coaches, along with other team members, provide a great deal of help, support and encouragement to new team members.
Tuition: Payment for team programs is monthly and year-round, no exceptions. Regardless of vacations, camps, absences or injuries, your tuition is a fixed monthly amount. All team members must participate in our Automatic Billing program. For specific tuition rates see the appropriate team page to the left.
Dress Code: Team members have a strict dress code. Members are required to work out in leotard with bike shorts optional. Unless specifically approved by a coach, baggy clothing is not permitted (for example: sweats may be worn for warm up during cool weather.)
Behavior: Team members are expected to respect each other at all times. Older or more experienced gymnasts must help and support new or younger members. Young or less experienced gymnasts must be able to work with older or more experienced gymnasts without being disrespectful. Any behavior contradictory to this philosophy will result in suspension or dismissal.
Attendance: Team members are expected to attend all practices, competitions, and performances. Although there are obvious situations where a team member may need to miss a practice, frequent or continued absenteeism will result in disciplinary action. Please contact the gym as soon as you know if a practice, competition, or performance is going to be missed. Gymnasts who are recovering from injury are still expected to attend practices, competitions, and performances in order to continue learning through observation while supporting fellow team members.
Effort: Team members are required to put forth their best effort each and every day. Performing at high levels can only be achieved through practicing at high levels. Being a member of an Airborne team is a privilege that is earned through hard work and dedication.
Competitions and Performances: Specific policies and guidelines exist for different competitions and performances. Gymnasts and parents will be informed of these specifics prior to each competitive season or performance date.