THE DULUTH YMCA AERIALS
This is a year-round program for individuals interested in developing quality gymnastics skills while instilling the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Our competitive program is governed by the USA Gymnastics Xcel Program; which provides gymnasts with a more adaptive experience in a competitive realm, and an opportunity for a rewarding ongoing gymnastics experience.
Our competitive program has five levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. In that order, each level increases in difficulty and time commitment. It is recommended to participate in a few sessions of a recreational class before registering for our Duluth YMCA ‘Aerials’ Competitive Program.
JOINING THE TEAM
We welcome all athletes ages 5 and older with at least one session of recreational gymnastics experience to our team. Registration is only available May - early August each year. Once the roster closes August 9, 2019 new athletes will not be able to join until May 2020.
When you join the team, you are committing to the full year-long season. Because of this, registration is not available online. Contact the Woodland Community Center Director, Kelcie Driessen to sign up: 218.464.5172 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bronze | 4 hrs/week | Ages 5+
Anyone with no prior competitive experience can join Bronze. Participants transferring from a JO program must be in current level 1 or 2.
YMCA MEMBER: $65.00/month
Silver | 5 hrs/week | Ages 6+
Anyone with no prior competitive experience can join Silver. Participants transferring from a JO program must be in current level 1, 2, or 3.
YMCA MEMBER: $81.00/month
Gold | 7.5 hrs/week | Ages 7+
31.00 All Around score, or 8.0 Individual Event Specialist in Silver Division or be at level 3 or 4 if transferring from a JO program
YMCA MEMBER: $143.00/month
COMMUNITY: $206.00 month
Platinum | 7.5 hrs/week | Ages 8+
31.00 All Around score, or 8.0 Individual Event Specialist in Gold Division or be at level 5 or 6 if transferring from a JO program
YMCA MEMBER: $143.00/month
COMMUNITY: $206.00 month
Diamond | 9 hrs/week | Ages 9+
31.00 All Around score, or 8.0 Individual Event Specialist in Platinum Division or be at level 7-10 if transferring from a JO program
YMCA MEMBER: $172.00/month
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Summer Practice (June 3-August 30)
Bronze: Mon, Wed 5:00-7:00 pm
Silver: Mon, Wed 5:00-7:30 pm
Gold/Platinum: Mon, Wed, Thu 5:30-8:00 pm
Diamond: Mon, Wed, Thu 5:30-8:30 pm
School Year Practice (Sept 10-May 22)
Bronze: Tue, Thu 4:00-6:00 pm
Silver: Tue, Thu 4:00-6:30 pm
Gold: Tue, Thu 5:00-8:00 pm, Fri 4:00-5:30 pm
Platinum: Tue, Thu 4:00-7:00 pm, Fri 4:00-5:30 pm
Diamond: Tue, Thu 5:00-8:30 pm, Fri 4:00-6:00 pm
Our competitive season is September-April. A finalized schedule will be released in September. The majority of our meets take place in the Twin Cities region.
We typically offer 1-2 meets per month during the competitive season. Gymnasts do not have to attend every meet, but there may be meets that you will be required to attend, including the State Meet if your child qualifies.
Meet schedules are provided by the host team 1 - 4 weeks prior to the meet. Typically a meet will be scheduled for the duration of the weekend, but your child will only be scheduled for one session on one day during that duration. You are not required to attend the full meet, but you must stay for the entire duration of your session including awards. Sessions are usually around 6 hours.
USA Gymnastics Membership ($61.00) Due July 31st
This membership is required for all gymnasts competing in our Xcel Program. USA Gymnastics is the entity that governs competitions and competitors in the sport. Athletes must be a USAG member to compete in sanctioned events.
MN State Head Tax ($15.00) Due July 31st
This fee is assessed to all gymnasts in order to keep our state’s gymnastics program running.
Competition Attire Due August 31st
Bronze and Silver levels ($80): a deposit of $40 as well as a rental fee of $40 will be collected for each leotard per season. The leotard will need to be returned at the end of the season. If it is returned in the same shape it was issued in, the deposit will be returned or carried over for the next year. If there is damage, the family will be charged the price to replace the leotard. We will try to purchase new leotards every 2 years, and have a leotard swap the year in between.
Gold, Platinum, and Diamond ($80-100): athletes will be required to purchase their own competition leotard. Information for which leotard to purchase will be sent out to families.
Warm up jackets ($60) Order forms will go out in September.
Meet Fees ($55 - $100) Competition fees are due as requested by the Host Team
These registration-type fees are collected by the host team to help cover the cost of judges, awards, etc. A $5 “coaches fee” will be automatically added to each meet fee for team/coach expenses.
Travel (expenses vary)
As with most sports, gymnastics requires some traveling. You can expect to travel several times per season. Since each family is responsible for making their own travel arrangements, it is impossible to estimate the cost of travel. The amount depends on each family’s needs, just please be aware some traveling expenses may be incurred. Typically, meets will not require lodging.