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Mini Stars

Primarily Ages 5-6

Independent Recreational Class

 

 

Mini Stars is the first "beginner" level in our girls' developmental recreational program. This class is designed for girls with the maturity and attention span of the average 5-6 year old. Mini Stars focus on building self-confidence while properly developing the grass-roots tumbling and dance elements of the USA Gymnastics Artistic Gymnastics discipline. 

Required elements to move to Twinkling Stars are:

Vault - Single bounce from spring board to mat.
Bars - 3 casts in a row on bar by self without falling.
Beam - Show confidence and control during walks, kicks, and hops.
Floor - Show handstand to vertical with feet side-by-side.

These gymnasts must be able to complete 90% of other activities done in class by self while consistently showing a positive and cooperative attitude.


Kinder Stars > Mini Stars > Twinkling Stars > Shining Stars > Pre-team 

Twinkling Stars

Primarily Age 7

Independent Recreational Class

Twinkling Stars is designed for girls with the maturity and attention span of the average 7 year old. The class reinforces and builds on the tumbling and dance elements learned in Mini Stars, while introducing more complex elements and concepts. Twinkling Stars begins focusing on building the specific skills required to compete USA Gymnastics Level 3.

Required elements to be invited to Shining Stars are:

Vault - Strong arm-circle technique.
Bars - Pull-over by self.
Beam - "Half-handstand" on the high beam or handstand to vertical on the floor beam.
Floor - Back walkover.

Before receiving an invitation to Shining Stars, these gymnasts must be able to complete 90% of other activities done in class by self while consistently showing a positive and cooperative attitude without whining, back-talk, or making excuses during class. 

Mini Stars > Twinkling Stars > Shining Stars > Pre-team > Competitive Level 3 Team

Shining Stars

Age 5+

Independent Recreational Class

 

Shining Stars is our special invitation class for ages 5-7. These gymnasts have participated in Mini Stars and/or Twinkling Stars, and have been specially selected by their coaches and the Recreational Coordinator based on their skill performance AND attitude. As our gymnasts move up the levels, we expect them to grow both as strong athletes as well as respectful, determined, and team-oriented young ladies. 

Shining Stars begin working the specific tumbling and dance skill set required to compete Level 3, the introductory competition level for the North Dakota USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Artistic Gymnastics discipline. These athletes will receive a list of all required Level 3 elements that will be kept in a folder on the gym floor; when an element is performed twice in a row with competition-acceptable form, she receives a "mark" on her list! Once she only has six required marks remaining, she will be invited to join the Pre-team group where she will begin focusing on the connections and dance routines required for Level 3 while she continues working towards completing her marks. 

Twinkling Stars > Shining Stars >

Pre-Team > Competitive Level 3

Helpful Hints:

Tips for an easy experience

1. MAKE SURE you get a confirmation email for any enrollment or party reservation you make! This is proof of your transaction in case there is a glitch in the system. 

2. Double check that the birthdate and YEAR are accurate on your child's profile in your account; our classes are restricted by age, so an incorrect birth date will limit their eligibility for class enrollment. It is also good to double check that his/her name is spelled correctly. 

3. You can add your child to the waitlist for ANY regular recreational level class. You are welcome to add him/her to the next level(s) to shorten his/her wait when he/she is ready to move up!

4. As long as you received a confirmation email, the transaction was successful and your spot is saved in the system. There is no need to call or email about your pending enrollment! You can always check your enrollments in your Customer Portal account. (Note: this will not show your official position on the waitlist, but will confirm that you are on the list.)

Rising Stars

Primarily Ages 8-9

Independent Recreational Class

 

 

Rising Stars is very similar to Mini Stars in concept and mobility requirements, but this class is much faster moving as it is designed for girls with the maturity, attention span, and coordination of the average 8-9 year old. Rising Stars focus on building self-confidence while properly developing the grass-roots tumbling and dance elements of the USA Gymnastics Artistic Gymnastics discipline.

Required elements to move to Shooting Stars are:

Vault - Single bounce from spring board to mat.


Bars - 3 casts in a row on bar by self without falling.
Beam - Show confidence and control during walks, kicks, and hops.
Floor - Show handstand to vertical with feet side-by-side.

These gymnasts must be able to complete 90% of other activities done in class by self while consistently showing a positive and cooperative attitude.


Twinkling Stars > Rising Stars > Shooting Stars > Nova Stars > Pre-team 

Shooting Stars

Primarily Age 10+

Independent Recreational Class

 

Shooting Stars is very similar to Twinkling Stars in concept and mobility requirements, but this class is slightly faster moving as it is designed for girls with the maturity, attention span, and coordination of the average 10+ year old. The class reinforces and builds on the tumbling and dance elements learned in Rising Stars, while introducing more complex elements and concepts. Shooting Stars begins focusing on building the specific skills required to compete USA Gymnastics Level 3.

Required elements to be invited to Nova Stars are:

Vault - Strong arm-circle technique.
Bars - Pull-over by self.
Beam - "Half-handstand" on the high beam or handstand to vertical on the floor beam.
Floor - Back walkover.

Before receiving an invitation to Nova Stars, these gymnasts must be able to complete 90% of other activities done in class by self while consistently showing a positive and cooperative attitude without whining, back-talk, or making excuses during class. 

Rising Stars > Shooting Stars > Nova Stars > Pre-team > Competitive Level 3 Team

Nova Stars

Age 8+

Independent Recreational Class

 

 

Nova Stars is our special invitation class for ages 8+. These gymnasts have participated in Rising Stars and/or Shooting Stars, and have been specially selected by their coaches and the Recreational Coordinator based on their skill performance AND attitude. As our gymnasts move up the levels, we expect them to grow both as strong athletes as well as respectful, determined, and team-oriented young ladies. 

Nova Stars begin working the specific tumbling and dance skill set required to compete Level 3, the introductory competition level for the North Dakota USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Artistic Gymnastics discipline. These athletes will receive a list of all required Level 3 elements that will be kept in a folder on the gym floor; when an element is performed twice in a row with competition-acceptable form, she receives a "mark" on her list! Once she only has six required marks remaining, she will be invited to join the Pre-team group where she will begin focusing on the connections and dance routines required for Level 3 while she continues working towards completing her marks. 

Shooting Stars > Nova Stars >

Pre-Team > Competitive Level 3

How does she move up to the next level?:

Our regular recreational classes are first based on age upon initial sign-up, then based on ability as your gymnast becomes proficient in the curriculum. 

The specifically required skills for mobility at each level are listed in each class description on this page. We also look for a willingness to follow direction, determination to push themselves (even during the repetitive basics or when it's "too easy"), and the confidence to respectfully ask questions of the coach when something is unclear, challenging, or painful. 

Our coaches routinely discuss their students with the Recreational Coordinator at the end of class/shift. Our Recreational Coordinator will also watch classes intermittently for stand-out behavior. 

As mentioned in the helpful hints, you can add your child to the waitlist for ANY regular recreational class to help shorten your child's wait for the next level. However, Shining Stars and Nova Stars require a special invitation to join, thus the classes and waitlists are not available for public registration. There is usually no waitlist for Shining and Nova Stars; if there is a waitlist, athletes will be added upon invitation to receive their fair spot in line!

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