BOYS' JUNIOR OLYMPIC
The goal of the Junior Olympic (JO) program is to challenge kids through designed, structured progressions to try and get kids to the highest possible levels of gymnastics. The JO program is a higher level of competition and commitment with stricter requirements.
Gleason's aims to help each gymnast reach his goals through hard work and the pursuit of excellence and to use his gymnastics experiences in preparation for life after the sport.
Interested in boys' competitive gymnastics? Fill out the INTERESTED IN TEAM form and submit it to the office.
Top Guns is the first step in the boys' competitive gymnastics program and considered one of our preteam levels. These boys are selected from our preschool and recreational classes based on ability level, maturity, and interest. The pre-team level focuses on technique. The athletes train on all six men's Olympic events plus skill training on the trampoline.
COMPULSORY Level 4
The Level 4 Team is the first level of competition and will compete in USA Gymnastics Sanctioned meets. The boys train and compete in each of the six events which are part of the men’s Olympic all-around: floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and the high bar. At this level the boys work on routines for each event and build on skills and emphasis is on team competition.
COMPULSORY Levels 5, 6, 7
The next segment of our boys programs consists of three levels of compulsory routines: Levels 5, 6 and 7. Each of these levels builds upon skills learned in the previous level. These compulsory levels help the boys to develop the strong basics they will need later for the optional levels. The boys at these levels compete in USA Gymnastics sanctioned competitions where they compete against other boys in the same age-groups from other clubs around our state and region.
OPTIONALS Levels 8, 9, 10
Beginning with Level 8, the boys enter the optional levels of our program. The routines at these levels, while still having certain difficulty and special requirements, are created by the gymnast and his coach to show the talent and creativity of each individual. Boys who continue on into the optional levels of our program train up to four days a week, and may qualify for Nationals at Levels 9 and 10.