Gymnastics Teams

Top 12 Reasons to Join Our Team Programs

  • 1

    Lifetime Gymnastics Success System

    While we are as interested as any gymnast or parent in achieving gymnastics success (and we will have plenty of that), our primary goal is to teach gymnasts how to be successful and winners for their entire lives. Everything we do in the gym is done with that in mind.

  • 2

    Goal Oriented Program for Each Gymnast and the Team

    We mutually set S.M.A.R.T. daily, short-term, annual and career goals with each gymnast and have written short-term, annual and long-term goals for the team and the gym. Focusing on goals makes progress and success virtually assured.

  • 3

    We Are an Equal Opportunity Team

    In other gyms, coaches pretend that they are capable of picking what gymnast is going to be number one on the team, five, six or ten years in the future. We allow every gymnast, who has a strong desire to be on team, and is willing to fulfill all the requirements of the team training program, to be trained in exactly the same training system.

  • 4

    Every Team Member is a Star

    We consider every gymnast a potential Elite/high level optional gymnast. And we train all our gymnasts to be high level optional gymnasts from the first day they are on the team. The compulsory levels are only used to give gymnasts the necessary competition experience.

  • 5

    Operant Conditioning Coaching

    Our coaches have been trained to use operant conditioning, while virtually unknown and unused in the gymnastics industry, operant conditioning is the only coaching method capable of directly influencing gymnasts’ subconscious minds. And gymnasts’ subconscious minds control all of their physical activity, including the performance of their skills and routines. It is literally the best and fastest coaching training tool there is.

  • 6

    100% Positive Coaching Program

    Contrary to what some believe about positive coaching, we don’t lie to gymnasts or use fake compliments to supposedly build self esteem. We build upon and reinforce each success of our gymnasts. We find what we like about what a gymnast is doing, make sure they understand what we want them to continue to do and build upon that. In combination with operant conditioning, we have the most powerful psychological coaching training tools in our area.

  • 7

    Gymnasts’ Visual Training

    Our gym has the most advanced system of gymnastics visual training in the area. The power of visual training for faster learning, in a visual sport like gymnastics, is extremely powerful.

  • 8

    Professionalism

    Every aspect of our team program has been created and is managed in a professional manner, including every aspect of the gymnastics business, coaching and in implementing the training program.

  • 9

    Originality

    Our training program is not some cookie-cutter training that produces gymnasts all doing the same skills and similar routines. Our training program is designed to create unique skill combinations and routines that match each gymnast’s skills, talents and personality.

  • 10

    Organization

    We have a highly organized gymnastics training system and every practice is meticulously planned and executed, with the needs of each individual team member taken into consideration. Training plans extend not just through the current competition year, but take into consideration where a gymnast is in their gymnastics career.

  • 11

    Zero Injury Tolerance

    Many gyms and coaches just assume and expect injuries to occur. As with most expectations for gymnasts, what is expected is most likely to occur. Our coaches are trained and know how to eliminate or minimize the possibility of injury and we are vigilant to make sure that our safety program continuously improves.

  • 12

    Dedicated Strength Area

    Understanding how important strength is in the sport of gymnastics, we have part of our gym dedicated to strength training. Utilizing this area allows our gymnasts to reach maximum strength to body weight ratios in the shortest amount of time, compared to traditional gymnastics strength programs.

Women’s USA Gymnastics Competitive Artistic Team

If from another club, you are welcome to try out the gym for a week for free! During this time we can answer any questions you may have and evaluate your daughter. You can also contact Blake at bkittrell@kids1stgym.com with any questions.

Know that our goal for schedules is to put as many practices on the weekend during the school year to allow for focus on school.  During the Summer it is only during the week because we want to allow time for family and friends on the weekend.

Rising Stars: Girls will practice 2 days a week, 6 hours total.  This class is used as a transition to the competitive program.  This class is comparable to Novice but meant for girls who have the desire to compete with strong listening skills and stand out from a traditional Novice class.

Xcel Bronze & Silver: Girls will practice 3 days a week, 9 hours total. The main purpose is to develop the foundation of the skills that are needed that lead into success in compulsories and optional level gymnastics.  These groups will also start to learn to compete with local competitions. Be careful, when your child gets a taste of success, it can be addictive!

USAG Level 4: Girls practice 4 days a week. Families have the option to go 5 days a week.  This is building additional competition experience by going to additional competitions, including some large out of state competitions, and working lead up skills or connection skills for success at the optional level.

USAG Level 5 through 10: Girls practice 5 days a week.  The main focus is continuing to building the athletes for high level optional or elite.

Trampoline and Tumbling Team

Trampoline and Tumbling Team (T&T Explosion): This team meets two days a week for 1.5 hours each class, for a total of 3 hours a week. Team members are invited based on their performance in our T&T classes. The T&T Team completes locally and regionally with USA Gymnastics T&T.

Trampoline and Tumbling Pre-Team (T&T Dynamite): This class meets 1 day a week for 1.5 hours.  This class is used as a transition into the competitive program.  This class is comparable to T&T 2 class level but meant for boys and girls who have the desire to compete with strong listening skills and stand out from a traditional T&T class.

To view the practice schedule, click here.

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Kids First Gymnastics
4900 Bowling Street SW, Ste 200
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Phone: (319) 365-1454
Email: Office@Kids1stGym.com

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