The Junior Olympic program was developed with the belief that all athletes, regardless of their potential, must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely. The program allows the gymnast to advance at her own pace, competing in more than one level in a year, if she so chooses. All levels are progressive in nature. The Women's Junior Olympic Program is divided into three major segments; developmental (level 1-3), compulsory (4-5), and optional (6-10).
We use the Developmental Levels 1 through 2 as a non-competitive and achievement-oriented program in house. At Gems, we start competing throughout the state of Maryland with the compulsory Levels: 2, 3, 4 and 5. These levels are progressive in nature, building upon the skills required at the previous level. Competitive opportunities are provided up to and including the USA Gymnastics State Championships. The third segment is the Optional Levels 6-10. Levels 6, 7, 8, and 9 have difficulty restrictions, while Level 10 has no restrictions in the skill choice. Progression to each level is based upon the child's coach, skills, scores, the gymnast and her family.
The USAG Xcel program is designed to offer an adaptive, affordable competitive experience outside the traditional Junior Olympic Program to attract and retain a diverse group of athletes. The Xcel program will allow gymnasts to train fewer hours per week leaving time for other activities while still being a part of the USA Gymnastics program. Xcel gymnasts will have the opportunity to compete in MD, VA, DC, and PA. We currently offer Bronze-Diamond levels.
Our Gems Gymnastics Team is by invite only. For those gymnasts that wish to compete in all four events of girls gymnastics: bars, beam, floor exercise and vault. We compete in 2-8 competitions per year (depending upon level). We offer preteam, JO levels 3-10, XCel, & Elite Team.
We understand that team comes with a lot of hard work and greater expectations from both the gymnast and her family. We expect our gymnastics to be at every practice and to be on time to their practice times. This ensures that every gymnast is well prepared for her competition.
In house level 1-2: 2.5 hours/week
Level 3 : 6 hours/week
Level 4-5 : 10hours/week
Level 6-7 : 12hours/week
Level 8-10 : 18+hours/week
We also compete in 2-8 competitions each year plus special events.
11.10-11 TNT Harvestfest
11.16-19 Maryland Rose Invitational
12.7-9 Winter Island Getaway
1.13 - Level 1 and 2 Inhouse meet
1.18-20 Sanddollar Whitlow
2.8-10 Great Destinations
2.15-17 East Coast Classic
2.27-3.3 Greensboro Invitational
5.11 - Level 1 and 2 Inhouse meet