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Junior Olympic Competitive Team

Welcome to the Gymnastics Zone Junior Olympic Competitive Team Program.  We offer a quality program that is designed to build confidence and strength through individual success.


Head Coaches:
Andrew Pileggi
Bogi Michovsky
Erin Pileggi

It is our goal as coaches at Gymnastics Zone, to create an atmosphere where learning and growing is fun, where enthusiasm is present and obvious and where respect for each athlete is unconditional.

We believe that the qualities we emphasize in our program: focus, concentration, commitment, discipline, goal setting, strength and flexibility not only enhance your child's experience here at the Gymnastics Zone, but are useful skills in a person's everyday life.

Team Rules:
The following three rules will greatly enhance and accelerate your progress in gymnastics.

Rule 1:
Consistent and regular attendance is absolutely necessary to a gymnasts growth and development.  The appropriate team coach must be notified one week prior to missing any workouts.

A gymnast who misses one or more workouts in the week before a competition may be withdrawn from the competition at the discretion of the coaching staff.

Rule 2:
Being a member of our gymnastics team is a privilege.  Positions on the team will only be awarded to those girls and boys who display a positive attitude in the gym.

A positive attitude consists of:
  • Constant physical and mental assertiveness in the pursuit of those skills needed to be a gymnast at your chosen level.
  • Being committed to being the best gymnast you can be.
  • The ability to take instructions and correction cheerfully and act upon those corrections immediately.
  • Courteous behavior toward coaches and teammates.
  • A gymnast who does not display a positive attitude in the gym or engages in continuous disruptive behavior will be dismissed from workout.  Any gymnast who is dismissed from workout three (3) times will be dismissed from the team.

Rule 3:
A gymnast must complete all competitive and skill requirements set by the coaching staff to be eligible to remain in a level or advance to the next level.  Once a gymnast has completed the skills for a specific level by the date determined by the coaching staff, she/he will be registered to compete at that level.

Gym Rules for Team Families:
  • Refrain from comparisons between athletes in and out of the gym.
  • Communicate directly with your coaches when you find disorder.
  • Team families will occasionally be called upon to help with gym clean ups and get togethers.  Team athletes are also expected to help with nightly clean up and gym organization.
  • Adults and athletes are to be on their best behavior while on premises.  Team Families set the example for sportsmanship, language and respect for others and the facility within our facility as well as others.
  • Early drop-off / Late pick-up:  If an athlete is more than ten (10) minutes early (not under parent supervision), they still need to follow all gym rules as expected, or the privilege will be lost.  Parents are expected to pick up their children in a timely manner - Repeated offenses will result in emergency childcare fees.

All team parents are expected to volunteer at the many events hosted at the Gymnastics Zone as well as off-site events (see Parent Participation).  The Gymnastics Zone Parent Association, Inc.'s fundraisers support the cost of the competition and are directed to cover costs of coach's stipends and travel.  Additional funds raised can also go to cover any team expenses such as the Board of Directors decides throughout the year.

Workout Schedule:
Once a new schedule is decided upon, the workout schedule will usually stay in effect through the competitive season.  Summer and Winter schedules adjust to allow some athletes to workout during mid-day.  Please be aware that your child's practice time could be adjusted at that time.

Dress Code:
The girls on the Team are to wear a one-piece leotard, along with appropriate warm-up clothes to come to and from the gym.  Any long hair must be neatly tied up.  No skirts or jewelery are allowed.

Advancing Levels:
USA Gymnastics sets minimum scores for each level that are needed to advance to the next level, for the girls.  In our program, we feel that a gymnast should achieve more than just the minimum required to be able to perform successfully at the next level.  Following this we have designated scores for each level that a gymnast must achieve before being eligible for advancement.
  • Compulsory Girls (Levels 4, 5 & 6) - 3 x 33.00 or 2 x 34.00 or 1 x 35.00 pts AA
  • Optional Girls (Levels 7 - 10) - 34.00 pts AA

In addition to these scores, we also have individual skill requirements that the gymnast must achieve on each event to advance from one level to another.  These skills are, of course, specific to each level, and may change from year to year depending on changes and developments in gymnastics.  Usually we will designate and work on these skills for a specific period of time, then evaluate the performance of these skills at the end of the time period.  Timing of these evaluation periods will depend on the skills and the levels.  Missing these evaluation periods can slow an athlete's progress.  In order to move to the next level, the gymnast must have a strong test score, show long term commitment at the previous level and demonstrate good behavior at the workouts.

A lot of information with regards to competitions, extra workouts, uniforms, etc. will be passed out at the gym and/or through email.  We also have a Team Bulletin Board when the Gymnastics Zone Parent Association ant eh Team Coaches make announcements.

Problems and Concerns:
Direct, timely and forthright communication between parents, coaches and athletes is essential to the success of the gymnastics program.  If you have any questions or concerns about a gymnasts training, progress, the direction of the program, plans for the future, etc. - the proper method of communication is directly with the coach involved or the Head Coach.

In order to encourage direct communication and for the parents to be able to communicate directly, here are some helpful tips:

  • Do not try to contact or walk up to the coach while he/she is coaching in the gymnastics area.  Since he/she is busy teaching a class or a team, they will have no time to answer your question in an appropriate manner.  Additionally - Parents are not allowed to be in the gymnastics area for insurance liability purposes.
  • Feel free to tap the coach on the shoulder in between classes or at the end of workout to ask him/her what the best time would be to talk with them.
  • If the coaches are still busy in-between or at the end of classes, feel free to contact them by email to schedule an appointment to talk.

Do's and Dont's for the Parents:

Do, As Parents:
  • Get vicarious pleasure from your children's participation, but do not become overly ego-involved.
  • Try to enjoy yourself at competitions.  Your unhappiness can cause your child to feel guilty.
  • Look relaxed, calm, positive and energized when watching your child compete.  Your attitude influences how your child feels and performs.

Leave Coaching to the Coaches:
  1. Give them any support they need to help then do their jobs better.
  2. Communicate with them about your child.  You can learn about your child from each other.
  3. Inform them of relevant issues at home that might affect your child at practice.
  4. Inquire about the progress of your child.  You have the right to know.
  5. Make the coaches your allies.

Dont's for Parents:
  1. Don't base your self-esteem and ego on the success of your child's sports participation.
  2. Don't care too much about how your child performs.
  3. Don't Lose perspective about the importance of your child's sports participation.

Do for your Children:
  1. Provide guidance for your child, but do not force or pressure them.
  2. Assist them in setting realistic goals for participation.
  3. Show interest in their participation: help them to get to practice on time, attend competitions and ask questions.
  4. Provide a healthy perspective to help children understand success and failure.
  5. Emphasize and reward effort rather than results.
  6. Give them unconditional love: show them you love them whether they win or lose!