Team Descriptions

The LMG team is a year round commitment that cycles from June-May each year. The foundation of the LMG program follows the AAU and USA- gymnastics organizational governing bodies, for more information you can check their website www.usa-gymnastics.org and www.aau.org

AAU  team Level 1,2 and EXCEL: Bronze and Silver

Level 1 and 2 are young gymnasts age 4-6 just beginning on the competitive team. They will learn basic skills, progressions, and poise.

The EXCEL team can meet the needs of an older introductory gymnast or a gymnast wanting to commit slightly less time to team and/or participate in other activities. These gymnasts will work hard at meeting their goals for skills while perfecting the proper positions. These gymnasts will compete in local meets and may have the opportunity to qualify for regional and national competitions.

The requirements for the AAU teams are minimal practice of 2 days per week with the option of a 3rd day.

USAG Junior Olympic Compulsory Team Level 3 – 5 and EXCEL Gold/Platinum

Level 3-5 have routines that are set forth by USAG. The gymnasts learn the routines at the level for which they are designated and will work on perfecting those routines until moving to the next level. Excel Gold/Platinum athletes have optional routines highlighting each gymnasts strengths. These gymnasts participate in local and regional meets with a requirement of 3-4 days a week of practice.

USAG Optional Team Level 6-10

Levels 6, 7,8,9 and 10 are optional levels. Their performance relies heavily on their personal work ethic and their internal drive to be good at the sport. This team will participate in local, regional and national meets with a requirement of 5 days a week of practice. This team requires a high commitment level from the parents and gymnasts. Gymnasts are required to attend all practices/meets, take good care of their physical/mental bodies, covet a positive attitude, and work hard all the while maintaining good grades.

TOPS, HOPES and ELITE TEAM: (Lake Murray Elite Homeschool Team is by invitation only for TOPS/HOPES and ELITE team members)

(Talent Opportunity Program), is a talent search and educational program for female gymnasts ages 7-10 and their coaches. During the months of June and July gymnasts age 7-10 are evaluated on physical abilities at the state, regional, and national level.

HOPES is a pre-elite path providing athletes with an opportunity to compete the traditional Elite compulsory and a modified FIG Optional routine and includes an opportunity to qualify to the Challenge (HOPES division only).

These gymnasts are selected from the current team and have additional practice requirements.

USAG MEN’S TEAM

LMG is proud to offer one of the few men’s programs in the area. Our men’s team boasts several state, regional and national qualifiers. Our youngest competitors can begin in the competition arena at age 6 after an evaluation and invitation process. Discipline, coordination and leadership are the basis for great life skills learned while on the LMG men’s team.

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