Many of our team gymnasts began by attending a birthday party or recreational class and found they had a passion for the sport. The training required to compete requires commitment. This commitment is rewarded by a sense of accomplishment and a level of physical fitness that few people achieve.
Our gymnastics teams are supported by active booster clubs that work to support the team activities. These clubs coordinate travel plans to meets throughout the season as well as arrange activities for team gymnasts and their families to socialize outside of the gym. These clubs are a great way for parents and supporters of team gymnasts to take an active role in the lives of their gymnasts.
"To accomplish great things we must not only act, but dream. Not only plan, but also believe."-Anatole France
Appalachian Stars Gymnastics is proud to offer competitive girls gymnastics programs for all skill level athletes. Our girls team compete in one of three categories of USAG sanctioned events: Xcel Program, Junior Olympic Compulsory Program or Junior Olympic Optional Program, and AAU.
As you spend time in the gym, you will hear terms referring to Copper, Bronze, Silver or Gold. These are all terms for the Xcel program. This program is a great way to begin competition and prepare for the Junior Olympic Optional Program.
USAG Junior Olympic Program: 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. There are 10 levels of the Junior Olympic Program. These athletes ( level 1-5) practice between 2-12 hours per week. The athletes who are level 6-10 practice between 12-25 hours per week. They travel to competitions 6-8 times per season.
AAU (Amateur Athletic Union): If you are interested in just competing recreationally and want as relaxed an environment as possible, then AAU gymnastics might be for you. Our AAU athletes are able to compete 3-6 meets per season and practice anywhere from 2-8 hours per week.