Sunflower Gymnastics Team Tryout
If your child is already on team- they do NOT need to tryout.
We will be holding our TEAM TRYOUTS on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at our EMPORIA location starting at 10:40 a.m. with appointments every 10 minutes.
(If you are unable to attend the scheduled tryout, please call or email us to arrange a different time for your child to tryout.)
What is Trampoline and Tumbling?
We are a USA Gymnastics Member Club and compete the sport of Trampoline and Tumbling.
- Trampoline - Athletes compete a 10 skill routine. Levels 5-7 have one pass. Levels 8 and up have 2 optionals.
- Tumbling - Depending on their level, athletes compete 2 to 8 skills. All athletes have 2 passes.
- Double Mini Trampoline - All athletes compete 2 passes involving a skill on the trampoline and a dismount skill.
Who should try out?
This tryout is for any athlete interested in EITHER our Emporia location OR our Burlington location. If your son or daughter would like to compete in power tumbling and trampoline meets, then this is the time to try out.
How many kids are in the tryouts?
We will be scheduling small group tryouts that will last around 30 minutes each, with no more than 4 kids in each group.
What are we looking for?
The students will be assessed on trampoline skills, tumbling skills, double-mini skills, behavior and coach-ability, work ethic, positive attitude and drive to compete.
What is expected of the athlete?
- The athlete must attend their scheduled classes. Repeated or prolonged unexcused absences may jeopardize their place on team.
- The athlete must come ready to work, putting forth their best effort.
- The athlete must show good team support; letting their teammates know when they did a good job; and encouraging teammates when needed.
- Girls are required to wear a leotard to every practice (even team open gym), shorts may be worn with the leotard, all hair has to be put up out for her face.
- Boys must wear compression shirts and above-the-knee shorts.
Where does team practice, Emporia or Burlington?
We have team practices at both locations. The Burlington gym does have some ceiling height limitations that will affect some higher level athletes as well as a shorter floor, so once they become high enough in their levels, they may have to commute to Emporia.
What does it cost?
Team financial requirements include but are not limited to:
Class Fees: $69 per month for 1 class a week
$109 for twice a week
$141 for three times a week
Competitor Fee: $14 per month - September through May
USAG Fee: $61 Parent pays USA Gymnastics when parent registers them with USAG.
Girls Leotard/Boys Outfit: $145-$185
Each Invitational Meet: $65-$80
State Championships: (required) $100
Trampoline Shoes: $37
Optional Warm-up suit about $180 (depends on current pricing from supplier)
Traveling cost... hotel, food, etc.
How many meets are required?
We require a minimum of 3 meets in a season. Our season runs approximately January through April.
REQUIRED MEETS: Sunflower Winter Invitational and State Championships.
Wichita, KS; Topeka, KS; Dallas, TX; Joplin, MO (this list changes from year to year)
Regional Championships $125 (location TBA)
National Championships $150 (Location TBA)
What are the different levels of team at Sunflower Gymnastics?
Sunflower Gymnastics has 3 different groupings to help us manage the many athletes that we have on team.
Division 3: These athletes are competing USA Gymnastics Levels 2-4
Division 2: These athletes are competing USA Gymnastics Levels 5-7
Division 1: These athletes are competing USA Gymnastics Levels 8-Elite.
What are some of the benefits?
- Athletes on team work to improve form, skills, confidence and ability to overcome obstacles.
- Team members are pushed harder than in recreational class, always with our goal being to build up the athlete, not to break them down.
- Friendships that help the athletes grow. We are proud to have seen so many wonderful positive relationships come out of our gym. These relationships help build confidence that is so vital as these children grow into adults.
- Team members are able to take part in our weekly TEAM Open Gym, a 1 hour work out at no extra charge.
What about fundraisers?
We start our fundraising process most often in mid-September after we have had our parent meetings.
We have several different fund raising options. No matter what they choose to do, all of the net profits(money left over after the items your child sold have been paid for), are then supplied to the party responsible for payment of fees to keep in their possession until needed.
What is expected of the parents?
- Parents are expected to be their athletes biggest cheerleader. This means we need you to fill them with pride when they learn a new skill or are working hard in the gym.
- Be patient when they hit a wall in their progress (every athlete does). This does not mean they are not trying.
- Let us do the coaching. This means no coaching from the sidelines, yelling at your kid does not help us build that bond of communication and trust that is required for us to grow together in the sport.
- Communicate with us. Visit with us quietly before or after class, shoot us an email, let us know if you have a concern. Let us know if there is something going on in your athletes life that could be affecting their performance.
- REQUIRED. All team members are required to have AT LEAST one volunteer (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.) for the Sunflower Winter Invitational. This meet is usually in early to mid February at the Civic Auditorium and is the largest meet in Kansas as well as ALL the surrounding states. There are LOTS of jobs you can help with!
- Pay your fees on time. Class fees, meet fees, leotard fees, these all have deadlines and must be followed.
Is there a cost for the tryouts?
There is a $5 per athlete fee for the tryouts.