The Xcel program is an alternative competitive program offering flexibility to coaches and gymnasts; its goal is to provide gymnasts of varying abilities and commitment levels with the opportunity for a rewarding gymnastics experience.
The Xcel program will replace the Interclub Performance Plus and Performance Challenge categories in British Columbia creating a bridge program between Interclub “Club Team” and the Junior Olympic program. Athletes registered in the Xcel program who wish to also compete in High School gymnastics in addition may still do so. High School information will be sent out separately to those interested.
In its inaugural season, the first three divisions of the Xcel program will be adopted; bronze, silver, and gold. The bronze, silver, and gold divisions will allow a level playing field for athletes, without changing the Interclub Program’s relaxed, competitive environment. In the future, we may also adopt the higher two levels- platinum and diamond. The Xcel program provides a robust and consistent scoring system. In this program, athletes will still have their own individual routines on all apparatus. There will be requirements on each event, however, we are confident that the girls will have no problems meeting these requirements!
Gymnastics is an exacting and demanding sport in which the athlete is attempting to attain perfection. The sport takes a great deal of time and repetition to learn skills correctly and increase strength. It really is a sport unlike many others. Gymnasts are among the strongest athletes on the planet who make their sport look effortless. From the very beginning of the sport to the highest levels, gymnasts have to work very hard to learn, perfect and perform consistent skills. To that end, it takes a certain work ethic to really excel in the sport. Those who are extremely intrinsically motivated will do better as gymnasts then those who need external motivation. If your daughter is considering Xcel gymnastics or is already in the sport they need to be aware that they must be highly driven from within.
Gymnastics is a sport in which skills and strength can be lost quickly, therefore regular attendance is important. If skills are done consistently, they also tend to be safer as the athlete is doing them regularly. Please ensure your schedule coordinates to make the most out of your gymnastics practices. Xcel is a fun program to be part of and we look forward to seeing you in the gym this season!
The Xcel program is a 10 month, September-June commitment with optional summer training offered in July and August.