Men’s Competitive Team
On our men's competitive team, gymnasts train on all 6 Olympic events and work to develop strength, flexibility, and balance, which are the fundamentals of gymnastics and all sports. The Compulsory Team practices multiple days a week and will attend state level competitions. At the Optional level, gymnasts are continuously working to develop highly advanced and complex skills and will be able to qualify to attend national level competitions. Below is a brief description of apparatuses and levels we offer.
Floor Exercise - The entire floor area is used during this exercise, in which the athlete's routine must consist of tumbling passes, acrobatic elements, at least one non-acrobatic element, and transitional skills. All elements of the routine should be executed with proper rhythm and harmony, and the exercise must not exceed 70 seconds in length.
Pommel Horse - Many consider the pommel horse to be one of the most difficult of the men's gymnastics events as it requires an enormous amount of practice to master even the most basic skills. Routines consist of continuous circular movements interrupted only by the required scissors elements. The hands are the only part of the body that should touch the apparatus and the entire exercise should flow with steady, controlled rhythm.
Still Rings - Stillness and proper body position while performing strength elements are paramount on the still rings. The rings should be absolutely still and under control at the end of each skill. The body should be straight with no arching, and arms should be sturdy with no shaking. The athlete's routine must include one swing to handstand and swings to strength hold elements. At least two elements of strength, one swing to strength element and the other a static strength element, must be held for two seconds during the routine.
Vault - Quick, explosive and dramatic - a good vault is often described as a "big" vault. Men have a choice of performing one or two vaults, depending if a gymnast is attempting to qualify for the individual event finals of this event. Each individual vault has been assigned its own value based on the vault's complexity.
Parallel Bars - A parallel bar routine consists mostly of swing and flight elements. The gymnast should not stop or hold a move more than three times during the routine and is required to execute swinging elements from a support, hang and upper arm position, as well as an under swing.
Horizontal (High) Bar - The horizontal bar consists of swings, release moves, and high-flying dismounts. During the routine, the gymnast must execute a series of continuous swings and turns, at least one release, and at least one element in el-grip, dorsal hang or rearwards to the bar.
Description of Levels
WCC Boys Pre-Team - This is a non-competing class built to develop the potential of children that the coaching staff has identified as possessing the talents and mindset to grow their gymnastics abilities. Pre-Team is designed to encourage young gymnasts interested in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, and establish a solid foundation of gymnastics movements and positions.
Level 4-5 - Gymnasts practice and compete, pre-established routines in what is known as “Compulsory” gymnastics. Level 4 and 5 gymnasts all perform the same routines, judged on their execution by specific criteria. Routines competed with the least amount of deviation from the judged criteria receive higher scores. The skills required at these levels remains fairly basic, but serve as a base for cultivating more difficult skills.
Level 6-7 - Gymnasts also participate in “Compulsory” gymnastics and are training through a transitional phase of their career. Gymnasts at these levels are beginning to learn the skills that are required to create “Optional” gymnastics routines. At this stage, gymnasts should begin to have an understanding of how to create more dynamicity, power, and artistry in their gymnastics.
Level 8-10 - Gymnasts are competing in “Optional” gymnastics, in which the coach and gymnast build a routine specific to the skills and abilities of the individual gymnast. These optional routines are built to fulfill element group requirements while emphasizing the gymnast’s talents and strengths. Throughout these levels, gymnasts will train increasingly difficult skills in preparation for Elite level gymnastics.
For program questions or concerns, please contact Stacey Ervin our program director.