Our Invitational Programs are for those students who are more advanced than their age mates.
Invitational classes are based on age and ability and require Instructor approval.
Please call to enroll for these invitational classes at 713-680-0045.
Advanced 4/5s is for 4 and 5-year-old children who have been in our preschool program for a long period of time. The curriculum will be somewhat challenging and the distance from their parents will be far enough that they may not be able to see you easily. We DO NOT want this experience to be traumatic to your child in any way. We DO NOT want your child to feel anxious about either the curriculum or their separation from you. For that reason, the coaches who work with your child will provide you with a recommendation into this class if they feel your child is not only physically, but also emotionally and socially ready for this challenge. We are looking for children who are very comfortable in the gym, not afraid of being away from their parents for a full hour, no anxiety with not having regular visual verification of your presence in the facility, and full engagement in the activity. Advanced 4/5s classes are taught our level 1 recreational curriculum, which places them beyond the physical preparedness of a 4 and 5-year-old walking in our door for the first time. It is in this class that instructors can identify if your child exhibits some of the elements of a gymnast, such as high energy, fearlessness, strength, and flexibility. But, for placement in this class what we are really looking for is a child that is not afraid to go on their own into the main gym area (which is quite a distance from parent viewing) and participate fully in the gymnastic activity. Advanced 4/5s can move onto level 1, or if identified as a candidate for our developmental program they may be invited to Tiny Twisters (for girls), or to D Boys (for boys). Placement in this class requires a coach’s recommendation.
Advanced 4/5 Girls
Advanced 4/5 Boys
Tiny Twisters is the perfect class for 4 and 5-year-old girls who have been participating in our advanced 4s classes. They seem to love gymnastics and demonstrate some natural gymnastics ability. We also like to see parental support of their child fully engaging in the gymnastics program. The curriculum is based on Level 1 and 2 recreational lesson plans and is intended to accelerate the child’s progress. Tiny Twisters can advance to Super Twisters. This class requires participation in Skills Meets, Reindeer Games, and Mini-Olympics.
D-Boys is a great class for 4 and 5-year-old boys who have been participating in our advanced 4s classes. They seem to love gymnastics and demonstrate some natural gymnastics ability. We also like to see parental support of their child fully engaging in the gymnastics program. These classes meet 2x per week for 1.5 hours each time. The curriculum is based on Level 1 and 2 recreational lesson plans and is intended to accelerate the child’s progress. D-Boys can advance to Hot Shots. Placement in this class requires a coach’s recommendation.
Hot Shots is for 5 and 6-year-old boys who demonstrate some natural gymnastics ability. Hot Shots are selected from Advanced 5s classes, or from D-Boys. These classes meet 2x per week for 1 hour each time (2 hours per week) – a slight increase in time over the D-Boys program. This developmental program helps the child and the parent to decide if your child will move on to our competitive gymnastics programs. They can choose from our tumbling and trampoline team (TNT), Xcel competitive recreational program, or our Junior Olympic (JO) program. For the Xcel Program, your child would begin at the bronze level. For the Junior Olympic program, your child would go onto HOPES team. If you are moving into the Boys JO program, the Xcel program, or TNT, selections for placement into these competitive programs take place in late April/early May, with the intent to compete the next January.
Super Twisters is for 5 and 6-year-old girls who demonstrate some natural gymnastics ability. Super Twisters are selected from Advanced 5s classes, or from Tiny Twisters. These classes meet 2x per week for 2 hours each time (4 hours per week) – a slight increase in time over the Tiny Twister program. This developmental program helps the child and the parent to decide if your child will move on to our competitive gymnastics programs. They can choose from our tumbling and trampoline team (TNT), Xcel competitive recreational program, or our Junior Olympic (JO) program. For the Junior Olympic program, your child would go onto HOPES team. Typically placement in the girl’s HOPES program takes place in November each year in preparation to enter competitions in the fall of the next year. Placement in this class requires a coach’s recommendation.
Level 3 is a two-hour Pre-Team style class for our gymnasts that have worked their way through the recreational courses and are ready for a little bit more.
Invitational only, Pre-Team style class for our gymnasts that have worked their way through the recreational courses and are ready for a little bit more. These gymnasts will be invited up from Level 3 Girl’s recreational class. This class will meet twice a week for 2 hours each class. Students will also participate in the Skills Meets that run Nov-April. Skills Meets are low-cost competitions that require minimal travel and allow the gymnast to show off specific highlighted skills. Learning about the competitive experience is part of the curriculum of this invitational pre-team style class. Prep 4 is a great introductory class for gymnasts considering the XCEL Team route, or for gymnasts who want to do a bit more without the full-time constraints of team.
We offer a HOPES team program for both boys and girls. The purpose of this program is to prepare the child for competition. These groups meet twice per week for 2 hours each visit. Qualification for HOPES programs includes identified potential talent, the intense interest of the child, and parental support/endorsement of potentially entering competitive gymnastics within a year of placement in the program.
Girls: The girls are selected for HOPES in November, and compete for the first time at mini-Olympics (late April) as a level 2 gymnast. This initial judged competition is followed by 2 additional in-house mock meets in May and June where they attempt to achieve a qualifying all-around score of 34.0 to be invited to compete for Discover’s Level 2 team. Level 2 competitions begin in mid to late August. During the summer months (June through August) this group of girls will begin to train 8 hours per week.
Boys: Boys are selected for HOPES in late April/early May. They will begin training 8 hours per week in June, through December and will compete for Discover Gymnastics in late December/early January along with our other competitive boy’s levels.
Xcel is a USA Gymnastics sanctioned program that was designed for recreational gymnasts who want competition experience. Xcel is now offered in Texas for both boys and girls. The levels of advancement for girls are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. Boys have 3 levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Xcel athletes can change over to the Junior Olympic program if there is a commitment to more time in the gym. Jr. Olympic participants can also switch to Xcel if they want to train fewer hours but still compete in gymnastics.
Xcel Bronze = Level 2 JO
Xcel Silver = Level 3 JO
Xcel Gold = Level 4 JO
Xcel Platinum = Level 5/6 JO
Xcel Diamond = Level 7 JO
The Junior Olympics Program (for both boys and girls) is the primary competitive sanctioned program governed by our national body USA Gymnastics. The Jr. Olympic program is the official path to the national team, where athletes may eventually qualify to compete for our country. Jr. Olympic programs move upward from level 1-10, followed by the elite levels (Hopes, Jr. and Sr.) – which are determined by age. Girls can technically begin competing at level 1, but Discover begins competition at level 2. Boys don’t begin competition until level 4. Boys between levels 1 and 4 CAN begin to compete in the Xcel program and transition to JO Level 4. For more information on our competitive programs, please contact the General Manager, the Head Competitive Team Coaches.
We offer a number of tumbling and trampoline classes for any student who wishes to participate for every level from beginner to advanced skill level. Many times girls interested in cheerleading or boys interested in parkour, free running, or martial arts like to acquire the gymnastics tumbling skills to incorporate in other activities. Additionally, we offer a competitive tumbling and trampoline program. T&T, as it is commonly known, is also a program administered by USA Gymnastics. These competitors can elect to compete in one or all 4 competitive events, which include: Individual Trampoline, Synchronized Trampoline, Double Mini-Trampoline, Power Tumbling. Both boys and girls can participate in all 4 events.