Growing up, I loved the summer Olympics! I always thought I would go in gymnastics or swimming. Mind you I did not participate in either one on any level at all. Playing at the pool was as much as I ever did. When I was in JR High and we were introduced to gymnastics, I found myself terrified of the bars.
You might be wondering how these kids who are at the Olympics got there. When did they start? Where did they start.
Every year they participate, the child receives a trophy indicating how many years they have been going. Each August, they put on a recital called the Mini Olympics where they can show their friends and family what they have learned. They get a medal for participating. They also do professional photos a few times a year.
The video below is what the 5 year olds look like. My grand daughter is a blonde with a bun.
This next video is of when they hit level 6.
The GymStars she takes lessons at begins children as young as 9 months. A neighboring GymStars begins children at 2 months.
Before people get bent out of shape, let me remind you that Gymboree starts Learn and play classes at 0-6 months. With that in mind, it is simply a matter of choice and what you want your child to participate in.
Star Babies (not at our location) is for children 2-9 months old. It is a parent involvement class.
From 9-18 months they are in Star Movers. Star Movers is also a parent involvement class.
From 18-24 Months they are in Star Cruisers which is again a parent involvement class.
2 year olds are in Star Lites which is a parent involvement class.
At 3, they move in to StarBrites which is the first level without mom or dad.
At 4 they move into Shooting Stars.
We had to take a photo biting our medal like the Final 5 in Rio!
At 5 they are Shining Stars.
My grand daughter is 5.She was recently moved into skills based classes. She is now in the Red Stars.
The skills based classes move up based on ability not age. The pattern for Rising Stars is Beginners, Red, Blue, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
At this point the athlete has done 12 levels of classes before entering into competition level training.
In Competitive GymStars has children in levels 2-10.
At this point the gymnast is training several hours a day/week.
I believe GymStars stops at level 10 or age 22.
After Level 10, gymnasts move into an Elite Gymnastics program, which is the Olympic level of gymnastics. Most gymnasts who earn scholarships to college are Level 10 or above.