On Sunday, several members of our Xcel team participated in the New Hampshire State Xcel Clinic, hosted by Phantom Gymnastics. This is the second clinic hosted by NH-USAG, the first of which was in September for JO levels 3-10. The purpose of the clinic was to bring New Hampshire's coaches, gymnasts, and judges together to share knowledge on training and perfecting skills and routines to create a more strong and unified state. There are so many gyms in the state, and while we all have our own coaching philosophies and techniques, we are all in this for the same reason: because we are passionate about gymnastics.
The clinic was broken up into two 3 hour sessions, broken up by a lunch break and Xcel rules review for coaches and judges. Bronze and Silver levels were in the morning session, while Gold, Platinum, and Diamond levels were in the afternoon session. The gymnasts were split up into groups, mixed in with gymnasts from other gyms to encourage new friendships across gyms. The clinic had 5 rotations, where the gymnasts went to all four events (vault, bars, beam, and floor), and to a conditioning rotation. For many of our younger Xcel gymnasts, this was their first time being outside of the gym. Emily and I thought all of our gymnasts did an excellent job working hard and having an open mind working with clinicians! (And how great do those new Spectrum workout leotards look!?)
Our ever-growing Xcel team starts their competitive season in December. This will be Spectrum's third season with the Xcel program, and our second season competing bronzes and silvers in outside competitions throughout the state of New Hampshire.
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
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Coach Sarah is a former Rhode Island College gymnast, NCGA National qualifier, All-American, current gymnastics coach and judge, and contributor for the gymnastics news source, The Gymternet. Find out what's going on at Spectrum and learn more about the incredible sport of gymnastics!