Team Programs

AGES 3 and up

Does your child love gymnastics and want to pursue gymnastics as a competitive sport? We'd love to hear from you. 

Polarettes and Polar Tumblers Gymnastics Club is proud of offer team gymnastics opportunities for youth in our community. While our primary focus is Women's Artistic Gymnastics, we have been recently expanding our programming to offer opportunities to all Yukoners. 

Our programming is designed by our Head Coach to give each athlete the best opportunity to achieve their individual goals; whether your child wants to compete locally or learn to compete internationally, we have programs to align with their goals.

We offer a variety of developmental and competitive programs starting at age 4 and up. Our programs have been strategically designed to enhance the neural, cognitive and physical development to improve their physical literacy and child development. 

Pre-Competitive Teams *NEW*


Intro to Team (Classes for children ages 3 to 8):

You've done a preschool or beginner class, and now are ready to try the next step. Intro to Team is a class where you and your child can decide if our team programs are a good fit for your family, without the intense hours and commitment that competitive gymnastics is known for. 

Intro to Team classes are two hour classes, once a week, for eight weeks. Children in this class will be taught in a highly structured class that focuses on team gymnastics fundamentals with precise technique and takes extreme care of the details in skill development. Children in this class should like a challenge, and be very active, and courageous individuals. Children will do structured, athletic warm ups, and less "games" and imaginative play than our traditional recreational programs. 

This program follows My Skill Chart curriculum and utilizes the badge system (Intro to Team Levels 1 to 4) 


Team Fundamentals (Classes for children 5 to 7):

You've masters Intro to Team and our Developmental Coordinator has recommended your child to Team Fundamentals - This class requires a little more commitment from your family, but still doesn't train over holidays or school breaks. Team Fundamentals is a twice-a-week class, for ten months (September to June), and your child will be able to participate in our annual competition where they will put on a display of all the skills they've been working all year at Yukon Championships. 

Children in this class will be taught in a highly structured class that focuses on team gymnastics fundamentals with precise technique and takes extreme care of the details in skill development. Children in this class should like a challenge, and be very active, and courageous individuals. Children will do structured, athletic warm ups, and less "games" and imaginative play than our traditional recreational programs. 

This program follows My Skill Chart curriculum and utilizes the badge system (Team Fundamentals Levels 1 to 4) 
 

Xcel Competitive Team *NEW*

In September 2020, Gymnastics BC and other provinces across Canada made the decision to adopt the USA Gymnastics program called "Xcel". Yukon is extremely pleased to offer Xcel programming starting in the 2021 season and we're currently recruiting athletes to join this program for next season. Contact Stephanie Caron for more details. 

Xcel is a competitive gymnastics program that offers flexibility to coaches and gymnasts by offering less strict requirements compared to the traditional JO competitive program. This allows gymnasts the opportunity for a competitive gymnastics experience with less training hours, making it perfect for the multi-sport athlete, or athletes who love the sport and want to compete, without the intense training schedule and commitment. 

The goal of Xcel is to provide gymnasts with varying abilities and commitment levels with the opportunity for a rewarding gymnastics experience. The Xcel Competitive program is geared towards gymnasts that want to take their skills, training, and commitment past the level of recreational gymnastics without the time commitment or strict skill requirements of the JO competitive program. 

Gymnasts aged 6 and up have the opportunity to be part of a team, learn and master routines, and have a chance to attend local competitions. 

Unlike the JO program, there are no "compulsory" routines in the Xcel program - which allows gymnasts to showcase their individuality with personalized routines. These routines will be designed by their coaches to showcase their strengths! 

At competitions, each division will be ranked based on their score with 1st to 3rd place medals, and 4th to 8th place ribbons. In divisions with large number of participants, athletes will be split based on birth years. 

Training Time Commitment 

In Fall 2021, Bronze and Silver groups train twice a week for two hours each practice.

Xcel Gold groups train twice a week for three hours each practice. 

Xcel Platinum and Diamond train two or three times a week for 3 hours each practice. 

Competition Commitment 

All Xcel Bronze, Silver, and Gold gymnasts will participate at Yukon Championships, and 1 to 2 additional in-house competitions per year. Some years a competition in Juneau, AK over Canadian May long weekend will also be available for this level. 

Xcel Platinum and Diamond gymnasts will participate at Yukon Championships, and 1 to 2 additional in-house competitions per year, and may travel to one or two fun travel competitions per season. Xcel Platinum and Diamond gymnasts may also be eligible to tryout for Arctic Winter Games in 2022 - but they will have to try the JO 6 category for that event. 

 

Mandatory Team Wear 

Gymnasts in these programs must wear tight fitting active wear, or a gymnastics leotard to all practices. Baggy clothing such as hoodies, loose t-shirts, loose pants, dresses, onesies, or other wear is not acceptable training wear. All jewellery should be removed and fit bits etc... must be removed.  

Long hair is required to be pulled back out of the face in a pony tail, braids, or bun. 

 

For competition, gymnasts must wear their team gymnastics suit & the Polarettes t-shirt, with any full-length black athletic pants. Gymnasts may compete with shorts on over their gymnastics suit. 

Gymnasts may required additional gear like athletic tape, grips, wrist bands, gloves, gymnastics shoes, or replacement suits if they grow fast - These items are at the expense of the family and will not be provided by the club. 

 

Payment and Registration 

Pre-registration to reserve your child's spot for next season will take place June 28th to July 9th, 2021. At this time you will be required to pre-pay your next seasons membership & service fees, to reserve your child's spot. This payment will be non-refundable if you choose to withdrawal at the last second, but you will not be charged monthly class fees until September 1st, 2021. 

If you have not pre-registered by July 9th, 2021 we will assume that your child may not be returning and we will not hold their placement, we will hold tryouts and open the spots up to other kids who are interested. 

Included in Xcel payment is:

One competitive gymnastics suit per season. You are responsible for ordering the correct size and paying for replacements if the wrong size is ordered. 

Payment can be made in full in September for a 5% early bird discount, or you can pay monthly and the total will be split into 10 equal payments. Classes run September 1st to June 12th. 

Withdrawals 

 

We require 30 days written notice for all withdrawals from competitive programs. 

 

Junior Olympic Program Competitive & Developmental Teams

The Junior Olympic Program and our developmental teams are geared towards kids who want to commit themselves fully to the sport of gymnastics and have their eyes set on competing at major competitions like BC Provincial Championships, Western Canadian Championships, National Championships, Canada Winter Games, Elite Canada, L'international Gymnix, and International events and Olympic dreams. 

The Junior Olympic program has strict requirements for gymnasts, and is designed to develop gymnasts to the highest levels of our sport and takes a lot of precise training and commitment to see successful competition results. Children in this stream define themselves as athletes, and their families are supportive of their commitment to gymnastics year-round. 

Athletes at this level may have to adjust their school schedule in some circumstances, and it's common to have strength training, mental training, nutrition seminars, and dance training requirements in addition to the commitment to the in-the-gym training time. 

Developmental C, B, and A (Ages 6 to 10) 

Developmental C, B, and A is a pathway for children who take gymnastics very seriously and want to excel to the highest levels of our sport. These children define themselves as athletes, and their families are supportive of their commitment to gymnastics year-round. Programs vary from four to five days a week, and twice-a-day (before and after school) training options. Additional commitments like strength training, dance training, and mental training is required throughout the year, and weekly hours commitment varies from 8 to 25 hours per week. 

These classes require serious commitment from
 families, and trains modified schedules over holidays, spring break, winter breaks, and summer breaks. Participation in physical testing events, competition events, fundraisers, team building, and gym cleans is required. 
 

This program follows My Skill Chart curriculum and utilizes the badge system (Dev C, B, A each have Levels 1 to 4) 

Travelling Competitive Teams (Ages 10 and up)
 

Participation in this program requires years of training in one of our developmental programs. Hours and commitments vary. Athletes compete at a provincial, national, and international level. Currently Polarettes only offers travelling competition teams in Women's Artistic Gymnastics. 
 

Training Time Commitment 

In Fall 2021:

Developmental C groups train three times a week for 2 hours per practice (6 to 9 hours)

Developmental B groups train typically four times a week for 2 hours per practice, before school and one dance class a week after school (8 to 12 hours)

Developmental A groups train four mornings, and two afternoons and attend Northern Strength Academy once a week, and dance once a week. Mental training is once a month. (15 to 20 hours)

Competitive Teams train four mornings and up to four additional practices during the week, with Northern Strength Academy twice a week, dance once a week, and mental training once a month. (15 to 25 hours)

Competition Commitment 

All Developmental gymnasts will participate at Yukon Championships in the Junior Olympic Compulsory categories, and will compete in two additional in-house competitions, as well as have the opportunity to compete at the BC Compulsory Championships, and potentially other outside competitions if we deem it useful to their development. 

 

Developmental A gymnasts may also be eligible to tryout for Arctic Winter Games in 2022 - but they will have to try the JO 6 category for that event. 

All JO competitive gymnasts will compete in four to eight travel competitions per season, training camps, Yukon Championships, mock meetings, physical testing events, and some may be eligible for major games events. If on this team, attendance to travelling competition events is required. 

 

Mandatory Team Wear 

Gymnasts in these programs must wear a gymnastics leotard to all practices. Baggy clothing such as hoodies, loose t-shirts, loose pants, dresses, onesies, or other wear is not acceptable training wear. All jewellery should be removed and fit bits etc... must be removed.  

Long hair is required to be pulled back out of the face in a pony tail, braids, or bun. 

 

For competition, gymnasts must wear their team gymnastics suit, track suit, and have a training warm up suit for major games events. 

Gymnasts will required additional gear like athletic tape, grips, wrist bands, chalk, gloves, straps, shorts, gymnastics shoes, or replacement suits - These items are at the expense of the family and will not be provided by the club. 

 

Payment and Registration 

Pre-registration to reserve your child's spot in Developmental Programs for next season will take place June 28th to July 9th, 2021. At this time you will be required to pre-pay your next seasons membership & service fees, to reserve your child's spot. This payment will be non-refundable if you choose to withdrawal at the last second, but you will not be charged monthly class fees until September 1st, 2021. 

If you have not pre-registered by July 9th, 2021 we will assume that your child may not be returning and we will not hold their placement, we will hold tryouts and open the spots up to other kids who are interested. If you're on our main competition team, notice of withdrawal is due by July 9th and an exit interview should be scheduled, or will assume they are continuing.  

Included in payment is:

Training fees for 12 months & competition membership. 

Payment can be made in full in September for a 5% early bird discount, or you can pay monthly and the total will be split into 12 equal payments. Classes run August 22nd, 2021 to June August 15th, 2022.  

Withdrawals 

Please review our handbook for full details.

 

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