Wednesday, May 21, 2008

RE-TRYOUTS What you should know

Tumbling Re-Tryouts 2008

Thank you for participating in the power tumbling program over the past 2007/2008 season. All Developmental and Provincial Level athletes must take part in the Re-Tryout in order to gain acceptance back into the Tumbling Program.

During the tryout we will be assessing physical strength, coordination, flexibility, listening, and attitude. All of these are important aspects of a good athlete but listening and attitude are by far the most important. As well we will be reviewing the past season with regards to your athletes performance in and out of the gym as well as the level of commitment demonstrated by both the athlete and the athlete’s family.

Once the tryout is complete we will be providing you with one of 4 options:

Option 1: Acceptance into the competitive program and an offer to join a specific competitive group.

Option 2: Placement on a waiting list in rank order. If an athlete chooses not to accept their placement in the
program we will invite the next athlete on the list.

Option 3: A suggestion to continue in the recreational program and tryout again at a later date. Possibly your
athlete does not have the skill set required to be placed back into a competitive group and we think more time in the recreational classes would be beneficial.

Option 4: A suggestion to continue in the recreational program for fun and fitness. Based on the athletes
performance we will let you know if another tryout at a later date would be of benefit.

Call Backs: Some athletes will be invited to attend a Call Back tryout. If you are invited to the Call Back this means that we are considering your child but feel we need to see them one more time in a direct comparison with some of the new athletes from the Open Tryouts. Not being invited to the Call Backs does not mean you are not being offered a spot it simply means that we would like to see your child one more time for another assessment.

If you are offered a space in the program you will be required to register as a competitive athlete. There are several responsibilities that competitive athletes and families have. These involve assisting in competition hosting, fundraising, volunteer hours and bingos. In order for athletes to remain in the competitive program we require a good attendance record and a commitment to our program. Those who are unable to meet the requirements will be let go and the next athlete on the waiting list will be invited to participate. The number of training hours ranges from 4 hours in the youngest Developmental Group to 20 hours in the Senior National Elite level. Most levels train for 6 to 8 hours per week divided into three classes: two after school or evening classes and one Sunday class.

1 year commitment: Please, also, note that your invitation into the Tumbling program is a 1 year commitment. At the end of the 2008/2009 competitive season all athletes in the Developmental and Provincial tumbling levels will be required to tryout again in order to regain entrance into the following season’s program.

If you are NOT offered a space in the program we would like to thank you for your dedication and commitment to the tumbling program over the past season or several seasons. Not gaining a spot in the program also does not mean that you are prevented from trying out again the follow year or from looking at neighboring clubs that offer tumbling programs. This years tryouts will be extremely competitive.

We are committed to creating a high quality program here at the OGC and feel that it is necessary to re-evaluate our participants each season. There are a limited number of spaces available and those who have best demonstrated those traits that we have outlined will be offered a space in the program.

Please note that there will be NO APPEALS accepted to the decisions made by the Tumbling Program staff and myself.

Group Meetings will be arranged for the week of June 9th to 13th. Please see the bulletin board or the blog for details. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact me.

Thank you for participating,

Don Holmes
OGC T&T Program Director

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