Saturday, June 27, 2009

Summer Schedule

Here is a copy of the most up-to-date schedule.

Again if you have any questions or conflicts please send me an e-mail and we will try to see what we can do.


Summer Is Here

Hi Everyone,

Summer is finally here. I hope you are all ready for a short rest and excited to start a new season.

The groups are strong, the coaches are ready and the weekends are free at last.

Of course we don't want you too get too lazy so I have posted a Cross Training Sheet for all tumblers to do while they are absent from the gym. It's simple and easy to get everything done in one week. I suggest that parents do it too.

Have a great break and we will see you the week of July 6th.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Parent Meeting Notes

Tumbling Program Parent Meeting June 17th, 2009

Congratulations to all the tumblers who were offered spots in the tumbling program for the 2009/2010 season. We do appreciate your dedication, loyalty commitment and enthusiasm for our tumbling program. By implementing the ‘Re-Tryout’ and ‘Tryout’ protocols we are not trying to be mean or unsupportive of those athletes that we have been working with and developing over the previous year (or years). Our program is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces. We are simply trying to ensure that those athletes who are the most deserving of a spot on the team are receiving those spots. If at some point we do ask your child to leave the program this may be thought of as a good thing allowing the athlete the opportunity to explore other sports where they may be more suited physically, mentally or socially.

With regards to the “Summer-Long Tryout” for those athletes in the Provincial CB and CBA groups we have accepted 20 athletes, which is four more than our ratios usually permit. We have done this because we would like to keep everyone if possible. We believe that everyone we have offered a spot to in the 20 person group warrants an extended opportunity to prove to us that they deserve a spot and that they want a spot. If by the end of the summer training we have found a way to keep everyone then we will do what we can to make sure that no one is cut; however, if we feel there is reason to let your child go from the program we will be letting you know mid summer and discussing reasons why and what might be done to avoid this situation. It will not come as a big surprise at the end of the summer. We will communicate with you on this matter. If you have further questions about this protocol please send me an e-mail.

Summer Attendance: During the summer session we expect 50% attendance as a minimum. We would prefer that your child attends 100% of their scheduled classes but we understand summer schedules are far more diverse and we would hope that kids take the time to enjoy summer camps, weeks at the cottage and time with family. Please send me an e-mail with the dates that your child will not be at tumbling. Low attendance in some groups on specific weeks may allow us to accommodate other athletes who have summer training conflicts and permit them to make the minimum number of training hours.

Fall/Winter/Spring Attendance: During the school year we expect 80% attendance as a minimum. Obviously the less your athlete trains the less they will progress and the less they will be prepared for competition. It is in your best interest to have your athlete at the gym as much as possible.

Violation of Attendance Minimums and Removal from the Program: If Niki and I choose to remove an athlete from the program then your contract with the club will be terminated at that time and you will not be charged a 2 month contract breaking fee. If you choose to leave the program before the end of the season for whatever reason including failing to make the minimum number of attendance hours required you will be charged the 2 month contract breaking fee. We cannot hold spots for athletes who do not attend the program. If you have schedule conflicts that will prevent your athlete from reaching the minimum attendance requirement but wish to remain as part of the tumbling program please e-mail me outlining your situation.

Schedules: Summer Schedules and a Tentative Fall/Winter/Spring schedules have been distributed. We understand the logistical difficulties that families encounter by receiving these schedules in June as summer camp registration and vacations need to be booked several months in advance. Please note that we create our schedule with careful consideration. We realize that there will be conflicts and we have outlined how we are attempting to provide concessions for these conflicts.

Viewing Area Closure: During the summer months the viewing area may be closed in the evening so there will be no parent viewing. Your child will be let in at the sliding glass doors at the front of the club and be ushered out at the end of their session. When the viewing area is closed no one is permitted in the gym lobby for safety and liability reasons. Our apologies for the inconvenience that this might cause.

September Meetings: In September we will have specific meetings with all the individual tumbling groups so that we might address items that are unique to each group of athletes. Explanations of the competitions and structure of the competitive season will be discussed at that time.

Weeks Off: June 27th to July 6th, August 22nd to September 10th

Active Rest: During the rest periods we expect athletes to remain active. We will be giving the tumblers a checklist of activities to do during their off time in order to keep them fit.

Nutrition: Niki will post a Nutrition Fact Sheet on the blog at some point soon.

Sponsorship: Athletes are able to search for sponsors to offset the costs of training and competitions. The OGC is working of creating an up-to-date sponsorship package for all competitive athletes. Please enquire if you are interested in sponsorship.

READ THE BLOG REGULARLY: Very important that you keep up-to-date on the blog. It is the online bulletin board for our program. Everything is archived there so you can go back and pull any information that you might need.

Competitive Registration: Registrations are due now so please get all forms into Agnes immediately.

Any questions can be directed to:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Schedule Notes June 17 - 21

Just a quick reminder of:

Parent Meeting for Provincial and National athletes
Wednesday, June 17th, 8:00 to 8:30pm
Lower lobby of the OGC
Question Period to follow

Year End Banquet
Thursday, June 18th
No Tumbling Training on Thursday

Father's Day
Sunday, June 21st
Provincial CB regularly scheduled for 9:30 to 12:30 REMAINS THE SAME
Provincial DCB regularly scheduled for 12:30 to 3:30pm RESCHEDULED TO 9:30 to 12:30 with CB group
National Group regularly schedule for 3:30 to 6:30pm RESCHEDULED TO 12:30 to 3:30pm.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Scarborough Meet Schedule

Here is the schedule for the Retro Summer Invitational. Please take note of what time you need to be at the gym for Registration and Athlete Stretching.
Remember this competition is all about fun. Please wear your Hawaiian shirts and flip flops. Relax and grab something to eat off the BBQ. Wear your grass skirts and your coconut bras if you've got'em.
Good Luck to all the athletes.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tumbling Groups 2009/2010

After much deliberation and careful thought here are the groups for the 2009/2010 Tumbling season.

Developmental 1
4 hours (2x 2 hour trainings)
Coach: Karen CIT: Kelsey

1 Sofie Hawthorne
2 Kyra Mark
3 Samantha Chafe
4 Sofia Uppal
5 Abigail Mooney
6 Michael Scott
7 Logan Brown
8 Ella Heiss
9 Alexandra Opterkuch
10 Emily Galloway

Developmental 2
6 hours (3 x 2 hours trainings)
Coach: Amanda

1 Pheonix Lee
2 Kyle McFarlane
3 Keegan Merner
4 Ava Mann
5 Madeline Hawkins
6 Hannah Crouse
7 Melissa Kiley
8 Caileigh Dejonge

Developmental 3
8 hours (3 x 2.5 or 3 hours)
Coach: Amanda (possibly with a CIT)

1 Ethan Hawkins
2 Matthew Pan
3 Keira Witcher-Dowling
4 Hannah Ligon
5 Erin Dane
6 Tyler Hutchings
7 Hudson McLaughlin
8 Zoe Gilbert
9 Kelsey Horn

Provincial D
8 hours (3 x 2.5 or 3 hours)
Coach: Don (fall/winter Don and Niki on different days)

1 Connie Robinson
2 Emma Chau
3 Connor Salmon
4 Talia Valentine
5 Naomi Smith
6 Jade Jordan
7 Elizabeth Karam
8 Abi Youngberg
9 Lukas Schiller

Provincial CBA Combined Group
10 hours (4x 2 or 2.5. or 3 hours)
Coaches: Don and Andree at the same time (fall/winter Don and Niki)

1 Avery Palkovic
2 Jessica Kenning
3 Elsa Mastrogiacomo
4 Shannon Green
5 Erik Polasek
6 Rachel Sardella
7 Alyssa Bellford
8 Monique Lazaruk
9 Mackenzie Dodd
10 Taylor Athay
11 Marlo Rosart
12 Jessica Sheridan
13 Taylor Morris
14 Stephanie Milligan
15 Steven Tucker
16 Kiana Ng
17 Cameron Dodd
18 Bryan Holden
19 Paxton Lapko
20 Marina Galchinska
*** Yes, this group is a very large. The summer will be an extended two month tryout for this group. At the end of the summer four athletes will be cut to drop it back to 16 (the 1:8 ratio). We found that there are so many great athletes at this level that we needed more time to decide who will be the best to keep through the year. Attendance, dedication to the program, work ethic, and skill development will be evaluated over the summer. This is the most fair way for us to run this group. My apologies to those four tumblers that will be deselected at the end of August. Unfortunately it is very competitive to remain in this group. Good luck to everyone in the group. We wish we could keep all of you.***

National Group
11 hours (4x 2 or 2.5. or 3 hours)
Coaches: Don and Andree (fall/winter Don and Niki)

1 Rachel Dhingra
2 Kezia Allen
3 VaNessah Sears-Duru
4 Jamie Patrick
5 Josh Sardella
6 Jack McGarr
7 Hannah Bocas
8 Athony Gentili
9 Cory Marsh
10 Kelsey Brasil
11 Michael Chaves
12 Luke MacKinnon
13 Lauren Rotolo
14 Jonathan Meehan
15 Haley Palmer (Dual Discipline Artistic and Tumbling)
***Some of these athletes may compete Level A if they are not capable of Novice minimum passes by October 15th, the Gymnastics Ontario registration date for competitive levels).***


Wednesday, June 10th 8:00 to 8:30pm Recreation Centre (room TBA)

Wednesday, June 17th 8:00 to 8:30pm Recreation Centre (room TBA)

If you are choosing NOT to accept the placement given please contact Don or Agnes immediately as we do have athletes on the waiting list.

Friday, June 5, 2009


Thank you to everyone who tried out for the Power Tumbling Program.

We are now pondering who will make it into which group.

Results will be posted on Monday.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Zacada Circus Performance

The 2009 Zacada Circus has a new show "What if ..."

The Zacada Circus was founded by two Cirque Du Soleil performers, Christine and Kostia, and is located in Stoney Creek. Last years show was fantastic. They use some of their own students but also bring in a bunch of Circus friends from all over the world to be part of their show. It's well worth the time and the money. It's like a mini Cirque Du Soleil performance in our own back yard.

I have asked for a group rate for the OGC. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in attending any of the Zacada Circus performances as posted on the website or the picture posted here.

Niki and I plan to attend the June 13th Matinee if you would like to be there when we are; however, group rates apply to any performance. Just let me know so that I can do the group booking. I will let you know what the group rate is when I hear back from Kosta. Tickets for the general public are $25 per person and $15 for kids under 12.