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Instead of mailed in registrations, this year registration will be done electronically using the USAG online system. Instructions are provided below:
This is a very quick system and will not take any longer than 5 minutes.
After checking to make sure what USAG has is correct, simply click on all the athletes and coaches you would like to attend the competition. After clicking all your athletes and coaches, click on: Submit. You are now finished.
Upon completion, USA Gymnastics will send both you and the meet director your complete roster with all the information provided. At that time, we will email you an invoice for the money due for the entries. The only additional information we will need to ask is if you are entering teams and at which levels.
Thank you very much for using this new USAG registration process for our meet.
We are so proud of Audrey Frohloff, Karis German, and Emma Strom for qualifying to the National TOPs Testing in Houston, TX.
You can watch a great segment by KETV’s Brandi Petersen on the following link: http://t.co/OprhoDPNCJ
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We want to welcome everyone, old and new, to Premier. As in previous years, we strive to make every year better than the one before. As the owners, we are here to make sure you have a wonderful experience. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact any of our personnel and we will do our best to help.
Over the summer we updated our website. The format is one of a ‘Blog’ which means more interaction is available. You can leave comments, you can share posts to your friends, you can even sign up for Text Alerts. Text alerts will prove to be VERY useful when bad weather hits as you can get an instant alert to cancelled classes.Another nice benefit to the website is that all of our ‘Posts’ will be archived so you can look into the past postings in the event you may have missed something.
As mentioned earlier, please do let us know how we can make your experience at Premier better. We are always striving for best customer service.
Thank you for supporting your child’s activity at Premier! Have FUN and be SAFE!
Tom and Jody
We at Premier would like to highlight one of our directors, Wesley Smith for this issue of the Star. Wesley has been with the company since 2009. He wears many hats here at Premier including Martial Arts Director, Maintenance Manager and “Master of all trades for Premier”. Wesley started his career with Martial Arts in 1989. Since then he has trained in different styles of Martial Arts such as, Tae Kwon Do, RBWI, and Jujitsu. He competed in the 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2008 Cornhusker State games where he won 1st place in forms and 1st place in sparring. He is currently teaching Kamishin Ryu Karate Do and has been teaching this style for over 6 years.
He has quite a bit of instructional training in other different activities. He was an aquatics teacher for 10 years. He taught gymnastics, and has been a soccer coach as well. He was also a Preschool teacher at an intergenerational child development center for 4 years and has been a presenter in training seminars.Wesley is married and the proud father of four children. We are excited to have his excellent talent and passion for what he does as a part of Premier!
Welcome to Premier to all new as well as returning students & parents! We thank you for choosing Premier. We hope your child is enjoying their class(es)! If you have any questions regarding your financial contract, just stop in the Pro-shop. Please remember the charges for the following month will be deducted from your specified account between the 15th and the 20th of the month prior (ex Oct 15 for Nov classes). Xcel parents please remember the Xcel fees will also be deducted as indicated on the Xcel contract you signed. Should you need to cancel a class or child, you would need to do this by the 10th of the month prior so your account will not be charged. This cancellation would also need to be in writing either by stopping in the Pro-shop and signing the form, or via an email. Phone requests cannot be honored, and please remember the person who signed the contract needs to make this request.
A complete listing of our policies may be found on our web site at www.premier-gymnastics.com, simply click on “About us” & ‘Premier policies’. Stop in our Pro-shop for a great selection of leotards, gift items and snacks/refreshments! The leotards we sell in the store are all consignment, which means we get a new package of the various brands usually monthly or bi-monthly. Watch the monitors for the pictures indicating the arrival of a new package! If your daughter would like to be a leotard model, stop in the Pro-shop and complete a sign up form!
Summer camp was as HOT as the summer! We had record enrollment in our summer camps this summer and I hope that it will be just as full next summer. Kids enjoyed days filled with gym time, games, sports, arts & crafts, movies, swimming, and more. Next year, there will be lots more of this kind of fun. Our annual promotion begins January 2, so mark this on your calendar to make sure you sign up early to secure your spot in the camp.
Don’t know what to do with your kids during school holidays or days off? Send them to one of our mini camps offered during school holidays or days off school. They are packed with structured activities such as gym time, games, sports, arts & crafts. Mini Camps run from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Don’t forget to sign up the week before since space is limited. We hope to see your kids here during their school breaks.
Welcome back everyone to a fresh new school year. I hope everyone is excited to start learning new jujitsu techniques. Cory and I got an opportunity to take our hard style Kamishin Ryu and connect with our grand master in Colorado. He has been very impressed with the program we run. He promoted us to provisional black belts in our soft style Kanda Ha Kamishin Aiki Jujitsu. Cory and I have some things to show our grand master then in October we will officially be 1st degree black belts.
Congratulations to Anna Dorr for achieving her yellow belt in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. Also congratulations to Alastair Mansfield on achieving his high white belts. Let’s keep working hard and completing the requirements to true self defense
“Whatever luck I had, I made. I was never a natural athlete, but I paid my dues in sweat and concentration and took the time necessary to learn karate and become world champion.” –Chuck Norris
Lets keep kicking!
Sensei Wesley Smith
Students did great this summer! I had the chance to see some students overcome fears and really begin taking control of their movement and I got the chance to see others excel and push through the training and conditioning routines . After a hot summer, it’s nice to see the temperature tapering down a little. As things get colder though I can’t stress enough the importance of “warm-ups”. When inactive, blood-flow is generally down, joints are stiff, and muscles are tight. When practicing Parkour, these conditions decrease skill of movement and increase risk of injury. When doing Range of Motion (ROM) Exercises (i.e. shoulder/ankle rotations) or Quadra-pedal Movements (QMs) (i.e. bear crawl, climbing), general blood-flow increases, joints become lubricated, muscles relax, and kinesthetic awareness becomes more keen. One day, Bruce Lee didn’t warm up and severely injured himself. His doctors told him he would never kick again. Luckily that wasn’t the case, but it goes to prove the importance of warm-ups.
Train hard, train safe!
Where did the summer go? It seems each year summers get shorter. I hope that your summer was exiting and fun filled.
As we head into the fall I would like to welcome all new and returning students. I would like to let you know that dance instructors here at Premier are interested in helping you child excel in the love of dance. We will begin the year focusing on dance terminology and the development of self expression through music.
Just a friendly reminder, every dancer in Mini Stars dance, Stars dance, and Shooting Star dance must have black elastic in their tap shoes. Sewing elastic into tap shoes eliminates the hassle of stopping class to re-tie shoes. Elastic for tap shoes is available for purchase in Premiers Pro shop.
Welcome to a new year at Premier. We are looking forward to a great year full of Dance.
Gerry, Lauren, Bralyn
The T&T recreational classes are in full swing and the kids are busy learning their skills. We have started using a new skills checklist for moving kids from one level to the next and we will be adding new level 3 and 4 classes for those kids that pass the requirements to enter the new levels. The T&T coaches will identify those kids that should be tested and will have the kids perform the necessary mobility skills to determine if they qualify to move to the next level. We are very excited about offering more advanced classes to challenge those who are able to safely perform more advanced skills.
Birthdays are special times for all, so take the stress out of planning and enjoy your child’s birthday as much as possible. Start with 30 minutes in our party room where they can have cake and open presents, or any other creative ideas you may have. The party finishes with one hour in our 12,500 sq. ft. main gym where children, ages three and up, will have the opportunity to use their natural energy while they BOUNCE, ROLL, SWING and JUMP. Our birthday party staff will lead the children in several different structured activities including exploring our giant inflatable, bouncing on our in-ground trampolines and swinging from rings into a giant foam-filled pit. When the party is over, we do the clean up. Parents can just relax and enjoy while the children are having a blast! We provide invitations which includes a map to our facility and a goodie bag for each child. Parties are held on Saturdays and Sundays. The fun is at the gym!
Welcome back! We hope that you all had a great summer. We are very excited that our school year schedule has begun. It is great to see new faces along with many new ones. First, I will cover how our gymnastics classes are structured, the reason behind the structure and how a child progresses through the levels here at Premier.
We feel that structure is the best way to ensure that all our students are receiving the same high level gymnastics instruction. Our first priority is to make sure that the kids are having fun while they are taking classes. We like to warm-up class with a fun game that involves gymnastics shapes and activities. This type of activity will get their bodies ready for the stretches and conditioning that follows. It is very important that we take the time to work on, shapes, flexibility and conditioning. These three areas will make learning the skills that much easier for the child. They also provide a very important foundation for the child as they progress through the levels. Many of the activities we do in warm-up can be done very easily at home and will only benefit the child the more they do them. After warm-ups we will split the kids by their level and they will proceed to their first event. After approximately 20 minutes, they will go to their second event. During a normal month, we will have the gymnasts on the same two events; bars and beam or floor and vault, for two weeks in a row. This allows for repetition and better memory retention of the skills being taught. All of the lessons for each event, at each level are posted on the Recreational bulletin board behind the upstairs bleachers. The skills that are in the lesson plans every week are the same skills the child will be evaluated on to see if they are ready to advance to the next level.
This school year we have incorporated the new USA Gymnastics Xcel program in to our recreational class structure. USA Gymnastics has re-structured their levels and we feel that it is best to keep our levels as close to their system as possible. Level 1s and 2s will now be called Stars. Level 3s will be known as Bronze, Level 4s will be Silver and the Flairs will now be Gold and Platinum. The curriculum will stay very close to what it already is with some slight changes. Any changes made to the curriculum will be posted online under classes then evaluations. You can always find both the evaluations and the curriculum for each level behind the bleachers on the Recreational Bulletin board.
Evaluations allow parents and staff to view the child’s progress in gymnastics. The evaluations also help the staff to ensure that the child is in the correct level. Evaluations will be held in November and May. These are ideal months as the children have been in their classes for at least a couple of months. This allows us to test the majority of students in our program. Each child is evaluated on the four events; vault, bars beam and floor. The skills that they work on in each class are the skills that they are tested on, so there are no surprises. Their score is calculated for each event and then all of the events are added together to see if they have accumulated enough points, to advanced to the next level. In each level there are required skills that the child must have to move on to the next level. If the child has not achieved a required skill but has enough points they will not be able to move up until that skill is requirement is met. As soon as the child masters that skill, they will be allowed to advance to the next level. A child will typically spend about one year in each level until they reach the Bronze level and up. Once a child reaches the Bronze level, the skills are much more
advanced and take longer to master. Most children will spend approximately one to two years in these levels. Please keep in mind that some children may advance more or less quickly as every child is different. Our main focus is that the child is having fun and making progress. As previously stated, all of the evaluations are on the bulletin board. You may also view them at www.premier-gymnastics.com under the classes section.
We are in the very beginning of our Xcel season. For those of you who have not yet heard about this exciting program I will briefly explain what it encompasses. The Xcel program is our recreational competitive team. The gymnasts will learn routines on each of the four apparatus to perform during about four meets during the year. The program is open to any gymnast at the Bronze level and above in the recreational program. It is a fun program that allows for the child to be a part of a team and see what competitive gymnastics is all about.
During the next couple of months the gymnasts participating in the Xcel program will be working on skills and starting to put together their routines. If your child was in the program last year, all of the routines have changed, so everyone will be learning a new routine. Over the next few weeks, you should receive a new Xcel packet with all of the fees and forms for the upcoming seasons. We will not be using the same leotard as last year, so everyone will need to purchase a new one. We will be ordering the leotards in September this year so that we have them for pictures in October. As always please feel free to contact me with any additional questions. We are all very excited for this year and hope to have all of our returning All-Stars along with new ones.
Jamie, Wendy, Rebecca, and Sammy Jo
In talking to parents in the hallways and bleachers, we have become aware of how many of you are only aware of the part of our program in which your child participates. Many of you have never been down the hallways to the martial arts and dance rooms. Perhaps the saddest part of all is that some of you have never experienced the fun-filled room of preschool gymnastics, located upstairs at the far west end of the building. In this room you witness the joy of movement through gymnastics. We explore different learning patterns while we lay a solid foundation for our sport and many others. We build confidence and good work habits with praise and success. We gently ease these young learners in to direction following and re-enforcing preschool concepts like colors, shapes and numbers.
We urge you to please come visit us and the room in which all this very serious stuff goes on. Just don’t’ tell the children, after all they “think” they are just having fun.
P.S. I always have an extra pair of clothes should the children have too much fun and have an accident.
Cyd and the preschool staff
Our T&T team finished their season in July and our team had tremendous success this year. Ten national qualifiers attended the U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Championships that were held in Kansas City, MO this year. Of those ten qualifiers, seven athletes made it to the podium and received medals. Now, the team is hard at work learning new skills for the upcoming competition season that begins in January. We are working hard to build on the accomplishment of this year with another successful trip to the U.S. Championships in July of 2014!
The Top Tots are doing a great job. We are settling nicely into our new routine and new workout times.
We now offer four different workout times for our top tot gymnasts.
We currently have been working on all of our important body shapes and we are learning to recognize shapes that are done incorrectly.
Our confidence is growing on beam as we learn to do more and more skills on the high beam. We are learning to always use our beam feet and keep our bodies tall.
On floor we are working on keeping our bodies in a tuck throughout our roll, keeping our heads in the proper position in our handstands, and landing on our feet.
We are becoming stronger on the bars, working on strong arms, big casts, and pullovers. You can see the improvement in strength because we are climbing higher and higher on the rope.
Recently, a few of out Top Tots have moved up to Level 1-2 and I would like to congratulate them on their achievement. We have added some new faces to our Top Tot team. Our new girls bring with them quite a bit of talent.
This year is getting off to a great start. We look forward to having a fantastic fall.
During the summer, we have been working hard on trying to pass out of skills. With the coming of the school year, we will be back to work perfecting and performing those skills for our Testing’s.
Throughout the school year, our level 1 team gymnasts have the opportunity to perform skills as well as some conditioning and flexibility exercises. Based on their proficiency with which they perform, the girls can pass out of level 1 skills on all the events as well as dance.
In September, we will continue working on the Fundamentals, focus more on strength and flexibility which is so important. All this helps us to become a better gymnast.
The Level 1 girls have been doing a great job. Keep up the good work.
Gerry and Susan
The Level 2’s have been working very hard all summer. Many of them conquered the backhandspring, the front hip circle and the handstand dismount on beam. Because of all their hard work, several of the girls have moved up to the Level 3 group. They will be missed but we are very proud of them and will be cheering them on this competition season.
The Level 2’s are looking forward to showing off their skills, conditioning and flexibility at the 1st Team Testing on September 28th. They have been working very hard in practice and been staying focused. Keep up the hard work Level 2’s!! It is going to be a fun season!!
Tonya, Susan and Lora
It’s been a great summer with lots of improvement from all of the girls. We spent most of the summer working hard on new skills and improving the skills we already had. Now it’s time to learn the new routines of 2013 and get them ready for competition season. Our first competition is coming up next month and I’m very excited for the girls to show family and friends how hard they’ve been working to be the gymnast they are today! It’s been a pleasure working with each gymnast and seeing their eagerness to get better every practice. My focus for the season is that the girls are prepared and ready to compete to the best of their ability while having a great time. I believe that we all perform better when we are happy and enjoying what we do. It’s important for gymnasts to realize that they are doing something extraordinary and competitions are their time to shine! They’re looking good and enjoying practices, lets carry that energy over to meet season!
The Premier Competitive Team grew by leaps and bounds this past summer, with 27 girls moving into the Program and many girls moving up to the next levels. Our coaching staff also grew and has added some great coaches that were also excellent competitive gymnasts.
Premier continued with the TOP (Talent Opportunity Program) this year and did an outstanding job by qualifying 3 gymnasts to the National Testing in Houston, TX. Overall 11 gymnasts from Premier tested this year with every one of them greatly improving.
The optional levels have finished up their summer and with a strong push to get their skills. This year the optional team is shaping up to be one of the largest teams ever for Premier Gymnastics. Over the next month, the girls will solidify their competitive levels and begin routine work for the season. This last season was a great success and we are looking to improve on their success throughout the team and individually.
The team this year is making a Commitment to Excellence. This is becoming a core value of the program to strive for excellence in everything you do. This is not only a key element in gymnastics but also for success in life.
Bob and Stephanie