ZIONSVILLE, Ind., June 29, 2010 – The 2010 U.S. Gymnastics for All National Championships featured three different competitions: TeamGym Nationals, the competitive side of group gymnastics; National GymFest, a non-competitive program for performance or display gymnastics; and the USA Gymnastics for All Challenge, where groups perform for recognition. The three-day event was held at Interactive Academy and Gymnastics in Zionsville, Ind.
Biron’s Gymnastics of Houston won the titles for both Level 6 and 7. Fliptastic! of Carmichael, Calif., took top honors for Level 5, with the Level 4 crown going to La Jolla (Calif.) YMCA. Berks East Gymnastics was first for Levels 2 and 3. DeVeau’s Gymnastics of Fishers, Ind., was the champion for Level 1.
TeamGym is the competitive side of group gymnastics. Squads of athletes perform in two events: group floor exercise and group jump. Although there are 10 difficult levels in TeamGym, Levels 1-7 were contested at the 2010 national championships. Level 1 is the introductory level.
USA Gymnastics for All Challenge
Held for the second year, groups perform GymFest-type performance displays in the USA Gymnastics for All Challenge before a panel of expert evaluators, who will designate one of three levels of recognition: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Biron’s Gymnastics and La Jolla YMCA both earned gold designations, and Berks East Gymnastics was recognized with the silver. Biron Gymnastics also won the Judges’ Choice Award.
Group gymnastics – known as Gymnastics for All by the International Gymnastics Federation – is one of the gymnastics disciplines officially recognized by gymnastic organizations worldwide. This diverse sport program provides opportunities and activities for all ages and levels of abilities. General gymnastic activities contribute to the development of general sport skills, fitness, health, important movement patterns and daily life skills.