The club track is an introductory competitive track based on the Recreational Track. Compared to the Compulsory Track, the Club Track requires minimal experience in both training and skill mastery. This track is flexible enough to allow for participants to successfully experience a competitive environment while training fewer hours than is normally required. This track may be seasonal and does not require a year-round commitment. Another key contributor to this track is the ability of athletes to use their gymnastics training and conditioning to support their skills in other sports.
The routines are broken up into four levels: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. The skill focus is similar to that in the compulsory track, except that routines in the club track may vary in exact construction in order to fulfill the requirements. The age range is 6 – 18, and this track can serve as an entry point for further competitive tracks. Younger athletes may transition to the compulsory track, while older athletes might transition to the Optional Track via level 7 or into high school varsity gymnastics. Club track athletes graduating high school have an opportunity to continue their careers through the NAIGC or GymACT.
Class structure is similar to that in the recreational track, and the commitment level is typically between 2 – 5 hours per week. Gymnasts attend 2 – 5 competitions in the winter months culminating in a state championship in March. Meets are typically combined with compulsory track athletes, and a session lasts between 2 – 4 hours.
Costs will vary by gym but typically range between $100 to $250 per month with additional expenses for meet registration, travel, and uniforms.
If you are at a gym that already has a boys club track team, talk to the coach about how to try out for the team. To find a gym in your area that may have a boys team, USAG has a gym locator. Just type in your zip code, and it will give a list of nearby gyms. From there, you’ll need to find out which gyms have men’s programs by clicking on the link to each gym’s website and investigating their class offerings. You can also search Google Maps (or your maps application of choice) in your area for “gymnastics” or Google for “recreational gymnastics [insert your city/town/area here].”
For coaches or gym owners, it is very easy to start a club program, even with limited equipment. See this document for more information on how to start a new boys program.