USA Gymnastics Open Championships provides combination of a national level gymnastics competition and family fun
posted on 03/14/2011

Do you have a Level 4 in your gym that you think is the best in the country? Do you think your Level 7 team can blow away the competition? Now is your chance to prove it and earn bragging rights of a national title. The USA Gymnastics Open Championships is a chance to see where your gymnasts and teams rank in the country in their respective levels.

This year's 2011 USA Gymnastics Open Championships, June 2-5 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for gymnasts and their families Acaa the chance to compete for a national title and enjoy a fun family vacation in the Orlando, Fla., area.

"The USA Gymnastics Open Championships provide an opportunity for families to combine gymnastics and a family vacation," said Kathy Kelly, vice president of women's program. "Gymnasts at these levels have the chance to go for a national title, and the entire family can come and watch and then enjoy the fun of the Disney properties."

This four-day event features several firsts: female gymnasts in Levels 4-8 and Prep-op may compete for a national title; the Junior Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Open Championships (Levels 4-6) is held with a women's gymnastics event; and a women's National Elite Qualifier is staged in conjunction with these two events.

"We have already signed up to compete," said David Holcomb, owner of Buckeye Gymnastics in Westerville, Ohio. "We are excited about this event because it provides a national-level opportunity for Levels 4-8 and prep-op to compete against kids in the same levels all across the country. The chance to compete in a USA Gymnastics national competition should not be limited to the top two to three percent of the gymnasts in the country. And, what's not to like about Disney."

"Our families are excited and planning their trips to Florida now," said Holcomb. "They are looking forward to combining a great gymnastics opportunity with a fun vacation for the entire family!"

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is located adjacent to the various Disney World properties, and participants qualify for reduced hotel rates at either Disney's All-Star Sports Resort or the Coronado Springs Resort and several theme park ticket packages.

The tentative competition schedule is:

  • Thursday, June 2: Artistic Acaa Level 4; Prep-Op, Divisions C (Silver, minimum age 6), D (Gold) and E (Platinum); and Rhythmic Acaa Future Stars Test
  • Friday, June 3: Artistic Acaa Levels 4-5; Rhythmic Acaa Level 4
  • Saturday, June 4: Artistic Acaa Levels 6-7; Rhythmic Acaa Level 5
  • Sunday, June 5: Artistic Acaa Level 8 & Elite Qualifier; Rhythmic Acaa Level 6
"We created this event so that these young gymnasts could enjoy the national competition experience," said Kelly. "We think the Orlando area adds to the experience because of the entertainment options that accompany the competition."

Individual awards will be given for each age group in each session. Age groups will be established by dividing the athletes in each session into four approximately equal groups (determined by actual birth date).

Club teams will be comprised of a minimum of three gymnasts per club. The top three club team champions will be awarded in each session. Team scores will be determined by adding the top three scores in each event. The top three overall club team champions will be named at the conclusion of the event.

Registrations for the inaugural championships are handled through each gymnast's club. The individual gymnast entry fees are only $50, women's prep-op; $75, women's Levels 4-8; and $150, rhythmic. Club team fees are $15 for artistic and $30 for rhythmic.