Rhythmic Youth Elite Squad

Development Squad
The purpose of the Development Squad is to provide elite training opportunities as professional development for coaches working with skilled young rhythmic gymnasts. Training camps are conducted throughout the year targeting the highest level of technique development for both athletes and coaches. Strength and conditioning components are integral to the program in support of health and longevity.

A Squad Coordinator is appointed by the Rhythmic Program Director. In conjunction with the IEC, a National Team coach and Brevet judge are appointed to collaborate with the Coordinator as a Development Team in the identification of athletes to the training camps. The Squad Development Team identifies camp candidates through competition at the local, state, Regional and National (Open and JO Championships) levels. The Coordinator attends National events and reviews video submissions in preparation for training camps; the contributing National Team coach and Brevet judge may recommend coaches to submit videos to the Coordinator directly or the Program Director. Coaches who have an athlete that they believe is ready for elite preparation may submit a dvd or link to the Squad Coordinator directly or via the Rhythmic Program Director.

Development Camps 2016

February YOG Development: Open to all Level 9/10 gymnasts born in 2003.

March Elite Squad: as there is no national invitational this year in February (Colorado), based on 2015 October camps: readiness to participate and demonstrated improvement

September:
Elite Squad:

  • Top 8 Elite from National Championships who remain JRs in 2017
  • All Level 10 Elite gymnasts born 2003
  • 10-12 gymnasts born 2004 and younger by selection from JO Championships, Open Championships and video submissions
Squad:
  • Gymnasts born 2004 and younger by selection from JO Championships, Open Championships and video submissions (may include PAGU)
December Elite Squad:
  • Top 8 Elite from National Championships who remain JRs in 2017
  • All Level 10 Elite gymnasts born 2003
  • 10-12 gymnasts born 2004 and younger by selection from September camps based on readiness to participate and demonstrated improvement
Development Team 2016
Squad Coordinator: Lana Lashoff
Contributors: Marina Kuhkta (National Team coach), Melissa Becker (Brevet judge)