Practice makes perfect.
When the traditional "one class per week" isn't enough for your child, it's time for the next big step in our sport, "TEAM". This means longer training sessions, more time on the apparatus, and (depending upon age) competitions. Whether it's to get his or her feet wet in the competitive arena or to win World Championships, Texas Dreams has a place for your child.
In the recreational (class) program, age determines where you train. In the team program, ability and aptitude dictates placement. How long a child stays on that team depends upon their skill accrual and readiness for the next challenge. We start slow, with more time on all events, and learn the foundation of the sport and the basics of the competition arena. We put 'em on a team, teach them all we can, and give them a chance to perform on a stage.
The sport of gymnastics competitive program is designed to teach root skills, which are fundamental to higher level gymnastics, at the beginning levels of competition. The routines are all the same, hence the reference to the "compulsory" program. Your child will compete the same routines as other gymnasts at competitions, with the highest score coming from the most well executed performance. Perfect the basics, win the compulsories.
Once a gymnast has proven mastery of the compulsory levels, they advance to the next level of competition, optional level. While there are mandatory elements, gymnasts are given more choices that suit their strengths and abilities. These "optional" skills comprise their routines and the balance of riskier difficulty with the same focus on perfect execution will determine their score. Master the fundamentals, add elements that showcase your strengths, perform perfectly to succeed.