ATA Gymnastics Newsletter
August 2014
August is Balance Month

Having completed a successful "Rolling Month" during July, we are moving onto another extremely important aspect of gymnastics...Balance!    It is essential for all gymnasts to continually work to improve their balance and body control.  During the month of August, all recreational classes will spend some extra time working on drills and skills that focus on balance.  Whether your child has been doing gymnastics for one month or is a seasoned gymnast with years of experience, balance training is so important and will in turn, have a positive effect on the overall progress of your child.  During the month of August, students can expect to work on some of the following drills and skills:  Mountain tripods, Tripods, Headstands, Elbows stands & Chest stands, Handstands (various positions), Scales (Y-scale, Ring, etc.). Balance training not only helps students perform static holds, such as the ones listed above, it helps to improve core strength.  Encourage your kids to practice and show you the balance skills at home that they have been learning in class!  Practice makes Perfect!  Click here to see our Rec Newsletter. 

Gymster Gymnastics

August Gymster Theme:  mazing Animals!

Join us for a month of monkeying around as we learn all about animals and the way they move. For information on skill of the month and more check out our Gymster Gazette by clicking HERE! 


ATA's Gymster program is celebrating National Gymnastics Day on Friday, September 19th 2014 at 11:30! Mark your calendars you won't want to miss the fun!



Amazing Animals

Amazing Animals
During the weeks of August 18th through August 30th, all Intro Tumblers (3-6 yrs) will take a walk on the wild side as they tumble into the world of Animals!  All Amazing Animal activities will follow ATA's curriculum. Students will learn the following song and sing during circle time.  Sung to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus"

The wings on the bird go up and down, Up and down, Up and down. The wings on the bird go up and down, Go birdie Go

The hooves on the horse go clop, clop, clop, Clop, clop, clop,  Clop, clop, clop. The hooves on the horse go clop, clop, clop, Go horsie Go

The cute little bunny goes hop, hop, hop, Hop, hop, hop  Hop, hop, hop. The cute little bunny goes hop, hop, hop Go bunny Go                             

Sing at home with your child!
Gym Closed for Labor Day

The Gym will be closed for Labor Day on Monday September 1st. 


Make ups are not needed for this day off as our calendar is based on an average of 4 classes per month over a 1yr period.


Back to School Sleepover

Bring your sleeping bag to an unforgettable night of organized games, relays, obstacle courses, supervised free play and more...Space is limited, sign up today! *ATA will provide dinner as well as a breakfast snack.  
When: Aug. 9th   Time: 7:30pm-8:00am   Ages: 6-12 yrs
Cost:  $45 ATA students
            $50 non enrolled students

Acrobatic Gymnastics Team 


World Championships

Here in California, in early July, while folks celebrated our Nation's Independence, ATA's elite athletes showed their patriotism "acro style" at the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Championships in Paris, France.  Competition wrapped up with an outstanding result for ATA's men's pair, Bryan Allen and Brennan Atsatt!  The pair performed solid routines in the qualification rounds that advanced them to finals where they delivered a medal winning performance earning them a silver medal in the 13-19 age group division, narrowly missing the top slot to the Russians with a 28.05 for their combined routine.   Over 33 countries participated at this year's World Championships in Levallois, France, which is held every other year. 


ATA's Head coach, Alayna Davis, in reflecting over the season, said, "The road to World Championships that started for ATA's Women's Pair, Women's Group and Men's Pair 2 years ago has proved to be an adventurous rollercoaster of highs, lows, loops, and turns. Performing 7 fantastic performances and earning a silver medal for USA has been an incredible way to conclude the journey! I am so proud of all the athletes in their display of grace, sportsmanship, and excellence."


Also showing strong performances at World Championships were the following pair/groups: Kaitlyn Kennedy, Shannon Kennedy and Kendall Tarvin; women's group - age 13-19, receiving a combined score of 51.278 and Madeline Bones and Samantha Servellon competing as a women's pair in the 12-18 age group category earning a combined score of 53.90. 



National Championships

The 2014 Acrobatic Gymnastics National Championships concluded earlier this month in Louisville, KY with strong representation from ATA's competition team!  Elite competition resulted in 5 gold medal and 7 silver medal performances by elite men's pair, Bryan Allen and Brennan Atsatt, elite women's groups Shannon & Kaitlyn Kennedy and Kendall Tarvin and Neena Deshpande, Mikaela Fincannon and Hannah Pack and elite women's pair, Samantha Servellon and Madeline Bones. 


This year, for the first time, Acrobatic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline and Tumbling joined forces to compete together in one spectacular event!  It created an extraordinary opportunity for our acrobatic athletes to see other elite gymnasts in other disciplines up close!  Evening sessions for elite athletes were held in the KFC Yum! Center arena with all the fanfare and attention of a first class event including live streaming and crazy fun energy generated by USAG's long time mascot, John McCready.


All told, Team ATA brought home a total of 21 medals!  It's a very proud moment for us to reflect on the season and to see such an amazing result!  For this year, it's a wrap!  Time to take a breath and get ducks in order for another great year!




Have a Great Day! 

"Life needs balance.  Life needs strength.  Start with gymnastics and go anywhere"




Aerial Tumbling and AcroGymnastics


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