The TAGS Summer Progressive Meet is Coming Up!

What is the Summer Progressive Meet?

During the summer, TAGS staff are working hard with students ages 5 & over to prepare them for the Progressive Meet! All students who are registered for the Summer Session in either Progressive or Trampoline & Tumbling class are eligible to register and compete in the 2019 TAGS Summer Progressive Meet. All of the skills learned for routines in the meet are also the skills students need to move up to the next class level.

Students in these programs will learn routines for each of the events they practice on during the summer session. The Progressive Meet is a great time for students to show off the skills they have been working on all summer. Each student that signs up to compete will receive a ribbon on each event, a summer meet t-shirt and an all-around trophy!

What can children learn from this competitive experience?

Competition has many aspects that children can benefit from. It can help them develop physically, mentally, and emotionally and will teach them to understand the different components of winning and losing. Our goal at TAGS is to introduce competition in a safe, fun, positive atmosphere.

How do I register?

Registration for the Summer Progressive Meet can be done in person at the front desk, over the phone, online via our website or in the TAGS Gymnastics App!

TAGS Apple Valley: (952) 431-6445 TAGS Eden Prairie: (952) 920-5342

Register for the summer meet to join the fun!

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Thinking of “Taking a Break” for the Summer? Consider This…

The sport of gymnastics is all about MUSCLE MEMORY. ian-lucas-pbars-e1522422994328.jpg

Muscle memory is the ability to reproduce a particular movement without conscious thought, acquired as a result of frequent repetition of that movement.  Much like riding a bike or learning to play a musical instrument, gymnastics takes practice!  Participating in gymnastics at TAGS consistently throughout the year will mean more frequent repetition and will help gymnasts continue to progress.

In addition, gymnastics is great for exercise & fitness and will help prepare your child academically as well.  Here are a few benefits of gymnastics beyond fun & cartwheels:

Flip on the Focus

Gymnastics activates all large and fine motor skills.  Large motor activities like jumping, swinging, flipping & climbing stimulate the brain and allow children to focus.  Physical movement and exercise builds brain cells and helps children focus on a task.  Focusing with ease leads to learning with ease.

Rolling into Reading

Movements like swinging, twisting and rolling help the vestibular system develop properly. Rolling starts with the eyes and eye tracking is a prerequisite to reading. Gymnasts understand where their bodies are in space and work on visual, auditory, and tactile activities that help follow a pattern of movement.

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Math Moves

For children to be able to understand mathematical principles, they need good spatial skills. All gymnastics moves improve body awareness and wire the brain for math.

Hang Ten for Handwriting

For children to have good handwriting skills, they must have strong muscles that work together – mighty abs, back muscles, shoulders, forearms, wrists and fingers.  When they have poor core muscles, they have trouble sitting upright in a desk, holding a pencil, and writing legibly. Bar work strengthens all muscle groups related to writing.

Perfect Patterns

Gymnastics starts with children learning to follow a pattern of movements. Sequencing and understanding where to go next is a Kindergarten readiness skill. Understanding the order of things and making your body go through the order allows for a physical and cognitive activity to help build brain cells for better learners!

 

Lavender HandstandDuring the summer at TAGS, some kids register for weekly classes, some register for periodic camps & some do both!  We hold a Summer Progressive Meet for interested gymnasts in the Progressive and Trampoline & Tumblers Programs at the end of the summer session.

Making time for gymnastics during the summer in either a class or camp is beneficial in so many ways.  Consistent participation in the sport of gymnastics is a win-win where learning & fun go hand in hand.  Don’t miss out on the FUN!

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Shaping Healthy Minds

TAGS Gymnastics offers classes for walkers all the way through age 17.  This allows us an opportunity to help develop the minds of children and teens who participate in our program, and that is a responsibility we take seriously! TAGS is dedicated to being the home of fun, fitness, and friends. Here are some ways we strive to be a positive influence on our gymnasts at TAGS:

We promote good behavior!

  • Our goal is to have FUN while learning, so Blog 1we teach listening, safety, and social skills that prepare children to be considerate participants in gymnastics and other activities
  • Students learn that following along helps lessons to run smoothly and maximizes their fun and fitness experience
  • We care about our students and focus on maintaining a respectful environment

We help children reach goals!FB Blog 2

  • Whether we have a Beginner who masters their cartwheel or an Ultra Advanced student who perfects their round off back handspring, we love to celebrate success
  • We understand that children progress at different rates and our coaches are here to help students recognize their individual strengths and guide them to new achievements
  • Setting goals helps athletes develop a strong work ethic and creates opportunities to learn from both setbacks and successes

We know what kids need!

  • Fun!  TAGS provides a warm and positive atmosphere that keeps ourunnamed gymnasts excited to learn and grow
  • Fitness!  Exercise is the key to shaping healthy minds and bodies for all ages and gymnastics builds a great foundation for all sports
  • Friends!  Kids, families, and staff at TAGS Gymnastics cultivate friendships that strengthen children’s confidence and self-image

TAGS has the tools to help children flourish. From our safe and fun facilities to our passionate and knowledgeable coaches, we are here to make a difference. Join us today to experience the TAGS way!

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight On: Tots & Minis (Ages 3 & 4)

Tot Mini Blog Pic 3The Tot and Mini classes at TAGS Gymnastics are designed with the 3 and 4 year old brain and body in mind! At TAGS we know that 3 and 4 year old children are filled with boundless energy and learning potential, so we provide classes that coordinate specifically with age and ability to maximize the physical and mental benefits of gymnastics. Tot and Mini classes give children an opportunity to learn fun new skills while they interact with other children in a safe and structured environment.

What do they do in class?

In Tot and Mini classes at TAGS, children learn basic tumbling progressions and explore other apparatus and activities based on individual readiness. Apparatus include bars, balance beam, trampoline, rings and more. Students are challenged through a series of obstacle courses which help build strength, coordination, and flexibility. Themes and music are often incorporated into lessons to promote a fun atmosphere for learning. Lesson plans are varied from week to week and session to session in order to challenge each gymnast in fun, new ways!

Tot Mini Blog Pic 2Why gymnastics?

Gymnastics provides a great foundation for boys and girls physically, mentally, and emotionally. Along with helping to develop fine and gross motor skills, gymnastics can teach children behaviors that will help them become successful in school and other sports and activities. Gymnastics creates a basis for strong, healthy bodies and minds.

Is my child ready?

We strive to create a fun, postive learning environment for all children. Gymnastics classes at TAGS are a great way to introduce children to new situations and new people! It is not uncommon for children to be shy or experience challenging moments at first, so we work through obstacles with fun activities while learning good behaviors like following directions and taking turns.

Why TAGS?

At TAGS we have many years of experience on our side! Our Tots and Minis follow lesson plans that are designed by qualified instructors to optimize the fun and fitness experience of 3 and 4 year old gymnasts while promoting good habits that help build strong students and athletes.

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I Got the Medal, but He got the First Hug.

TAGS South Head Team Coach Kevin Brown coached and trained gymnasts in the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Olympic Games. We are loving this heartwarming story from Wendy Bruce that exemplifies the amazing coach he was and still is today!

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When I competed in the 1992 Olympics we had a team of six members. There was me, Shannon Miller, Kim Zmeskal, Betty Okino, Dominique Dawes, and Kerri Strug. Kim, Kerri, and Betty were coached by Bela Karoyli. Dom was coached by Kelli Hill. Shannon was coached by Steve Nunno and I was coached by the great Kevin Brown.

Back in 1992 we had to compete 8 routines. The entire team had to compete compulsories on all four events and optionals on all four events. Luckily during compulsories we were allowed to have our own coaches on the floor, but for optionals USA Gymnastics had to pick one head coach and one assistant coach for our team. They picked Bela and Steve. I knew Mr. Brown wasn’t going to be picked as a head or assistant coach for the team competition because it was customary to have the number one and two gymnasts…

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TAGS Spring Progressive Meets are Around the Corner!

Spring is an exciting time at TAGS as our staff and students begin preparations for the Progressive Meet! All students who participate in the Progressive Program or Trampoline & Tumbling Program and are registered for the Spring Session are eligible to register for and compete in the annual TAGS Spring Progressive Meet. Lisa with Ribbon Kids

Students learn a routine on select events during the Spring Session and get to showcase their skills at the meet, which will be held May. All gymnasts receive a ribbon for each event and a trophy for the all-around award. Our goal at TAGS is to introduce competition in a positive atmosphere. Register for the meet to join the fun!

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Competition is beneficial to children in many ways as it can help them develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. Participating in competitive activities at an early age helps Girls on Award Standchildren understand the different aspects of winning and losing. Most importantly, they can learn to utilize their successes and failures for personal growth. At TAGS we strive to provide a positive environment so our athletes will gain valuable life skills and have tons of fun along the way!

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Not signed up for the Spring Session? Don’t worry! Registration is open for our Summer Session and includes UNLIMITED MAKEUPS for missed classes! Our Summer Session also concludes with a Progressive Meet on the evening of the last Friday of the session.

We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Progressive Meet!

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TAGS Boy’s and Girl’s Teams Find Success at Regionals!

The TAGS boys and girls competitive teams had an awesome showing at their respective regional championships last weekend! The TAGS South and TAGS Eden Prairie girl’s teams competed in Green Bay, WI, while the boy’s team from TAGS South traveled to Milwaukee, WI.

There were some great finishes for the TAGS South girls with Natalie Meyer taking 4th on Uneven Bars at Level 9. For Level 8, Lindsey Neumann took  4th on Beam, Alex Barcus tied for 9th place on Floor Exercise and Grace Keller placed 3rd on Balance Beam, tied for 3rd on Uneven Bars, and took 5th place All-Around.

The weekend was also a success for the TAGS Eden Prairie girls with Sabrina Essma, Audrey Kaufman, and  Kelsey Neff (all Level 9) advancing to the Western National Championships in Spokane, WA, May 8th-10th! Kelsey Neff took 4th on Vault, 7th on Bars, 4th on Beam, 2nd on Floor, and 3rd All-Around. Kate Grotenhuis placed 3rd on Beam, and Halle Bretz finished 3rd on Floor and took 4th place on the Uneven Bars. Kenzi Kluge placed 4th on Floor, Audrey Nolen took 4th on Beam, and Sabrina Essma placed 5th on the Uneven Bars. The Level 9 MN Region Team in which Neff was a part of placed 1st out of 7 states.

TAGS boys Austin Thomas, Blake Wright, and PJ Lenz wrapped up the weekend by taking 2nd place as a team! Blake Wright took 1st place on both the Parallel Bars and High Bar and finished at 1st place All-Around, while PJ Lenz took 5th place All-Around. Blake and PJ were named to the Regional Team, earning them an invitation to the Region 4 Training Camp in Lincoln, NE this summer. Both boys also qualified for Nationals in Daytona Beach, FL, May 5th-10th! The Level 5 boys from TAGS achieved many personal bests over the weekend, and Brady Hines took 8th place All-Around.

A member of USA Gymnastics, TAGS has over 3,500 students between the Apple Valley and Eden Prairie locations with approximately 250 children participating in the competitive team programs.

Congratulations to all of our athletes on a great year and good luck at Nationals!

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