New Gymnasts Interested In Joining the Team
We are excited that you are interested in joining the Birmingham Unified Gymnastics Team! Below is some information on the team.
Parent/Gymnast Meeting - October 16 - meeting already occurred. Contact Robyn Whitelaw for information from meeting. Click HERE for the handouts from the meeting.
Parents and gymnasts are highly encouraged to attend our parent/gymnast meeting on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 pm in Room G2 at GROVES. A lot of information about the team will be shared at the meeting and it will be a chance to ask questions and meet the coaches, gymnasts and booster parents.
Get on the email list now
Even if a girl is still deciding if she wants to join the team, we encourage you to contact Robyn Whitelaw, the Booster Mom, and get on the team email distribution list. This way you won't miss any meeting or practice information. You can join the list by contacting Robyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Season Starts October 30
The season starts October 30 with a practice at Groves from 4:00-6:30 pm. There is no practice on October 31. Girls who are finishing up a fall sport can start the gymnastics season after their fall sport is done.
Try-it (not Try-outs)
The gymnastics team has always been a no-cut team. Girls who are interested in joining the team can try out the first three practices before fully committing to the team. After their third practice, team fees must be paid and their team uniform will need to be ordered if they plan to compete. For information on team fees, see the Team Registration page of this website.
Registering before participating in practice
To participate in a practice, students MUST be registered through the BPS Athletic Registration site and they must get a participation card from the GROVES athletic department to give it to the coach. There are no exceptions to this rule. There is no fee to register on the BPS site. Students will need a current Physical Form (completed after April 15, 2017) and an Emergency Treatment Form. Information on registering for the team can be found at the Team Registration page of this website.
Club vs Team
As a unified team, the gymnastics team is considered a club. The club is hosted by Groves School and all meets and many practices are held at Groves. The fees for the club (ie, coaches salaries, equipment costs, social activities, etc.) are all handled through the team's Booster Club. The cost per girl is very high to run the team so the expenses are paid by a collection of booster fees and fundraising. Girls actively participate in fundraising by wrapping and selling pretzels and cookies at conferences and selling raffle tickets. Girls who choose not to participate in fundraising must pay supplemental fee. For more information, contact Robyn Whitelaw.
Cost to participate
See the Team Registration page for information on the costs involved in belonging to the team.
We are a small team so it is necessary that parents volunteer in some way. There are many parent volunteer opportunities which will be discussed at the parent/daughter meeting. It is also very important that parents help at the home meets. Following each meet, gymnasts and parents are asked to stay and assist with the clean up of the equipment. The springboard floor is very challenging to take down and store.
It takes a while until a new gymnast can build the skills and create a routine. Therefore, it is very common for new gymnasts to not participate in many meets their first year. However, in the past, new gymnasts have enjoyed practices and cheering on their team mates at the meets. Even if a girl is not participating in a meet, they are still required to attend the meet to support their team mates.
Girls who participate in private gymnastics clubs outside of school
Some clubs don't allow their gymnasts to participate in their high school team. Please contact your club directly to discuss this. High school requirements are different for clubs and high school teams so some routines may need to be modified.
Woman's gymnastics is comprised of four events: bars, vault, floor and beam. Girls only participate in the events that they are interested in. They can practice all events but they might only complete in their best events. High school gymnastics is different than club gymnastics in that the gymnasts are working towards the highest team score rather than placing as an individual. Depending on the size of the meet, the coach will choose anywhere from 5-12 girls to compete in each event.
Regionals and States
Girls can qualify as individuals to compete in the Regional Meet and the State Meet. Requirements will be published at the beginning of the season.
Gymnasts must wear a team leotard to participate in a meet. New girls must purchase their leotard and warm up jacket. It takes approximately 7 weeks for the custom leotard to come in so it's important that girls order and pay for their leotards as soon as they commit to the team. Most new girls will not have a leotard for the first meet. You can find information on ordering apparel on this website under "Gymnast Information", "Uniform and Apparel" or by clicking HERE.
Monday and Wednesday practices are held at Groves from 4:00-6:30 pm. Tuesday and Friday practices are held at the Sports Club at West Bloomfield. Tuesdays are from 3:30-5:15 pm and Fridays are from 3:30-5:30 pm. Thursday practices are conditioning practices and are usually held after school in the Groves weight room. Girls carpool to the practices from Groves and Seaholm. The older girls drive the younger girls.
Transportation to meets
Very few schools have gymnastics teams so the meets are held as far away at Port Huron. Parents are asked to drive the girls to and from the meets. Carpools are arranged. The team has no access to a bus.
The team has a head coach, Rebecca Bajorek, and an assistant coach, Amanda Andreski. Both are very experienced at coaching high school level girls.
Prior to the season, a team budget is set. The budget and financials are available at anytime for parents to see. Contact Robyn Whitelaw for more information.
Once a girl is confirmed on the team and booster fees are paid, access will be given for the gymnast and parents to have full access to this website. You will be able to view rosters, meet information, photos, etc.
If you have any additional questions, contact Robyn Whitelaw at email@example.com or 248-787-1190.
Hopefully we'll see you soon!