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.


The 2018-2019 Season has ended.  Below is information on the season for reference only.  Updated information on the 2019-2020 will be made available in August/September 2019.  Please check back then. 


Parent/Gymnast Meeting - Tuesday, October 9 at Groves

The meeting has past.  If a girl is interested in joining the team and did not attend the meeting, you must call the Booster Mom, Robyn Whitelaw, at 248-787-1190 to review the information from the meeting.  Parents and gymnasts are highly encouraged to attend our parent/gymnast meeting on Tuesday, October 9 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 robynwhitelaw01@gmail.com.


Season Starts October 29

The season starts October 29.  The practice schedule is currently tbd.  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.  However, they should contact Robyn Whitelaw, the Booster Mom, to let her know they are interested in the team so a uniform can be ordered.


First Week of Practice

The first week of practice will have a different schedule than other weeks.  Check out the Team Page for updates on the days and times.  


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, or even try-out the team, students MUST be registered through the BPS Athletic Registration site (This is changing this semester.  Emails will be sent with updates)  They must get a blue 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, 2018) and an Emergency Treatment Form.  Information on registering for the team can be found at the Team Registration page of this website.


Funding the 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, assistant coach's salaries, equipment costs, social activities, etc.) are all handled through the team's Booster Club.  Girls must 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.


Parent Participation

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.


Meets

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.  


Gymnastics events

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.


Team Apparel

Gymnasts must wear a team leotard to participate in a meet.  New girls must purchase their leotard and warm up jacket.  It takes approximately 7-9 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.


For practices, girls need to wear a leo.  Most girls wear sleeveless leos under their t-shirt and/or shorts.  You can purchase inexpensive leos online at many different websites.  I've seen them as low as $11.  Google "gymnastics leos."  If a girl is trying out the team and doesn't want to invest in a practice leo right away, she can wear a one-piece swimsuit under her t-shirt and shorts the first week.  Or, she can borrow a leo from other girls until she has her own.  


Practices

Practices are held at different places throughout the week.  Monday and Wednesday at Groves, Tuesday and Friday at the Sports Club of West Bloomfield and Thursdays at either Groves (weight room) or the Beverly Hills Club.  Older girls will drive younger girls to practices from school.  Girls should get in the team text group to arrange for carpools.

Mondays - 4:00 - 6:30 pm @ Groves

Tuesdays - 3:45 - 5:30 pm @ Sports Club of W. Bloomfield

Wednesdays - 4:00 - 6:30 pm @ Groves

Thursdays - 3:15 - 4:30 pm @ Bev Hills Club (conditioning) or Groves weight room

Fridays - 3:30 - 5:30 pm @ Sports Club of W. Bloomfield

Sundays - some Sunday practices (optional) @ Sports Club of W. Bloomfield


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.


Coaches

The team has a head coach, Rebecca Bajorek, and an assistant coach, Amanda Andreski.  Both are very experienced at coaching high school level girls.


Team Budget

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.


This website

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 robynwhitelaw01@gmail.com or 248-787-1190.


Hopefully we'll see you soon!