The following information outlines expectations and components of CARA gymnastics meets for all levels.
- Make sure hair is tied up and out of the gymnast face. No color band aids, earrings, temporary tattoos, or showing sports bras.
- $3 -(ages 2 and up)
- $5 -Regional and State competitions (ages 2 and up)
- The time schedules for the meets will be sent out AS SOON as we receive them. Many times we do not get them until the week before.
- Generally the competitions are as follows:
Optionals – in the morning
Level 4 and 5 – afternoon
- Make sure your gymnast arrives by the time listed on the meet schedule. Having your gymnast show up after warm ups puts uncessary stress on her and the coaches.
- Parents please note that if a prior session ends early, the following session may start up to 30 minutes early! All gymnasts and spectators should plan to arrive earlier than the printed arrive and march-in times.
- Meet hosts and coaches are typically at a competition for 10-13 hours with out a break. Often times more than 10% of the gymnasts do not show up for the competition. If we can shorten the competition by starting a session earlier than advertised we will do so.
During the Meet
- For the safety of all the competitors and to ensure each session runs on-time we ask that gymnasts do not go to their parents at any given time for water, snacks, hair ties, or to talk. Coaches are constantly trying to keep their gymnasts organized, in the right order and prepared to compete at all times. Leaving the team to talk to a parent is a distration for both the gymnast and her coaches. If a gymnast needs a snack or water they need to have it with them on the competition floor (where the team puts their bags when not competiting).
- Parents and gymnasts are not allowed to speak to a judge at anytime during or after the competition. All communication to the judges must go through your daughter’s coach.
- Unless a parent has previously talked to the coach about leaving early, we encourage each gymnast to stay throughout the entire awards ceremony. The CARA league wants to encourage every level and age group to support each other. Leaving early is not setting the example to other team mates that they are important. Please do not take your child early from awards.
- Your number one objective as a parent/spectator is to encourage your child. The coaches are working hard to have the girls reach their top ability. Please keep in mind that the coaches are there for your gymnasts, but they are also very busy with all aspect of a competition. Please respect your coaches and let them do their job.
For additional questions about how CARA meets go or more about parent/gymnast expectations, please contact us. Thank you!