Melody is competing at the USAIGC world gymnastics championships in 2013.
USAIGC provides an environment that fosters and nurtures the attributes of a sound mind, sound body leading to successful healthy and well-rounded gymnasts. The competitive program is built on long-term skill development with the intentional slowing down of our gymnast's learning curve providing the necessary time to develop and perfect gymnastic skills in a safe, logical, progressive order without excessive training hours (such as what might be needed in a compulsory entry tract).
The competitive options prevent gymnast's "frustration" of being stuck in a competitive level:
- The gymnast's skill level determines their competitive entry level.
- Mobility between competitive levels is decided by the coach, not by a score.
- Mobility between competitive levels does not have to be in progressive order.
- Gymnasts may compete on two consecutive competitive levels (All-Around and/or an Individual Event Specialist) on their next level up.
- There are five competitive platforms: (a) All Around, (b) Individual Event, (c) Team and (d) Club High School, (e) International. Our International competitions are open to all USAIGC competitive levels.
The membership fee is $40/year.
Pros: No coach or club affiliation needed; just select United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs as your club when you register for your membership and you will be able to compete as an independent: Click here to register for your membership. There are TONS of meets to choose from and there are pretty much meets offered every weekend during the season. Click here for the master list. USAIGC is very supportive of adult gymnasts! In many of the meets, you will be introduced to the audience as an adult gymnast and held up as a great example for all the competitors before a competitive session.
Another great Pro is WORLDS! Every year at the end of June-beginning of July, USAIGC hosts a World Championships. Gymnasts from all over the world (USA, Bermuda, Canada, England, India, Mexico, Romania, South Africa & Wales) gather for a week of competition. Meets are usually held in Orlando or Palm Springs (alternating each year). They even have event finals for ALL competitive levels! It's an amazing experience. Adult athletes (16+) are allowed to directly qualify to the World Championships from any meet hosted by USAIGC (not by a local club), making it easier for adults to qualify rather than having to compete in so many meets. Click here for a list of those meets. They have a Club Directory, making it easy to find a club near you.
Cons: The main concentration of USAIGC clubs and meets are in the NY/NJ area, which might not be convenient for you. Judges need to attend special USAIGC trainings each year in order to be available to judge meets for the organization. This has made it hard for the league to expand into other areas. Meet fees are comparable to those in USAG (which can be higher than other leagues). Meet fees aren't listed on the website for most meets so you'd have to contact the host club for that information.