LOTS OF NEW INFO IN THIS HOTLINE! PLEASE READ IN FULL!!
THIS IS AN EXTENDED HOTLINE—THE NEXT HOTLINE WILL BE POSTED ON DECEMBER 28TH.
1. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
As we continue to learn and grow as a program, we are so excited to brainstorm fun new ways to make our acro team flourish in years to come. We are excited to announce we will have more of a full season with more meets offered for our acro teams next season!
With this being our second year to compete, we started our season according to the meet schedule last year, where our first meet of the season was in March. In September, the meet season got pushed up several months, with our hosted meet being in December. We are so proud of your kiddos for coming together as true teams in such a short time period, and putting out amazing first performances! Now, we look forward to putting some final touches on the routines to really make them shine at state!
FIRST MEET RECAP
We are so incredibly proud of both teams and what they put out on the mat at many of their first acro meets! As a new program, we received several compliments from other gyms to our teams’ sportsmanship, abilities, and performances! Some of the athletes and teams that we compete against have been in their current level with their teammates for a full season (or more) and with a majority of our teams new to the sport, they have shown how competitive we can become in this sport! Main areas for improvement:
-Timing and sturdiness of all skills! We should look robotic and in unison finishing every single piece of our skills—this is something we will continue to work on throughout the next couple of weeks! *ROCKETTES:
-FIRST PLACE TOSS COMPULSORY—WAY TO GO!!! -2nd place Pyramid Compulsory (by .13—very close!!) -3rd place Trio (.03 behind 2nd, .07 behind 1st—extremely close division!)- Routine: 2nd place (.9 behind first—fixing the timing issues in punk invert and tosses get us right there!) -PLEASE TAKE NOTE!!! The first-place team in this division recently switched into the “Youth-Bonus” division. With only a couple of weeks before our meet, the league allowed them to compete in the Youth-Non-Bonus division (our division) so that they wouldn’t have to change their routines and we wouldn’t have to purchase new banners for the new division. The Bonus team was only awarded the “bonus” points for what would be allowed in a non-bonus division so that the scores would end up being fair. At future meets, the other team will be in the bonus division. Had we had prior notification, we would have happily bought new banners for them to be in the right division if asked, and our team would have gotten first place Youth team—but all of this to say we are SO proud of your kiddos! They were neck and neck with a bonus team at their first ever meet!
-2nd Place Pyramid Compulsory (by .4—so close!) -2nd Place Toss Compulsory-2nd Place Trio (by .04—RIGHT THERE!!!) -3rd place tumbling Compulsory (.73 between 1st and 3rd place—very close division!) *Watching this group come together as a team has been so fulfilling as coaches to watch! We started this season with the expectation of having an “exhibition” mini team that would not compete, but learn a routine and work the basics of A&T. Your kiddos blew us away at tryouts and changed our plans, and we couldn’t be happier to have this group of young athletes on the floor as our first Mini Acro team! *With this group, we decided as coaches to keep basket tosses out of their routine for the first meet. While we knew that this would potentially put us out of the running for the routine or overall 1st place title, this decision was made from a safety standpoint. Your children’s safety is always more important to us than a banner. We do plan to work these skills and add them into our routine moving forward into the state meet! *They have grown so much as athletes—going from ground stunts to two and a half high pyramids, throwing basket tosses, and learning five different routines. The growth individually and as a whole is something you don’t see every day as coaches!
HAPPY HOUR – December 16th –Cancelled due to low enrollment
ADULT WORKOUT CLASSES WITH COACH NOELLE
Join Coach Noelle in her energy filled adult workout classes at our new space! Several days, times, and class types available, including a parent and me workout class to bring your little ones to! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
*BANQUET AWARD OPPORTUNITY—Email acro@ a current A/B average report card (or equivalent) to earn a SMARTY PANTS award at banquet! Please include “smarty pants” in your subject line. *Banquet fees will be billed on January 31st for each athlete and one parent *CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR ADDITIONAL BANQUET TICKETS! *The deadline to purchase extra banquet tickets will be February 7th. This will be a hard deadline and we will not be able to purchase any other tickets after this date. *Please send any food allergies for athletes or parents attending the banquet to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 7th. *Siblings are not allowed to come to banquet due to space in the venue. *Address: Courtyard Mariott Riverwalk: 4330 Courtyard Way Flower Mound, TX 75028
HOLIDAY OPEN GYMS
$5 for members / $10 for nonmembers / free for 2022-23 gold star winners -December 20: 2:00-3:00—we would love for this to be a whole team practice if at all possible! If you are out of town we understand—but the more we have the more productive our practice can be! THIS TIME WILL BE FREE FOR ALL ACRO TEAM MEMBERS -December 27 & 28th: 2:00-3:00 & 4:00-5:00
UPCOMING PRACTICE CHANGES
*Mandatory Extra Practices:
-January 15th (Youth) 7:30-8:15
-January 18th (Mini) 4:15-5:00
-January 22nd (Youth) 7:30-8:15
-January 25th (Mini) 7:30-8:15
*We will not have conditioning practice January 5th due to a staff meeting.
LOST AND FOUND
Lost and Found will be donated again for the holidays. It will be donated on Wed Dec 20th.
Friday, February 2nd, 2024: Acro State (BOTH TEAMS)
Location: George R Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida de Las Americas Houston, TX 77010 Things to know: -Admission is available for pre-order at www.bilesinvitational.com -Admissions will be on the 2nd floor outside the escalator to hall A3 -A&T athletes will be competing in Hall A Schedule: -Tentative start times are 6:00 & 7:30. Each team will only compete in one session. The schedule will be updated on hotline as soon as we receive it.
GOLD STAR & TORCH
-Earn a gold star each week by coming to all of your required practice times, making changes, wearing what you’re supposed to wear, and being a good teammate! -Torch is given out to an athlete each week who stands out throughout practices. If you get the torch, take it home, add something to the torch, and bring it back to the following practice. Just a reminder—the torch is earned and is not guaranteed to go to everyone!
Firecrackers: THE WHOLE TEAM! GREAT JOB AT YOUR FIRST MEET!
Rockettes: THE WHOLE TEAM! GREAT JOB AT YOUR FIRST MEET!
2. PROSHOP/UNIFORM INFORMATION
*Meet attire: -Acro Jersey -Black Nike spanx (girls) / Black athletic shorts (boys) -White no show socks -Acro shoes -Double French braids: tightly braided with hairspray—no flyaways!
3. BILLING INFORMATION
-Banquet fees will be billed on January 31st for each athlete and one parent. Additional parent tickets will be available prior to the banquet.
4. IMPORTANT DATES
December 20-31: Closed for Christmas Break -December 20: Holiday acro workout 2-3 -December 27: Holiday open gyms -December 28: Holiday open gyms January 15 (Youth) 7:30-8:15 January 18 (Mini) 4:15-5:00 January 22 (Youth) 7:30-8:15 January 25 (Mini) 7:30-8:15 February 2: Acro State in Houston February 23: Acro Banquet June 22-25: 2024 Travel Camp July 10-13, 2024: In House Camp at Excite!
5. IMPORTANT LINKS