What is Team Excel?
At Delta, rather than having a system designed for the 1 in 10 000 (who make it to the Olympics), we wanted to create a structure that caters for all girls that love doing gymnastics, being strong, fit & healthy; learning skills, performing and being part of a team.
This Team Excel is an inclusive program and allows girls of varying abilities to become the best they can and love their sport. It allows all levels and training hours to learn a broad range of skills, progress through the gymnastics curriculum and compete both individually and as a team to achieve a team result at exciting competitions. Think American College gymnastics…not sure what that looks like? Here’s a sneak peek – click here!
How does this new Program work?
The Team Excel structure is Optional based which means gymnasts can choose skills that ‘suit’ their ability. If your flexibility is not great, the current system says you MUST be able to do skills that require flexibility, in the Team Excel system the requirement for example is a leap/jump instead of a leap or a leap requiring less split, thus allowing the gymnast to compete something she is great at, rather than something she is struggling with due to the morphology of her body.
The Team Excel program allows coaches & gymnasts to choose skills that compliment the gymnast and allow them to show off what they can do well, not what they can’t do. Within the Team Excel program there are three divisions that partly correlate with the current levels; Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond.
Routine and Scoring
Routines will be judged out of 10. Teams may have up to 10 gymnasts competing in a team with 5 girls to compete on each apparatus and the highest 3 scores counting towards the team result. This means that a gymnast could then also be an apparatus specialist and contribute to the team without needing to compete an all-around competition on all 4 apparatus.
While we would encourage gymnasts to train all 4 apparatus, it may be due to injury or time that a gymnast wishes to only focus on 2-3 apparatus. This is similar to the USA College gymnastics system in which girls train all apparatus and can chose to compete their favourite apparatus.
We are so excited to kick off the Team Excel season in 2021 and can’t wait to see the team spirit out on the floor!